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Carmelite Conversations

The Carmelite Conversations podcast discusses Carmelite Spirituality and its application to our busy lives.

Recent Episodes

The Beatitudes Connection to the Ten Commandments (and Carmel)

Dec. 1, 2022

Deacon Rusty Baldwin, OCDS, shares a homily about the Beatitudes connection to the Ten Commandments. To help us grow in love of God and neighbor, the Lord has given us the Ten Commandments as well as the Beatitudes.

Everyday Life Issues St. Therese Of Lisieux

A Model for Parents: Sts. Louis and Zélie Martin

Nov. 25, 2022

Tim Bete, OCDS, interviews Annette Goulden, OCDS, about her book, Rooted in Love: Louis and Zélie Martin: Models of Married Love, Family Life, and Everyday Holiness.

Replay: Testing and Discerning a Vocation to the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites with Guest, Colleen Sollinger, OCDS

Nov. 6, 2022

This episode is a repeat  one of our most-popular program from 2017. Who is called to be a Secular Discalced Carmelite? How do you distinguish between those who are called and those who are not called?  What are some princi…


An Analogy of Spiritual Childhood and a Reflection on the Rosary, with Deacon Mark Danis, OCDS

Oct. 22, 2022

Discusses the analogy of Spiritual Childhood of St. Therese of Lisieux.  Offers an analogy that we can quickly identify with that will help us go deeper into understanding St. Therese’s great leap of faith into God.

Detachment: An Essential for Divine Intimacy, with Deacon Rusty Baldwin, OCDS

Sept. 17, 2022

One aspect of what is needed to experience Divine Intimacy is “detachment.”  This presentation will focus on what detachment is, and what it is not…with the goal of understanding and incorporating detachment into who we are.

The Prophetic Life and the Call of Discalced Carmelite Seculars to the Living Flame of Love, Homily by Deacon Rusty Baldwin, OCDS

Sept. 1, 2022

Members from several communities of the Order of the Discalced Carmelite Seculars gathered for a yearly retreat at the Maria Stein Spiritual Center in Ohio in August 2022.  The Sunday Mass fell on the 20th Sunday in Ordinary…

Recent Blog Posts

What is my greatest hope?

What would you say is your greatest hope? What is the one thing you would identify if you were pressed to offer only one answer to this question: What is…