Carmelite Conversations
Mystery:  The Threshold of Divine Love, with Deacon Rusty Baldwin, OCDS

Mystery: The Threshold of Divine Love, with Deacon Rusty Baldwin, OCDS

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.

The Beatitudes” presented by Deacon Rusty Baldwin, OCDS

The Beatitudes” presented by Deacon Rusty Baldwin, OCDS

February 15, 2021

The blessings from God are considered in this presentation in the light of Evangelical Perfection.

The Dark Night of the Soul—Preparing to Meet the Beloved by Deacon Rusty Baldwin, OCDS.

The Dark Night of the Soul—Preparing to Meet the Beloved by Deacon Rusty Baldwin, OCDS.

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?

Transfiguration Encounter with Deacon Rusty Baldwin. OCDS

Transfiguration Encounter with Deacon Rusty Baldwin. OCDS

September 13, 2020

Deacon Rusty Baldwin. OCDS, gives a talk about the Transfiguration.

Reflections on Poverty presented by Deacon Russell Baldwin, OCDS

Reflections on Poverty presented by Deacon Russell Baldwin, OCDS

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.

 

“The Baptism of the Lord” by Deacon Rusty Baldwin, OCDS

“The Baptism of the Lord” by Deacon Rusty Baldwin, OCDS

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.

The language of God, with Deacon Rusty Baldwin

The language of God, with Deacon Rusty Baldwin

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.

Carmel and the Evangelical Counsels with Deacon Rusty Baldwin

Carmel and the Evangelical Counsels with Deacon Rusty Baldwin

September 8, 2019

This is the second episode in a new 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 Carmel and the Evangelical Counsels.

The Use of God’s Gifts with Deacon Rusty Baldwin

The Use of God’s Gifts with Deacon Rusty Baldwin

July 14, 2019

We are beginning a new 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 compares the God-given gifts we have to flowers in a spiritual bouquet. How are we using our gifts? What does St. Therese, the little flower, say about our gifts?

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