Discalced Carmelite Friars

Province of St. Therese

~ home spirit

Evening lounges across the harbour, stretching off to the purple blue horizon.  Sailboats, having stripped their masts lay scattered on a glassy sea, like so many chess board pieces.My island yawns before me in a Techni-colour dream.  Its image burning bright green from clouds mirrored in the sky + blazing just for me.  “When will I return to my father’s land?  Now that
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Art for Living and Praying

I’ve been reflecting on my upbringing – how I was raised – the culture, family and experiences that shaped how I grew up.  It was idyllic up to a certain point, and then after that certain point, everything changed.  I was not equipped to handle what occurred and became a sort of child hermit.  Emotional faults were entrenched into my psyche while I built up a
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Lent has begun: Mission—be filled with the Holy Spirit

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The Church

The narthex, the nave, the steeple,the transept, the columns, the corbel,the buttress, the portal, the plaster,the gold, the marble, the silver.The Stations of the Crosscarved in Paris and shippedin the hold of a schooneron its way to Boston.The bond stone, the bed joints, the mortar,the granite, the weep holes, the stretcher.The Irish mason who atehis lunch sitting on scaffolding,legs dangling in
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Time Machine

“But if before heaven and earth there was no time, why is it demanded, what Thou then didst? For there was no ‘then,’ when there was no time.”  — The Confessions of St. AugustineIn the beginning,God created a time machine,so I couldtravel to a daywhen I love Himmore than Ilove myself.Years ticking by,seasons pulling me along,like a mother on a mission,holding
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Thurible

Dimly-lit church,empty except for thestrong lingering scentof spicy-sweet smoke,from a funeralearlier in the day.Gray rising cloudsno longer visible,but their essenceleft behindalong with memoriesof a soulI did not know.Lives sputterand ignite,like aromatic crystalsheaped ontored-hot coals,souls billowingand ascendingtoward Heaven.Written by Time Bete, OCDSTim Bete is a Secular Discalced Carmelite
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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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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.