These reflections and poems are kindly shared by Michael Hartland (aka Flowering Poverello), who blogs here. St John of the Cross also writes about longing – our spiritual longing for God – as a valid form of prayer. I have found this very consoling when I feel like I lack the exact words, or the enthusiasm, … Continue reading Inspired by John of the Cross (2)
This reflection and poem is kindly shared by Michael Hartland (aka Flowering Poverello), who blogs here. I first came across St John of the Cross through a small paperback version of “The Dark Night of the Soul”. It’s maybe not a title that publishers would promote today! But perhaps it spoke to my consciousness that … Continue reading Inspired by St John of the Cross (1)
One of the questions I'm asked about Carmelite spirituality is, how do Carmelites pray? It may be easier to have some idea of the answer if you think of other spiritual traditions. For example. Benedictine's pray the Office. Daily prayer, with its regular routine and rhythm, is very important. There are lots of psalms. Singing … Continue reading Prayer: Journeying with St Teresa
The Gospel reading set for today (Luke 10:38-end) is the story of two sisters, Martha and Mary. The story has often been used to illustrate the contemplative life of prayer (as shown by Mary, who sits at Jesus' feet and listens attentively to him) and an active life of service (as shown by Martha in … Continue reading Martha or Mary….?
Wishing all a very happy feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (16 July). It is a day when Carmelites recall the original group of 12th century hermits, who took up residence on Mount Carmel and were dedicated to living an life of silence, prayer and contemplation under the patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary. … Continue reading Our Lady of Mount Carmel (2)
Tomorrow at The Friars, Aylesford there will be a special day of prayer, reflection and preparation ahead of the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (16th July). The day will reflect upon Mary in the Carmelite tradition and relevant in the Carmelite family today. The day starts at 10am and lasts until 4pm (suggested … Continue reading Our Lady of Mount Carmel (1)
Today the East Kent Carmelite Spirituality Group (EKCSG) met at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Faverham. We welcomed Rosie Bradshaw, who is the moderator of the Third Order Secular ("lay Carmelites"). Rosie is also a member of the Third Order Chapter in Brighton and Hove. After meeting (as usual) for morning prayer and Mass, we … Continue reading Silence, listening and contemplation