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Scarlet Rose

Image by malubeng from PixabayScarlet rose you areClipped from our Lady's gardenSet aside, for what?A crown of gloryShe weaves for her Savior SonOf roses so fair.Thorns renewed, pain goneAnd petals softened by loveIn Carmel's garden.Written by Michelle Estep, OCDSAustin, TX
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Attende Domine—Draw Near, O Lord

Image by StockSnap There is a hymn that I so very rarely hear, that has become a prayer for me in recent years—Attende Domine.  I can tell you exactly when I heard it in at least recent memory—it was in March 2014 when one morning a Carmelite friar of the Province celebrated Mass for us, and that was the opening hymn we sang, out of all possible ones we might have chosen.The hymn sounded
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He Comes Anew

(Written at the closing of the Doors of Mercy-the day Pope Francis closed the Year of Mercy)My subconscious is restless Everywhere I look, Babel I see Self-medicated numbnessA people enslaved by their passions The red horseman comes, no peace Heavy blade of 'tolerance' he wieldsThe beast has infected usA virus of group-think is his markCreative beauty dyingA bitter hopelessness takes its placeDeath
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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.