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The Desert in Carmelite Spirituality

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The Desert in Carmelite Spirituality “What did you go out to the wilderness to see?” (Matthew 11:7). These were Jesus’ words to the crowd. John took to the desert to draw people out into solitude to prepare their hearts for the coming of the Messiah. For many years the desert had become a place of encounter. In 1 Kings 19:1-8, a long time before John’s appearance we learn of another prophet,... Read More

What Aspect of Carmelite Spirituality is Most Helpful for Prayer?

September 13, 2013 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Prayer, Sr. Laudis

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What aspect of Carmelite Spirituality do you find most helpful for your prayer?  What thoughts have crossed your mind when you have read the Gospel narrative of Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus and Martha “stewing” in the kitchen because she was left alone to do the serving? Why didn’t Mary see the serving needs and get up and help? What she did see was the person of Jesus and that is where... Read More

Broken? Stanza X – Part II

August 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Becky Ward, Broken, Poetry

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Broken? Stanza X Part II Your call Dear Lord, is to something better, where peace and love and grace abound. The soul united with its Master, this is where true joy is found. The desire for God is a built-in part of every human being. It’s like a homing device that attracts us to Him. This desire is also subtle, and in the noisy, chaotic world we live in, it can be difficult to discern; if we... Read More

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