Introduction to Fr. Bruno Cocuzzi, O.C.D.
Fr. Bruno Cocuzzi was a Carmelite priest for 46 years. He began writing early in his priesthood. On the opening page of this web site you will see the monasteries where he lived during his lifetime. In 1959 at the age of 32, he started a series of conferences on Carmelite spirituality under the title "Cogitatio Sancta" which means "holy meditation". He wrote 106 conferences in this collection. He wrote a series of newsletters when he was at Waverly Carmelite Novitiate. (See Outlook) Fr. Bruno felt a strong call to help the poor and several people told him, "Fr. Bruno, if you really want to help us, you would need to become a lawyer!" He received permission from the Carmelites and went to law school at Boston University, completing his course in June 1973. He worked with the inner city poor in Boston until 1989, at which time he turned 62 years old and retired from his legal aid ministry. In September 1989 he returned to the Monastery in Brookline and became involved in working with the Secular Order Carmelites. He wrote a series of commentaries on The Maxims of Love by St. John of the Cross. He also prepared conferences for retreats: Ten Commandments, Beatitudes, Capital Sins, etc. He also wrote commentaries on the Rule of Life and Commentaries on the Virtues for Secular Carmelites. Fr. Bruno was noted for his sense of humor and "corny jokes". We have added some of his jokes and invite his friends and family to share any with us. When he became ill in 2001, he was distressed because he had many conferences that he had promised to give to his Secular Carmelites. We decided that creating a web page would be the most economical way of getting these documents to the people. It was designed to be a "downloading station" for his devotees. We had only planned to keep the web page for a few months, or just long enough for the people to receive these promised conferences. As we checked for missing documents, we found that he had 40 years of writings in his file cabinet. We asked him about these and he replied, "Use whatever you think is good enough." And so we began the task of typing his collected works. We had no idea that it would be so vast. We do hope that you will enjoy reading his work. He would be the first to tell anyone that he was not a saint, he had the same weaknesses and propensities for sin as everyone else, but he had a great zeal to spread God's Word. He had a tremendous love for people; he saw Jesus in them. Fr. Bruno died of brain cancer July 21, 2002. (Obituaries) As you will see, there is nothing new in these writings that cannot be found in other spiritual treatises, but he gave us his commentary on the subjects that were most important to him. We thank you Fr. Bruno for all that you have done for us.
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