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

Carmelite Conversations

Dec. 5, 2022

“God, Be Yourself My Sanctity.” (Part 2)

In this presentation, Frances Harry, OCDS, speculates on what it looks like when God is our sanctity, especially as seen in the life and words of St. Therese of Lisieux.

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Dec. 2, 2022

“God, Be Yourself My Sanctity” (Part 1)

Frances Harry, OCDS, discusses, “God, Be Yourself My Sanctity," a phrase used by St. Therese of Lisieux in her famous prayer, “The Act of Oblation to Merciful Love,” found in her book, “Story of a Soul.

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Dec. 1, 2022

The Beatitudes Connection to the Ten Commandments (and Carmel)

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.

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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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Nov. 6, 2022

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

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 principles that you to discern?

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Oct. 22, 2022

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

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.

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Sept. 17, 2022

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

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.

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Sept. 1, 2022

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

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 Time in Year C.

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Aug. 6, 2022

Homily for the feast Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, with Deacon Rusty Baldwin

Homily for the feast Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, with Deacon Rusty Baldwin

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Aug. 6, 2022

Reparation with Deacon Mark Danis, OCDS

Deacon Mark Danis, OCDS recently gave a homily on the topic of reparation that we are happy to share with you!

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July 3, 2022

Silence…the Language of God, with Deacon Rusty Baldwin, OCDS

Silence is golden.  We have often heard that phrase.  Silence is really a deep Bible truth.  In this presentation, Deacon Baldwin will address that truth and point out the use of silence in prayer.

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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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June 26, 2022

A Radiance of the Holy Spirit: St. Mary of Jesus Crucified, OCD, with Frances Harry, OCDS

St. Mary of Jesus Crucified, OCD (also known as Mariam Baouardy) is one of the most extraordinary Saints in Carmel, following in the footsteps of Holy Mother St. Teresa of Avila.

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June 21, 2022

The Holy Trinity, with Deacon Rusty Baldwin, OCDS

We frequently pray to and invoke the Holy Trinity, yet the Holy Trinity is a mystery and hard to explain.  Although we are quite limited, we can gain some insights into understanding the doctrine of the Holy Trinity.

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May 8, 2022

St. Joseph the Worker and the Work of Prayer,Deacon Mark Danis, OCDS

The day this was recorded was the first day of May and fell on a Sunday this year.  It is also the day we would have been celebrating the feast of St. Joseph the Worker.

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April 13, 2022

The Church Prepares, Year after Year, for the Anniversary of Her Birth: The Church and the Holy Spirit, with Jean Crowley, OCDS

Pentecost is the birthday of the Church.  Secular Discalced Carmelite Jean Crowley peers thru the Carmelite lens at this great time and how the Holy Spirit is acting.

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April 13, 2022

Pray without Ceasing: Fulfilling the Lord’s Precept through the Liturgy of the Hours ; Part 2, with Marika Zimmerman, OCDS

Guest and Secular Discalced Carmelite Marika Zimmerman joins hostess, Frances Harry, OCDS for a program on the Liturgy of the Hours, the universal prayer of the Church.

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April 13, 2022

Pray without Ceasing: Fulfilling the Lord’s Precept through the Liturgy of the Hours, with Marika Zimmerman, OCDS

Guest and Secular Discalced Carmelite Marika Zimmerman joins host, Frances Harry, OCDS for a program on the Liturgy of the Hours, the universal prayer of the Church.

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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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March 18, 2022

Go to Joseph, by Deacon Rusty Baldwin, OCDS

The feast of St. Joseph is March 19.  After the Blessed Virgin Mary, he is the greatest Saint of all time.  This year, 2022, the Knights of Columbus announced the selection of an icon of St. Joseph holding the Child Jesus as the centerpiece of this year.

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March 1, 2022

Silence…the Language of God (Less is More), by Deacon Rusty Baldwin, OCDS

In this presentation, Deacon Baldwin will address that truth and point out the use of  silence in prayer and particularly in the life of contemplatives and the gift of contemplation in prayer.

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March 1, 2022

Saint Teresa of Avila and the Holy Spirit, by Teresa Trygstad, OCDS

As a doctor of the Church,  St. Teresa of Avila has much to teach the universal Church and humanity at large.  She was quite the mystic.  We are so blessed that she wrote so much to help us grow in our union with God.

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Jan. 15, 2022

Carmel and the Holy Spirit, by Marika Zimmerman, OCDS

The hidden power source behind our actions in fulfilling our mission as Secular Carmelites in the Church is THE HOLY SPIRIT!!! The Holy Spirit is involved in the Spiritual formation in the life of the Christian.

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Dec. 22, 2021

Living Our Carmelite Vocation through the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary, by Lynn Bete, OCDS

Praying the rosary is a Marian Devotion that many Catholics practice.  As a Carmelite, it is a way of learning how to model Mary’s prayer life.

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