Carmelite Conversations
In the Silence of the Night There is Music

In the Silence of the Night There is Music

December 14, 2015
The great philosopher Soren Kierkegaard once said, "The present state of the world and all of life is diseased. If I were a doctor and were asked my advice, I should reply: Create Silence! Bring men to Silence. The word of God cannot be heard in the noisy world of today. This conversation focuses on the celebration of the Feast of St. John of the Cross. We briefly discuss the theme of silence in John's own writings and the importance of it in his life, but then we go on to see how John's writings and teaching on the theme of silence so profoundly impacted Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, and how she married John's poetry to her own experience of entering into a silent and intimate encounter with the Lord. Since this is December, the conversation also reflects on our own need to enter into silence in anticipation of the arrival of the Lord, and how the Blessed Mother was for John, Elizabeth and can be for us, the model of the interior soul, waiting in silence for the arrival of the gift of her son.
 
RESOURCES
The Twelve Degrees of Silence by Marie-Aimee of Jesus; Trans. from the French by Souer Ginette, Missionary Recluse
 
The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross, ICS Publications.
 
Elizabeth of the Trinity: The Compete Works, Vol. 1: General Introduction, Major Spiritual Writings,” ICS Publications.
 
A Soul of Silence: Sister Elizabeth of the Trinity  by Mary Amabel du Coeur de Jesus,OCD
The Mystery of Christmas

The Mystery of Christmas

December 8, 2015
At the request of one of our listeners, Mark and Frances chose to have a conversation about one of the most important Carmelite Saints in the recent history of the Church, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, or Edith Stein. After a brief biographical sketch, Mark and Frances discuss a very special, but lesser known work of St. Teresa Benedicata of the Cross, a Lecture she offered to a group of Catholic academics entitled, 'The Mystery of Christmas.' In this short but profound work, Edith Stein offers a powerful reflection on the mystery of the Incarnation, and what this mystery means for each of us who call ourselves Christians. The centerpiece of this reflection is the importance of relying on God's Will in all things - this is truly the virtue of Faith lived out in the midst of the often difficult and confusing reality of the human experience. Even though speaking at the time as primarily an academic, Edith Stein none-the-less shows great spiritual wisdom in challenging us to give up our reliance on earthly wisdom and earthly solutions, and instead to abandon ourselves into the arms of our Father, just as the Christ Child did when He willing came as the light of the world to a small stable in Bethlehem.
 
RESOURCES
Pamphlet (Lecture): Mystery of Christmas: Incarnation and Humanity by Edith Stein (aka St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross); Trans. from the German by Sister Josephine rucker, S. S. J.; Printed at Darlington Carmel
 
Marian Consecration Books:
Preparation for the Total Consecration according to Saint Louis Marie de Montfort; Montfort Publications; By Shore, New York.
 
In the End My Immaculate Heart Will Triumph: Consecration Preparation for the Triumphant Victory of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queenship Publishing Company; Santa Barbara, California.
 
Consecration to Jesus through Mary: Following the Plan of St. Louis de Montfort, Children of the Father Foundation; Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.
 
33 Days to Morning Glory: a Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Marian Consecration by Michael E. Gaitley, MIC; Marian Press.
 
 
 
Advent

Advent

December 1, 2015
This program originally aired just after the first Sunday of Advent. Here Frances and Mark explore a little about the meaning of Advent and the Liturgical Calendar for the Season. They discuss each of the four weeks of Advent and their individual focus on some aspect of preparing for the arrival of Christmas. They also offer a somewhat more challenging message about the coming of the Lord from a reflection written by a woman who understood that there are two Comings of Christ, and each individual Advent Season is designed to better prepare us for His eventual Second Coming. Finally, this program discusses some of the important symbols of the Advent Season, goes over the Mass Readings for the first two weeks of Advent (2015), and then offers some very practical advice on how we might individually prepare ourselves for the Coming of the Lord.
 
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