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From Franz Liszt to John of the Cross
Timothy Tierney

“Hermann Cohen was a star pupil of the great composer/pianist Franz Liszt in Paris in the mid 1800s. Cohen became an international concert pianist in his own right and mixed with many of the famous names of the day. He provided piano accompaniment for Giovanni Mateo De Canadia (Mario), the Pavarotti of his day, on concert platforms in Paris and London.

“After converting to Catholicism, Cohen became a Carmelite and preached throughout Europe. In 1862, he officially retired the Carmelite Order to England (Kensington Church and Priory). In France, he became friends with many future French saints. These will all be mentioned in the course of our story.

“One of his many Canticles, “The Divine Prisoner’s Little Flower,” greatly influenced St. Therese of Lisieux, often know as the Little Flower.

“Cohen inspired Raphael Kalinowski to turn from a worldly life and become a Carmelite like himself. Timothy wrote a biography of St. Raphael Kalinowski published last year by Balboa Press.”  [From the cover]

“In Timothy Tierney’s book you will witness, through his rich and fluent narrative, the encounter with Cohen, a genius who savored the intoxicating highs of success as an artist and the despairing depths of a gamble enslaved by his addictions … Through music, the atheistic Cohen experienced and discovered the spiritual realm”

  Luis Jorge Gonzalez, OCD, emeritus professor of the
Teresianum, Rome   [From the cover]


Part 1  A Life of Hermann Cohen

  • 1. Beginnings (1821-1833)
  • 2. Who was Puzzi? (1834-1847)
  • 3. Former Courtesan and Future Carmelite
  • 4. Converted by the Eucharist (1847)
  • 5. Movement for Eucharistic Adoration (1848)
  • 6. From Franz Liszt to John of the Cross (1849)
  • 7. You are a Priest Forever (1851)
  • 8. Music and Mystic
  • 9. Hermann Cohen and St. Raphael Kalinowski
  • 10. Herman Cohen and St. Bernadette Soubirous (1858)
  • 11. Restoration of Teresian Carmelite Friars and Nuns to London (1862-1863)
  • 12. Back to Lourdes and the Pyrenees (1868-1870)
  • 13. Final Mission (1870-1871)
  • 14. Hermann Cohen’s Legacy in England: Wincanton (1882) and Gerrards Cross (1915)

Part 2  Selections from the Writings of Hermann Cohen

  • Introduction to the Writings
  • Sermon fragment
  • Sermon in Bordeaux Cathedral , 1852
  • Sermon in the Church of St. Sulpice, Paris, April24, 1854
  • The Gambler
  • Human Reason Left to its Own Devices
  • Sermon on Our Lady of Peyragude
  • Sermon at the Church of St. Clothilde, Paris
  • Profession of Bernard Bauer
  • Sermon at Verdalais, near Bordeaux, September 8, 1856
  • Sermon on the Conversion of Cohen’s Nephew, George Raunheim
  • Homily on Repentance
  • Lecture at Malines, Belgium: Catholicism in England
  • Extracts from the Letters of Hermann Cohen
  • Various Spiritual Counsels
  • Eucharistic Reflections and Dedications
  • Canticle from Cohen’s Collection “Thabor”
  • Prayer for the Beatification of Hermann Cohen
  • Principal Dates in the life of Hermann Cohen

Balboa Press, ©2017, Soft cover, 370 pages