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Carmelite Conversations is a weekly program hosted by Mr. Mark Danis that centers on the teachings of Carmelite Spirituality and their application to our busy modern lives. It provides counsel on how to live the Carmelite call to combine contemplative prayer with service to the Church, while at the same time providing guidance on how to make progress in holiness. Tune in on Mondays at 7:00pm Eastern (6:00pm Central) and call in with your questions.
There is not question that the institution of the Family is under more pressure and more assault in these times then at any other time in history. But we are not without our defenses. In this lively, interactive discussion on how families can work to live out their Christian call, and also protect themselves from the temptations of our modern society, Mark and Frances are joined by Joshua and Holli Danis, Mark’s son and daughter-in-law, to discuss practical ways families can help their children grow in their faith. In addition, they rely on the example set by the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, Carmelite and Doctor of the Church. The Martin family that Therese grew up in was responsible for five vocations to the Church at the end of the 19th Century and beginning of the 20th. All four of Therese’s sisters entered religious life, and this conversation will identify some of the important ways the Martin parents helped create an environment that allowed their children to grow in holiness.
It is always interesting and spiritually rewarding to be introduced to other Carmelite Saints, Blesseds and Venerables. This week Mark and Frances reintroduce the Venerable Dominic of Jesus and Mary. Venerable Dominic lived a very active life within the Order, withing the Church and in helping to battle some of the most significant military and political issues in his time. He was known and hailed by Popes and Kings for his ability to mediate difficult situations, and also for his ability to rally men to a cause. And, despite his busy schedule and extensive traveling, he never allowed it to interrupt his very assiduous prayer life. Indeed, he was the author of a couple of very important works on spiritual direction and the stages of development in the spiritual life.
Another important feast associated with the Order of Carmel, and dedicated to Our Blessed Mother, is the Feast of Our Lady, Mother of Divine Grace. This week Mark and Frances discuss the brief history of this important Feast, and the unique role that Our Blessed Mother plays in dispensing grace to the Church. They also discuss a very unique image of Our Blessed Mother known as the Lady of the Bowed Head. This image has its own unique story, which they discuss, and they also touch on an important Carmelite Venerable who is directly associated with this image. Again, for anyone who wishes to learn more about the Blessed Mother’s role as dispenser of grace, this is an important conversation.
This week all Carmelite celebrate one of the most significant feasts in our calendar year, the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. In this conversation Mark and Frances discuss briefly the history of this great feast, but then go on to discuss its relevance for the Church today. They discuss the importance of Mary’s Patronage to the Order of Carmel, and then they take their listeners through a full nine day novena in Honor of Our Lady of Mt.Carmel. The novena presents nine different titles by which Mary is known, and then offers specific reflections and prayers associated with those titles. This is a very important conversation for anyone who has a special devotion to the Blessed Mother.