The notes below are from a talk that I gave as part of a series at a local parish church. These talks were on different spiritual traditions (i.e. Benedictine, Franciscan, Celtic, New Monasticism and, of course, Carmelite) and sought to ask/answer the question: What do these spiritual traditions have to offer to the parish? What … Continue reading What does Carmelite spirituality offer to the parish?
This is the next in a series of posts on Carmelite books and other resources. It refers to Climbing the Mountain: The Carmelite Journey edited by Johan Bergström-Allen TOC. In the late 1990s, the Third Order of Carmel (lay Carmelites of the ancient observance) underwent a reform. At a national gathering of lay Carmelites at … Continue reading Climbing the Mountain: The Carmelite Journey
At a recent retreat at Glasshampton, one of the topics of conversation was to share resources (especially, books) on Carmelite spirituality. The next series of posts will be an introduction and review of the short list of books that ended up on our list of 'essential reading'. The first book on the list is At … Continue reading Book Review: At the Fountain of Elijah
This is a guest post by Jackie Robson, who has professed vows to the single consecrated life. Jackie is part of the dispersed network called The Carmelite Companions of the Way. We are a dispersed community, who are discerning a shared commitment to a secular expression of the Carmelite spirituality within the Church of England … Continue reading My journey in Carmel: “praise of His glory”
A very useful resource for anyone interested in the Carmelite tradition is the Centre for Applied Carmelite Spirituality run by the discalced Carmelite friars at Boar’s Hill, near Oxford. Even if you're not able to get there in person, some of the lectures and events are publicly-available on YouTube. One resource is a lecture by … Continue reading Prayer, Silence and the Carmelite Tradition
A poem by the Reverend Elaine Dando, inspired by the experience of retreat at Glasshampton Monastery. Hobbling at the forest’s edge, I sat and found a quiet place On a precipice above the valley floor. The soughing of the pine trees Were mistaken for a living stream Winding its way through this hermitage. I thought … Continue reading Glasshampton
This week, a group of us met for a retreat as part of our discerning of next steps in our emerging shared journey in Carmel. In trying to explain this to my work (at the University, as a researcher) colleagues, I found myself struggling slightly. They are used to my going on retreat, once or … Continue reading Carmelite Companions of the Way