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Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Elijah

"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
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Abiding in God

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
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A Distraction While Meditating

As given in The Rule of Saint Albert, Carmelites “should live a life of allegiance to Jesus Christ” and while this reflection isn’t all about the Rule all Carmelites wish to live up to, it does relate to it directly.Recently, after receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation, part of my penance – after my public flogging (just kidding) – was to meditate on the Passion of Jesus.  During
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BELIEVE

"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
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A Light for Revelation (The Light Went On)

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
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Mustard Seed Faith – Part 2

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
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Mustard Seed Faith – Part 1

        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
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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
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Love in a Battle-field

What is love?  Not an original question surely, yet I do still ask myself this question.  What does love look like?  As a Catholic, my mind immediately turns to the crucifix; THE image of perfect love.  Jesus, the son of God, nailed to an instrument of torture upon which he died to procure the salvation of my soul and that of all mankind.  Gazing upon a crucifix is an opportunity
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A Reflection on the Long Celebration of St. Teresa’s 500th Birthday

 St. Teresa was determined that her family would be good friends of Jesus, since, as she said, he has so few! Well, I think our holy mother must be pleased by the proliferation of Jesus’s friends who have continued to be called to Carmel. There are many highlights of these 5 years, not the least of which, for me, has been making more Carmelite friends from all
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The Nativity – Everyday

”While they were (in Bethlehem)…she gave birth to her first-born” (Lk 2:6)           It is, as often as not, in the “Bethlehem’s” of our lives, that we can notice Jesus being “born” in our midst. “(She) wrapped him in swaddling clothes” (Lk 2:7)           When we recognize Jesus’ coming
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When He Sat Down

“WHEN HE SAT DOWN, HE BEGAN TO TEACH THEM” (Mt)This verse from Matthew infers that the moment for those who heard Jesus to be able to receive his teaching was at that moment “when he sat down.”  This implies that he had arrived at the destination, so to speak. This was the thought that came to mind this morning after Mass, as I began to be collected in Jesus’ Real Presence for “quiet”
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Your Faces Remind Me of His

As a Carmelite Secular, the most meaningful of all Pope Francis’s speeches in the United States was for me during his visit to the homeless at St. Patrick’s Parish in Washington, D.C.  He began the speech by recalling, “a person whom I love, someone who is, and has been, very important though out my life…St. Joseph.”  He then tells the homeless and charity workers in the audience
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More About Clouds and Fog

One perpetual theme coursing through my life is that of living in a fog ~ that tendency of being what people call a daydreamer.  It is who I am and although I am now comfortable in this environment, it can have unintentional results.  All this interior dwelling does tend to annoy the spousal unit on occasion, especially when he realizes I haven’t heard anything he’s said to me for several
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The Context of Community

How often, when I speak of my vocation to the Secular branch of the Discalced Carmelite Order, do I use the word “I”? I was called; I came; I was formed. I committed. I am still being formed. An essential element of our vocation, however, is its community context. It is hopefully as a member of a community, as well as as a son or daughter of Teresa and our Mother Mary that we become not only “a
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Something Old, Something New - Part 2

    (3) This next is upon noticing the sun's rays striking a shiny box in the kitchen:    Moments like these,    Illuminated by peace,    Make life worth living    And inspire giving    Their fruits to those we meet.    It is the Holy Spirit who does convey    His way that supersedes,   
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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.