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Freedom to Love:
The Role of Negation in St. John of the Cross

Daniel Chowning O.C.D.

This lecture presents a theme of freedom to love, negation in the doctrine of Saint John of the Cross beginning with John’s early childhood and sets forth the constructive significance of the Carmelite Doctor’s teaching on detachment and the ‘nada’ based on the radical call to love.

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Jesus Christ in the Writings of St. John of the Cross

Regis Jordan O.C.D.

This lecture explores the ‘Christocentric’ nature of St. John of the Cross’s life, experience and writings, and brings some ideas down to a more personal level in which we are in touch with Jesus Christ. The talk may be better put as the Role of Jesus Christ in the Teaching of John of the Cross, not looking at Jesus throughout the works but what is the role of Jesus?

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St. John of the Cross for Carpenters:
Ordinary Way/Dark Night of Faith

Denis Read O.C.D.

Saint John of the Cross’s life is discussed regarding the love of the Lord, the gift of theological faith, and the centrality of Christ in his entire life and thought. Also, we learn how the purification St. John of the Cross speaks about what occurs in people’s ordinary life.

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The Dark Night of the Spirit: The Healing of the Soul

Kevin Culligan O.C.D.

Dark Night of Spirit: the Healing of the Soul – this is the second critical period in Saint John of the Cross’ understanding or explanation of the spiritual journey.  The transition from the illuminative way to the unitive way or from what he calls the way of proficiency or those making progress in contemplative prayer to the way of the perfect or those whose prayer has become perfect and has bought them to the transformation of their personality in God through love.

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Spiritual Direction in the Letters of
St. John of the Cross

Kevin Culligan O.C.D.

This talk describes the characteristics of a helping relationship as seen in the person-centered approach to counseling and psychotherapy in contemporary psychology, reviews the letters of Saint John of the Cross to discover these characteristics in his spiritual direction, and makes some application to today’s growing and expanding ministries.

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Mary and the Holy Spirit in St. John of the Cross

Emmanuel Sullivan O.C.D.

In the history of the church, the order of Carmel has come to be known for its dedication to a life of prayer and its dedication to Mary the Mother of Jesus. From the very earliest days of its existence in the 12th century, the hermits who gathered together on Mount Carmel became known as the Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and that little chapel became the focal point of their daily existence. This lecture gives us a timely reflection of Mary as exemplar of one moved in all things by the Spirit of God.

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The Message of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity

Steven Payne O.C.D.

Father Steven Payne, who has completed doctorates in philosophy and theology, speaks on the message of Blessed Elizabeth - Finding God Within and comments on Elizabeth's life and spirituality, emphasizing her attention to the indwelling of the Trinity in each of us.

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Fix Your Eyes on Christ:
Teresa of Avila’s Way of Prayer

Daniel Chowning O.C.D.

This lecture is about the place of Christ in Teresa’s mystical experience and doctrine on prayer. There is a brief overview of the history of Teresa’s experience of Christ, her method of prayer, and some of the major events and spiritual experiences that shaped her understanding of Christ and her doctrine on prayer.

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Edith Stein: Finding the Cross in Everyday Life

John Sullivan O.C.D.

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) led a life with sometimes more than normal difficulties and disappointments. In spite of all of her intellectual acumen, taxing studies at university sent her into a depressed state.  Personal losses and discrimination followed her throughout her life.

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John Cassian: Mentor to the Carmelite Tradition

Keith Egan T.O.Carm

This presentation is a discussion of the crucial role that John Cassian has played in the development of Carmelite spirituality and implications of his role as a mentor to this tradition.

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St. John of the Cross on Love and Kenosis in Prayer

Kevin Culligan O.C.D.

A discussion of some of the implications of Saint John of the Cross’s understanding of prayer as a process of mutual love and kenosis or self emptying between God and ourselves.

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Empathy: Key to St. Thérèse’s Little Way

John Sullivan O.C.D.

A restatement of the heart of Saint Thérèse’s message, her so called Little Way, and indications of some instances where the Little Way operated practically during her life.

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Founding Communities of Prayer:
Advice from Teresa of Avila

John Welch O.Carm

This lecture tells of Teresa’s freeing her nuns to be friends with one another and with God. Teresa gives us guidance on our communities of prayer and their purpose – conformity to God’s will. She based these ideals in reflection of the original Mt. Carmel hermits who reflected on scriptures, prayed earnestly and lived simply.

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Carmel in the French Revolution
(Martyrs of Compiègne)

Salvatore Sciurba O.C.D.

The execution of the 16 Carmelite nuns from the monastery of Compiègne was the beginning of the end of the bloody French Revolution. The events that led up to this dramatic moment are discussed as well as the implications of the nun’s almost two years of constant, daily prayer for the restoration of peace to France and to the Church.

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Meditation and Contemplation
in the Carmelite Tradition

Kieran Kavanaugh O.C.D.

A discussion of the understanding of meditation as it developed up to the time of Saint Teresa and Saint John of the Cross and their understanding of it. Saint Teresa and St. John may have made distinctions between meditation and contemplation as they pertained to Carmelite tradition.

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Teresa of Avila, Mary, and the Reform of Carmel

Emmanuel Sullivan O.C.D.

From the very first days of existence, the Order of Carmel has been dedicated to a life of prayer and service of the most Holy Virgin Mary, and has also been known for its dedication to an imitation of the prophet Elijah who had lived on Mount Carmel. The presenter explores Teresa's service, prayer and imitation of Mary in her reform of the Carmelite Order.

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St. Teresa of Avila and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Denis Read O.C.D.

Teresa of Jesus gives us the key to the knowledge of God, which is prayer. Here is a study of Teresa’s mysticism, her teaching on contemplation and contemplative prayer, and what Saint John of the Cross will call the Kingdom of Heaven. What is mysticism? It is simply the experience of God, a dynamic state of being in love with the Lord and with one another. We also learn of the Holy Spirit’s centrality in St. Teresa’s writings.

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Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity:
Mary in Her Interior Life

Emmanuel Sullivan O.C.D.

Elizabeth Catez, today known as Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, was born at a military camp in Northern France on July 18, 1880.  Here we learn about her life at Dijon in detail and gain a greater understanding of her spirit and devotion. And we learn the important role that Mary played in the life and spirituality of Blessed Elizabeth.

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Praying the Our Father with Teresa of Avila

Steven Payne O.C.D.

“When you pray, say Father, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us and lead us not into temptation.” This is the version we find in Luke but St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila) had a different approach to a familiar prayer when her sisters asked her to teach them to pray.

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St. Thérèse: God’s Merciful Love

Daniel Chowning O.C.D.

The spirituality of Saint Thérèse is indeed a very rich one. She has much to say to us about the importance of confidence, patience, acts of love, surrender, and perseverance in the midst of spiritual darkness. There are many fine studies that analyze the different aspects of her personality and doctrine, yet the foundation of all of Thérèse’s spirituality rests on her experience and contemplation of God, the God of Jesus Christ, a God of love, but especially the God of mercy. We learn how this experience of God as Merciful Love is the key to her entire doctrine.

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Elijah: A Prophet in Crisis

Kevin Culligan O.C.D.

This is a discussion of Elijah the Prophet in a Time of Crisis and how his experience relates to our own modern world with what seem to be numerous global crises and how the Carmelite tradition can play a role in lifting the collective spirit of society.

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St. John of the Cross: The Dark Nights

Regis Jordan O.C.D.

Here we receive some basic understanding of the nights of John of the Cross. Perhaps of all the things that John of the Cross is known for is his imagery of the dark nights and very often this is the very thing that puts people off about reading John of the Cross. We can achieve a better understanding of John and his great doctrine that can lead us to a greater union with God.

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Elizabeth of the Trinity: Life in the Trinity

Margaret Dorgan D.C.M.

The sign of the cross unites the two central mysteries of the Christian revelation in the simple movement of our hand. It is the mystery of the Blessed Trinity. The cross, symbol of our salvation, is traced over our head and heart and chest recalling the agony of crucifixion and the glory of resurrection in our Savior Jesus Christ. All this and so much more is all in the sign of the cross. After outlining Trinitarian theology down through the ages, the presenter shows how Blessed Elizabeth was influenced by this theology.

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The New Age in Christ

Kevin Culligan O.C.D.

In this talk, you will not hear about channeling, crystals, tarot cards, theosophy, spiritualism, neo-paganism, witchcraft, or an assortment of other spiritual practices that have come to be included under the new age movement. You will hear about something far more exciting: the New Age that began with the suffering and death of Jesus Christ, his resurrection from the dead, and the coming of his Spirit into our world.

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Mystical Phenomena and Carmel’s Women

Kieran Kavanaugh O.C.D.

Teresa teaches us of the many favors derived from God through meditation and contemplation.  Among them are rapture, revelations, and visions.  Yet sanctity does not lie in these favors.  While these favors are not necessary for holiness, they do indeed possess sanctifying effects.

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The Revolution of Thérèse

Kieran Kavanaugh O.C.D.

This talk has a brief review of St. Thérèse of Lisieux’s early religious and spiritual experiences leading up to her call to Carmel and to her mission from God.  There are some facts about the history and spirit of Carmel in France as a background for understanding the spiritual environment Thérèse found when she entered the Carmel of Lisieux, and Thérèse’s response to this particular environment along with her response to Teresa of Jesus (Avila) and John of the Cross, her holy parents.

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St. Thérèse: Her Life and Spirituality

Kieran Kavanaugh O.C.D.

This talk tells us about the phenomenon of St. Thérèse of Lisieux after her death, and contains a brief sketch of her spiritual life and experience up to the time in which she entered the Carmel. There’s a discussion of some of the thought patterns influencing the spiritual thinking in the French Carmel and in the Catholic Church in Thérèse’s time where we learn of Thérèse’s new discoveries about the mystery of the redemption or participation in the redemption and our vocation to holiness.

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The Holy Spirit:
The Bond of Friendship in John of the Cross

Kieran Kavanaugh O.C.D.

This talk explores John of the Cross’ teaching about the Holy Spirit with some thoughts from contemporary theologians and examines John’s presentation of the mystery of the Trinity as God poring over into the other. This will lead us to the mystery of being a friend of God and will set the stage for our investigation of John’s thoughts on the Holy Spirit.

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The Little Way

Kieran Kavanaugh O.C.D.

St. Thérèse was known for her Little Way.  Here, we learn about the term “way,” what led to Thérèse’s discovery of her Little Way, and the actual meaning of her term the “Little Way.”

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St. Thérèse: Her Influence on Contemporary
Theology and Spirituality

Denis Read O.C.D.

This is a discussion about the influence of St. Thérèse of Lisieux on contemporary theology and spirituality. Although she left us scarcely more than a little book, a few letters, and a few last words, the more attention that we give to the Little Flower, the broader are the horizons that open up revealing her true influence on popular devotions and practices, on theologians, and on emerging theologies of lay spirituality.

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Three Heroic Women: Mary, Teresa and Thérèse

Emmanuel Sullivan O.C.D.

This talk speaks of three heroic women: Mary of Nazareth, Teresa of Jesus (Avila), and Thérèse de Lisieux. These three women have not only proclaimed the human Jesus, but Mary, Teresa, and Thérèse have made it possible for all of us to come to a deeper consciousness and a deeper awareness of the fact that Jesus is not only God but is truly man as well. The main consideration is centered on Thérèse de Lisieux and her relationship Mary the Mother of Jesus.

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St. Thérèse: Doctor of the Church

Keith Egan T.O.Carm

In this lecture, we speculate about Thérèse’s role as a teacher in the church and explore whether Thérèse Martin, someone who’s doctrine may have special significance for the Church of the next century, has special wisdom about God to share with the Church ever in need of transforming wisdom.

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St. Thérèse of Lisieux:
Your Personal History as a Narrative of Hope

Margaret Dorgan D.C.M.

Christianity is all about remembering. Memory is precious to us as Christians and as human beings. Memory gives us the capacity to retain what has taken place in our own lives and to empathize with other lives no matter how long ago they made their earthly journey. Your personal history can be a narrative of hope.

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The Discovery of Merciful Love

Keith Egan T.O.Carm

In Thérèse’s discovery of Merciful Love, she found a very Orthodox Christian way of understanding of how God is present to us – we use the term grace to describe that. The lecturer presents a review of some of the major times in the development of grace in our theology and shows the context within which Thérèse intuitively or instinctively was finding her own way of understanding how God relates to us.

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From Solitude to Contemplation
Keith Egan T.O.Carm


Carmel’s various ministries, whether preaching, or teaching, or the all important ministry of the contemplative life, are crucial to the variations of the way Carmel spirituality is lived. What would Carmelites do without the influence of Elijah? Even more important in Carmelite life is solitude. Solitude lays at the very heart of the original charism of Carmel and has remained so in various manifestations whenever new life has been breathed into this spirituality. When great figures in Carmel’s tradition have articulated their understanding of Carmel’s way of life, they have retrieved solitude as a crucial theme in Carmel’s tapestry.

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The Stream of Consciousness and Carmelite Prayer

Kieran Kavanaugh O.C.D.

What is the nature of distractions, those pests running back and forth to clot the free flow of prayer? In this presentation, we receive some helpful insights from our classic Carmelite authors and from recent discoveries and reflections on the working of our minds. First, there is a focus on some of the teachings and ideas found in Saint Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross about prayer and about distractions. As we compare their observations and teachings, and then further compare these with those presented by some present day students of consciousness, we learn that there may be certain beneficial conclusions we can reach regarding distraction and prayer.

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Images Are Forever

John Welch O.Carm

In this talk, Life is Forever, we hear a discussion about the imagery of forever and how this fits into our everyday lives. To us, these may be images that capture our deepest desires, images which hold for us all of the yearnings which we cannot begin to articulate. We all seem to have our own images that really speak deeply to us that are not traditional, are not religious, but they capture what perhaps heaven really is meant to be for us.

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St. Thérèse and Priesthood

Mary Frohlich R.S.C.J.

Thérèse of Lisieux passionately desired to be an ordained priest. Some are disturbed by the fact that she, a woman, wanted to be a priest at all. Others are often discomforted by the highly exalted spirituality of the priesthood and the Eucharist that motivated her in that desire. By disturbing us in these ways, our latest Doctor of the Church is inviting all of us, wherever we start from, to risk a new exploration of what priesthood and Eucharist are really intended to mean in the Church of Jesus Christ. Only thus will we be able to live the Eucharistic unity and transformation that Christ longs for in his Church.

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Edith Stein: Contemplative Scholar

Constance Fitzgerald O.C.D.

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Edith Stein, was a scholar and contemplative. The life of Edith Stein opens a window for us into this unusual marriage of disciplines. This presentation gives us a look through that window, not just for academic or historical purposes, but to discover whether it is a truth that contemplation and scholarship together can uniquely illicit and so to evaluate the importance of contemplative scholars to human thought and development.

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The Dark Night as Liberation of the True Self

Keith Egan T.O.Carm

This speaker helps us in looking for ways to improve how we read, and thus better understand, the poetry and the prose of John of the Cross from the perspective of the transformation of the old self into the new self as related in The Dark Night. While older translations of St. John refer to the Old Man and New Man, the new revised standard version renders the original words of Old Man as Old Self and New Man as New Self. That change to self, in large measure, has been made out of regard for contemporary gender sensitivity, but also made under the influence of modern psychology and spirituality, which speak much about the self as the agent of psychological or spiritual life.

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From the Wadi to San Jose: Teresa’s Renewal of Contemplative Prayer

Keith Egan T.O.Carm

The speaker reminds us of the primitive meaning of “crises” (from the Greek verb “creno,” which means, first of all to decide, to determine, to choose) and its opportunity to derive wisdom from a living tradition. Indeed, there have been many disasters in the history of Carmel and this presentation looks at some of those crises so that we may discover what decisions Carmelites made during difficult times and what effects these decisions had on the way Carmelites pray. This is a look at the evolution of Carmelite prayer, its good days and its bad.

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St. John of the Cross Through the Eyes of Edith Stein

Keith Egan T.O.Carm

Edith Stein, who searched relentlessly for truth, discovered the ultimate meaning in the cross of Christ. Through her eyes, we can get a better understanding of suffering, especially the suffering of the innocent. Through her eyes, we may discover the wisdom of the cross or as she has called the last book that she wrote, “the Science of the Cross.” This talk will look through eyes, made clear and penetrating because of her relentless commitment to search for the truth, eyes trained through phenomenology to explore from all angles the depths of human consciousness, eyes made transparent through prayer and through prayerful study of the poetry and prose of her mentor, Juan de la Cruz.

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The Moral Dimension of Carmelite Prayer

Steven Payne O.C.D.

There is an apparent disconnect we observe, in so many cases today, between prayer and morality, between what some contemplatives profess or claim to experience and the lives they actually lead. If prayer and morality truly go together as Carmelites always claim, why is it that seemingly prayerful people, at times, do such terrible things? What makes good contemplatives go bad? How do we avoid such pitfalls in our own search for God? A proper understanding of how things can go wrong can help us in trying to make them go right. With this, perhaps we can shed some light on what could be called the moral dimensions of Carmelite prayer.

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Learning How to Meditate: An Unfinished Journey

Kevin Culligan O.C.D.

At the heart of daily life in Teresian Carmel are two hours devoted to mental prayer. Usually one hour in the early morning and another hour in the late afternoon. This practice goes back to Saint Teresa Jesus (Avila) who prescribed that two hours each day for meditation in her constitutions. The current constitutions of both the Discalced Carmelite Friars and Nuns continues to uphold this practice. Just as Liturgy and Public Worship characterize life in a Benedictine Monastery, so these hours given to mental prayer characterize life in Teresian Carmel. The speaker describes his own experience during his two hours a day and how he uses this time to continues to learn how to meditate.

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Eucharist and Contemplation

Keith Egan T.O.Carm

On the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, 2004, Pope John Paul II designated the year from October 10, 2004 until October 29, 2005 as the Year of the Eucharist. This lecture strives to show that there is ample reason to reflect on Eucharist, and in particular on the relationship between Eucharist and contemplation.

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Thérèse: Mission Saigon and Beyond

Constance Fitzgerald O.C.D.

What is Thérèse’s mission now at the dawn of the 21st Century? Does she still have one? Does this young woman called the greatest saint of modern times have anything really significant to say to post modernity? Will her writings in fact remain spiritual classics like those of Teresa Jesus (Avila) and John of the Cross or does she belong to a passing epoch?

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Thérèse: Child, Girl, Woman

Vilma Seelaus O.C.D.

Here we get a look at Therese from the overall theme of God and the Human Story. We’ll look at Therese as a child, girl, and woman. Like all works of art, and Therese is indeed God’s work of art, we need to look at many different perspectives to fully appreciate what is before us.

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Reflections on the Doctorate of St. Thérèse

Steven Payne O.C.D.

As we remember, in the late 1990’s, the idea of Thérèse as Doctor of the Church led people to remember her not just for her example but also for her teaching, of her little way of confidence in God’s merciful love, of her message that we can become saints by doing ordinary things with extraordinary love, or however they chose to express it.

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Self-Emptying:
Philippians 2 and the Carmelite Tradition

Vilma Seelaus O.C.D.

While we continue to hold in our hearts the self-emptying of the Eternal Word in assuming our human nature, there are other interpretations that bring the concept of self-emptying closer to our personal experience that we might find meaning in them for our lives today.

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Martha & Mary Working Together:
Teresa’s Meditation on Song of Songs

Kevin Culligan O.C.D.

Teresa of Jesus’ instructions on prayer are found in her numerous writings, especially her major works. These works, however, do not exhaust her teaching on prayer, which may also be found in her lesser-known writings, her poetry and letters, her spiritual testimonies and soliloquies, and especially her meditations on the Song of Songs. This talk will provide background for Teresa’s writing these meditations for her Carmelite nuns, summarize their content, and suggest their principle teaching including how Teresa understood the secret of harmonizing action and contemplation.

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Praying with Brother Lawrence:
The Practice of the Presence of God

Gregory Klein O.Carm

According to Brother Lawrence, the practice of the presence of God is a simple, loving, contemplative attention to God with us always. We do not need to put ourselves to a lot of trouble he says to learn this method of prayer. We serve God in Holy freedom and work faithfully to bring our minds back to God as often as possible.

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Eros and the Song of Songs in John of the Cross

Keith Egan T.O.Carm

In The Living Flame of Love, John of the Cross speaks about a hunger for God that is so intense that it makes the soul faint. John would surely have had in mind not only Psalm 84 from which he took that phrase, but Saint Augustine’s Heart is Restless Until it Rests in You. Longings of the heart are the stuff of the human story.

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Dark Passage to Prophecy

Constance Fitzgerald O.C.D.

This lecture explores transformation in love through the consequential and highly charged current connecting contemplation to three subjects that are interrelated: silence, hope, and prophecy.

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Story of a Soul: A New Arrangement of the Texts

Kieran Kavanaugh O.C.D.

How did Thérèse’s The Story of a Soul come about? This book is by a young woman who had spent 15 years in the comparative safety of a devout catholic household and the remaining 9 years in the quiet atmosphere of a cloistered community of some 20 Carmelite nuns at Lisieux, Normandy. What prompted this young, inexperienced girl to write the story of her soul, a story that has had a spiritual impact on all types of people and been translated into all languages in all nations from simple unlearned people to the highly educated and learned. Recent publications have revealed some precise information regarding her writings.

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Dark Fire: The Prayer of St. Thérèse
Daniel Chowning O.C.D.

Retitled by the author to “Sleeping Jesus, Sleeping Thérèse: Saint Thérèse - a Contemplative Soul,” this lecture examines Thérèse’s years of struggle with sleep during prayer. Her honesty about this dilemma provides a precious insight into her contemplative experience as an enclosed Carmelite nun. Upon closer examination, we discover the purity of her love and profound confidence in God in all of her slumbering prayer.

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Barbe Acarie & the Beginnings of Carmel in France
Mary Frohlich R.S.C.J.

Barbe Acarie was a remarkable woman who demonstrated a Christian way and left a lasting legacy to her church. She began to have overwhelming mystical experiences at the age of 24 as a mother of five young children and later became a Carmelite Lay Sister remembered as Blessed Marie of the Incarnation, OCD. Her story includes the beginnings of Teresan Carmel in France in the 16th century and gives insight into the paths to become a Carmelite Sister at that time.

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The Apocalyptic Dimension in
Elizabeth of the Trinity: Eternity

Margaret Dorgan D.C.M.

Elizabeth of the Trinity lived in an end of the century milieu, the final years of the 1800’s, yet her Carmelite spirituality contributed to her consistently upbeat approach to existence. Millennial consciousness can be purely secular as it is in some quarters today with predictions of physical changes and planetary interaction that will effect the human race profoundly. Many of these foretellings are negative. In Elizabeth’s day, the secular appraisal of the coming century was much more optimistic.

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Carmel: Born in the Desire for Peace
Patrick McMahon O.Carm

This lecture is on Carmel born in the desire for peace. In the Rule of Saint Albert, there is a chapter on spiritual warfare as an alternative to the violence of the crusades. This idea of the Rule of Saint Albert containing an alternative to violence is especially a pertinent question today when we find ourselves in somewhat of a parallel historical situation with continued tension between Islam and Christianity.

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A Theology of Desire
Keith Egan T.O.Carm

From the first chapter in the Song of Songs, the second verse, we discover how a woman’s desire for intimacy, love, and union has for centuries provided inspiration, symbols, and language about the mystical encounter from God. From Origin to Teresa of Jesus and John of the Cross, and Thérèse of Lisieux and beyond, the passionate desires in the Song of Songs have fed the imagination and shaped the consciousness of Christian mystics.

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The Mystical Life of Jesus in Teresa and John
Vilma Seelaus O.C.D.

The lecturer tells us that mysticism is the full realization of our human potential, that we are all called to be mystics to discover the sacred. Biblical anthropology images the human as formed of earth and at the same time mysteriously shaped in the likeness of God. More than this, the very breath of God animates and sustains us in life. In beautiful symbolic language, scripture tells us that God, like a birthing mother, breathes divine life into the creature formed in the divine image from earthly clay to become as it were God’s counterpart on planet earth.

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The Education of Desire in the Letters of
Madeline de Saint-Joseph

Mary Frohlich R.S.C.J.

Madeline of Saint-Joseph lived from 1578 to 1607 and was the first French Prioress of the Discalced Carmel. She represents that first planting of the discalced Carmel outside of Spain. She is very little known in the English speaking world because very little has been translated but the 300 letters that exist are almost all letters of spiritual guidance. This talk will discuss first, Madeline’s own spiritual desires, second, her practice of spiritual guidance - what she taught about the practice of spiritual guidance, and third how she practiced the education of desire.

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Peacemaking and the Mortification of Desire
Kevin Culligan O.C.D.

The timeliness of nuclear disarmament has not passed as we face the challenges to peace in the new millennium. The Catechism of the Catholic Church is a systematic ordering of the teachings of the church. The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church is a systematic ordering of the teachings of the church regarding social challenges, social issues, and it’s social doctrine. Both documents vividly bring to our conscious mind the importance for all Christians to be involved in peacemaking.

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The Desire for God and the Discovery of the Little Way
Kieran Kavanaugh O.C.D.

When Thérèse was an impressionable schoolgirl, she read about the lives of French heroines, especially Joan of Arc and got excited. The moment was ripe for a grace she considered one of the greatest in her life. She began to feel that she was born for glory and to question herself about how she would reach this glory. Not only did God inspire her with a desire for glory, but that he also gave her a special understanding that her glory would not be evident to others and that it would consist in her becoming a saint.

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The Prayer of Elizabeth of the Trinity
Daniel Chowning O.C.D.

It was written about Elizabeth of the Trinity that “Interior prayer and recollection is her special charism in the church. Throughout her writings, especially in her correspondence and poetry, Elizabeth shares her insights into her intimate heart to heart conversation with the in dwelling God. She wants to teach us to go out of ourselves, to cling to God by a wholly simple and wholly loving movement and to remain in that great interior silence which disposes us for transformation into God.” In short, she wants to teach us to pray. What can we learn from her about prayer? How can her spirituality help us live more contemplatively?

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Mary and Carmel
Emmanuel Sullivan O.C.D.

From its origin in the early 13th Century, the Carmelite Order has been recognized as a distinctively Marian order. Carmel originated with a group of Latin hermits who settled on Mount Carmel at the beginning of that century in the rule of life given to them by Albert the Patriarch of Jerusalem, there is no mention of Mary the Mother of God, yet when we come to see who these anonymous hermits were and why they chose to settle on Mount Carmel, and why they dedicated their small chapel to Mary, we soon realize that they centered their life on Jesus and his Mother.

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Br. Lawrence: Saving Private Herman
Marc Foley O.C.D.

Saving Private Herman explores the question of who was the man who showed up at the Carmelite Monastery in Paris at the age of 26, one Nicholas Herman, and who then became Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection? This lecture will examine the events of Brother Lawrence’s youth, especially his military service during the Thirty Years War.

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Liturgy and Personal Spirituality
George Mangiaracina O.C.D.

For many, liturgy and personal spirituality are treated as two separate realities or categories that never meet. It is possible that with the liturgy being in Latin and personal prayer of the faithful being in the language of the person praying, the liturgy began to look more and more like the prayer of priests and religious because they knew Latin. Others looked at liturgy not so much as an ordering of symbolic acts that bought you into the presence of the Trinity, but as a series of causal acts that made Christ present, especially in the bread and wine changed into the body and blood of Christ.

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Teresa of Avila: Meditations on the Song of Songs
Kevin Culligan O.C.D.

Teresa of Jesus (Avila) stressed the importance of the sacred humanity of the Christ as the lynchpin of all true spirituality for Christians. Here we look at a fascinating aspect of Saint Teresa’s teaching based on her meditations on the Song of Songs. We examine how Teresa shows us how we may achieve the true peace that we all desire and how this peace prepares us to serve others.

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Edith Stein and Renewal
John Sullivan O.C.D.

“The new spirit already exists and will prevail.” Those words were coined by a young Ph.D., named Edith Stein during World War I to assure her sister it is worth hoping and worth working through current crises toward a better, a renewed future. We learn how Edith Stein, also St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Carmelite Nun and co-patroness of Europe went resolutely ahead to find ways of renewal in the spirit-dominated realm that she could see at work as it unfolded.

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Père Jacques’ Retreat
Salvatore Sciurba O.C.D.

 “Père Jacques’ Retreat” examines several dimensions of the life and teaching of the priest who died trying to save the lives of three Jewish children in World War II’s occupied France. After reviewing the events of Père Jacques Bunel’s life, it will consider the spirituality of the last retreat that Père Jacques gave in 1943 and the centrality of Christ in his message. It will also explain the role of the Holy Spirit, the priest’s devotion for Mary, solitude, silence, prayer, the cross, and hope.

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Elizabeth of the Trinity and Silence
Kieran Kavanaugh O.C.D.

Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity and Silence examines some events in the life of the French Carmelite Nun Elizabeth Catez, for a time was a contemporary of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, her dates being 1880 to 1906. She was Beatified in 1984 by Pope John Paul II, and under his pontificate with the creation of the Catholic Catechism, one of her texts was made known to the whole Catholic Church through that Catechism. After sketching briefly the events of Blessed Elizabeth’s life, we will consider the place of silence in the Carmel of St. Teresa, which Elizabeth joined when she became a religious, and its importance for her own spiritual vision.

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Elizabeth of the Trinity and Baptismal Spirituality
Daniel Chowning O.C.D.

Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity and Baptismal Spirituality explores several dimensions of the spiritual vision of the French Carmelite Nun Elizabeth Catez. The actual title is “Christians Recognize Your Dignity: The Baptismal Spirituality of Elizabeth of the Trinity.” Here we reflect on three themes of her spirituality from the perspective of baptismal grace: baptism as being reborn as children of God, baptism as living the Pascal mystery of Jesus Christ, and thirdly, baptism in faith, and a reflection on Elizabeth’s vocation as a praise of God’s Glory in the Church.

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Carmelite Digital Library
The Complete Works of St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Jesus
– Mac and PC

The Carmelite Digital Library is the proud jewel of products offered by Carmel Clarion Communications. With the Carmelite Digital Library, you can read and search the collected works by Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross on your computer. This is NOT an audio product.

The CDL is easy to use for research, leading a class, preparing homework, or presenting a lecture on the writings and teachings of Teresa and John. You can copy and paste text into another document, save favorite passages, see related scripture texts, compare with the Peers translation, view the original Spanish text, and print out multiple copies of a passage.

P System requirements: Windows 2000,Windows Server 2003,Windows Server 2008 R2,Windows XP,Windows Vista,Windows 7.

Mac System requirements: See the System Requirements section at http://www.carmelitedigitallibrary.com for details on MAC Snow Leopard (10.6.x), Lion (10.7.x) and how to install the prerequisites for using the Carmelite Digital Library on Mac Leopard (10.5.x) with an Intel 64-bit processor. This disc will not work with a 32-bit processor.

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A Theology of Wisdom
Keith Egan T.O.Carm

“Among all human pursuits, the pursuit of wisdom is more perfect, more noble, more useful, and more joyful than anything else you can do.” – Thomas Aquinas. Who of us does not want to be wise? It’s a universal aspiration, but a quest that has numerous facets to it. Cultures passing on a wisdom tradition asking how can you cope with the little and the big questions of life. Perhaps it goes all the way back to Plato who seems to have been the person who told us that philosophy is the love of wisdom.

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Carmelite Mysticism as Theology
Vilma Seelaus O.C.D.

Our Carmelite mystics would each have something unique to offer in the exploration of Carmelite mysticism as theology. In this presentation, we learn that through a theology of presence and a theology of silence, John of the Cross constructs a mystical theology of the human person which, as it unfolds, gives deep meaning to the biblical understanding of the human person as created in the divine image and likeness. John’s writings take one ever deeper into the mystery of God.

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John of the Cross: A Spirituality of Wisdom
Daniel Chowning O.C.D.

The spirituality of wisdom, its evolution in scripture and the questions it raises in our search to grasp this mysterious wisdom, has captivated the human imagination since ancient times. A renowned scholar of wisdom literature wrote, “Wisdom has many faces.” This is definitely true in the writings of Saint John of the Cross, since wisdom’s presence in John’s works is extensive and profound.

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Falling into the Arms of God:
Perspectives on Aging and Dying

John Welch O.Carm

The title of this talk, Falling into the Arms of God, is from St. Thérèse, the Little Flower, who when she was dying said, “I’m falling into the arms of God.” But not all deaths are as peaceful as falling into the arms of God sounds. And, dying and aging aren’t the same thing. Aging kind of creeps up on us.

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Teresa the Reader
Kieran Kavanaugh O.C.D.

The overwhelming mass of people did not know how to read or write in Teresa of Jesus’ day; and this is what we often forget. In fact, 80 to 85 percent of the people in her time were illiterate – didn’t know how to read or write. Printing is what contributed, above all, to people gradually learning how to read the numerous books that were printed and read. Many of these reached Teresa. Nevertheless, the printed books did not eliminate the use of manuscripts. Teresa herself read manuscripts from the most important books for her Carmelite formation in the Monastery of the Incarnation.

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The Wisdom of Emptiness
Kevin Culligan O.C.D.

Marvelous existence is true emptiness or true emptiness is marvelous existence. Either way, you have a saying that challenges the assumptions of our American way of life that states that a marvelous way to live is to have more of everything, more money, beauty, reputation, power, pleasure, religious experience. Emptiness sounds like the existence of those who live on the fringes of our society, no home, no security, no influence, no sanity, no say, nothing. What could be so marvelous about that? And where’s the wisdom?

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Carmel's Quest for the Living God: A Biblical Approach
Camilo Maccise, OCD

This presentation gives us a Biblical approach to Carmel’s quest for the Living God and is outlined in three points. The first point is the three characteristics of the experience of God in the Bible, the second point is Carmel’s quest of the Living God in the Light of the Bible, and the third point is witnessing and sharing Carmel’s quest of the Living God as a practical point. and action.

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Carmel's Quest for the Living God: A Lay Perspective
Dolores Leckey

This lecturer gives us her own lay perspective of how, over many years in her quest for the living God, Carmelites have been pivotal in her own spiritual journey. Her adult spiritual awakening happened when she was 27 and was diagnosed with Rheumatic Fever. A long recovery provided much time for contemplation. She learned to pray and eventually journeyed to Avila and discovered the importance of Teresa’s work. She was impressed by how, in earlier years in the midst of caring for family, civic commitments, attempts to nurture the life of the mind, attending to vocation of marriage, Teresa - a 16th Century mystic, gave her - a lay woman of the 20th Century, both hope and a practical methodology for finding some center in the midst of the complex responsibilities of life.

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Carmel's Quest for the Living God: Hope in Dark Times
Fernando Romeral, O. Carm.

Edith Stein and Titus Brandsma may have been the two greatest Carmelites of our modern times. They were, among many other things scholars, intellectuals, mystics, thinkers, and significant figures in the history of the 20th Century in Europe. But above all, they were two seekers of the Living God, two pilgrims in the journey to God. In our modern time, a complicated time for the Church, for religion, for humanity, they help us to assume the challenge to seek, quest, search, and follow the Living God. They were both great intellectuals and scholars and at the same time close to the people. They were both strong and firm in their principles and at the same time human, understanding, flexible. And they were both considered the patron saints of the spiritual union of the whole Carmelite family for many reasons.

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Our Carmelite Vocation: Who do YOU say that I am?

Fr. Regis Jordan OCD

“But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied,”You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” This conference discussions how our charism answers this question in the Rule of St. Albert, the OCDS Constitutions and other foundations of our Carmelite vocation.

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Our Carmelite Vocation: What do YOU want?

Fr. Regis Jordan OCD

Contemplation, the gift of God, is the goal of the Teresian Carmelite tradition. All our preparation instills in us the love of God, which moves us to relationship with Him in prayer. St. Teresa calls this a “friendly conversation with someone we know loves us … you have to do it frequently.”

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Our Carmelite Vocation: Whose are YOU?

Fr. Regis Jordan OCD

Humility, detachment and self-knowledge are the fundamentals our Holy Mother tells us are essential for our entire journey with God.

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John of the Cross: Carmelite Authors 101 Series
Kevin Culligan O.C.D.

There was an intimate relationship between John’s development as a man of God and his poetry and prose that made him an author whose lyric poems are considered among the finest in all world literature and whose prose bought him to be considered one of the world’s greatest spiritual masters. He was a Carmelite author who was both patron of Spanish poets and a mystical Doctor of the Church.

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Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity
Daniel Chowning O.C.D.

Elizabeth of the Trinity was a woman seized by God’s presence, a God whom she experienced and referred to as the God of all love. In this lecture, we receive a brief overview of Elizabeth’s life, some insight into her spirituality, and some reflections on her prophetic mission for our time. What does she have to say to us in the 21st century?

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Br. Lawrence of the Resurrection:
The Practice of the Presence of God

Salvatore Sciurba O.C.D.

The holiest and most necessary practice in the spiritual life is that of the presence of God. It consists in taking delight in and becoming accustomed to His divine presence, speaking humbly and conversing lovingly with Him all of the time. In some ways, that simple statement from Brother Lawrence sums up his whole approach to the spiritual life.

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St. Teresa of Avila: Carmelite Authors 101 Series
Kieran Kavanaugh O.C.D.

Saint Teresa of Jesus (Avila) was a great woman in the history of the entire church and a foremost author. This is part of a series of lectures that is devoted to Carmelite authors, particularly the most important authors of the Carmelite School of Spirituality.

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St. Thérèse of Lisieux: Carmelite Authors 101 Series
Marc Foley O.C.D.

Carmelite Authors 101 is designed to present a basic introduction to the major writers of the Carmelite School of Spirituality. This presentation outlines the writings of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, affectionately known to millions as The Little Flower, and recently proclaimed Doctor of the Church for her spiritual writings.

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St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross:
Carmelite Authors 101 Series

John Sullivan O.C.D.

A Saint, a martyr, a leader of the women’s movement in the Catholic Church – Edith Stein was also a jewess, and a respected philosopher; but most of all she was a Carmelite. She lived in a different time under very unusual circumstances, but we can all learn from her.

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The Carmelite Tradition Speaks to Us Today

Kevin Culligan O.C.D.

Father Kevin Cullican, OCD, offers his perspective on how Carmel is called to others in wake of the abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. Using writings from Saint Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross, Father helps us to see that the Carmelite tradition is called to help others see God's love in a world so often surrounded by darkness.

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Teresa’s World:
Family, Friends, Country, Church and Order
Keith J. Egan, T.O. Carm.

Keith J. Egan shows us the life of Teresa of the Child Jesus through the relationships she had to each of the groups mentioned in the title. These perspectives give us a worldview to understand Teresa’s World and her desire for Carmel and its renewal and growth. Leading from her first relationships, her family, into ultimately the family God would call her to, one can see that Teresa was constantly led by God throughout her life into a loving vocation with Him.

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John of the Cross and The Living Flame of Love

Kieran Kavanaugh, O.C.D.

The Living Flame of Love is one of John of the Cross’ works directly written for the laity. Requested by Doña Ana de Peñalosa, the four stanza poem and its late commentary help us to understand John’s approach to the ideas of purification, union with God, mystical experiences and purifying love of Christ. This work shows us that John’s discoveries about the spiritual life are meant for each and every person, not just those in religious or priestly vocations.

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Her Mother’s Daughter: Edith Stein

Fran Horner, O.C.D.

Sr. Fran Horner discusses if Edith Stein was indeed a ‘daughter’ of Holy Mother Teresa of Jesus, in spite their many differences. Edith Stein’s views on truth and her desire to find the truth in its own right led her to enter Carmel and find closeness to God. In this way, she exemplifies Carmelite spirituality for the search of the living God. This search makes her a daughter of Saint Teresa of Jesus, who also made this same journey in her life.

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Teresa’s Our Father: A Catechism on Prayer

Daniel Chowning, O.C.D.

Father Daniel Chowning shows us that for Teresa’s sisters, the desire for her guidance in prayer to the Father is similar to the disciples approaching Jesus. She presented to them her Father, the same Father that Jesus lovingly referred to as Abba. Father Chowning discusses her meditations on the Our Father, and how it corresponds to her surrounding culture, her life experiences and her own attempt to draw close to God. Teresa accepts the promise of the Gospel of Matthew that the only prayer one truly needs is the Our Father, made always in an act of love.

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St. Teresa of Avila: Prayer of Recollection

Fr. Kevin Culligan, O.C.D.

Do you get distracted in prayer and meditation? Don’t worry – you’re not alone. Teresa of Avila found traditional prayer frustrating. This was when Jesus showed her a new way to pray, which she calls Recollection. During recollection the heart gathers its faculties and directs them to gaze upon God, who is always present within. Fr. Kevin Culligan O.C.D. in Prayer of Recollection guides the listener step by step through this prayer. It is excellent for anyone at any stage of the spiritual journey.

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The Carmelite School of Prayer: a Coat of Many Colors

Keith J. Egan, T.O. Carm.

Opening the 2013 Forum concerning Carmel’s way of prayer, Fr. Egan shows us the development of prayer in the Carmel tradition in order that those certain moments might aid us in prayer. He shows us how Christian prayer is rooted in the scriptures, immersed in a relationship with Christ, lived as a Church and celebrated in the sacraments. Carmel’s prayer is like Joseph’s coat in all its diversity beginning with its roots in the early Church ending with the mystical tradition and St Therese.

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Prayer of Recollection and Contemplation in Teresa and John

Kieran Kavanaugh, O.C.D.

Drawing on Teresa’s own experience, reflection on her own experience, and teachings that flows out of her experience, Fr Kieran leads us through Teresa’s own spiritual progression. Beginning with her early frustrations in prayer, he shows us how she was able to progress in prayer. She began to rely heavily on the prayer of recollection, which eventually led her into deeper levels of prayer.

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"A Surge of the Heart" – Thérèse of Lisieux on Prayer

Steven Payne, O.C.D.

Fr. Steven describes St Thérèse’s simple yet profound definition of prayer that the Church takes up in the catechism. Thérèse being frustrated by many forms of prayers does not insist upon any particular prayer, but emphasizes the essential quality of love in prayer. Thérèse tells us that prayer is not about saying many words, but about a relationship with the person of Christ. Fr. Steven guides us through Thérèse’s discovery of prayer.

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The Exterior Life of Love

Fr John Sullivan, O.C.D.

Beginning with the words of Christ, Fr John Sullivan at the 2009 Congress indicates the goal of Carmel’s goal – not to seek some abstract ideas – but to love. Quoting Teresa of Jesus, John of the Cross and Therese of Lisieux, he shows us how we are called to an exterior life of love. Teresa leads us to encounter God in mysticism who “alone suffices” through the ordinary and mundane – through encountering others and the world. Therese in her desire to “spend her heaven doing good on earth” shows us the necessity of our mission to love here. OCDS communities are called to reach out to others for in the words of St John: “where there is no love, to put love and you will find love there.”

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Forming Vibrant OCDS Communities

Fr Kevin Culligan, O.C.D.

According to the new OCDS constitution, forming vibrant communities is the main challenge facing Carmelite seculars today. Fr Kevin Cullighan in a hope to bring a deeper fervor to the OCDS communities articulates that a vibrant community is in truth a communion of persons whose bond is primarily their faith in Jesus Christ, their love for one another and their adherence to the Christian and Carmelite tradition. True community is rooted in an imitation and participation of our Lord’s own love for His brothers. OCDS communities are called to contemplate this love and then live out this love in their communities and in the world.

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OCDS Members Serving the Church Today

Fr Thomas Otang’a, O.C.D.

Fr. Thomas shows us a more practical way for the Carmelites to serve the Church in the 21st century, rolling up our sleeves as it were. Beginning with John Paul II’s invocation of all Catholics to participate in the mission of the Church, Fr. Thomas lays our from this a framework by which secular Carmelites might live out this call to mission. To participate in the one mission of God, the secular Carmelites may pursue one of five possibilities: spiritual evolution and adaptation for a vibrant presence in the church, respond to growing opportunities of contemplation in society, support the province mission ad gentes in Kenya, evangelization, or take up publications and retreat ministries. Fr. Thomas goes through each one and gives practical ways to fulfill this universal call to mission.

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Beatitudes
: An Introduction
Kevin Culligan O.C.D.

Father Kevin Culligan, OCD presents Jesus' teachings on three of the Beatitudes on a day of reflection in order that listeners might better understand the call of the Christian and those who live in Carmel. Starting with the Old Testament, Father Kevin shows us that Jesus gives the New Law while fulfilling the Old Law, and thus giving us what are a central part of the Christian faith.

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Beatitudes
: Blessed are the Pure of Heart
Kevin Culligan O.C.D.

Fr. Kevin Culligan guides us in understanding what it means to be pure of heart. Referencing many other places in the scriptures where Our Lord speaks about purity of heart. He helps us to see the intrinsic connection between our actions and our interior disposition. If each person lives in purity of heart, then this will effect the whole Church.

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Beatitudes
: Blessed are the Meek
Kevin Culligan O.C.D.

While in our earthly journey we experience pain, we can experience beatitude through pain. Fr. Kevin Culligan shows us this profound truth and how the inevitable pains of life can lead us to beatitude. After we have labored, Christ appears to us in the Eucharist to give us rest. This is the work of God in us which is strength.

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Beatitudes
: Blessed are Those Who Mourn
Kevin Culligan O.C.D.

Fr. Kevin Culligan tells us that there are many different kinds of mourning: mourning of family, mourning f earthly goods and also a godly mourning. In all these, the Spirit is there to comfort us. Jesus possesses a grief himself, wanting to give Himself though people chose the darkness over the light. But this is our call – to be Christ’s light in the darkness of our world.

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