The Carmelite Conversations podcast centers on the teachings of Carmelite Spirituality and their application to our busy modern lives. It provides counsel on how to live the Carmelite call to combine contemplative prayer with service to the Church, while at the same time providing guidance on how to make progress in holiness.
Inspired by the Holy Spirt, with Deacon Rusty Baldwin, OCDS
We all are called by Heaven, but how many of us hear it? How many answer the call? What help do we receive in order to answer the call and fulfill the call?
In this podcast, Deacon Rusty Baldwin, OCDS, examines the “call.” Here, he specifically addresses the call to Carmel as indicated in the “Promise” made by members. The content of this talk, however, pertains to every call from Heaven.
With great clarity, Deacon Baldwin, lays out how the call may come. Additionally, he addresses the correlation of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit with the Theological and Cardinal Virtues.
May God grant us the grace to favorably answer His Call.
Litany of Flights, a conversation with poet Laura Reece Hogan, with Tim Bete, OCDS
Laura Reece Hogan is a is a professed Third Order Carmelite and the award-winning author of the chapbook O Garden-Dweller and a book of spiritual theology, I Live, No Longer I. Laura earned a law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, and an Masters in Theology from St. John’s Seminary in California. She is also a poet and her poems can be found in America, First Things, The Christian Century, Dappled Things, and Whale Road Review, among other publications.
Laura is winner of the 2020 Paraclete Poetry Prize for her poetry collection titled Litany of Flights. The book remind us to behold the extraordinary in the ordinary, and that the secret workings of the divine occur even through the difficult.
Buy the book on Amazon.
The Beatitudes” presented by Deacon Rusty Baldwin, OCDS
The blessings from God are considered in this presentation in the light of Evangelical Perfection.
A Father’s Heart, with Deacon Rusty Baldwin, OCDS
St. Joseph is becoming more and more prominent in the eyes of the Church. It wasn’t long ago that St. Joseph’s name was added to the Eucharistic Prayers in the Masses of the Catholic Church. Fr. Don Calloway also wrote a wonderful book in 2020 called “Consecration to St. Joseph: the Wonders of Our Spiritual Father” that has meditations to warm your heart greatly toward St. Joseph. Now, we have a whole year dedicated to him as Pope Francis has declared the year from Dec. 8, 2020 to Dec. 8, 2021 as the Year of St. Joseph.
It’s very fitting, then, that we ask St. Joseph to accompany us through this year in particular. I am confident St. Joseph will be helping us in a special way as we journey along this Way of Perfection. For Carmelites, he is known as the Protector of our Order.
St. Teresa of Avila had a great devotion to St. Joseph. My guest today, Deacon Rusty Baldwin, is going to highlight some points for us to consider from her writings on St. Joseph.
More than that, Deacon Baldwin asks us how we are imitating St. Joseph in our own life.
As a supplement, you may want to read from Pope Francis’s Apostolic Letter “Patris Corde” found on the Vatican website at http://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_letters/documents/papa-francesco-lettera-ap_20201208_patris-corde.html
The Spiritual Nature of Work: Reflections on Bro. Lawrence and Practicing the Presence of God, with Tim Bete, OCDS
Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection's book The Practice of the Presence of God is a spiritual classic and provides great insight into the important of our secular work to uniting us with God. In this podcast, Tim Bete, OCDS, summarizes Brother Lawrence's wisdom for our daily lives.
Therese Poems by Sarah Law, with Tim Bete, OCDS
Poet Sarah Law talks about her new book Therese: Poems, which is a wonderful way to meditate on the life of St. Therese of Lisieux. Sarah also reads several poems. The book can be purchased at:
Paraclete Press: https://paracletepress.com/collections/vendors?q=Sarah%20Law&contributorID=100447
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Thank you for giving a modern and practical framework for those drawn to the contemplative life, but not sure how to navigate in this age. I love Fire Within, Interior Castle, and St. John of the cross. Let me say, I am not catholic so imma little lost on some of these. But nevertheless, it has been the most helpful source I’ve been able to find to serve as a companion to the writings of this great man and woman of God.
Great content but sound quality lacking
Good sound quality makes the difference between the listener hearing and understanding, or becoming distracted and discouraged.
This content is very much needed in this day and age. I write to not be critical but to encourage your work in this podcast. Many blessings.