This program is the second in a series on the life and writings of Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen. In this conversation Frances and Mark pick up from Fr. Gabriel’s ordination and his early assignment teaching in Belgium and then later in Rome. This is also the time in his life when he discovered his passion for the study and teaching of mysticism and contemplative prayer. Fr. Gabriel was directly involved in the discussion going on in the Church at the turn of the 19th Century regarding the different schools of thought on acquired and infused contemplation. This topic, along with all the elements of mysticism, would become his entire life’s work. His second greatest contribution to the Church is the significant amount of writing and lecturing he did on these important topics, but his single greatest contribution and gift to the Church was simply that of his virtuous life. His greatest form of teaching was serving as a model of charity, patience and unwavering trust in Divine Providence.
Little Catechism of the Life of Prayer by Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, OCD