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The Springs of Carmel: An Introduction to Carmelite Spirituality

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The Springs of Carmel: An Introduction to Carmelite Spirituality

In this book, Peter Slattery gives a refreshing account of the Carmelite spiritual tradition and the important people who have shaped its history, including Elijah, Mary, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Therese of Lisieux, Titus Brandsma, and Edith Stein.

The Carmelite spirituality that emerges is not something relevant to the Middle Ages or the 16th century. With its emphasis on love and freedom it is an extremely pertinent gift for  today’s world.

As one of the most straightforward and succinct explanations of the Carmelite tradition from its foundations to the present days, this book will be welcomed both by newcomers to the Carmelite spiritual tradition and those who have had actual experience of it.


Peter Slattery, O. Carm., an Australian, has had wide experience as a teacher and religious educator. In 1988, he obtained his doctorate in religious education from Fordham University in New York, and since then was employed by the Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia in professional development. He was then Director of Development of the University of Notre Dame Australia in Perth, Western Australia. He died in 1994.

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