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Letters to Carmelites



The Carmelite monastery of Santa Maria Maddalena de’ Pazzi stands on the hills of Careggi, in the north-eastern outskirts of Florence. 

La Pira began going there in 1932, his visits “to these verdant spaces, these wells of Jacob, these repositories of the joy of the world” becoming increasingly frequent. Very soon his conversations were supplemented with letters – a kind of “journal of the soul” which gives us an insight into the spirituality of La Pira.

These letters are also the expression of constant gratitude for the treasures of prayer and contemplation to be found in the monastery, for the bridge of prayer that links the nuns with the problems of the world, and not unlike the nostalgia that La Pira – on his way to political activism – feels for a life of contemplation that he feels attracted to.



The letters to Carmelo of Careggi, which were carefully kept by Sister Theresa of the Child Jesus (Sister Teresina), are published in the volume


G. La Pira, Lettere al Carmelo, ed. Dino Pieraccioni, Vita e Pensiero 1985. 

(Second edition extended Milan, Vita e Pensiero 1987)



By clicking you will reach some sentences from three letters:


§ The boundless desire to love Him (1933)

§ To burn ceaselessly of love for Him (1935)

§ Waiting for Saturday without vespers (1936?)