God and Darkness

A Carmelite Perspective


Gemma Hinricher OCD

ISBN: 978-0-7283-0184-9

LENGTH: 37 pages

Fairacres Publications 163


Shows how the witness of Jesus guides us through darkness and incomp-rehension, and examines the theme of darkness in the lives of St John of the Cross and St Therese of Lisieux.

There is a paradox in Christian life and prayer: that God’s light is darkness and God’s nearness is hiddenness. Jesus, the human face of God, is our way and orientation through that darkness and incomprehension which are so often part of our experience. God comes closest to us in Jesus, whose experience of darkness, above all on the Cross, and example of self-giving love inform and guide us. The author also examines the witness of two of the best-known saints of Carmel, St John of the Cross and St Therese of Lisieux, both of whom learned to know God in and through darkness.

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37 pages


Gemma Hinricher OCD



Book Size

140 x 210 mm


A Carmelite Perspective


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Author Bio

Sister Gemma Hinricher OCD (1932-90) studied theology in Münster. She entered the Carmel in Pützchen (Bonn) in 1959 and was a founding member of the Carmels in Dachau in 1964 and in Berlin in 1982. She wrote and published on topics of Carmelite spirituality and in 1982 was awarded the Romano Guardini Prize of the Catholic Academy of Bavari

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