September 17, 2021
What is “discernment”? That word is used frequently in Christian circles, especially in regard to answering the call to our vocation in life. Many souls have a fundamental misunderstanding of what discernment is. Deacon Baldwin clarifies what discernment is NOT, and what it IS.
He then clarifies our understanding of the Christian essence of discernment. He points out and explains how true discernment is a form of prayer. He then describes how true discernment helps us gain interior freedom. But what does this look like in our lives? And more importantly, what is the definitive end of discernment?
August 9, 2021
Aug. 9th is the feast of St.Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (aka Edith Stein). Deacon Baldwin gives a short background on this wonderful Saint and then zeroes in on how she lived out the “love of the Cross.” What was that like? Who was she? What did she believe? How did love change her? She indeed made the supreme sacrifice of the Cross, dying at Auschwitz.
August 6, 2021
How are we (as Carmelites/Christians) to be to the world what the soul is to the body? What do our Carmelite Doctors of the Church teach us? How are we in the world but not of the world? What is the soul? How does it operate? What is its relationship to the body? How does the soul and the body work together? How does this relate to our Carmelite/Christian calling?
Secular Carmelites/Christians are sent to bring the Spirit of Christ into the world to animate and transform it. How do we do that? How is this union of the body and soul perfected in Christ?
June 24, 2021
Deacon Baldwin helps the listener to understand the word “mystery” as it applies to faith in God. He explains how the mystery of God goes beyond our intellect and reason. He then proceeds to introduce the steps to enter into the mystery of Divine Love.
February 15, 2021
The blessings from God are considered in this presentation in the light of Evangelical Perfection.
December 13, 2020
Dec. 14th is the Solemnity/Feast of St. John of the Cross, a Discalced Carmelite and Doctor of the Church. He is often referred to as Doctor Mysticus or Doctor of Love. He is a great Saint for Advent with his writings centering on mystery, darkness, intimacy, light and flame of love.
This presentation will help us ponder these questions:
What is a mystic?
What are we called to?
What is the Dark Night and what it is NOT?
What is true happiness and joy?
Why did St. John of the Cross use the term, Dark Night?
What did he ask to be recited to him as he lay dying?
What is the Flame of Love?
September 13, 2020
Deacon Rusty Baldwin. OCDS, gives a talk about the Transfiguration.
February 14, 2020
Material and spiritual attachments are BIG roadblocks to our growing union with the Lord. This presentation by Deacon Baldwin, himself a Secular Discalced Carmelite, helps one ponder how to live out the Evangelical Counsel of Poverty in one’s own life. In a way, it is even harder for Seculars as the temptations are greater since they live in the world and use material possessions daily. Deacon Baldwin refers to the “Four Degrees of Poverty” of St. Alphonsus Liguori from the book, The Spouse of Christ. This is a very helpful reflection, especially for anyone considering making a promise or vow of Evangelical Poverty.
January 16, 2020
This is a reflection given on the feast of the Baptism of our Lord that focuses on the sacrament of Baptism itself as well as our own Baptism in light of our vocation to Carmel.
December 9, 2019
This is an episode in the monthly series of talks by Deacon Rusty Baldwin, a Secular Discalced Carmelite who gives a presentation to our Community in Dayton each month. These are recorded live during our Holy Hours. In this program, Deacon Baldwin discusses the language of God.