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

Carmelite Conversations

Nov. 25, 2022

A Model for Parents: Sts. Louis and Zélie Martin

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.

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July 2, 2022

Work: The Road to Holiness, with Tim Bete, OCDS

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.

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April 3, 2022

Personal experiences of suffering, with Frances Harry, OCDS, and Deacon Rusty Baldwin, OCDS

We all suffer…but do we suffer well?  What a mystery!  What does it mean to suffer well?  What are the challenges and fears about suffering?  What are the gifts and blessings of suffering?

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Nov. 22, 2021

Dealing with Annoyances and Difficult People by Teresa Trygstad, OCDS

Anyone familiar with the writings of St. Therese of the Child Jesus knows that she struggles in dealing with difficult people, both as a young child and as a religious sister.  Importantly, she also triumphed in learning how to embrace difficult people. ...

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Aug. 7, 2021

Engaging the World But Not of the World, with Mark Olson, OCDS

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 ...

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May 13, 2021

Part 4: Courage in the Face of Opposition: What the Carmelites Can Teach Us About Living Counter-culturally

4th in the Series:  featuring Père Jacques de Jésus, OCD (1900 – 1945) Père Jacques (aka Lucien Bunel) was a French Roman Catholic priest who became a Discalced Carmelite Friar.  He was born in France in 1900 and died in 1945.  He lived through two eart...

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May 6, 2021

Part 3: Courage in the Face of Opposition: What the Carmelites Can Teach Us About Living Counter-culturally

3rd in the Series:  featuring St. Maria Maravillas of Jesus, OCD (1891-1974) During the life of St. Maria Maravillas, a Discalced Carmelite nun and foundress, Spain was going through much upheaval.  Religious persecution increased daily.  In this convers...

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April 29, 2021

Part 2: Courage in the Face of Opposition: What the Carmelites Can Teach Us About Living Counter-culturally

Second in the Series:  featuring General Louis-Gaston de Sonis In this podcast, the conversation focuses on the life of General Louis-Gaston de Sonis, from France.  Born in 1825 and 1887.  He was a husband, father of 12, a military officer and a member o...

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April 22, 2021

Part 1: Courage in the Face of Opposition: What the Carmelites Can Teach Us About Living Counter-culturally

In our day, there is much social upheaval and unrest and a strident political atmosphere.  Additionally, living during the pandemic of Covid-19, has caused many pressures and struggles for the whole world. “Courage in the Face of Opposition” is needed as...

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Jan. 11, 2021

The Spiritual Nature of Work: Reflections on Bro. Lawrence and Practicing the Presence of God, with Tim Bete, OCDS

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'...

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March 11, 2020

The Well-Ordered Life by Deacon Russell Baldwin, OCDS

Deacon Russell Baldwin, OCDS, gave a homily on The Well-Ordered Life at our March 2020 Community meeting and holy Hour.

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Oct. 3, 2019

Making Sense of Suffering presented by Colleen Sollinger, OCDS

Our OCDS community had a special celebration for St. Therese on her feast day, Oct. 1st. We had a guest do a presentation on St. Therese. This podcast is that presentation given at St. Peter’s Church in Dayton, OH. Many people have a stereotypical idea t...

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July 15, 2019

The Use of God’s Gifts with Deacon Rusty Baldwin

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 ...

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Oct. 4, 2016

Joy in Suffering

There is perhaps no greater challenge for those of us who are pursuing the spiritual life then that apparent dichotomy of pain and joy. St. Paul tells us that we must, like him, be a person of joy, and in fact, we should expect to experience joy even in ...

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Aug. 23, 2016

How to Introduce Contemplative Prayer to Children With Guest: Colleen Sollinger, OCDS

Parents have a very important obligation to teach their children how to pray. Secular Discalced Carmelite, Colleen Sollinger, has much to share with us on this topic. She is a mother of 6 and has homeschooled all of them. 2 of the 6 are in college now. S...

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