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Deacon Br. Pier Giorgio – First Homily

Br. Pier Giorgio of Christ the King was ordained to the Sacred Order of the Diaconate on July 5, 2020. The following is his first homily, preached to the Carmelite community on July 6, the memorial of St. Maria Goretti: “Courage daughter! Your faith has saved you.” And from that hour the woman was cured. [...]

Dwelling in the Heart of Jesus

The following is the homily that was given by Fr. Michael Berry of the Heart of Jesus to the Discalced Carmelite community at Holy Hill for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, June 19, 2020. These Solemnities of Ordinary Time we have been celebrating since the end of the Easter Season, powerfully reveal to us [...]

A “Most Moving” Novena for Pentecost

At the Carmel of Cologne Germany, home to the community Edith Stein joined in 1933, there is now a modern archive housing texts, studies, and memorabilia related to Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. Herr Thomas Schuld supervises the collection and welcomes persons who ask to use the services available. Even before this archive was [...]

By | May 30th, 2020|Carmelite Spirituality|0 Comments

St. Simon Stock and the Brown Scapular

Today is the feast of St. Simon Stock, who received the Brown Scapular from Our Lady of Mount Carmel in 1251. Fr. Michael-Joseph of Saint Thérèse shares the history, spirituality, and the practice of being enrolled in the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. To subscribe to our Youtube channel or [...]

Thérèse: Saint of Divine Mercy

Today is the Octave Day of Easter; a day designated by the Church as Divine Mercy Sunday. It is a time to recall with special attention the great gift of mercy that we receive from the risen Christ. The entirety of Saint Thérèse's life—her Christmas miracle, her entrance into Carmel, her Little Way, her terrible suffering and illness–all of it is a beautiful hymn of Divine Mercy...

The Secret of the Cross: A Good Friday Reflection

This is the secret of the Cross. Once we discover that it is the only way to everything we want, we don’t have to fear it, but only to embrace it as each occasion presents itself.

CarmelCast – Episode 21: St. Thérèse’s Life After Death

In this episode, Br. Pier Giorgio, Fr. Michael-Joseph, and Br. John-Mary discuss how St. Thérèse is a contemporary witness of the spirituality of St. John of the Cross.

Paschal Imagery for Lent from St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross’s writings display rich and numerous references to the saving instrument of our salvation, the Cross of Christ. Iconography for her helps impress the beneficial image and effect the Cross has on the lives of those who believe in Jesus.

By | April 5th, 2020|Carmelite Spirituality|0 Comments

CarmelCast – Episode 20: St. Thérèse and St. John of the Cross

In this episode, Br. Pier Giorgio, Fr. Michael-Joseph, and Br. John-Mary discuss how St. Thérèse is a contemporary witness of the spirituality of St. John of the Cross.

Let Him Sleep

Jesus is hidden. This week begins the Lenten season of Passiontide. Crosses and images are traditionally covered, and the readings point to the rising conspiracy against Jesus by his opponents. In our own time, things are difficult. For many of us, Jesus seems to be very hidden. Some of us have not received the Eucharist [...]