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Lent has begun: Mission—be filled with the Holy Spirit

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A Light for Revelation (The Light Went On)

When we hear the phrase, "the light went on," it's often associated with a moment of recognition. The simple example of entering a dark room and flipping a light switch is an illustration of going from one moment, not being able to see, and the next, with visibility now possible in our surroundings.In hearing today's gospel for the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus, the "light went on" for Simeon
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the Sixth (a Christmas poem)

Passively I accept these gloomydays attending another closing year.Trees, house tops, driveways andfootpaths, all gleam from a drenching rain that fell two days before.  It is atime of brightly yellowed trees;losing their glossy aging leavesthat litter boulevards pointing to woods and dark wind-torn fields.No one sees me here, shuttered behind weeping window panes– feeling
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Mustard Seed Faith – Part 1

        The gospel passages that include the phrase, "faith the size of a mustard seed" have not particularly kept my attention over the decades of my life. If anything, I've noticed in myself a sort of sense of passing over it, or wondering, why faith should be such a challenge at times, especially since only (at first glance) such a seemingly minuscule
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St. Teresa

“With anguish sharp and deep I cry: ‘I die because I do not die.’”— St. Teresa of AvilaHow is it that a versefrom poet’s handcan bridge the chasmfrom mind to soul?Like a bucket of waterthat primes a pump,bringing forth a prayerto quench my heart.Words I did not know were mineuntil you wrote them andput them into my mouth,connecting me to the Spirit’s
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Your Eternal Sigh

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”
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When He Sat Down

“WHEN HE SAT DOWN, HE BEGAN TO TEACH THEM” (Mt)This verse from Matthew infers that the moment for those who heard Jesus to be able to receive his teaching was at that moment “when he sat down.”  This implies that he had arrived at the destination, so to speak. This was the thought that came to mind this morning after Mass, as I began to be collected in Jesus’
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Hopeful Living

Our Holy Father’s remarks in Philadelphia about “love in the little things,” along with being able to recognize the miracle of noticing the Holy Spirit at work, actually tie together for me his visit, and the preparation these past five years for celebrating Holy Mother Teresa’s V Centenary of her birth.  Recalling the reading her works during this time brings home to me
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Diversity and Inclusion – the Catholic Reality

Due to my normal life/work schedule the only day I could engage in Pope Francis’ visit was Wednesday September 23rd and what a joy it was.  I won’t dwell on the unpleasantness of those who cannot be pleased by anything Catholic.  It is a symptom of a complex problem; I acknowledge it is there and try harder to reflect the love of God to soothe those disquieted souls.As it happened
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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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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,   
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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.