Discalced Carmelite Friars

Province of St. Therese

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Easter Lilies

Ah. Such joy! Strewn across the sanctuary!
White lilies, blaring their trumpets in 
a brilliant white chorus; continuing 
for days and then into weeks.

Now their nodding drooping heads are
covered with quantities of bright yellow
pollen.  And having spent their beauty
And mingled their fragrance with the
sacred incense, they were sent forth.

Dismissed, to line the walkway up to 
the church – an honour guard of
curious sentries – with strong stems and 
robust green leaves raised high.

One by one they depart, in the arms
Of the faithful, perhaps to be planted
In a garden amidst later blooming
companions who, upon seeing such 
Stalwart witnesses will rise up and finish 
the Paschal Tide…in like form.

Written by Hannah De Lisser


Now night has past
Your Creator's Love caresses; A new heart beats
To a song from antiquity.
The still small voice
Gives birth to a lily so fair; Mount Carmel calls
Her bride forever planted there.

Written by Michelle Estep, OCDS
Austin, TX

Dónde está tu Madre

[Blessed Anne of St. Bartholomew's speaks to herself at the death of St. Teresa, her spiritual mother and soul's companion.]

The spokes of the wheels are not groaning in the dirt

That carried the Bride upon the Castilian patchwork

The hand that slew dragons and traversed castles in ink

Has clasped on its’ Bridegroom

Dónde está tu Madre

I cannot see her in my tears

Her voice echoes in the room

Daughter of the Church

Keep repeating, do not lose it

Yes I am her daughter 

Dónde está tu Madre

Specks of dust in the sunlight 

You are honored to be near her

Almost as the dust on her sandals

Dónde está tu Madre

She is no longer mine

Detach, the journey has ended

The hungry come to distribute

Her sanctity 

Dónde está tu Madre

Written by Charles Jakubczak, OCDS
Doctors of Divine Love Community
Atlanta, GA
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Other Blogs by Secular Discalced Carmelites:

  • Bethany Hang Out – a blog by Shawn Chapman, OCDS. Shawn is a member of the Austin community of Secular Discalced Carmelites. She also writes regularly for ATX Catholic online.
  • Elizabeth Explores Writing – a blog by Elizabeth Ogilvie, OCDS. Elizabeth is a Secular Discalced Carmelite of the U.S. Central Province.
  • Gray Rising – a blog by Tim Bete, OCDS. Tim is a member of the community of the Secular Discalced Carmelites in Dayton, OH.
  • Hearth Cake and a Jug of Water – Mary Bellman, a member of the Dallas OCDS community, sends out a daily Carmelite quotation by e-mail. Send her an email at bellman.mary@gmail.com if you would like to be added on her mailing list and receive these Carmelite quotations.
  • Illumina, Domine – a blog by Pat Enk, a Secular Discalced Carmelite of the U.S. Central Province.