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.
Deacon Russell Baldwin, OCDS, gave a homily on The Well-Ordered Life at our March 2020 Community meeting and holy Hour.
“The Angel of the Lord Declared Unto Mary”: Our vocation to Carmel through the Lens of the Angelus by Marika Zimmerman, OCDS
Marika Zimmerman, OCDS, gave this presentation at our March 2020 Community meeting.
Nine Themes in Carmelite Spirituality - 6. Carmel is Marian
by Fr. Patrick Thomas McMahon, O.Carm.
Liturgy of the Hours Lenten/Easter Season Volume II for Solemnity the
Annunciation Psalm Prayer Divine office for 25 March Psalm prayer after Psalm45 not in the four volume but found on line.
St Teresa of Avila The Way of perfection Study Edition by Kieran Kavanaugh, OCD Page 368
Bible References from the USCCB web site
Novena in Honor of Mary Mother Thrice Admirable and Queen of Schoenstatt booklet
By Sister M. Gunthildis, S.A.C. Translated from German by Ulric J. Proeller, S.T. L. The Schoenstatt Sister of Mary, New –Schoenstatt W. 284 N. 404 Cherry Lane, Waukesha, Wisconsin 53188 1986 pages 8-10
Divine Intimacy Meditations on the Interior Life for every day of the Liturgical Year by Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D. Tan Publishers Rockford Illinois © 1964 Pages 1133-1136 (The Annunciation)