Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Elijah
July 28, 2017 | Carmelite spirituality, Elijah, faith, God, God's love, Jesus, Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, prayer, Scriptures
"Planted in the house of the Lord, They will flourish in the courts of our God." (Ps 92:13)Celebrating both the Solemnities of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and of Elijah - within four days' time - springs forth an image of what they share on the most hidden to manifest levels.Reading the above verse from Psalm 92, on the day before Our Lady of Mount Carmel, I was struck by the invisible but essential aspect
Abiding in God
July 14, 2017 | abiding in God, Carmelite spirituality, Christian faith, God, Jesus, reflection, Scriptures, St. Therese, the Little Flower
Not too long ago, I came out of Mass with 1 John 4:16 on my mind and heart: specifically, ". . . he who abides in love, abides in God and God in him."What came through my mind was that the first part, abiding in God, being enveloped by him, is more often sweet, permeated with peace, and seems to happen more readily. God abiding in us brings the thought of being wounded, but in a welcoming way
July 14, 2017 | Carmelite spirituality, friendship, God, imagery, night, owl, poetry, reflection, spiritual gifts
It’s Two o’clock and the house tucks itself in, settling for the night. The old wood creaking, sighing, purring itself to sleep. Tonight, I am its sentinel. Between solitude and sleep, two fatigues push and pull me down a valley of purple haze while fragments and dried feathers snap, scrape and break against my cheeks. Here bare knuckled skin brush away
April 28, 2017 | Carmelite spirituality, contemplative prayer, faith, God's presence, humility, perseverance, poetry
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It was mid-morning as IScurried about the house.Make the bed. Sweep the floor.Oh look at those books open, on The desk – need to read those.What is the office calling for?I feel His gaze rest on my wrist. His curved fingers reaching proposing to lead me in a Feather step. And I glide, free-spinning deftly
April 13, 2017 | Annunciation, Belief, Carmelite spirituality, faith, grace, Jesus, joy, love, Mary, Redeemer, reflection, St. John Paul II
"BELIEVE." "I do believe." What does it mean, to "believe?" "Blessed is she who believed that the Lord's words to her would be fulfilled." (Luke 1:39). St. John Paul II calls this verse a "key" to understanding Mary in his encyclical, "Mother of the Redeemer." "HEAR, O Israel... you shall love the Lord your God with all your HEART...". The call to hear, listen to what is
A Light for Revelation (The Light Went On)
February 3, 2017 | Anna, Carmelite spirituality, contemplation, Elizabeth of the Trinity, Feast of the Presentation, God's glory, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Nunc Dimittis, perseverance, praise, reflection, Simeon
When we hear the phrase, "the light went on," it's often associated with a moment of recognition. The simple example of entering a dark room and flipping a light switch is an illustration of going from one moment, not being able to see, and the next, with visibility now possible in our surroundings.In hearing today's gospel for the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus, the "light went on" for Simeon
Journaling in the Chapel
January 9, 2017 | Carmelite spirituality, contemplative prayer, determination, God's love, meditation, praise, prayer, St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa, St. Therese, thanksgiving
While in the Chapel after Mass this morning, a feeling of warmth came over me. Like being warmed by a heat, a magnificent flame, I began to think what a gift it was to be here in the presence of my Creator and His faithful Missionary Carmelites of St Teresa. Talking to God, I asked, why do you love me? Why have you given me such a wonderful environment to grow in Carmelite spirituality?
December 27, 2016 | Carmelite spirituality, contemplative prayer, distractions, poetry, recollection, silence
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Like stacked bales of wool,thick walls of silenceform a barricade,keeping me safelywithin my cell,unless theyblock my way,banishing me,to the outside,alone with only a hungerto be within.Written by Tim Bete, OCDSTim is a Secular Discalced Carmelite from Dayton, OH
Mustard Seed Faith – Part 2
December 27, 2016 | abandonment, Advent, apostles, Bethlehem, Carmelite, Carmelite spirituality, doctrine, Elizabeth of the Trinity, faith, God's love, Jesus, Mary, reflection, saints, Scriptures, St. John of the Cross, St. Joseph
Jesus' response to the apostles' request in Luke 17:5, to "Increase our faith," is one that has continued to intrigue me in recent months. It has brought a continuing refrain: "If you had faith the size of a mustard seed..."It has struck me during this time how it seems that Jesus infers they (myself, included!) are needing more insight on what faith is, and it's related to the minuscule size of that
Reflections on an analysis of The Spiritual Canticle
December 16, 2016 | Carmelite spirituality, John of the Cross, joy, love, poetry, reflection, Spiritual Canticle
“A lyric creation by a poet does not necessarily show concern for the logical demands of a theologian.”— The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross, p. 465Alone in his cramped prison cell,John of the Cross erupted witha melodic chorusof love so deep,his soul burst forth,filling his confinementwith dazzling light,his freedom gainedas he soared tothe One he loved.And as his soul exploded,his
Mustard Seed Faith – Part 1
December 9, 2016 | Carmelite spirituality, Elijah, faith, Holy Spirit, Jesus, mystery, reflection, St. Therese
The gospel passages that include the phrase, "faith the size of a mustard seed" have not particularly kept my attention over the decades of my life. If anything, I've noticed in myself a sort of sense of passing over it, or wondering, why faith should be such a challenge at times, especially since only (at first glance) such a seemingly minuscule
A Hummingbird Visits
August 17, 2016 | Carmelite spirituality, mystery, nature, poetry, prayer, reflection, Scriptures, summer, Transfiguration
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Just beyond the clear clean glassarrives a blur of iridescent colours.Related and opposing,One to another. Orange,green, red, yellow, black.Standing there, all herattention taken up with a hovering bird. Humming, amid the fireworks ofcascading Summer blooms.In a hushed trancethe swift, soft beating of tiny wings vibrate through the window. Leaving hertransfixed – suspended.From
The "Place" to Be
This morning brought a return to a sense of focus, in trying to rebound after days on the road. As I started my walk at the Rosary Garden, what riveted my eyes was the Sacred Heart statue at its entrance. What especially caught my attention was the figure of Jesus pointing to his Heart. It's such
The Carmel, a poem by Tim Bete, OCDS
March 18, 2016 | Carmel, Carmelite spirituality, free verse, Hebrew poetry, Liturgy of the Hours, poetry, reflection, Rothko, Walt Whitman, writing
Introduction by Fr. Bonaventure Sauer, OCD One might define poetry, very simply, as “structured speech”—meaning that, since it is speech, even when it is written it should normally be read aloud, or at least read to oneself by sounding the words clearly in one’s head. Anyway, given that poetry is structured speech, how it is structured
January 26, 2016 | Alzheimer's disease, beatific vision, Carmel, Carmelite spirituality, faith, Glory of God, heaven, John of the Cross, love, reflection, trust in God, union with God
A Reflectionfor our community study of Fr. Marc Foley’sReflections on John of the Cross’s Ascent of Mount Carmel, [from p.115, quoting St. John of the Cross:] To understand the nature of this union [with God], one should first know that God sustains every soul and dwells in it substantially, even though it may be
The Love of Silence
July 21, 2015 | Carmelite spirituality, love of silence, prayer, presence, recollection, silence, solitude, St. Teresa, yearning for God
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When a person places them self in an attitude of stillness and quiet, a whole new world opens up to them. They tend to experience their surroundings in a different way; they become more present in space and time. This has been my personal experience throughout my life. This attitude of silence has been crucial to my health this past half century; ranking just above a natural thirst
Releasing the Dragon (Poet)
Writing poetry or other forms of literary work for a Blog under a nom de plume is pretty much a necessity when dealing with feelings and expressions of a spiritual nature. The biggest reason for remaining unknown is a fear of recognition – or more pertinent – the fear of speculation and judgement by those readers who may know you; or think they know you. Then to a lesser degree
Pondering these Things in my Heart
February 27, 2015 | Carmelite formation, Carmelite saints, Carmelite spirituality, friars, prayer, St. Joseph, Teresian charism
Years ago, I found a Christmas card at a local card store with this image of the Sacred Family, by Batoni, and right there in the store went to contemplating! I was struck almost immediately by St. Joseph's pensive posture as he sat in the shadows observing Mary with Baby Jesus, the maternal-infant interaction and mutually responsive love.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.