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Jesus is a hidden treasure which few souls can find, for it is hidden and the world loves what sparkles.

St. Thérèse of Lisieux

 

Fr. Kieran Kavanaugh, O.C.D.

Fr. Kieran Kavanaugh, OCD is the English translator of the writings of both St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila) and St. John of the Cross. He is a member of the Institute of Carmelite Studies and was the vice postulator for the canonization of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein).

Lectures by Fr. Kieran Kavanaugh, O.C.D.


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Meditation and Contemplation
in the Carmelite Tradition

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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Mystical Phenomena and Carmel’s Women

Kieran Kavanaugh O.C.D.

Teresa teaches us of the many favors derived from God through meditation and contemplation.  Among them are rapture, revelations, and visions.  Yet sanctity does not lie in these favors.  While these favors are not necessary for holiness, they do indeed possess sanctifying effects.

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The Revolution of Thérèse

Kieran Kavanaugh O.C.D.

This talk has a brief review of St. Thérèse of Lisieux’s early religious and spiritual experiences leading up to her call to Carmel and to her mission from God.  There are some facts about the history and spirit of Carmel in France as a background for understanding the spiritual environment Thérèse found when she entered the Carmel of Lisieux, and Thérèse’s response to this particular environment along with her response to Teresa of Jesus (Avila) and John of the Cross, her holy parents.

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St. Thérèse: Her Life and Spirituality

Kieran Kavanaugh O.C.D.

This talk tells us about the phenomenon of St. Thérèse of Lisieux after her death, and contains a brief sketch of her spiritual life and experience up to the time in which she entered the Carmel. There’s a discussion of some of the thought patterns influencing the spiritual thinking in the French Carmel and in the Catholic Church in Thérèse’s time where we learn of Thérèse’s new discoveries about the mystery of the redemption or participation in the redemption and our vocation to holiness.

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The Holy Spirit:
The Bond of Friendship in John of the Cross

Kieran Kavanaugh O.C.D.

This talk explores John of the Cross’ teaching about the Holy Spirit with some thoughts from contemporary theologians and examines John’s presentation of the mystery of the Trinity as God poring over into the other. This will lead us to the mystery of being a friend of God and will set the stage for our investigation of John’s thoughts on the Holy Spirit.

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The Little Way

Kieran Kavanaugh O.C.D.

St. Thérèse was known for her Little Way.  Here, we learn about the term “way,” what led to Thérèse’s discovery of her Little Way, and the actual meaning of her term the “Little Way.”

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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 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.

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Elizabeth of the Trinity and Silence

Kieran Kavanaugh O.C.D.

Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity and Silence examines some events in the life of the French Carmelite Nun Elizabeth Catez, for a time was a contemporary of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, her dates being 1880 to 1906. She was Beatified in 1984 by Pope John Paul II, and under his pontificate with the creation of the Catholic Catechism, one of her texts was made known to the whole Catholic Church through that Catechism. After sketching briefly the events of Blessed Elizabeth’s life, we will consider the place of silence in the Carmel of St. Teresa, which Elizabeth joined when she became a religious, and its importance for her own spiritual vision.

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Teresa the Reader

Kieran Kavanaugh O.C.D.

The overwhelming mass of people did not know how to read or write in Teresa of Jesus’ day; and this is what we often forget. In fact, 80 to 85 percent of the people in her time were illiterate – didn’t know how to read or write. Printing is what contributed, above all, to people gradually learning how to read the numerous books that were printed and read. Many of these reached Teresa. Nevertheless, the printed books did not eliminate the use of manuscripts. Teresa herself read manuscripts from the most important books for her Carmelite formation in the Monastery of the Incarnation.

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St. Teresa of Avila: Carmelite Authors 101 Series

Kieran Kavanaugh O.C.D.

Saint Teresa of Jesus (Avila) was a great woman in the history of the entire church and a foremost author. This is part of a series of lectures that is devoted to Carmelite authors, particularly the most important authors of the Carmelite School of Spirituality.

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John of the Cross and The Living Flame of Love

Kieran Kavanaugh, O.C.D.

The Living Flame of Love is one of John of the Cross’ works directly written for the laity. Requested by Doña Ana de Peñalosa, the four stanza poem and its late commentary help us to understand John’s approach to the ideas of purification, union with God, mystical experiences and purifying love of Christ. This work shows us that John’s discoveries about the spiritual life are meant for each and every person, not just those in religious or priestly vocations.

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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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