Methods of Prayer

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    I am very pleased to present this edition of the classic , "Methods of Prayer in the Directory of the Carmelite Reform of Touraine", written by the former prior General, Fr. Kilian Healy, in 1956. This work began life as a doctoral dissertation at the Gregorian University in Rome. It is a tribute to the book's great influence that it has been republished almost fifty years later.

    Throughout the long history of the Carmelite Order there have been many reforms, the most famous of which being that initiated by St. Teresa of Avila in the 16th Order went their seperate ways. Next in importance is the Touraine Reform in the 17th Century, and it is this reform that spread to the whole Order and had a profound effect on its spirituality. Fr. Healy makes it clear that the spiritual writers of the Touraine Reform esteemed St. Teresa and her teaching on prayer greatly. 

    The present work is a study of the manual used to teach novices about the way of prayer. it is historically fascinating in the Fr. Healy reveals how 17th century Carmelites understood their vocation as a life of "continual loving conversation with God". It is also still spiritually refreshing after so many years and I have no hesitation in commending it to you.