July 2, 2022
Have you ever thought about your work as a road to holiness? Discalced Carmelite Secular Tim Bete often struggled to understand the relationship between faith and work. In this presentation, Tim references the teachings of Br. Lawrence of the Resurrection to explain how we can see our work as a place to encounter God. He also pulls from Church documents, scripture, and the lives of other Carmelite Saints, to discover the meaning of our work. We do well to ask ourselves how our work unites us with God. That is addressed in this presentation. Tim also provides a real life example that has played out in his own life and work. Finally, he gives us 4 Keys to help us truly surrender to God and find real success in our work, the work of union with God.
August 6, 2021
In John 17: 14-16, Jesus states that we do not belong to the world. Still, He prays not that we be taken from the world, but that we may have the strength to resist evil. What do the Carmelite Saints have to say about remaining in God while being in the world? Examples are provided from Br. Lawrence of the Resurrection, General Gaston de Sonis, and St. Teresa of Avila.
January 10, 2021
Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection's book The Practice of the Presence of God is a spiritual classic and provides great insight into the important of our secular work to uniting us with God. In this podcast, Tim Bete, OCDS, summarizes Brother Lawrence's wisdom for our daily lives.
March 12, 2012
This program draws from Brother Lawrence’s own letters to other religious who he maintained correspondence with in his later life. These letters represent the best source of information for understanding what Brother Lawrence himself had to say, not only about the Practice of the Presence of God, but just as importantly, how to overcome the difficulties that one might expect to encounter in making this practice a part of daily life.
March 5, 2012
This program discusses Brother Lawrence’s basic teachings on detachment, the need for silence and the process for practicing the presence even in our daily life. The discussion focuses largely on the Spiritual Maxims, and Brother Lawrence’s “Conversations” with Fr. Beaufort. The program also discusses the evidence provided by Fr. Beaufort as to how Brother Lawrence lived out this practice in his own daily life.
February 27, 2012
This program is drawn from the writings of Fr. Beaufort, who wrote and delivered the eulogy at Brother Lawrence’s funeral. He drew from his own communication with Brother Lawrence to offer an objective review of the man’s life, his teachings and how he manifested them in his very person. He speaks about a man of great humility and also great faith.