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
Keep Praying, Keep Heart, Keep Faith
December 16, 2017 | abiding in God, contemplative prayer, courage, faith, God's love, God's presence, reflection, spirituality
What does it mean, to "pray always and not lose heart?" So many connections surface, but the focus that recently jumped out was the connection between the praying, and not losing heart. I'm reminded of what is stated in the introduction to the section on Prayer in the Catechism: "According to Scripture, it is the heart that prays...The heart is the dwelling place where I
Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Elijah
July 28, 2017 | Carmelite spirituality, Elijah, faith, God, God's love, Jesus, Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, prayer, Scriptures
"Planted in the house of the Lord, They will flourish in the courts of our God." (Ps 92:13)Celebrating both the Solemnities of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and of Elijah - within four days' time - springs forth an image of what they share on the most hidden to manifest levels.Reading the above verse from Psalm 92, on the day before Our Lady of Mount Carmel, I was struck by the invisible but essential aspect
Journaling in the Chapel
January 9, 2017 | Carmelite spirituality, contemplative prayer, determination, God's love, meditation, praise, prayer, St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa, St. Therese, thanksgiving
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While in the Chapel after Mass this morning, a feeling of warmth came over me. Like being warmed by a heat, a magnificent flame, I began to think what a gift it was to be here in the presence of my Creator and His faithful Missionary Carmelites of St Teresa. Talking to God, I asked, why do you love me? Why have you given me such a wonderful environment to grow in Carmelite spirituality?
Mustard Seed Faith – Part 2
December 27, 2016 | abandonment, Advent, apostles, Bethlehem, Carmelite, Carmelite spirituality, doctrine, Elizabeth of the Trinity, faith, God's love, Jesus, Mary, reflection, saints, Scriptures, St. John of the Cross, St. Joseph
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
June 20, 2016 | Christian life, direction, distractions, God's love, Mercy, poetry, purpose, reflection, spirituality
This poem is a response to the pervasive and wanton distractions that overrun our age; to which Christians are not entirely immune. Our Carmelite vocation stands as a remedy to these distressing symptoms of Modernity; and humanity’s deepest longing for spiritual wholeness.chasmWoven into the summer’s heat a drowsy instance snaps, a crack of thunder – jarring –revealing the
Dad and the Two Oranges
May 4, 2016 | beauty, creation, death, family, gift, God's love, God's Word, love, oranges, providence, remembrance, sharing, wisdom
“How beautiful are all his works!” (Sirach 42 ) Just as I delighted for a moment in the ordinary but incredible scenery illuminated by the sun’s rising, I turned back to the verse where I had left off in Sirach 42: “The clear vault of the sky shines forth like heaven itself, a vision of glory. The orb of the sun, resplendent at its rising:
Your Eternal Sigh
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An oak, large and bedewed clothed in the freshness of Spring glistens – a myriad flashes of light –your eternal gaze.In hidden knowledge you saw us;lowly, fallen, compost. Even beforethe breath of your spoken Word,you could do naught but from theheart take breath and speakyour Mercy.In a movement of being – oh mystery of being –in that “act” of incarnate Wordborne aloft
March 28, 2016 | belonging to God, eternity, God's love, God's presence, life, poetry, soul, spirituality
When I told youMy love was so greatthat I wanted to spend eternity with you,I did not mean an eternity at some far-off time,as if eternity’s clock was wound by your death.Eternity began the day I conceived your soul.On that day,I blossomed within you, long before your birth,long before you first saw the world.Yet you forget our eternity is well underway,squandering
The Fledgling Poet
March 11, 2016 | contemplation, dialogue, God's love, God's mercy, Jessica Powers, poetic experience, poetry, poets, religious experience
“The point of [a] poem [is] not only aesthetic enchantment but contemplation and dialogue. Poetic experience, like religious experience, is an act of communion with the world. A poem is religious not because its intent is religious but because it intends contact with human experience on the deepest level possible.” “Poetry that is grounded in contemplation and dialogue gives
The Longest Road
February 8, 2016 | compassion, forgiveness, God's love, humility, Luke 15:20, Mercy, poetry, reflection, Rembrandt, repentance, The Prodigal Son
“So he got up and went back to his father.” — Luke 15:20How many days did he walk,mulling over words he would sayto a father scorned and insulted,replaying scenarios in his mind.Still so focused on himself,all he could
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With each insight You grantYour mystery grows largeruntil I know much more and yet much less about You.Love’s enigmaerases the questionsmy mind once asked.Being with You is enough;in silence is Your love.Written by Tim BeteTim Bete is a Secular Discalced Carmelite from Dayton, OH
Mercy Healed Me
December 4, 2015 | anguish, betrayal, forgiveness, God's love, grace, healing, loss, Mercy, pain, poetry
(written October 16, 2015 while at the 2015 Milwaukee National OCDS Congress during Adoration)Lord, thank you for your Mercy.You have felt my anguish and pain.The rejection and deception pierced my heartDown to the first thread of muscle.Pain seared through my calmness.Oh, how my heart ached for loss of my marriage.Death! The death of what was supposed to be. “Til death us do part” came way too
The Expanse of My Past
Photo by Banjoman1 (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsMy paternal grandfather died just before my 4th birthday, what I remember the most about him was the love he had for me. I was his seventh grandchild and all he wanted to do was make the most of this little-one while visiting from the countryside. The moment he saw me, he'd gather me into his arms and hug me relentlessly.
Something Old, Something New - Part 2
(3) This next is upon noticing the sun's rays striking a shiny box in the kitchen: Moments like these, Illuminated by peace, Make life worth living And inspire giving Their fruits to those we meet. It is the Holy Spirit who does convey His way that supersedes,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.