The Elevator of Love


“You need to climb the elevator of love, not the rough stairway of fear.” These words could have been written by any rock star today; Bono, Bruce Springsteen or even Lady Gaga. Instead our little Thérèse coined the phrase “elevator of love” over 100 years ago. Her suggestion was given to Fr. Maurice Bellière, the [...]

The Elevator of Love2016-11-11T16:39:41-05:00

Teresa of Avila: Daughter of the Church


By Susan A. Muto, Ph.D. Many and varied are the ways in which one can live a life of dedication to Jesus, of unswerving service to him, as our Divine Master, and to his Bride, the Church. At the basis of all that we do must be who we are as women and men [...]

Teresa of Avila: Daughter of the Church2016-11-11T16:39:42-05:00

The Mystical Pathway to Peace, By Megan Don


“It is in your power to live and to die with this peace.” - Teresa of Avila   Our society is fraught with conflict, be it political, religious or personal.  It might even be said that we, as a human race, thrive on conflict, as it seems to be a precursor to our growth and change.  [...]

The Mystical Pathway to Peace, By Megan Don2016-11-11T16:39:42-05:00

Mystical Living: A Contemplative Action, By Megan Don


“There is no need to seek reasons for Your will, for You transcend all natural reason and make all things possible. Thus You show us that we need do no more than truly love You, and truly forsake everything for You, and that You will then make everything easy.” -Teresa of Avila The way of [...]

Mystical Living: A Contemplative Action, By Megan Don2013-02-01T11:11:18-05:00

Call for Papers: Vilma Seelaus Prize


The Vilma Seelaus, OCD Prize for Carmelite Spirituality is inspired by the life and legacy of  Sister Vilma of the Infant Jesus, OCD, a Carmelite nun of the Barrington Carmel.  A well-known and highly respected authority on Carmelite Spirituality, she was known for her insightful lectures as a member of the Carmelite Forum. A gifted [...]

Call for Papers: Vilma Seelaus Prize2016-11-11T16:39:42-05:00

The Contemplative as Iconoclast: The Countercultural Nature of Contemplation


Donald W. Buggert, O. Carm. By way of an introductory comment, let me say that I am not a mystical theologian. I approach this topic as a systematic theologian, and so I present my position more as a question or a "perhaps" rather than as a statement of fact, and I ask that you receive [...]

The Contemplative as Iconoclast: The Countercultural Nature of Contemplation2016-11-11T16:39:42-05:00 Project


All Carmelites and friends of Carmel are invited to participate in the founding structure of CarmelStream. To volunteer, please provide your contact details in the form provided at the end of this post. It is the hope of the steering committee responsible for developing this project to make it as broadly collaborative and engaging as possible. [...] Project2016-11-11T16:39:42-05:00

The Carmelite Rule: Reading the Bible in the Quest for Holiness


Craig E. Morrison, O.Carm. Pontifical Biblical Institute Via della Pilotta 25 00187 Rome Italy Introduction The Carmelite Rule teaches not only by its exhortation but also by its biblical hermeneutic that the path to holiness lies in the prayerful study of the word of God. As Albert developed his response to the hermits who had [...]

The Carmelite Rule: Reading the Bible in the Quest for Holiness2016-11-11T16:39:42-05:00



When my child was young she brought me flowers from the field: Queen Anne’s lace, buttercups, and dandelion blooms. Broken crudely from their earth-bound roots these gems of Your creation would then be lightly laid aside for a time of play – stuffed into pockets to free little hands for climbing, stepped on, sat on, [...]