I am not aware of the author being Carmelite but it's certainly possible
Thanks Gabrielle, Are there any letters after her name? I would be looking for O.C.D. (order of Dicalced Carmelites). Who is it published by?
It says, "By Mother Mary of St. Austin, Helper of the Holy Souls" but it also says: "This book from the pen of Mother St. Austin, who died while she was still Mistress of Novices"
The other book you are reading on the reformation sounds very interesting! Are you very far into it?
Just past half way (p220). He goes through the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary and Elizabeth, etc., and presently I reading about Elizabeth's reign. It is interesting that it is written by a Protestant, sympathetic to the Catholic cause. It is published by TAN.
If you were just beginning this other book I would have tried to get it to read it with you for discussion, but you are pretty far along
Also, Here is the beautiful poem at the beginning of "The Divine Crucible of Purgatory":
"O! It were bliss
After life's plenitude of miseries
And death's alarms,
To lie within the everlasting arms
Awakened by God's kiss,
Heaven's joy were all in this,
To lose all pain and dread,
And be thus comforted
By Love's own kiss--the kiss that wakes the dead."
"For He Himself shall wipe away all tears;
The pent-up grief of years
Shall sob itself to rest
Childlike, upon His breast.
With more than mother's love
He shall caress,
With joys, all joy above,
Earth could not weep
To pass through death's eclipse,
Could she but know whose lips
Would raise her from that sleep.
Ye, who have understood,
Be not afraid,
It is God's kiss--God's kiss that wakes the dead."