The Praise of Glory – Themes in Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity

One of the fun things about summer assignments is that I get to take my ministry on the road, which means that I am able to both meet new OCDS communities and deliver my "greatest hits" in terms of spiritual conferences. This summer in Boston I have been giving this conference on my favorite Carmelite, …

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WARHAMMER 40K: Carmelite Edition

A lot about life in Carmel can be captured by the storylines and aesthetics of WARHAMMER 40K. Because in the grim darkness of the far future, there is only prayer. When you're chanting recto tono and each side of the choir has different ideas as to where the pitch ought to be When that one …

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Praying Like Saint Joseph – The Authentic Heart of Masculine Prayer

This is a piece that was recently published in the Carmel Clarion, a publication for the Secular Carmelites of the Washington Province, based on a previous talk delivered as part of a "men's day of recollection". Authentic masculinity: Many of you who are reading this have an idea of the tremendous amount of ink that …

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The Missionary Heart of Carmelite Spirituality

The following is a conference that I delivered in the spring of 2017 to several groups of Secular Carmelites. This was the first conference that I wrote specifically for this purpose, so the authorial voice and pedagogical technique is a bit underdeveloped. Nevertheless, it holds up well enough to merit sharing to a broader audience. …

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