Carmelite Conversations focuses on the teachings of Carmelite Spirituality and its application to our busy lives. It provides advice on how to live the Carmelite call to combine contemplative prayer with service to the Church. Topics are especially pertinent to those who are Secular Carmelites or considering the call to Carmel.
“God, Be Yourself My Sanctity” (Part 1)
Frances Harry, OCDS, discusses, “God, Be Yourself My Sanctity," a phrase used by St. Therese of Lisieux in her famous prayer, “The Act of Oblation to Merciful Love,” found in her book, “Story of a Soul.” What does St. Therese really mean in this part of her prayer? Is it possible? And is it possible for us? Frances Harry, OCDS, helps us work through these questions and more. She was particularly delighted when a kindred spirit decided to write a book about this. It is called: “Something New with Saint Therese: Her Eucharistic Miracle” by Suzie Andres, OCDS. This highly recommended book will really help you understand what St. Therese meant in this part of her prayer. Dive in! You’ll be glad you did. There are spiritual challenges here that will help each of us to grow in prayer and in union with God. Resources: “Story of A Soul, Study Edition” by St. Therese of Lisieux, prepared by Marc Foley, OCD; ICS Publications. “Something New with Saint Therese: Her Eucharistic Miracle” by Suzie Andres, OCDS; Little Way Books.
The Beatitudes Connection to the Ten Commandments (and Carmel)
Deacon Rusty Baldwin, OCDS, shares a homily about the Beatitudes connection to the Ten Commandments. To help us grow in love of God and neighbor, the Lord has given us the Ten Commandments as well as the Beatitudes. They are a sure guide to Christian perfection and are of vital importance in the vocation to Carmel, as well as the battle against the world, satan and self. What is the connection of the Beatitudes to the Ten Commandments? Deacon Baldwin draws forth much for us to ponder on this topic. He provides two interpretive keys for us to consider as well as providing insightful reflections on each of the Beatitudes.
A Model for Parents: Sts. Louis and Zélie Martin
Tim Bete, OCDS, interviews Annette Goulden, OCDS, about her book, Rooted in Love: Louis and Zélie Martin: Models of Married Love, Family Life, and Everyday Holiness.
From the publisher:
When Sts. Louis and Zélie Martin were canonized in 2015, they were the first spouses to be declared saints as a couple. Their lives are proof that God works through ordinary families to draw his future saints―like St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Louis and Zélie’s youngest daughter―toward holiness. Even before their first encounter in the small town of Alençon, France, God was preparing Louis and Zélie for marriage. Later, he continued to sustain them powerfully in their married love and family life.
Rooted in Love: Louis and Zélie Martin: Models of Married Love, Family Life, and Everyday Holiness explores the stages of Louis and Zélie’s marriage, from the joys of parenthood, through the sorrows of bereavement, and ultimately to the challenges of single parenthood―experiences which many families face today. Author Annette Goulden demonstrates how, amid both the joys and the sorrows of family life, these saints grew in their understanding of God’s love for them. From the initial urge to earn God’s favor with sacrifices and sufferings to a deeper understanding of God’s unconditional love even in the minutiae of daily life, God was their guide on the path to holiness, a path that is open to all married couples.
This book is for both families and individuals―to offer them light and guidance to live their ordinary everyday life in closeness with God. No matter one’s vocation in life, Louis and Zélie exemplify how everyday experiences, such as being a working parent, running a business, or raising a difficult child, can be sacramental if one is open to a trusting relationship with God, even when he seems to be absent. Whatever the situation a married couple find themselves in, this saintly couple shows how daily actions and choices―however small and ordinary―are highly valued by God and can lead to holiness, to a close relationship with him, and to forming children who are strong in faith, maturity, and joy.
You can buy Rooted in Love at these outlets:
Carmelite Book Service (England)
Replay: Testing and Discerning a Vocation to the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites with Guest, Colleen Sollinger, OCDS
This episode is a repeat one of our most-popular program from 2017.
Who is called to be a Secular Discalced Carmelite? How do you distinguish between those who are called and those who are not called? What are some principles that you can use to discern the vocation to the OCDS? Guest, Colleen Sollinger, shares 6 distinct elements that, considered in totality, paint a good picture of a soul who is called to the Order of the Discalced Carmelite Seculars. Having been a formation facilitator for her community, she speaks from experience as well as from the guidance of Fr. Aloysius Deeney, OCD who has served as the General Delegate for the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites.
“Welcome to the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites” by P. Aloysius Deeney, OCD; ICS Publications.
“Welcome to Carmel” by Michael D. Griffin, OCD, contributor and compiler; Teresian Charism Press.
“Christifidelis Laici” by Pope John Paul II.
“Ratio Institutionis” for the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites at http://www.ocds.info/LegislativeDocuments/RatioInstitutionis.pdf
An Analogy of Spiritual Childhood and a Reflection on the Rosary, with Deacon Mark Danis, OCDS
Deacon Mark Danis, OCDS, gives us an analogy of Spiritual Childhood of St. Therese of Lisieux. He offers us an analogy that we can quickly identify with that will help us go deeper into understanding St. Therese’s great leap of faith into God. This analogy will also give us several insights into prayer. Deacon Danis also reflects on the rosary as something we enter into rather than something that we just recite.
Resource: “Contemplative Provocations: Brief Concentrated Observations on Aspects of a Life with God” by Fr. Donald Haggerty, Ignatius Press.
Detachment: An Essential for Divine Intimacy, with Deacon Rusty Baldwin, OCDS
One aspect of what is needed to experience Divine Intimacy is “detachment.” This presentation will focus on what detachment is, and what it is not…with the goal of understanding and incorporating detachment into who we are. To understand detachment, we must also understand attachment as well as right order in relationships. Detachment is the process by which we set our loves in right order. What is the active part of detachment? What is the passive part of detachment? How does detachment lead us into divine intimacy with God?
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.