Carmelite Spirituality

CarmelCast – Episode 15: Saint Thérèse’s Early Childhood

This season of CarmelCast we'll be exploring the life and teaching of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower. We encourage you to follow along this Lent as we journey through her life by reading her autobiography. In this episode, Br. Pier Giorgio, Fr. Michael-Joseph, and Br. John-Mary discuss the early childhood of St. Thérèse [...]

By | February 26th, 2020|Carmelite Spirituality|0 Comments

Being Faithful to ‘My Grace’: Blessed Marie-Eugene

One of the things that always struck me about Blessed Marie-Eugène of the Child Jesus was his deep freedom to simply be who God wanted him to be and not to conform himself to other models, no matter how holy they may have seemed. This fidelity to the personal grace God had given him was [...]

Sartorial Sharing: St. Edith Stein and her Godmother Hedwig Conrad-Martius

This blog carried a Christmas story about St. Teresa Benedicta and her sister Rosa Stein a year ago on Christmas Eve 2018.  Christmastide was a significant time of year for our Carmelite—Philosopher saint since she was baptized a Catholic on January 1, 1922, octave day of Christmas. Original Baptismal font Present at the [...]

By | January 1st, 2020|Carmelite Spirituality|0 Comments

Advent is the Carmelite Season

Advent is the Carmelite season; it speaks so much to who we are...

CarmelCast – Episode 14: All Carmelite Saints & All Carmelite Souls

Each November we celebrate the Feast of All Carmelite Saints and the Commemoration of All Carmelite Souls. During these days we remember and pray for the Carmelites who have passed away, who by living out their vocations faithfully day in and day out have made a significant, though hidden, impact on the world. In this episode, several friars recall the memories of deceased friars who have made specific imprints on their lives.

By | November 12th, 2019|Carmelite Spirituality|0 Comments

CarmelCast – Episode 13: St. Elizabeth of the Trinity and the Divine Indwelling

St. Elizabeth of the Trinity is the most recently canonized Carmelite saint. This vivacious young French woman, marked with profound spiritual depth, entered Carmel at age 21 and died a short five years later. Her life and writings speak of the powerful mystery of God dwelling within our souls. In this episode, Fr. Michael Joseph [...]

CarmelCast – Episode 12: Demystifying St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)

St. Teresa Benedicta is one of the least understood Carmelite saints. Her complex philosophical writings can overwhelm and intimidate those untrained in phenomenology. But as a convert to the Catholic faith, prominent female speaker, Carmelite nun, and Auschwitz martyr, her inspirational life has something to say to us all. In this episode, Fr. Michael Joseph [...]

CarmelCast – Episode 11: St. John of the Cross and the Dark Night

St. John of the Cross is a spiritual master and Doctor of the Church. His image of the Dark Night has captivated the imaginations of Christians throughout the centuries. He shows us that darkness and suffering, when endured with love, has meaning and will transform us into saints. In this episode, Fr. Michael Joseph of [...]

CarmelCast – Episode 10: St. Teresa of Avila and the Humanity of Christ

St. Teresa of Avila is the foundress of the Discalced Carmelites and the first female doctor of the Church. Her teaching on prayer is a guiding light for all Christians. In this episode, Fr. Michael Joseph of St. Thérèse is joined by Br. Emmanuel of the Mother of Mercy to discuss St. Teresa's insistence on [...]

CarmelCast – Episode 9: Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the Brown Scapular

The brown scapular is a widespread devotion in the Church. It is a sign of the protection of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and a participation in the graces she promised to the Carmelite Order. In this episode, Fr. Michael Joseph of St. Thérèse is joined by Br. Pier Giorgio of Christ the King who [...]