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Carmel Is to Me

Carmel is a garden where“The Lord can take His walk”—With many terraces sportingCountless species and every typeOf flower, tree, bush, plant,And grass, all in varied climes—With some places favoringBeautiful blooms and flourishingVegetation; others wasteland,With bare dirt and jutting rock, yetBeautiful in the eye of the beholder,Their beloved.  Some receiveToo much sun
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Carmel: Garden, Mountain

By Gideon Pisanty (Gidip) גדעון פיזנטי [CC BY 3.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons At the heart of Carmel    is both garden and mountain. Filled from the Fountain,   consummately gentle – Waiting in the garden...   waiting...      
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Now night has pastYour Creator's Love caresses; A new heart beatsTo a song from antiquity.The still small voiceGives birth to a lily so fair; Mount Carmel callsHer bride forever planted there.Written by Michelle Estep, OCDSAustin, TX
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The Carmel, a poem by Tim Bete, OCDS

Introduction by Fr. Bonaventure Sauer, OCD        One might define poetry, very simply, as “structured speech”—meaning that, since it is speech, even when it is written it should normally be read aloud, or at least read to oneself by sounding the words clearly in one’s head.        Anyway, given that poetry is structured speech,
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A Reflection

A Reflectionfor our community study of Fr. Marc Foley’sReflections on John of the Cross’s Ascent of Mount Carmel,        [from p.115, quoting St. John of the Cross:]        To understand the nature of this union [with God], one should first know that God sustains every soul and dwells in it substantially, even though
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A Reflection on the Long Celebration of St. Teresa’s 500th Birthday

 St. Teresa was determined that her family would be good friends of Jesus, since, as she said, he has so few! Well, I think our holy mother must be pleased by the proliferation of Jesus’s friends who have continued to be called to Carmel. There are many highlights of these 5 years, not the least of which, for me, has been making more Carmelite friends from
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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.