Discalced Carmelite Friars

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BELIEVE

"BELIEVE." "I do believe." What does it mean, to "believe?" "Blessed is she who believed that the Lord's words to her would be fulfilled." (Luke 1:39). St. John Paul II calls this verse a "key" to understanding Mary in his encyclical, "Mother of the Redeemer." "HEAR, O Israel... you shall love the Lord your God with all your HEART...". The call to hear, listen to what is
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Reflections on an analysis of The Spiritual Canticle

“A lyric creation by a poet does not necessarily show concern for the logical demands of a theologian.”— The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross, p. 465Alone in his cramped prison cell,John of the Cross erupted witha melodic chorusof love so deep,his soul burst forth,filling his confinementwith dazzling light,his freedom gainedas he soared tothe One he loved.And as his soul exploded,his
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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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Love in a Battle-field

What is love?  Not an original question surely, yet I do still ask myself this question.  What does love look like?  As a Catholic, my mind immediately turns to the crucifix; THE image of perfect love.  Jesus, the son of God, nailed to an instrument of torture upon which he died to procure the salvation of my soul and that of all mankind.  Gazing upon a crucifix is an opportunity
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Dad and the Two Oranges

“How beautiful are all his works!”  (Sirach 42  )        Just as I delighted for a moment in the ordinary but incredible scenery illuminated by the sun’s rising, I turned back to the verse where I had left off in Sirach 42:  “The clear vault of the sky shines forth like heaven itself, a vision of glory.  The orb of the sun, resplendent
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A Reflection

A Reflectionfor our community study of Fr. Marc Foley’sReflections on John of the Cross’s Ascent of Mount Carmel,        [from p.115, quoting St. John of the Cross:]        To understand the nature of this union [with God], one should first know that God sustains every soul and dwells in it substantially, even though
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Be Not Afraid!

The air, the airwaves, the papers are filled withfearful voices proclaiming doom in one form or another.It seems to me a squandering of the soul to worry about,to make anxious provisions for, some possible dangerwhich could happen in the future, but which is not now a reality. Listening to doomsayers, giving ear to loud voices proclaiming(but not apparently having prophetic authority to proclaim) doom,and
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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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Easter

Thankfulness, confidence, joy in the Holy Trinity, Is ever-growing to eternity –  With exaltation knowing no bounds: Jesus, I praise you, trust in you, To the glory of the Father … ABBA!  My heart cries out, “You are my Father – FOREVER!” Holy Spirit, teach me, pour into me The fear that casts out all fear,* That leads me to
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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.