Discalced Carmelite Friars

Province of St. Therese


This blog is being kept as a memorial to Fr. John Michael Payne, OCD, who was a Friar of the Discalced Carmelite Province of St. Therese in the United States and who wrote the posts on this blog. No further items will be posted on this blog.

~Discalced Carmelite Friars
Province of St. Therrese

Simple and sometimes literal

“It’s like Clinton asking what is is!” That was my response to Raphael and Sam Anthony’s tacit agreement that I was wrong about scripture scholars making too big of a thing about the significance of Jesus’ “I AM.” Raphael, our senior community member and scholar, explained that the scholars have divided the “I am” statements of Jesus into two categories: the first is without qualifier,
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Grotto Bridge

Around Easter Sunday we noticed our bridge to the grotto partially collapse. Robert secured the fallen shore line and a guy named Rodney from Sherwood build the new bridge on the octave of Easter. It cost $ 2,650 which I thought was a fair sum for this work. Guess I should have waited to pay them until the bridge was completed, but in Rodney we trust. Written by Fr. John Michael Payne, OCD
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Holy Saturday

On Holy Saturday morning the chapel was bare as an empty tomb. From an ancient homily on Holy Saturday: Something strange is happening --there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since
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