Saint Raphael Kalinowski

Apprenticed to Sainthood in Siberia

by Timothy Tierney

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/10/2016

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 428
ISBN : 9781504304344

About the Book

St. Raphael Kalinowski was one of the first people to recognize the value and significance of the message of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. This was in the very early days when even some Carmelite prioresses had failed to grasp the importance of Thérèse for the modern era in the church. He wrote: “Armed with the sign of the Cross I open the book (Story of a Soul) and find the place where the fire in her heart unites with the burning heart of Jesus in Vivre d’Amour.(To Live by Love).Suddenly the storm dies down, calm returns and something indescribable floods my whole being and changes me completely. This poem became an ark of salvation for me. The dear sister gave me confidence. I therefore conclude that the promise: I will spend my heaven in doing good on earth…After my death I will send down a shower of roses, is literally fulfilled.”

St. Raphael was also greatly influenced by the example of famous pianist Hermann Cohen who became a Carmelite priest and founded Carmelite communities in France and England. He arranged for a translation of Story of a Soul and a Life of Hermann Cohen to be translated into Polish.

We hope this volume, appearing as it does, soon after a year recalling the Fifth Centenary of St. Teresa of Avila, will make St. Raphael better known and loved in the English speaking world and inspire people to value her charism and dedicate themselves to Christ and his Church at the present time.

“Fr Timothy (Tierney) knows how to combine in his work a rich, detailed and interesting collection of biographical material, probably unknown to many, with a penetrating analysis of the spiritual life of Fr. Raphael Kalinowski.” (Fr. Saverio Cannistrà, O.C.D, Superior General of the Discalced Carmelites).

About the Author

Timothy Tierney joined the Carmelite Order in his native Ireland. After ordination as a priest in Dublin, he spent two years in ministry in Ireland. From 1969 until 1993 he worked in various Carmelite communities in the UK. Timothy came to Australia in 1993. His most recent appointment was as a member of the Carmelite Community in Morley, Perth, Western Australia. Timothy has also completed a biography of Ven. Hermann Cohen which will soon be published by I.C.S. (Carmelite) Publications,Washington, D.C.