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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|

The Christmas Blessing of St. Edith Stein’s Broken Foot

Speak of strange and unexpected fulfillment of prophetic pronouncements. Edith Stein wrote that "what did not lie in [her] plan lay in God's plan." Years later as a contemplative nun living in a cloister in [...]

By | December 24th, 2018|Carmelite Spirituality|

A Christmas Card from the Child Jesus

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is the exchanging of Christmas cards. There’s a joy-filled wonder in checking the mailbox and seeing a colored card-sized envelope. No matter who it’s from, we love receiving personal notes of affection, awkward family photos, and assurances of prayers and love in the coming New Year...

By | December 20th, 2018|Carmelite Spirituality|