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Catholic Spiritual Direction

Carmelite or Ignatian prayer, which is best for me?

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Dear Dan, I have been studying prayer, primarily the Ignatian method and the Carmelite method.  What would you consider the differences between these two methods?   Also, how can I determine which is best for me?   Dear friend, this is a great question. First it would be helpful to ensure we understand what we are talking about when we use the terms “prayer” and “method.” The prayer we... Read More

A Constellation of Saints

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There are as many saints as there are stars in the sky… The night sky in its magnificent beauty has beckoned to me ever since I was a small child. At night, especially on a summer’s night, I would slip away and sit on our front porch, or better still, I would lie on the grass and just look up at the stars. I learned to recognize one constellation from another and once in a while view an eclipse... Read More

Carmelite sisters at the Movies – For Greater Glory – ¡Viva Cristo Rey!

June 19, 2012 by  
Filed under Events, Sr. Laudis, Videos

Carmelite sisters at the Movies – For Greater Glory – ¡Viva Cristo Rey!

The Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles rarely go to the movies, but this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: to be a part of a premiere showing of For Greater Glory. Seventy-five of our sisters immediately said “yes” to the gracious invitation of Archbishop Jose Gomez. Why? Because it was during those days—the days of the horrendous religious persecution in Mexico... Read More

What does St. Teresa mean by “pesky reptiles”?

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Dear Sister Carmen, In the Interior Castle St. Teresa talks about “pesky reptiles” and other creatures. What exactly does she mean when she is saying these things?” Those “pesky reptiles!” When you come across a snake unexpectedly, what is your immediate reaction? Well, unless you are a herpetologist it is probably fear, dread or surprise. Let me share with you the reaction of a group of... Read More

What is so special about the Interior Castle?

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Dear Sister Carmen, would you share why St. Teresa wrote the “Interior Castle” and why spiritual directors refer to it so often? What makes it so special? Dear Friend, your question is very timely as the memorial of St. Teresa is celebrated this Saturday. St. Teresa of Jesus (also known as St. Teresa of Avila) was led by the Holy Spirit into a very special friendship with God. Because she cooperated... Read More

I need peace, I need your prayers…

September 29, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Peace, Suffering

I Need Peace, I Need Your Prayers… Dear Mother Luisita, I am deeply troubled by things that seem so trivial and I can’t seem to shake a sense of impending doom. My anxiety is constant. I need peace, I need your prayers. My beloved child, Accept my loving greeting and my prayer for you to be what God wants you to be. What about your soul? Is it taking little steps toward heaven or is it... Read More

Our Lady of Mount Carmel and my conversion to Catholicism

July 15, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Seasonal Meditations

In July of 2005 I was enrolled as a candidate in the RCIA program. As I was sitting in church for mass one Sunday I became frustrated and walked out. I couldn’t bear to sit there, watching everything, and not participate again. I desperately wanted to partake in the Body and Blood of Christ. The next day I got on the phone and called Shirley, a secular Discalced Carmelite who ran the Faith Formation... Read More

Lectio Divina and the Practice of Teresian Prayer – Book Recommendation

November 5, 2009 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Lectio Divina, Prayer, Resources

Lectio Divina and the Practice of Teresian Prayer I don’t ever recall reading a book, looking at the price tag, and then thinking to myself that I would have been happy if I had paid double the price. This book is one of a kind in that sense. With respect to the content, if you are extremely busy but have a strong desire to deepen your prayer life, this simple 26 page booklet is the best single... Read More