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Whisper from Within

O God, whose hand hath spread the skyAnd all its shining hosts on high,And painting it with fiery light,Made it so beauteous and so bright(Text: Cæli Deus sanctissime, attributed to Saint Gregory the Great, 540-604)The air not wishing me to ponder it, neither chills nor Thrills.  This is an hour set aside, when counting slowly Downwards, the heart settles without fading away. Evening light
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Listening from Exile

In You, darkness is not dark; nor is your apparent absence a void. You speak in silence, no matter how the senses may fail or the willlanguish.  One must keep vigil inprayer; remain loving and attentive.Listening from ExileEvening light pours through the window,dappling my prayer in soft shades of pink and yellow before fading away. My heart registers a rhythmic pulse, rising imperceptibly like
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A Barefooted Dream

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 8.0px 'Book Antiqua'; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} Because of our God’s merciful compassion,the dawn from on high will visit usto shine on those who live in darknessand the shadow of death,to guide our feet into the way of peace.(Luke 1: 78-79)Seated comfortably in my dreamland movie theater, withIt's
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Other Blogs by Secular Discalced Carmelites:

  • Bethany Hang Out – a blog by Shawn Chapman, OCDS. Shawn is a member of the Austin community of Secular Discalced Carmelites. She also writes regularly for ATX Catholic online.
  • Elizabeth Explores Writing - a blog by Elizabeth Ogilvie, OCDS. Elizabeth is a Secular Discalced Carmelite of the U.S. Central Province.
  • Gray Rising – a blog by Tim Bete, OCDS. Tim is a member of the community of the Secular Discalced Carmelites in Dayton, OH.
  • Hearth Cake and a Jug of Water – Mary Bellman, a member of the Dallas OCDS community, sends out a daily Carmelite quotation by e-mail. Send her an email at bellman.mary@gmail.com if you would like to be added on her mailing list and receive these Carmelite quotations.
  • Illumina, Domine – a blog by Pat Enk, a Secular Discalced Carmelite of the U.S. Central Province.