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O happy nothingness and happy hiding place of the heart.

St. John of the Cross


Forum 2013
A Surge of the Heart
(4 CD Set)

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.

Prayer of Recollection and Contemplation in Teresa and John

Kieran Kavanaugh, OCD

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.

Journey to the Deepest Center of Edith Stein

Fran Horner, OCD & Mary Fleig, OCD

Who am I? The persistent existentential question that nags at the human psyche. Fran Horner shows us Edith Stein’s understanding that prayer, the journey to God, is also a journey to self. The journey to self never means the denial of the truest self. It is a journey to the deepest center of the place where God resides. In this place – our core - Gods will for my life is written, knowing who am I and then living it. Fran Horner guides us to this center through many sign posts. The end of this journey is of course divine union. Our center is not in us, but it is in God.

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

Steven Payne, OCD

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