“O souls, created for these grandeurs and called to them! What are you doing? How are you spending your time?”
– St John of the Cross –
“O souls, created for these grandeurs and called to them! What are you doing? How are you spending your time?” – St John of the Cross –
“Whatever the past, or my fears of the future, here and now, O Holy Spirit, utter within me the total ‘Yes’ of Jesus to the Father.” – Sister Wendy Beckett –
“Let nothing disturb you,” St Teresa of Avila counsels us in her famous prayer. But how can we possibly “let nothing disturb us” if we are consumed with worry, for instance, about the ill-health of a loved one, or about a relationship breakdown, or about our financial situation? In this article, Michelle Jones explores the possibility that Rembrandt’s painting “The Jewish Bride” can help us understand and live Teresa’s prayer more deeply.
“When you look back over the day and see how fragmentary everything has been and how much you planned that has gone undone and all the reasons you have to be embarrassed and ashamed: just take everything exactly as it is, put it in God’s hands and leave it with Him.” – St Edith Stein […]
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of St Teresa of Avila being declared a Doctor of the Church – the first woman to be given this title – we allow her to share with us the secrets of prayer. It turns out that prayer is more within our grasp than we perhaps anticipated!
“Prayer belongs to all: To people of all religions, And probably also to those that don’t profess any. Prayer is born in the secret of ourselves, in that interior place that spiritual authors often call ‘the heart.’ Therefore to pray is not something peripheral to us, It is not something secondary or marginal in us, […]
The Prayer Project is a set of resources and guidelines created by the Community of Carmelite friars at the Mount Carmel Retreat Centre designed to help you to pray simply at home – during the pandemic and beyond!
This article explores critical questions perhaps asked by people drawn to the Carmelite tradition: Given the imperative for all Christians to be alert to the demands of social justice, how can we responsibly follow a call to a relatively simple life which gives priority to prayer? Do we not run the risk of camouflaging an essentially egocentric existence with the label “contemplative”? Could this not be, rather, merely a “cop-out,” avoiding the “real” concerns of Christian living?