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I felt it was far more valuable to speak to God than to speak about Him.

St. Thérèse of Lisieux


Forum 2008
Carmel: A School for Desire
(6 CD Set)

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.