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Whoever flees from prayer flees all that is good.

St. John of the Cross

 

Daniel Chowning, O.C.D.

Daniel Chowning is a member of the Institute of Carmelite Studies, and currently serves as director of novices for the Washington Province of Discalced Carmelites.

Lectures by Daniel Chowning, O.C.D.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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