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God and Darkness: A Carmelite Perspective
Author: Gemma Hinricher OCD
Translator: Sister Avis Mary SLG
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 Bavaria.
Sister Avis Mary SLG was called to the Bar in 1975 and entered the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God in 1978. She has been Editor of SLG Press since 2006 and pursues a love for the German language and people through translating into English works of Christian spirituality.
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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 Thérèse of Lisieux, both of whom learned to know God in and through darkness.