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In Memoriam

Fr. John Michael Payne, OCD, a Discalced Carmelite Friar of the Oklahoma Province of St. Thérèse, has passed away on January 8, 2017.For those of you who frequent Blog Central, you would know him as one of our regular bloggers. To those of you who knew him even before he started Memos from Marylake, you would also know him as a Carmelite Friar, a priest, a brother, a friend.It is a grace
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The Empty Tomb/Tabernacle

“And they laid him in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid.” [Lk 23,53]“Something strange is happening -‐there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the
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Teresa, the Writer – Part 2

        These are two of my favorite depictions of Teresa de Jesús. The first is from an 18th century woodcut. I found in on a holy card. I like it because it shows the saint in an activity typical of her. She’s writing at a simple desk, presumably in her cloistered monastic cell. Hovering over her quill pen is a dove
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Simple and sometimes literal

“It’s like Clinton asking what is is!” That was my response to Raphael and Sam Anthony’s tacit agreement that I was wrong about scripture scholars making too big of a thing about the significance of Jesus’ “I AM.” Raphael, our senior community member and scholar, explained that the scholars have divided the “I am” statements of Jesus into two categories:
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