Discalced Carmelite Friars

Province of St. Therese

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A Distraction While Meditating

As given in The Rule of Saint Albert, Carmelites “should live a life of allegiance to Jesus Christ” and while this reflection isn’t all about the Rule all Carmelites wish to live up to, it does relate to it directly.Recently, after receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation, part of my penance – after my public flogging (just kidding) – was to meditate on the Passion of
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Mustard Seed Faith – Part 2

Jesus' response to the apostles' request in Luke 17:5, to "Increase our faith," is one that has continued to intrigue me in recent months. It has brought a continuing refrain: "If you had faith the size of a mustard seed..."It has struck me during this time how it seems that Jesus infers they (myself, included!) are needing more insight on what faith is, and it's related to the minuscule size of that
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Love in a Battle-field

What is love?  Not an original question surely, yet I do still ask myself this question.  What does love look like?  As a Catholic, my mind immediately turns to the crucifix; THE image of perfect love.  Jesus, the son of God, nailed to an instrument of torture upon which he died to procure the salvation of my soul and that of all mankind.  Gazing upon a crucifix is an opportunity
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The Power of Telling Love Stories

This past year put into motion a phenomenal ripple effect of grace, as the Order celebrated the five hundredth anniversary of the birth of St Teresa of Jesus.  For myself however it did not start on a happy note.  It began with Hannah the pack-mule [read: stubborn] schlepping the burdens of her vocation.  Everyone around me – husband excluded – assumed “Good ole responsible,
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Courage of Conviction

One of my favorite things about our holy mother, Teresa of Jesus, is her willingness to say the hard things,without fear of whatever her day’s “media coverage” will be reporting and mis-representing. Our holy father Pope Francis shares that courage of conviction. When he dares to offer consolation to his priests and bishops, in the face of the ongoing scandals of sexual abuse of children
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Your Faces Remind Me of His

As a Carmelite Secular, the most meaningful of all Pope Francis’s speeches in the United States was for me during his visit to the homeless at St. Patrick’s Parish in Washington, D.C.  He began the speech by recalling, “a person whom I love, someone who is, and has been, very important though out my life…St. Joseph.”  He then tells the homeless and charity workers
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The Context of Community

How often, when I speak of my vocation to the Secular branch of the Discalced Carmelite Order, do I use the word “I”? I was called; I came; I was formed. I committed. I am still being formed. An essential element of our vocation, however, is its community context. It is hopefully as a member of a community, as well as as a son or daughter of Teresa and our Mother Mary that we become not
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Unavoidable Weakness

What unavoidable weakness in yourself do you struggle to accept?This question for reflection in our parish’s weekly newsletter caught my attention, with its specific attention to unavoidable weaknesses. Like most, I struggle mightily (or often not so mightily) against the sinful dispositions which sabotage my desire for holiness of life. But it has helped especially in my more mature years to
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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.