The Desert in Carmelite Spirituality

The Desert in Carmelite Spirituality

“What did you go out to the wilderness to see?” (Matthew 11:7) These were Jesus’ words to the crowd. John took to the desert to draw people out into solitude to prepare their hearts for the coming of the Messiah. For many years the desert had become...
The Paschal Mystery

The Paschal Mystery

Burning but not consumed! This was the strange sight that Moses beheld in the desert – a bush on fire yet contained. Such a strange phenomenon! Moses moved closer to examine the mystery before him. “No, Moses, stop where you are and remove your sandals for...
Advent: The Reason for the Season

Advent: The Reason for the Season

“For everything, there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) Fall:  Winter, Spring, Summer The cycles of nature coincide with the cycles of life. Those of you living today have relived these cycles countless times. We are presently...
St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross

St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross

 There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. -Saint Thomas Aquinas   Picture in your imagination a recreation room in a Carmelite monastery of nuns or in a Carmelite Friary!   A young Carmelite nun spots a pair of castanets on a...
Why Consecrated Chastity?

Why Consecrated Chastity?

Several years ago a voice was heard bellowing out in an airport waiting area, “Chaste for 45 years!” The surrounding space was electrified as heads turned toward us as I stood facing a non-Christian gentleman who had asked me if we practiced chastity and then posed to...