Category: Spiritual Masters

Motherhood According to the Spirit

A woman’s heart, a woman’s soul is created to be like Mary’s — a refuge, a hiding place, a ‘shelter in which other souls may unfold’ in the words of St. Edith Stein.  Elizabeth was that safe place to fall and to find hope for everyone who knew her. Claire Dwyer continues the series today with a look at spiritual motherhood.

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Called to Carmel for the Persecution

At the turn of the Century, it looked like the earthly forces were winning a decisive victory in France, and that Catholicism was being humiliated and beaten back. But God had another plan. Claire Dwyer continues her series on Elizabeth of the Trinity.

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My Every Act is Love

St. Elizabeth of the Trinity could have led a life of worldly accomplishment. But she embraced obscurity and humility. Claire Dwyer continues her series today.

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St. Anthony, Meet Elizabeth

Once in a while, when our own humanity hits us over the head, we find comfort in knowing that saints were people, too. Claire Dwyer reveals something she shares with St. Elizabeth of the Trinity.

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The Power of Intercessory Prayer

“It is our vocation to intercede to God for everyone.” These words of St. Edith Stein sum up the Carmelite vocation, a call which St. Elizabeth of the Trinity took to heart, and one we all join in as part of the Christian life. Claire Dwyer continues her series.

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To Be a Bride

The consecrated woman stands as a sign of contradiction:  what it seems she has given up, she has actually gained in a way far more real than the rest of us can know this side of eternity.  Claire Dwyer continues her series on St. Elizabeth of the Trinity.

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A Living Smile

A smile is a small–although not always easy–sacrament of joy. Claire Dwyer shares about this surprising “apostolate” as her series on Elizabeth of the Trinity continues.

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A Divine Darkness

Claire Dwyer explores the mystical reality of the “Dark Night” through the experience of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity.

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Faith–or Feelings?

Feelings are, in the end, just feelings.  They are a gift, but they cannot last—they must give way in order for us to grow in the holy virtue of faith.  Faith is an entirely free gift of God–but it is something to be asked for, assented to, nourished, and practiced.  Or else we can find ourselves “shipwrecked.” (I Timothy 1:19) Claire Dwyer continues her series.

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