Discalced Carmelite Friars

Province of St. Thérèse

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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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Journaling in the Chapel

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?
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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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Magdalene's Mountain

Gazing on her face of tears,Repentance and reparation. Driven to penance and remorse. Unworthy and insignificantA little grain of wheat.What next? To the mountain.To the penitential ascent!In the distance so smallCloud covered seemingly accessible.At the foot too high--wonder!To ascend or not to ascend.'If the Saint draws you to the top, You will get there!' A whisper.The top,very dark cloud
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The Little Way of Environmental Healing

We are faced with enormous environmental problems that harm people, and destroy property and wildlife. Everyone needs to help solve these.St. Therese of the Child Jesus teaches us the Little Way of Spiritual Childhood. She felt she could not perform the big mortifications of the saints. We also feel we cannot go back to a lifestyle without cars and modern conveniences. St. Therese, though, was determined
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Pilgrimage in One

My husband Bruce and I made a family visit in September to New Jersey and Philadelphia. I always like to make a Pilgrimage when I travel; so, we chose to attend Mass at the Basilica of St. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. This was a week before Pope Francis would arrive to celebrate Mass for the World Meeting of Families. On September 19, these Meetings on the Family were due to convene in a couple
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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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Conversations Beyond Time

 Manuscript -St. Teresa of Jesus, Valladolid Carmel    I have often wondered, as our St. Therese did, what part I am called to play in the life of the Body of Christ. Like Therese, I am called to be love at the heart of the Church. As a Secular Carmelite, like Teresa I am called to live out my mission as a good friend of Jesus, but ‘in the world’.     As Therese
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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.