Praying the rosary is a Marian Devotion that many Catholics practice. As a Carmelite, it is a way of learning how to model Mary’s prayer life. In this presentation, our guest, Lynn Bete, a member of the Dayton Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites, gives us a fresh perspective on how to live out our Carmelite vocation through the mysteries of the Rosary. She uses the Joyful Mysteries as an example. Prayer, Mission, and Union with God are the focal points. Carmelites would especially benefit from listening to this talk.
Advent is a beautiful time of reminding us to specifically prepare our hearts and wait with expectant hope and longing for the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We look forward to His presence with great joy. It also tends to be a very busy time filled with special activities, tasks and opportunities that can really distract us. How might we approach all of this and still find God in all of it? Deacon Baldwin makes a very deep point that will benefit the soul wanting to prepare well for the Lord’s coming.
The visible material world is only part of God’s gracious creation. The spiritual reality of creation is often overlooked by people in general, however, anyone aspiring to grow in their relationship with God, does well to meditate on these spiritual realities. Deacon Baldwin discusses both describing their distinctness yet inseparability. He addresses who we are in God.
He proceeds to describe the commonality between the Holy Trinity, the 7th Mansion (as Carmelites know thru St. Teresa of Avila’s book, “Interior Castle”) and the Sacrament of Matrimony. His clear descriptions helps one understand with more clarity what this union entails. He references 1 Corinthians 13 to summarize his point.