Carmelite Conversations
Communism, Carmel, and the Cure with host Frances Harry, OCDS and Angela Winfield, OCDS

Communism, Carmel, and the Cure with host Frances Harry, OCDS and Angela Winfield, OCDS

October 19, 2020

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.

Our Lady Queen of Peace with Herb Edwards, OCDS

Our Lady Queen of Peace with Herb Edwards, OCDS

September 13, 2020

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.

St. Pope John Paul II and the Blessed Virgin Mary by Paul Adams, OCDS

St. Pope John Paul II and the Blessed Virgin Mary by Paul Adams, OCDS

July 25, 2020

Paul Adams, OCDS, provides insights on St. Pope John Paul II and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Mystical Union with Mary presented by Frances Harry, OCDS

Mystical Union with Mary presented by Frances Harry, OCDS

June 14, 2020

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.”

Mary in Scripture presented by Chris Cotter, OCDS

Mary in Scripture presented by Chris Cotter, OCDS

February 14, 2020

For 2020, our OCDS Community in Dayton, Ohio, has the theme of "Mary, Our Mother” for all of our community presentations. This month’s presentation is on “Mary in Scripture.” There are some eye-opening analogies and topologies presented in this talk that will bolster the faith of many. Additionally, many scriptural passages are referenced for your benefit. The presentation is by Chris Cotter, OCDS. 

“Little Child of Our Mother Mary” by Frances Harry, OCDS

“Little Child of Our Mother Mary” by Frances Harry, OCDS

January 16, 2020

It’s no surprise to learn of the great devotion St. Therese of Lisieux had for our Mother Mary. She was immersed in Marian devotion from her birth, being born into a family that all loved Mary. The focus of this presentation is on four aspects of Therese’s love for Mary: 1) the Ordinary/Simple Mary, 2) the Healing Mother/Child of Mary, 3) Being Under the Mantle/Veil of Mary, and 4) Mary’s Maternal Love: More Mother than Queen. At the end of the reflection, Therese’s poem “Why I Love You, O Mary” (from “The Poetry of Saint Therese of Lisieux” translated by Donald Kinney, OCD; ICS Publications) is recited. Take time to ponder this poem. It summarizes Therese’s love for Mary!

More to Learn about Our Lady, Mother of Divine Grace

More to Learn about Our Lady, Mother of Divine Grace

July 27, 2019

An important Marian celebration associated with the Order of Discalced Carmelites is the Memorial of ”Our Lady, Mother of Divine Grace,” celebrated on July 23.  What connection does this title have to “Our Lady of Mt. Carmel?”  What other connections are present?  How is it important for all of us?  What is “grace” and what kinds of grace are available to us?  How do we obtain more grace?  What unique role does the Blessed Mother play?  What application does that have to the beginning words of the Angelic Salutation: “Hail, full of grace,” directed to Mary?  How can knowing that help us to pray more fervently?

The Marian Devotion of St. Teresa of Avila

The Marian Devotion of St. Teresa of Avila

May 23, 2016

How did St. Teresa of Avila express her Marian devotion and how might we imitate her? Although St. Teresa did not write a major work on the Blessed Virgin Mary, there is no doubt the importance she played in St. Teresa’s life, from her youth up through her founding many monasteries. One may ask, what place did the rosary have in her prayer life? What was the importance of the Virgin Mary in St. Teresa’s prayer? Did she have some mystical encounters involving the Blessed Mother? And, for today, how might we grow in our devotion to our Heavenly Mother?

 Resources:

 Scripture: Lk 1:35

 Books:

“The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila, Vol. 1, 2, and 3,” Translated by Kieran Kavanaugh, OCD and Otilio Rodriguez, OCD; ICS Publications.

 “Sermon in a Sentence: a Treasury of Quotations on the Spiritual Life, Vol. 4, St. Teresa of Avila,” Selected and Arranged by John P. McClermon; Ignatius Press

Article:

“Saint Teresa of Jesus and the Virgin Mary” found at www.ocd.pcn.nt/mad_en1.htm

MAY 17 2016: Mary as Our Principal Intercessor to Receive the Outpouring of the Holy Spirit
Mary and the use of the Rosary

Mary and the use of the Rosary

October 13, 2013

We are all familiar with the Rosary, but do we all understand its history or the importance so many Saints have place on reciting it daily. In this informative and inspiring program, Mark and Frances discuss the origins of the prayer of the Rosary. They touch on the details of our Lady having shared this prayer with St. Dominic. They also discuss the importance it played in bringing about a great military and spiritual victory in the Battel of Lepanto. Padre Pio of course was very dedicated to the Rosary, and this program discusses his emphatic counsel to use the Rosary as our weapon against the evils of this world. Pope John Paul II was likewise very dedicated to the Rosary and this program outlines the additions he brought to this form of prayer. Finally, Mark and Frances discuss the role of Mary and the use of the Rosary as a means of joining the Blessed Mother in contemplative prayer.

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