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To come to possess all, desire the possession of nothing.

St. John of the Cross

 

Kevin Culligan, O.C.D.

Kevin Culligan is a psychologist, a member of the Carmelite Forum and former chair of the Institute of Carmelite Studies. He is currently superior of the desert community of the Washington Province of Discalced Carmelites. He is the author of numerous articles, and editor of Spiritual Direction: Contemporary Readings (Locust Valley, NY: Living Flame Press, 1983).

 

Lectures by Kevin Culligan, O.C.D.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Beatitudes

Kevin Culligan O.C.D.

Father Kevin Cullican, OCD presents Jesus' teachings on 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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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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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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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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