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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Outside Time

We entered an eclipse but instead of creeping nightfall the afternoon shimmered with embers of burning silver light.Thousands – dare I say millions – pledged a view of the spectacle. Yeton my patch of grassy earth, all is calm, quiet, and bright.Neither bird nor bee, dog nor tree stir.And I stand – stunningly alone.  For this midday Rapture isn’t
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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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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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Unless

Like stacked bales of wool,thick walls of silenceform a barricade,keeping me safelywithin my cell,unless theyblock my way,banishing me,to the outside,alone with only a hungerto be within.Written by Tim Bete, OCDSTim is a Secular Discalced Carmelite from Dayton, OH
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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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ABIDE

Abide, ABIDE–The tide of graceFlows fully in the spaceFreshly opened by the crushingof your heart.A part of you has died.Now, springs from His sideThe new life that shines more widelythan the death endured.Moored in Jesus, anchoredSo deeply, abide, that the waves crash, butDo not crush the hidden seed ofHis responding to your seeking.It was always first His voice that you had heard,But only now
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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.