Aunt Teresa of Jesus

Blessed feast day of St. Teresa of Jesus! The image above shows a painting now gracing the ground floor elevator entrance in our Washington, DC monastery. It was given to the community by a friend of Carmel living in our area and a long-time devotee of Saint Teresa of Jesus. Fortunately for us, he found [...]

By |2021-10-15T09:56:43-05:00October 15th, 2021|Carmelite Spirituality|0 Comments

The Carmelite Rosary – El Rosario Carmelita

Today is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary! If you look closely, you might notice that the rosary worn by many Discalced Carmelite friars and nuns is a little different than other rosaries. The main difference is that these rosaries often have six decades, or groups of ten beads, instead of just [...]

The Apostolic Dimension of the Teresian Charism

San José, in Ávila, Spain. Founded by St. Teresa in 1562 Sometimes I wonder about the Providence that willed that the first foundation of St. Teresa of Jesus would be inaugurated on this feast of St. Bartholomew, a great missionary apostle. One might ask: what business does a contemplative order such as the [...]

The Once Missing then Present Christ of Edith Stein

Edith in 1921 ~~ Centenary Commemoration ~~ For Edith Stein the happy ending to a lengthy conversion process came with her baptism on the first day of 1922. This was preceded by her completed reading of the Autobiography of Saint Teresa of Jesus a few months previous in the summer of 1921, one hundred years [...]

By |2021-08-25T11:15:03-05:00August 8th, 2021|Carmelite Spirituality|0 Comments

“They went out Singing”

Prelude Carmelites know how 16 nuns of the Compiègne Carmel during the French Revolution sang hymns on their way to their deaths on the guillotine.  The Song at the Scaffold by Gertrude von le Fort was a novella that caused interest in their martyrdom at a time when Edith Stein was still alive.  The composer [...]

By |2021-07-09T20:58:19-05:00July 17th, 2021|Carmelite Spirituality|0 Comments

Who is Our Lady of Mount Carmel? – ¿Quién es La Virgen del Carmen?

Today is the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. In this video, Fr Michael-Joseph of St Thérèse explains the connection between Mary and the Carmelite tradition. We see what Our Lady of Mount Carmel signifies for the spiritual life of Christians and how they can incorporate this devotion in their daily lives. She [...]

Edith Stein, Saint Teresa Benedicta Serves the Church

The sabbatical I was granted after service as Provincial that lasted from August 2014 to November 2015 gave me the opportunity to extend my knowledge of Saint Teresa Benedicta (Edith) Stein and to speak about her to several audiences in Europe. From the days I served also as Provincial Director of Ongoing Formation/Continuing Education I [...]

By |2021-08-27T11:48:20-05:00May 24th, 2021|Carmelite Spirituality|0 Comments

From Ávila, Spain: St. Joseph give me your silence

Today (May 1) is the feast of St. Joseph the Worker. For the year of Saint Joseph we wanted to highlight his more contemplative dimension, especially through the lens of St. Teresa of Avila. She discovered the greatness of St. Joseph right here in Ávila and became one of his greatest devotees of all [...]

CarmelCast Episode 35: The Way of Perfection – Chapters 37-42

This Lent on CarmelCast we're discussing the spiritual classic The Way of Perfection by St. Teresa of Avila. In this episode, we continue our discussion of St. Teresa's commentary on the Our Father, particularly her teaching on temptations in prayer. No time to watch now? Tune in as you commute, work out, [...]

CarmelCast Episode 34: The Way of Perfection – Chapters 32-36

This Lent on CarmelCast we're discussing the spiritual classic The Way of Perfection by St. Teresa of Avila. In this episode, we continue our discussion of St. Teresa's commentary on the Our Father, particularly her teaching on the Eucharist and on forgiveness. No time to watch now? Tune in as you commute, [...]

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