Discalced Carmelite Friars

Province of St. Therese

OCDS Central

–– Evenings Beatitude

“They say for many people, evening is the best part of the day…”from the Merchant-Ivory movie ‘Remains of the Day’The sun sweeps low across the evening sky —  a bird flits about the shrubbery singing its spooneylittle tune in the failing light — applause trickles upon leaves Burnished by powdery flecks and dust,fallen from the wings of Dying moths.                 &
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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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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.