Discalced Carmelite Friars

Province of St. Therese

a Silent Lamp

A poem by Gerald N. Alford in tribute to Thomas MertonI am a lamp,a silent lamp,burning in the space and timegiven as my life.Not with steady flame I burn,but under influencesgood and bad,I flicker.But yet I burn,and give some light.
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~ home spirit

Evening lounges across the harbour, stretching off to the purple blue horizon.  Sailboats, having stripped their masts lay scattered on a glassy sea, like so many chess board pieces.My island yawns before me in a Techni-colour dream.  Its image burning bright green from clouds mirrored in the sky + blazing just for me.  “When will I return to my father’s land?  Now that
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Night Owl

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
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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.