The famous sun miracle at the Church approved apparition in Fatima, Portugal on Oct. 13, 1917 remains a topic of discussion among many Catholics. Over a hundred years have passed since it occurred, yet we are still deriving great fruit from it. In this conversation, guest Angela Winfield will shed some light on the Carmelite connections to this great miracle and what it means for us today.
On Oct. 15, 2020, Fr. John MacQuarrie gave this homily at the Feast Day Mass of St. Teresa of Avila.
What is piercing your heart? Is it the anger and confusion of our times in this world, in the church, in politics? Or is it the flaming arrow of God’s love? Fr. John MacQuarrie leads us in a reflection on this feast day of St. Teresa of Avila by recalling the great statue by Bernini of St. Teresa in ecstasy. The description of this supernatural event involving St. Teresa can be found in “The Book of Her Life” Ch. 29 verse 13. Regarding the times we are living in, she has great advice: “Whoever lives in the presence of so good a friend and excellent a leader, who went ahead of us to be the first to suffer, can endure all things. The Lord helps us, strengthens us, and never fails; He is a true friend.” [Life, Ch. 22:7].
Mountains are a privileged place of prayer. Jesus often went up the mountain to pray. In Hebrews 12:22-24 we are invited to come to Mt. Zion, the City of the Living God. What is this call? How should we answer this call? What is our responsibility in answering this call? Mt. Zion is a place of prayer, consolation and growth. But…don’t just stay there! We have work to do! Deacon Russell Baldwin, OCDS, shares his reflection on Mt. Zion to help us answer those questions.
Deacon Rusty Baldwin. OCDS, gives a talk about the Transfiguration.
Herb Edwards, OCDS, gave a wonderful talk about Our Lady Queen of Peace at our September 2020 OCDS Community meeting. The very beginning of the talk was cut off but the talk was so amazing, we still wanted to share it with you here.
Paul Adams, OCDS, provides insights on St. Pope John Paul II and the Blessed Virgin Mary.
In this talk, Deacon Rusty Baldwin, OCDS, discusses how to maintain our Carmelite identity.
Carmelites are well aware of the spiritual journey climbing Mt. Carmel to grow in union with our Lord. What may be passing under our radar is the Mystical Union with our Blessed Virgin Mary. This program addresses what that union is, what Marian souls experience in it, and how we may prepare ourselves to be open for such a great grace. The main source was the book by Fr. Emile Neubert called “Life of Union with Mary.”
Many of us are homebound right now due to the pandemic of the coronavirus. The whole world is experiencing this scourging. What are we as Secular Discalced Carmelites called to do. Mark highlights some aspects of our Carmelite Charism that are particularly potent right now, in this period of Lent and the pandemic.
Since most of us, all over the world, are not able to physically go to Mass and received Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, due to the pandemic coronavirus, we have a unique opportunity to intensify our spiritual practice of spiritual communions. St. Teresa of Avila gives us some wise counsel on this topic. Additionally, St. Therese of Lisieux, wrote a poem, “My Desires Near Jesus Hidden in His Prison of Love,” that will help inflame any loving heart.