An apostolate of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites community of Our Mother of Good Counsel in Dayton, Ohio.

Carmelite Conversations Podcast

The Carmelite Conversations podcast discusses Carmelite Spirituality and its application to our busy lives. Whether you're a Secular Carmelite or just interested in Carmelite saints, you'll enjoy the hundreds of podcast episodes in our archive and the new ones we publish each week.

Recent Episodes

St. Joseph

The extraordinary--but ordinary--life of St. Joseph

March 13, 2023

In the month of March, the Church celebrates the feast of the great St. Joseph, Patron Saint of the Universal Church.  He is also the Protector of the Discalced Carmelite Order.

Interior Castle St. Teresa Of Avila

Interior Castle (part 3): Second dwelling place, the seed is germinating, the battle intensifies

March 9, 2023

The Second Dwelling Place or Mansion pertains to souls who have already begun to practice prayer and have heard the calls of the Lord.  Hence, the seed planted in the first mansion is now starting to germinate and sprout roo…

Lent St. John Of The Cross

“Nada, Nada, Nada” of St. John of the Cross

March 3, 2023

When a Carmelite hears the word, “Nada,” they automatically think of the great Discalced Carmelite Doctor of Love, St. John of the Cross.  What does that word mean?  Why is this word so deeply associated with St. John of the…

Faith Is not a zero-sum game, with Deacon Mark Danis, OCDS

March 1, 2023

What are some of the misconceptions people have about this journey of faith? What will inspire us on this journey? Deacon Mark Danis shares what is of immense value to us beyond the purification and healing of our souls.


Lenten thoughts & resources for 2023

Feb. 22, 2023

Why fast? Why pray? Why give alms?  Why does the Church tell us to do these 3 things?  Where does this come from?  How do these 3 tactics form a strategic battle plan to conquer sin in our lives?

Interior Castle St. Teresa Of Avila

Interior Castle (part 2): Image of the Soul in the First Dwelling Place

Feb. 17, 2023

Guest, Theresa Rittenhouse, OCDS, joins host Frances Harry in a Carmelite Converstion on the first dwelling place/mansion of St. Teresa of Avila’s classic masterpiece, “The Interior Castle.”

St. Therese Of Lisieux

St. Therese’s Influence on a Priest’s Vocation

Feb. 10, 2023

What a joy it is to hear how a Saint has particularly influenced someone!  Today’s Carmelite Conversation details how St. Therese of Lisieux helped a priest in his vocation.

Silence St. Elizabeth Of The Trinity

A Soul of Silence: Sister Elizabeth of the Trinity

Feb. 3, 2023

Deacon Mark Danis, OCDS, shares reflections about the short book, A Soul of Silence: Sister Elizabeth of the Trinity.

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Find a Discalced Secular Carmelite Community near you

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