Tag Archives: Carmelite

The suffering of St. Therese

A short time after Therese’s first communion, her sister Marie told her, “I think God will spare you from having to suffer.” The irony is that Therese had already suffered more than some people do in a lifetime. Throughout her … Continue reading

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3 ways to increase your trust in God

  Do you ever feel stuck in your spiritual life? Are you frustrated with yourself for breaking your resolutions, continuing to struggle with sin while professing to love God? Do you dislike going to Confession? Are you sometimes a bit of … Continue reading

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Falling asleep during prayer

  If you are a parent trying to grow in holiness, you have no doubt fallen asleep in prayer. Among nursing babies, sick toddlers, wet beds, and waiting up for teenagers, parents spend years being sleep deprived. Then we go … Continue reading

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3 conversions of the purgative way

  Going through old files today, I came across a Secular Carmelite newsletter from 1997. In it our community’s spiritual director wrote about the three stages of conversion in the purgative way. His source was Fr. Benedict Groeschel’s Spiritual Passages: … Continue reading

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Read my author interview at Smashwords

For those of you who are eager to find out more details of the book I’m working on, I have completed an author interview at Smashwords. You will learn what inspired me to write Five Lessons from the Carmelite Saints … Continue reading

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Will you help me with my new writing project?

Readers, I need your help with my new writing project. I’m not asking for your editing expertise. I don’t want you to finance my writing. I’m asking for something much more precious–your prayers. Back in June I published the short … Continue reading

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To hear God, be silent

Remember when God spoke to Elijah on Mt. Horeb?  There was a mighty wind, an earthquake, and a fire, but it was not until Elijah heard a gentle whisper or “a still, small voice” that he knew God was present … Continue reading

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The meaning of the Brown Scapular

Today is the feast of Our Lady Of Mt. Carmel. I’m taking this opportunity to clear up some misconceptions about the Brown Scapular, often called Our Lady’s Habit. Traditional religious habits include a scapular–a garment worn over the shoulder blades, … Continue reading

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