What I’ve Learned from Recreation

The schedule in our monasteries includes an activity called the hour of recreation, in which the community gathers in a common room to talk together. It typically follows the evening hour of mental (silent) prayer, and the two share a lot in common. Both require the same attentiveness of heart, both require patient perseverance to [...]

Holy Reflection Will Save You: Fidelity Under Fire

Today Carmelites welcome a new saint as Pope Francis canonizes Blessed Titus Brandsma at Saint Peter's in Rome. During a 2007 convocation of the Carmelite Institute in  Warwick, Rhode Island a talk was given about Titus Brandsma of the Netherlands with other Carmelite martyrs, victims of what we would now call "state terrorism". Titus appears [...]

By |2022-05-14T20:07:03-05:00May 14th, 2022|Carmelite Spirituality, Events|0 Comments

Centenary to Come, Centenary already Done

With the Order planning to celebrate the Fourth Centenary of our holy mother Saint Teresa's canonization, it is worth pointing out that our monastery in Washington, DC has an iconic reference to that event gracing the walls of one of its parlors. This image shows an artistic tribute to that significant day in Church history: [...]

By |2022-03-11T17:40:21-06:00March 11th, 2022|Carmelite Spirituality|0 Comments

Free Lenten Online Carmelite Retreat: Experiencing Divine Mercy with the Saints of Carmel

Join Discalced Carmelites from around the world in preparing for Easter with a free online Carmelite retreat. Our theme this year is Experiencing Divine Mercy with the Saints of Carmel. Sign up to receive an email each week of Lent with a new point of inspiration (text and video) along with short texts for [...]

“How is it God Loves Us?”: A Homily for St. John of the Cross

Blessed Solemnity of St. John of the Cross! The following homily was given in Westminster Cathedral (London) to commemorate the 4th centenary of the death of St. John of the Cross. Although it was delivered 30 years ago, its message about the consoling love of God is perhaps one that we need to hear even [...]

By |2022-02-17T12:41:53-06:00December 12th, 2021|Carmelite Spirituality|0 Comments

CarmelCast Episode 41: The Conversion of St. Edith Stein and an Interview with a Family Devoted to Carmel

In the first half of this episode, we discuss the conversion of St. Edith Stein. Then, we have an interview with the Lasnoski family. No time to watch now? Tune in as you commute, work out, or do housework by looking us up wherever you listen to podcasts: Click here to download [...]

CarmelCast Episode 40: Blessed Marie-Eugène and an Interview with a Member of a Secular Institute

In the first half of this episode, we discuss the life and teaching of Blessed Marie-Eugène. Then, we have an interview with Anne-Elisabeth Giuliani, a member of Notre Dame de Vie. Learn more about the Notre Dame de Vie: https://www.notredamedevie.org/en No time to watch now? Tune in as you commute, work out, [...]

CarmelCast Episode 39: How to Have a Good Advent and an Interview with a Secular Order Member

In the first half of this episode, we discuss how you can enter more deeply into the very Carmelite season of Advent. Then, we have an interview with Mike Alley, a Secular Order Discalced Carmelite. Learn more about the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites: https://www.ocdswashprov.org THIS WEEK ONLY, save 30% off The [...]

CarmelCast Episode 38: Sin and Discouragement in Prayer and an Interview with a Carmelite Sister

This season on CarmelCast we are discussing the different ways that a person can belong to the Carmelite Family. In the first half of this episode, we discuss St. Teresa's approach to avoiding discouragement in prayer in the face of sin. Then, we have an interview with Sister. Regina Marie of the Carmelite Sisters [...]

CarmelCast Episode 37: Prayer as Relationship with Jesus and an Interview with a Carmelite Nun

This season on CarmelCast we are discussing the different ways that a person can belong to the Carmelite Family. In the first half of this episode, we discuss how prayer is a relationship with Jesus. Then, we have an interview with Mother Celine of the Eucharist from the Carmelite Monastery in Loretto, PA. [...]

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