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Jesus - the way of the cross

Scriptural Stations of the Cross

Laura Marie Durant, OCDS, a Secular Carmelite in Austin, TX, shares with us her reflections on the Stations of the Cross based on Scripture.

The reflections are available in PDF format from the Downloads page.

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 arecovered with quantities of bright yellowpollen. And having spent their beautyAnd mingled their fragrance with thesacred incense, they were sent forth.Dismissed, to line the walkway up to the church – an honour
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Lent has begun: Mission—be filled with the Holy Spirit

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Thankfulness, confidence, joy in the Holy Trinity, Is ever-growing to eternity –  With exaltation knowing no bounds: Jesus, I praise you, trust in you, To the glory of the Father … ABBA!  My heart cries out, “You are my Father – FOREVER!” Holy Spirit, teach me, pour into me The fear that casts out all fear,* That leads me to
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Unnatural Joy

!!!????!!!!!!Wait.  What just happened?!!Darkness, quiet, emotions subdued,Stillness, waiting, a match sizzlesWood pops and hisses withLife and anticipation.Senses like a held breath,All quiet.Exult! You heavenly choirs Exult!Christ the Lord is risen, sound the trumpet of salvation!No. Wait. Slow down. I’m not ready.40 days? Chocolate, wine, Facebook?No! Let me do something worthy of this.No. 
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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.