Discalced Carmelite Friars

Province of St. Therese

Dónde está tu Madre

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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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Journaling in the Chapel

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?
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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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“Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!”

        “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”        Philippians 4:8 The television comedy series Monty Python was known
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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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Reflection on the Centenary Year

As the Centenary Year Celebration approaches I look back over the past five years of study of Our Holy Mother Teresa’s works and am grateful for all the insights and wisdom she has shared with us. I was especially blessed to get to know her better in the study guide of her Foundations and surprisingly in her Letters and Spiritual Testimonies. St. Teresa’s
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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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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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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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White Martyrdom

        “It is not idle allegory to say that the wise virgins processing to meet the Bridegroom are the Church in Eucharistic celebration. The celebrants are those who live day in and day out, knowing that the Truth will appear. This explains the palpable radiance a pastor sees in some very old people who beam at the prospect of seeing God face- to-face. They
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More About Clouds and Fog

One perpetual theme coursing through my life is that of living in a fog ~ that tendency of being what people call a daydreamer.  It is who I am and although I am now comfortable in this environment, it can have unintentional results.  All this interior dwelling does tend to annoy the spousal unit on occasion, especially when he realizes I haven’t heard anything he’s said to me
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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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The Love of Silence

When a person places them self in an attitude of stillness and quiet, a whole new world opens up to them.  They tend to experience their surroundings in a different way; they become more present in space and time.  This has been my personal experience throughout my life.  This attitude of silence has been crucial to my health this past half century; ranking just above a natural thirst
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Conversations Beyond Time

 Manuscript -St. Teresa of Jesus, Valladolid Carmel    I have often wondered, as our St. Therese did, what part I am called to play in the life of the Body of Christ. Like Therese, I am called to be love at the heart of the Church. As a Secular Carmelite, like Teresa I am called to live out my mission as a good friend of Jesus, but ‘in the world’.    
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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.