Discalced Carmelite Friars

Province of St. Therese

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Black Pearl

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Keep Praying, Keep Heart, Keep Faith

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
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'Flourish'

It was mid-morning as IScurried about the house.Make the bed.  Sweep the floor.Oh look at those books open, on The desk – need to read those.What is the office calling for?I feel His gaze rest on my wrist.       His curved fingers reaching            proposing to lead me in a Feather step.      And I glide, free-spinning
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The Wooing

Entering the cave of my soul,clinging darkly to holy scripturespromise, saying you will come and make your dwelling with me.Idly, gently do I tampwispy thoughts away.Neither noise nor motion - you are here.My quietness hangs suspended, listening for your breathing;the breath of your nostrils……………with the breath of your mouth You breathe your warmth –
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Repayment

What will God findwhen He looks within,searching a soulemptied to make adwelling place for Him?He will see Himself,for that is all my soul can hold.And when He sees Himself,rejoicing at the Love He’s found —a Love that is also Him —how is it He will repay me,who am neither the seekernor the Lovebut only the containerin which He dwells?Without His blood,a chalice is but a cup,without
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God Whispers

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
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Winter Evening

Star-filled sky,a tabernacle;moon glowinglike Sanctuary lamp,smell of melting waxand incensereplaced by pine mixedwith cold winter air.Dirt road covered by snow,crunching under foot,breaking the stillness,until I stopped.Motionless,ears cocked,there was no soundexcept darkness,and silent peace;the entire world’svastnessfrozen in time.At that moment,You pierced my heart,shattering the tabernacleof
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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.