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Finally, prayer is something, which expands my soul and unites me to Jesus.

St. John of the Cross

 

Carmelite Conferences on Prayer


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Meditation and Contemplation

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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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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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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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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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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