FishEaters Traditional Catholic Forums

Full Version: Divine Intimacy and the Three Marks
You're currently viewing a stripped down version of our content. View the full version with proper formatting.
I just received these two books today and after reading just a little bit of them, I wanted to recommend them--they're both very impacting:
I'll have to check out Divine Intimacy! Thanks for the suggestion :-) I'm always looking for books that promote Carmelite spirituality. :tiphat:
I too just started reading the daily meditations/prayer of Divine Intimacy on Septuagesima Sunday.  I have to say, I can see this being my morning mediations for years to come.  For anyone who enjoys Carmelite spirituality, this is a must have.  Having the meditations follow the litugical year is a big plus as well.  I cannot recommend this enough to my fellow fisheaters!
I would definitely reccomend Divine Intimacy...I have been reading it for years...its great
A friend of mine has been photocopying sections of this for me from Septuagesima and we discuss them together.  This is great stuff!

It is also nice that it follows the same calendar!
The Three Marks is brilliant and hard-hitting, going right to the core (so far...I'm on chapter 2). It avoids any sappiness, nostalgia, and romanticism that you see sometimes in the Men's Movement (for lack of a better label). Here is an excerpt:

Of the many malignancies generated by the plague of anti-Christian and anti-God forces, what specific one metastasized within this most basic living unit of society? And what antidotal Christian principle will most directly attack this malignancy while providing the specific tonic to rejuvenate the wasted family? Though many factors have facilitated the destruction of the family, the final and proximate cause is to be found in the jettisoning of its essential structural order; that is, the rejection of the patriarchal hierarchy of the family, in the name of emancipation and egalitarianism. Therefore the restoration of the family, indeed the restoration of ecclesiastical leadership and Christendom itself, is only possible with the advent of a new Christian patriarchal order: the fatherly rule of family, community, and Church.

That Christian patriarchy is the specific antidote to the rampaging evils of the day is manifest in that there is no other Christian principle that so contradicts, so witnesses to, and hence so enrages, today's secular sensibilities. It is Christian patriarchy with its transcending authority that directly denies the secular state's assertion that it is the all-powerful, singular authority. It is Christian patriarchy with its requirements of personal sacrifice and lifeong commitment to others that so contradicts the West's self-centered individualism. It is Christian patriarchy with its emphasis on fmilial and religious duty that countermands today's constant agitation for assertion of personal rights. It is Christian patriarchy with its constant and unchanged ideals of two thousand years that rebuts today's invented standards of political correctness. And it is this principle that strikes at the very heart of the Western blight of emasculation and the corresponding pestilence of feminism: ills that eat away at the familial and traditional foundation of society and have as their most malicious fruit the atrocity of legal abortion.

Moreover, it is the principle of Christian patriarchy that today best speaks to the Church herself; for it is a principle that not only applies to husbands and familial fathers, but to all Christian men, and most certainly to priests and bishops. For it is Christian patriarchal fatherhood, with its requirements of magnanimous leadership and sacrificial service, that perfects manhood. The call to Christian patriarchy is simultaneously a call to Catholic womanhood, beckoning the daughters of the Church back to the ideal of the cloister, home, or convent and to the hidden life of maternal and spousal sanctification.

The re-establishment of a Christian patriarchy, no matter how quiet and domestic the implementation, will require heroic virtue. For this establishment will entail not only a confrontation with contemporary secular society, but a confrontation with the very fury of hell, which is already fully engaged in a demonic blitzkrieg against fatherhood, motherhood, the unborn, and the traditional family. Although it is certain that no matter the ferocity of the enemy the gates of hell shall not prevail against this Holy Church, in order to meet today's unprecedented challenge the Christian patriarchal order of the family established must itself be unprecedented. Indeed, the Christian patriarchy must be a new order purified of all selfish motives or worldly modes of brute dominance and based for the first time solely on Christ and His divine commission.

If such an order is established a new Christendom, be it small or great, will follow. Such a Christendom will be steadfast and transcendent, unswayed by the political currents and power curves of the world, because it will be rooted in the sacramental unit of the family and in the sanctified souls of the faithful.

Yet never before has there been a generation of men so unsuited to the establishing of an authentic Christian patriarchy. The Western male in particular, the erstwhile head of Christian culture, is found to have pawned his patriarchy for pleasure. He is thoroughly inculcated in the values of extended adolescence, and even where he rejects certain extremes of "playboyism," he has nonetheless, as a whole, acquiesced to the assaults of an hedonistic, immodest, and pornographic society; to the dominating search for pleasure and entertainment, to the beckon of a conumeristic society and the sophisticated toys it proffers; to contracepting his seed; and to the shirking of his duty to lead, protect, and provide for the family.

Yes, Christian men, and in particular the Western male who once was the standard-bearer of Christendom, has become satiated and complacent. He has allowed the state to intrude into the once-sacrosanct domain of the family, to the extent that the marriage bond itself has become less binding than even casual oral business contracts, severable by mere request. He has stood by while his wife serves the corporation and state, relegating home and family to a secondary concern. He has caused himself to be, in effect, castrated by vasectomy. He has permitted his offspring to be murdered in the womb. As each generation of men succeeds the previous one, the vestigial image of Christian manhood becomes less and less discernible. The result is that both the Church and the Christian family have been emasculated. For the most part, even remnant orthodox Catholic families are matriarchies; as such the Church, emasculated at the familial and parish leve, is quite unable to give appropriate and effective battle to the demonic forces aligned against her.

The Divine Response to the Times

Whether it is a case of his abdication or his usurpation, the Western Christian male has been soundly deposed in his role as father, leader, protector, and patriarch in a society that is maliciously and increasingly anti-Christian and anti-family. How then is a new and deeper understanding of fatherhood and patriarchy to be brought about in a day when Christian manhood is at its lowest ebb? How is this new order to be implemented when society is so set against it and where there is a dearth of role models and mentors--father figures who live out the call to manhood in its fullnes--able to issue the call to the next generation?

The new and deeper understanding will be drawn from the unchangeable deposit of the Christian Faith, and the moral power to embrace and implement the ideals and duties of fatherhood will be imbued by supernatural grace.

Indeed, it is by very reason of the present unprecedented destruction of the family and the debilitation of manhood that this is the age of the Christian family and the Christian patriarchy. For the Almighty in His economy of grace confounds evil by turning its greatest apparent triumphs into its greatest defeats: from Adam's tragic Fall, which the Exultet calls "happy," to that dark Friday when God Himself was crucified, which is called "good." It is this economy of grace that topples the mighty and proud by raising up the lowly and weak, thus making it perfectly clear that the power of God, not men, is at work.

(04-01-2011, 08:36 PM)FaustinaClare Wrote: [ -> ]I'll have to check out Divine Intimacy! Thanks for the suggestion :-) I'm always looking for books that promote Carmelite spirituality. :tiphat:

It's absolutely great. Just be sure you're getting the original version, not the one edited to fit the NO Calendar.