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CarmelCast – Episode 3: The Prayer of Recollection

Saint Teresa of Avila proposes one particular method of prayer that she found to be most helpful in her own life: the prayer of recollection. In this episode we discuss this practice of prayer as it is understood in the Carmelite Tradition. We also look briefly at Saint Teresa's famous analogy of prayer: the Four Waters.

By | March 20th, 2019|Carmelite Spirituality|

CarmelCast – Episode 2: Modes of Prayer

Most of us are familiar with various ways of praying, some of these methods taught to us from our youth.  These types of prayer are not only for beginners but continue to be helpful aids as we grow in our relationship with God. In this episode we will look more closely at four different methods, or modes, of prayer which are highly revered in the Carmelite tradition: vocal prayer, liturgical prayer, meditative reading, and discursive meditation.

By | March 13th, 2019|Carmelite Spirituality|

CarmelCast – Episode 1: Conversion

Whether you’ve been praying for many years, or if you are just beginning, we all have one thing in common: the need for conversion. Lent is a season specifically set aside by the Church to focus on repentance and conversion. In this episode we explore what the Carmelite tradition has to teach us about living lives of continual conversion from the teachings of Saints Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross.

By | March 6th, 2019|Carmelite Spirituality|

The Greatest Love Story

This is the essence of Carmel. This is the purpose of the entire spiritual life. This is the reason why the whole world was created. And this is the very reason why you were made...

By | February 14th, 2019|Carmelite Spirituality|

The Legacy of Fr. Kieran Kavanaugh, O.C.D.

Thomas Morgan Kavanaugh was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on 19 February 1928. After attending Archbishop Messmer High School in Milwaukee, he entered the novitiate of the Discalced Carmelite friars in Brookline, Massachusetts, in 1946...

By | February 7th, 2019|Uncategorized|

From Diocesan Priest to Discalced Carmelite: Bl. Marie-Eugene of the Child Jesus, OCD

Today, February 4, is the memorial of our newest beatified friar, Bl. Marie-Eugene of the Child Jesus. As a diocesan priest who entered Carmel five years after my ordination, I received much guidance from the writings and example of this great man who shared with me a common path...

By | February 4th, 2019|Carmelite Spirituality|