Carmelite Spirituality

“Come what may, happen what may”

St. Teresa of Avila has given us piercing insights into the heights of mystical prayer and the phenomena that can come with it. She received these as gifts for the help and salvation of every person who comes seeking a deeper relationship with the Lord. What most inspires from her life and writings, however, is [...]

Pin-Pricks in a Pandemic

Saint Thérèse enriched her teaching on the “Little Way” with several interesting images. She once spoke of herself as a small grain of sand but not “discouraged because God cannot inspire unrealizable desires” (Story of a Soul, p. 207, ICS ed.); and she more or less identified herself as a little chick protected by the [...]

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Half a Century Ago – The Doctorate of St. Teresa of Avila

In this 50th anniversary year of her arrival among the proclaimed Doctors of the Church, and the first woman among them, we can only show appreciation for Saint Paul VI’s gesture and also the kindliness which led Bishop Shanley to leave to the house of our province devoted to studies such a beautiful image of Teresa of Jesus.

By |2020-09-26T22:21:47-05:00September 27th, 2020|Carmelite Spirituality|0 Comments

St. Thérèse Novena

Join us as we celebrate the novena of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face! Subscribe to the ICS Publications YouTube channel for a new reflection each day leading up to her traditional feast day on October 3 (This gives room for those of us who are often late to begin novenas!). [...]

The Transverberation of St. Teresa of Jesus

Note: The following homily for the Memorial of the Transverberation of St. Teresa of Jesus was given by Deacon Br. Pier Giorgio of Christ the King, O.C.D., on the occasion of the clothing Mass of a Discalced Carmelite nun. ——— At the end of May in 1921, St. Teresa Benedicta, then Edith Stein, boarded a [...]

God is Able: Homily for the Solemnity of the Assumption

Yesterday, as I was leaving Latrobe, Pennsylvania very early in the morning, while it was still dark, I passed a well-lit bulletin board that said in big letters: GOD IS ABLE. And I thought this sign was perfectly suited to celebrate the mystery of the great Solemnity we celebrate today, the ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED [...]

The Martyrs of Compiègne

This homily was preached by Deacon Br. Pier Giorgio of Christ the King, OCD, on the Memorial of St. Teresa of St. Augustine and Companions on July 17, 2020, at a Discalced Carmelite Monastery of nuns. Sisters, there is something about today’s martyrs that is fascinating. Perhaps it is because they are not martyred in [...]

The Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel – El Escapulario de la Virgen del Carmen

Today is the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Fr. Michael-Joseph of Saint Thérèse, OCD shares the history, spirituality, and the practice of being enrolled in the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in both English and Spanish. El Padre Michael-Joseph de Saint Thérèse, OCD cuenta la historia, la espiritualidad y la práctica [...]

St. Teresa of Jesus of the Andes – A Woman of Contagious Joy

Today is the feast day of St. Teresa of Jesus of the Andes, and, significantly, this year marks the 100th anniversary of her death. In this video, Br. John-Mary of Jesus Crucified introduces us to this energetic, charming young Latin American saint who has something powerful to say to our troubled world.

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