Links and Resources

Philip St. Romain's Christian Spirituality Resources

Visit Philip's Internet Ministry web site:, which includes biographical information, a complete listing of his books, and a bookstore with titles on Christian spirituality (through A variety of essays and reflections are also available for downloading.

He is founder and editor of a free daily e-mail newsletter A Daily Spiritual Seed at which features a quote from a mystic and other helpful information on Christian spirituality. Daily Seed reaches hundreds of subscribers daily.

Philip is a resource to the staff at Heartland Center for Spirituality, and the coordinator of their website,

Philip has also served as webmaster for the Center for the Improvement of Human Functioning, Inc. ( This internationally renowned center provides alternative (traditional ) medicine for its patients, and does cutting-edge research on curing cancer.

Links and Resources in Christian Spirituality

Ascent of the Simple Soul to the Sublime State of Divine Union by Philip F. Healy

Catholic Charismatic Center

Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. - Resources and Programs for Centering Prayer

Contemplative Outreach of Northern California

David Perrin's "For Love of the World" an article on this website

Essential Christian Spirituality

Mary Rae's translation of Selected Poems of St. John of the Cross

The Mysticism of Catherine of Sienna

Mysticism Resources

New Creation Monastery an article on this website

Spiritual Directors International

The World Community for Christian Meditation - John Main


Research in Carmelite Spirituality

St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila and the Carmelites who followed them had such an impact on the development of Western Catholic mysticism that research into Carmelite spirituality should play an important role in the rediscovery of Christian mysticism.

The following are some of the notable archives and libraries around the world that have valuable collections of Carmelite materials. We invite you to contribute further information about these places and similar ones.

I. Italy
     1. The Archive of the Discalced Carmelites in Rome. In its rich collection of original manuscripts are to be found some of the manuscripts of Tomás de Jesús, one of the most talented Carmelites in the first generation after John of the Cross. Address: Corso d'Italia 38, 00198 Roma, Italy.
The Teresianum. The International College of the Discalced Carmelites in Rome. Its library covers many Carmelite themes, including some rare books like a French edition of Antonio Rojas' La Vida del Espiritu. Teresianum, Piazza San Pancrazio, 5-A, 00152 Roma, Italy.
The Vatican Library. Contains an occasional volume or manuscript of interest to the 17th century drama of the crisis in mysticism, for example, a copy of Antonio Panes' La escala mística dedicated to Miguel Molinos, and the manuscript of Molinos' Defensa written after the problems with his Guide began.

II. Spain
Biblioteca Nacional Madrid. A very rich collection of Carmelite manuscripts that ended up there after the suppression of the Order in the 1830s like Tomás de Jesús' El Camino Espiritual. It also contains many now rare volumes on the history of Spanish mysticism like Juan Breton's Mística Teología. Address: Paseo de Recoletos, 20, 28071 Madrid, Spain. Their web site is:
Archivo Silveriano, Burgos. Contains gems like the Inventory Book of the Carmelite archives before the suppression of the Order. Address: Editorial Monte Carmelo, Apartado 19, Burgos 09080, Spain. The web site for the Editorial Monte Carmelo which has the writings of John of the Cross in Spanish, as well as an extensive collection of books for sale on Carmelite spirituality, is:
The Library at the University of Barcelona. A rich collection of books and manuscripts on Christian mysticism and spirituality including some from the old Carmelite monastery of San José like the Index to its library. It has a wide collection of 17th century books on spirituality, including both 1618 and 1619 editions of the writings of John of the Cross. Address: Gran Via 585, 08007 Barcelona, Spain. Visit them at:

III. The United States
The Carmelitana Collection in Washington, D.C. A fine collection of books on Carmelite themes, perhaps the best in the U.S. Back issues of hard to find Carmelite publications. The address is: Whitefriar's Hall, 1600 Webster St. NE, Washington, DC 20017, Tel. 202-526-1221. Their web site is:

The Hispanic Society, New York. A large collection of Spanish manuscripts, including a handful on Carmelite and Carmelite- related themes. The address is: The Hispanic Society, Broadway and 155th St., New York, NY. Tel: 212-690-0743. Visit them at:

IV. England
The E. Allison Peers papers at the University of Liverpool. E. Allison Peers was the translator of John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila, and an indefatigable searcher of Spanish libraries, and compiler of the history of Spanish mysticism, of which three volumes were published, and to which he proposed to add a fourth. Unfortunately, his papers contain only hints of the proposed fourth volume.

Carmelite Resources

The Metaphysics of Mysticism: The Mystical Philosophy of St. John of the Cross, an online book by Geoffrey Mondello 

The Carmelite Institute

Carmelite Provinces

The Discalced Carmelite Sisters of Eldridge, Ohio

Lebh Shomea House of Prayer

Revista San Juan de la Cruz

Titus Brandsma Institute for the Scientific Study of Spirituality    

Discalced Carmelite Research Photo Gallery