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Br. John-Mary of Jesus Crucified, OCD

About Br. John-Mary of Jesus Crucified, OCD

Br. John-Mary is a theology student at Catholic University living in our Carmelite monastery in Washington DC.

The Greatest Love Story

This is the essence of Carmel. This is the purpose of the entire spiritual life. This is the reason why the whole world was created. And this is the very reason why you were made...

By | February 14th, 2019|Carmelite Spirituality|0 Comments

The Mariology of Saint John of the Cross

Saint John of the Cross is widely known for his spiritual writing. He is a Doctor of the Church, master of prayer, and expert of the spiritual life. His writings cover a wide range of subjects and themes, but John is seldom acknowledged for his teachings on the Blessed Virgin Mary. How is it that a man known for his spiritual wisdom, who devoted his entire life to achieving union with God in a religious order dedicated to living in imitation of Mary, is rarely recalled in relation to Our Lady?

By | December 14th, 2018|Carmelite Spirituality|0 Comments

The Carmelite Response to a Church in Crisis

A few days ago, one of the elder friars in our community gave an excellent homily concerning the devastating sexual abuse crisis within the Catholic Church. Having been surrounded by the whirlwind of media coverage over the last couple of weeks, he pondered what the takeaway message should be for us as Christians and specifically as Carmelites...

The Silence of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

The silence of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is not one of emptiness. No, her silence is pregnant with meaning. At the Annunciation, her yes to God was so perfect and pure that it echoes continuously throughout the rest of her life and the rest of eternity. It's not that Mary has nothing to say, it's that she's already said it all: "Let it be done to me according to your Word."

Holy Thursday with Saint John the Apostle

St. John lays his head against the breast of Jesus. He can feel Jesus’ chest as it rises and falls—the chest clothed in garments that became dazzling white at the transfiguration will soon be burdened beneath the weight of the cross...

By | March 29th, 2018|Carmelite Spirituality|Comments Off on Holy Thursday with Saint John the Apostle