Discalced Carmelite Friars

Province of St. Therese


Scarlet Rose

Image by malubeng from PixabayScarlet rose you areClipped from our Lady's gardenSet aside, for what?A crown of gloryShe weaves for her Savior SonOf roses so fair.Thorns renewed, pain goneAnd petals softened by loveIn Carmel's garden.Written by Michelle Estep, OCDSAustin, TX
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Attende Domine—Draw Near, O Lord

Image by StockSnap There is a hymn that I so very rarely hear, that has become a prayer for me in recent years—Attende Domine.  I can tell you exactly when I heard it in at least recent memory—it was in March 2014 when one morning a Carmelite friar of the Province celebrated Mass for us, and that was the opening hymn we sang, out of all possible ones we might have chosen.The hymn sounded familiar,
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He Comes Anew

(Written at the closing of the Doors of Mercy-the day Pope Francis closed the Year of Mercy)My subconscious is restless Everywhere I look, Babel I see Self-medicated numbnessA people enslaved by their passions The red horseman comes, no peace Heavy blade of 'tolerance' he wieldsThe beast has infected usA virus of group-think is his markCreative beauty dyingA bitter hopelessness takes its placeDeath
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