Merry Christmas greetings from Carmelite Quotes: May the peace of Christ come to dwell within your hearts this Christmas
Hope obtains what it longs for: salvation; or rather, just as the shield of faith is faith itself, the helmet of salvation is salvation—Jesus Christ himself—for salvation is from the Lord, and we are to hope for salvation from our only Savior.
When all things are forgotten, nothing disturbs the peace or stirs the appetites. As the saying goes: What the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't want.
The soul here addresses its Bridegroom with deep love, esteeming him and thanking him... what overflows in it is its being tenderly and delicately inspired with love.
Spiritual marriage is a total transformation in the Beloved... the highest state attainable in this life.
Recalling Thomas Merton's predilection for the Carmelites on today's anniversary of his death, we announce an online, live presentation on Merton and the Fruits of Contemplation sponsored by the Discalced Carmelite friars in the UK
A soul ordinarily needs instruction pertinent to its experience in order to be guided through the dark night to spiritual denudation and poverty.
Compared to the infinite goodness of God, all the goodness of the creatures of the world can be called wickedness. [...] Those who set their hearts on the good things of the world become extremely wicked in the sight of God.
Now, until God gives us this good in heaven... resemble somewhat in suffering this great God of ours...
In the Gospel, Jesus describes a desperate situation and asks his disciples: “What would you do?” St. John of the Cross answers, describing the wounded heart of Christ, the Good Shepherd.
"[I]t should be understood that people ought not rejoice except in walking along the path that leads to life and in doing works with charity."
In our 2021 Novena to Saint John of the Cross, we will journey along the path of self-denial and love of the cross as he did with one goal in mind: to grow in the union of love with God who is Love.
The spirit of the Beguines is an important factor in this chronicle because it exercised a definite influence on some convents of early Carmelite nuns.
The sign of the Scapular points to an effective synthesis of Marian spirituality, which nourishes the devotion of believers and makes them sensitive to the Virgin Mother's loving presence in their lives.
St. Teresa concludes that when we sell out to God's will, we become his slaves, just as he became a slave through obedience for our sake; so she says that it matters not how much time we spend praying or working — obedience is key.
True union with God, St. Teresa says, is union of our wills with His. She states that lack of obedience is an indicator of the presence of self-will and self-love. "Make your will one with God's. This is the union that I desire and would want for all of you."