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Comment to Secret to Permanent Focus on God

Posted by Gery on March 17, 2019 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)
Richard, this is a beautiful quote. It brings clarity and simplicity to prayer, and thus peace. Thank you for reminding us:)

The Secret To Permanent Focus On God

Posted by Richard on March 11, 2019 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)

...is told to us by St Augustine when he said: “Prayer is nothing but a desire of the heart. If your desire is continuous, your prayer is continuous. Do you wish to never cease praying? Then never cease desiring.”

So please let us take a moment and join our prayers and tell our loving and generous God: "Father I love You. Dear Jesus, I want You above everything else. Please increase my love for You and the Holy Trinity and may You never stop. Amen"

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The Paradoxical Commandments

Posted by Cathleen Brock on February 16, 2019 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.

Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.

Do good anyway. 

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.

Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.

Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.

Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can ...

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Phase 1 Lesson 1

Posted by Cathleen Brock on January 27, 2019 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday I had the honor of facilitating 3 beautiful souls, Peggy, Margherita and Rachel for their first lesson (Formation) in Carmelite Spirituality.  When preparing I reflected on my own journey thinking about what I wish I had heard thirteen years ago during my first lesson. Well, I probably overwhelmed them so I'm going to clarify some of my thoughts and add some. My hope is that some of you will join me in sharing some of your insights.


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Posted by Gery on December 16, 2018 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)
Thank you, Cathy, for posting this wonderful quote on community. It has always been such a blessing when I go to our monthly meetings because I feel that I can just 'breathe' and truly open myself to our beautiful Faith. I missed our last meeting due to illness, and it very much affected me to not have that contact with everyone. God's peace and blessings to all my brothers and sisters in Carmel!

Mary as Sister

Posted by Ray on December 1, 2018 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I too have struggled with Mary as my sister.  I have always thought the title of mother showed her more respect and honor, something she truly deserves.  Once again St Augustin has taught me a very important lesson, and how could I not listen to the voice of my favorite saint.  I can now see that calling Mary my sister as well as my mother shows her no sign of disrespect but rather enhances her in my eyes.  Thank you Julie for pointing out this teaching from St Augustin,

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Posted by Cathleen Brock on December 1, 2018 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I have been rereading my books by Heni Nouwen and have come across a quote I have always wanted to share.

"Christian community is the place where we keep the flame alive among us and take it seriously, so that it can grow and become stronger in us. In this way we can live with courage, trusting that there is a spiritual power in us that allows us to live in this world without being seduced constantly by despair. That is how we dare to say that God is a God of love even when we see hatre...

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Comment on Mary as Sister

Posted by Cathleen Brock on November 29, 2018 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)
Julie, I have never been comfortable with calling Mary my sister. I too thought it lessened her. I read your blog and a seed was planted. It took a while but I finally looked up the OOR you are speaking of (Vol IV pg 1572). What food for thought! I have been caught up in the physicality of Mary (probably for my own need for a mother) instead of listening to what Jesus is actually saying. She is blessed, honored and the most eminent member of the Body of Christ simply for keeping Gods truth in h... Read Full Post »

Mary as Mother and Sister

Posted by Julie A Gill on November 21, 2018 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

God is so good.  Having thought of, and leaned on, Mary as my mother, was ingrained in me my whole life.  Now to think of her as sister somehow seemed to lessen her place in my eyes.  Then, today, in the Office of Readings, God showed me what it truly means through St. Augustine.  He quotes Jesus when he says: "Here are my mother and my brothers, anyone who does the will of my Father is my brother and my sister and my mother."  St. Augustine says: "...did she not do t...

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Comment to Mary

Posted by Cathleen Brock on November 14, 2018 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)
Mary, you continue to lift me in His Spirit. You joyfully awaken my faith as I rediscover everything through your eyes.

Comment from Mary

Posted by Mary Capobianco on November 13, 2018 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Our Formation class had a wonderful conversation addressing how we felt about viewing Mary as "Sister" since the official title of the Carmelite Order is The Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel.  Being a practicing Protestant for nearly two decades, and not being educated in the full Catholic way as a child, I loved this entire Chapter!  I have longed to delve into Mary and receive her into my heart as ALL she can be!  My own mother called out to her during my dan...

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Comment to Gery

Posted by Cathleen Brock on November 13, 2018 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Thank you Gery for beginning this blog on formation with Mary. You have.truly been inspired by the Holy Spirit!

I am presently praying the 33 day Consecration to Our Lady which will end on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Thank you to Sandra for this grace. Whenever I pray the consecration I replace the word "slave" with "daughter" which is the Carmelite way.in honor of St. Michael of Augustine (Carmelite} who wrote similarly of Mary 100 years before DeMontfort. Cathy


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Posted by Cathleen Brock on November 12, 2018 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

First of all I would like to thank Gery for her wonderful inspiration in adding a blog page to share information regarding Formation I, II and Ongoing. In between meetings I have often wanted to share certain insights or readings I have come upon with you all and now this is possible for all of us.

This is a quote from James Finley in his Introduction to the book, Merton Place of Nowhere.

"We can only hope to create that empty space, that context for insight in which the unexpecte...

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Phase 2, Year 1 Formation

Posted by Gery on November 8, 2018 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)
November, 2018 - "Climbing the Mountain" Chapter 5: "Mary" This is a beautiful chapter on Mary, filled with many thoughts for us to contemplate. It goes over some of the Carmelite titles for Mary - "Lady of the Place", "Elijah's Little Cloud", and "Mary the Contemplative" to name a few. We were challenged to consider the different ways that we view our Holy Mother; and I, for one, was reminded again of how devotion to her can only bring us so much closer to her son, Jesus. Through Carmel... Read Full Post »