Welcome to Friends of Carmel

Contemplation puts us in touch intuitively and lovingly with the truth. It helps us develop wisdom, a God’s eye view of reality. Perhaps a talk, an insight, or a recommended book or film will draw you deeper into both wisdom and the truest form of love.


“Without support and with support, Living without light, in darkness, I am wholly being consumed.” John of the Cross During Advent we semi-hermits have the privilege of setting aside time to be still and wait in the darkness of the season and into the darkness of our world. There’s a certain level of being we ...
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Restoring Paradise

When the desert mothers and fathers went off into solitude they felt that in a certain sense they were returning to paradise because they intended to confront their own sinfulness and weakness and brokenness and fall on the mercy of God. Living with purity of heart is a sort of paradise. Thomas Merton writes about ...
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God’s Dream for Us

, God’s Dream For Us By chance the Gospel for Friday evening was “I Call You Friends” and our homilist, Thomas, did his best to draw it out and relate it to our Friends of Carmel theme. He told us that the reason for our life is deification. God wants us to be his friends ...
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Flying on the Breeze of Love

Talk by Gillian Coxhead Gillian describes the traits of the solitary bird according to John of the Cross as she gives us a taste of paradise ...
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Clearing Away Obstacles

This side of paradise Sr. Ceil reminds us of how we can prepare the way: knowing ourselves and doing what we can. 27 mins ...
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