Discalced Carmelite Friars

Province of St. Thérèse


This blog offers news, reflections, and ramblings from the woods and hallways of Marylake Monastery, our province's house of prayer in rural Arkansas.

~Fr. John Michael Payne, OCD


The Empty Tomb/Tabernacle

“And they laid him in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid.” [Lk 23,53]“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 the world began. God
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Lost and Found

Today is the feast of Saint Basil, a Cappadocian monk who established monastery life in the East, much as Benedict did in the West. Our dog we named Basil because it was on this saint’s day last year that he found us. From the beginning we suspected he’d always be a small dog. I for one wanted a “real dog,” i.e. like our Weimaraner Jackson of happy memory.
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Teresa, the Writer – Part 2

        These are two of my favorite depictions of Teresa de Jesús. The first is from an 18th century woodcut. I found in on a holy card. I like it because it shows the saint in an activity typical of her. She’s writing at a simple desk, presumably in her cloistered monastic cell. Hovering over her quill pen is a dove representing
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