Monday, May 13, 2013

Divine Intimacy: A Book Every Catholic Should Own

Once in awhile, a book comes along that is so spiritually enriching for the Catholic soul that one would be amiss to pass up perusing its pages.  Divine Intimacy by Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen is such a book. 

In my opinion, it is like a Summa Theologica for a Catholic's daily prayer life - no topic pertaining to our lives as Christians is left untouched, no devotion to Christ left unspoken of, no spiritual stone left unturned as it were.  Fr. Gabriel, a Carmelite priest, approaches the most difficult and deep of subjects with the wisdom of the great Carmelite saints (along with many others) to back him.  He has the wisdom and intellect of a St. Thomas Aquinas, but with the deep mystical touch of St. John of the Cross.  The writing is never dry or academic, never dull, but rich, touching, and pious.  There is not a single sentence in this work that is not useful for the Christian soul.

For those who may not know of it, Divine Intimacy is a collection of Fr. Gabriel's thoughts and writings for every day of the liturgical year that can be used for one's daily prayer routine.  Each section is enriched with words from the saints, especially the great Carmelite saints (St. Therese of Lisieux, Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity, St. Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart, St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi).  In some ways, it reads very much like a Catholic Philokalia, in some ways, similar to excellent Eastern Orthodox work The Art of Prayer

To me, Divine Intimacy is the real deal - serious Catholic devotional writing that stands far above the morass of pop spiritual writing (both within the Catholic world and without) that is so common these days.  The only drawback of course is the price, which most places seems to be around $60.  Despite the cost, the work is worth every penny - I have no doubt that it will one day be a far bigger classic and far more well-known than it is at present.

14 comments:

  1. This is worth every penny for you will use for a lifetime! Next to the Bible, this is the other book I would choose to be stranded on an island with LOL! I never cease to glean more wisdom from it every time I open it and I have had it for 14 years now.

    Have a blessed week.

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  2. I am biased as an OCDS, but you are definitely right about Divine Intimacy. I have been using it as inspiration for daily meditation for 12 years and each day I find new insights.

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    1. I, too, am OCDS and it was one of the first books I purchased when I joined the community at the monastery. They were selling them for even cheaper at that point but it's been a while since I looked if they still carried it.

      Always nice to meet other OCDS members online!

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  3. So glad to see this post! Have been using this book for years, nothing can compare , God Bless

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  4. I can only find the book for almost $200 and up to $1,000. If you can forward and source to purchase this book that sound wonderful please pass it along!

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    1. Hi MJM,

      Right here for $55, brand new.

      http://monkrock.com/index.cfm?load=page&page=36&group=89&view=details&product=1182

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    2. When you try to actually purchase the book from the link, it goes to a bad page. Can you please fix the link so we can buy this gem. Thanks!

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    3. Hi everyone, apparently the book is currently out of print, but will be back in print within a month and a half or so. Sorry about the confusion! I'll keep an eye on when it comes back in print.

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    4. In the meantime, I will check the monastery to see if any copies are laying around for sale.

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  5. Please post where you're finding this book for $60, I'm only seeing prices around $200!! Way out of my league :<

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    1. Hi,
      Good news is it's actually being sold for $55...cheaper than I thought.

      http://monkrock.com/index.cfm?load=page&page=36&group=89&view=details&product=1182

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    2. I did find this as well:
      http://www.monkrock.com/index.cfm?load=page&page=36&group=56&view=details&product=1264

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  6. Oops, nevermind, the link is fixed. Bought it, thanks so much!

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  7. Are you aware of these sites?

    http://divineintimacy.larmour.us/
    and
    http://tinyurl.com/ba8mdt2

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