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An Aesthetic Moment, A Moment of Grace
Recently, while on the road shopping for groceries, I happened to be listening to a classical music station on the radio. Before the next featured piece was broadcast, a piece for violin, it was announced that this piece the violinist—a woman with the last name of Marcovici—was about to play was a piece originally written for a movie, I’ve forgotten
What “Inside Out” Leaves Out: Only the Most Important Thing of All - Part 2
Oct 24, 2015 | affection, Commandment, family, film, God, God's love, Holy Spirit, maturity, peace, Pope Francis, prayer, reflection, St. Teresa, thought, young people
In the film Riley, like all adolescents, like all of us, is searching for understanding and guidance and maturity and companionship. All of these benefits come to the human person through prayer. And the One who gives guidance and understanding, who fosters human maturity and offers friendship, is God himself. Teresa says, “He becomes one with our lowliness, transforms us into Himself, and effects
What “Inside Out” Leaves Out: Only the Most Important Thing of All - Part 1
Oct 15, 2015 | animation, balance, Blessed Trinity, conversion, creative, Discalced Carmelite Order, emotional life, film, Inside Out, insightful, intellectual life, maturity, memories, refelction, St. Teresa
You may well have seen an animated/action film that is still showing in theatres at this time. It is a Disney film produced by Pixar Studios and directed by Pete Docter and Reynaldo de Carmen called Inside Out. Some of the characters for the film are voice-acted by Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, and Lewis Black. Inside Out tells the story of an 11-year-old girl named Riley who is being challenged by the
Patronage of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Jul 21, 2015 | Carmelite, contemplative life, devotion, discipleship, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, patronage, patroness, reflection, spirituality, St. Teresa, veneration
The Mother of Our Savior, Jesus Christ, has been recognized as the Patroness of the Order of Carmel since the 1200’s. In the Institution of the First Monks [composed in 1391], there is a reference to an ancient tradition that not only recalls the Prophet Elijah as the ‘founder’ of the hermits on Mt. Carmel, but that also recalls that the oratory was named in honor of Mary as early as the
Only God Can Make a Tree
Jun 19, 2015 | Carmel, Carmelite Nuns, Carmelites, celebration, centenary, creation, friars, God, God's love, mass, Mississippi, OCDS, Teresa
If you look out the window of the guest quarters at the Jackson Carmel--in Jackson, MS, that is, in case you're wondering--you'll see standing there on the lawn in front of you a truly magnificent oak tree, assuredly ancient, although quite well preserved, a breathlessly beautiful creature, if ever there was one. Massive in height and width, it spreads