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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.

Darkness Will Pass

Sr. Ceil compares Tolkien's brillian story, The Lord of the Rings, to the Christ story in today's liturgy. It's a story about restoring a kingdom, destroying the power of evil, and thrusting off power ...
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A dark sunset

Sayings of Light and Love

Once again, I offer the depths and riches of Carmel to shed a little light on the path as we find ourselves in these uncertain and complicated times. John of the Cross himself was no stranger to uncertainty and complexity in his own life and in offering these little sayings of light and love he ...
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The Vital Core

Politics is in the air. Fr. Rob reminds us of how our spiritual ancestors dealt with politics and with faith. He continues the theme of being little and powerless--yet vital. Attention Friends Our policy is that we do not charge for offerings on our web site but we do depend on donations. Please remember our ...
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All Saints: Balancing Monsters of Love

Sr. Ceil describes the saints according to Leonard Cohen who does not let them escape "the solid bloody landscape" ...
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Sayings of Light and Love 2

Ruth Burrows, a Carmelite nun and modern writer says, “Being called to Carmel means…to live intensely, for all, the human destiny to be, with Jesus, a capacity for God’s self-giving.” Another Carmelite resource, Footprints of Love, says “The Church is the space in which the people gather who have let themselves be spoken to by ...
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