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 shelf,...
Getting To The Heart of the Matter

Getting To The Heart of the Matter

How many times have you heard the expression, “GET TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER!”? St. John of the Cross loses no time on that one for he counsels us, ” Where there is no love, put love and you will find love.”To  better understand the place of...
If You Only Knew…Saint Teresa and the Waters of Prayer

If You Only Knew…Saint Teresa and the Waters of Prayer

Jesus tired and thirsty sat down at a well and there encountered a Samaritan woman who had come to draw water. Asking her for a drink,“He said to her, ‘If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, Give me a drink, you would have asked him and he would...
The Interior Castle: Saint Teresa’s Diamond

The Interior Castle: Saint Teresa’s Diamond

The De Beers Jewelry marketing slogan of “Diamonds are Forever” might have been a perfect catchphrase for Saint Teresa’s “Diamond”, better known to us as the Interior Castle. However, this company was not yet around in 1577 when she was ordered to...
Carmelites From Everywhere…Virtually

Carmelites From Everywhere…Virtually

October 15th is Saint Teresa of Avila’s feast day and it marks the beginning of the year long celebration of the centenary of her birth.  Each branch of the Discalced Carmelite family made its own contribution to the festivities held in San José, California,...