Special Guest, Mrs. Lynn Bete, OCDS and President of the Dayton OCDS in Ohio, talks with host, Frances Harry, OCDS about the recent 2014 OCDS Congress in Atlanta, Georgia. What is a Congress? What happened there? Who was there? What was the theme? Why should one attend? What were some of the highlights: Fr. Alzinir Francisco Debastiani’s talk on the new additions to the OCDS Constitution and his challenge for our communities; Dr. Keith Egan, TOC, on St. Teresa of Avila: Hope is the Same as Remembering; the wonderful and prayerful John Michael Talbot Concert; Fr. Bonaventure Sauer’s talk on the poetry of St. Teresa; and much, much more. We discussed the workshops and the Provincial Council Forum that was so inspirational as well as what vendors were present and where we got to go sight-seeing!
In this program Mark and Frances discuss one of the greatest mysteries of the Catholic faith, what is theologically described as the Indwelling Trinity, or the Dogmatic teaching on how the three persons of the Trinity truly reside in the hearts of the faithful. This great mystery was the entire spirituality of a well known Carmelite Nun who went by the name of Elizabeth of the Trinity, currently Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, though her cause for Sainthood is being examined. Elizabeth is perhaps best known for a prayer she wrote to the Trinity that reflects both her belief in this great blessing, and her petition to each member of the Trinity for the unique gifts they each offer. This prayer is very powerful in providing believers consolation in the midst of trials, and it helps individuals conform their hearts and minds to the will of the Father. For those who pray it consistently, it allows Blessed Elizabeth to fulfill her mission: “I think that in Heaven my mission will be to draw souls by helping them to go out of themselves in order to cling to God by a wholly simple and loving movement, and to keep them in this great silence within which will allow God to communicate Himself to them and to transform them into Himself.”
In this particular program Mark and Frances discuss the reflections of a Carmelite Nun from England, Sister Mary McCormack. Sister McCormack has been a nun for forty years, and during that time she has served in a number of important positions, but none more important that that of Novice Mistress, where is was her responsibility to assist young postulants in learning the Carmelite way of life, especially prayer. She has written a wonderful book entitled “Upon this Mountain,” where she reflects on the most simple and yet most profound elements of what she has learned about prayer. She draws extensively on her own experience, but also on the writings of the two Masters of Carmelite prayer, St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross.
Francesca Franchina MS Ed. talks with Gordon Deery of Montreal, Canada, about founding and directing The International Holy Face Association; The Shroud of Turin, The Devotion to The Holy Face of Jesus, and the meaning and importance of Pope Benedict XVI designating 2013 as The Year of Faith. Discussion focuses on how we need to continue to grow spiritually, living and sharing the meaning and importance of the Year of Faith, and The Holy Face Promises given to Bl. Maria Pierina de Micheli of The Daughters of the Immaculate Conception of Milan, Italy and Buenos Aires; the blessings being realized through devotion and wearing The Holy Face Medal and devotion of St. Therese of Lisieux to The Holy Face of Jesus. We are called upon in this time to share the knowledge, love and; increasing prayers of reparation and reconciliation as disciples of Jesus under the Mantle of Our Lady of The Holy Face equipping us with WISDOM and spiritual weapons of prayer and sacramentals in the Year of Faith and The New Evangelization. For more information, newsletter, books, etc, see www.holyface.com.
During this program Mark and Frances complete the series of conversations on a work about the last months of the life of St. Therese of Lisieux, entitled, “Last Conversations.” This remarkable work, a true gift to the whole Church, is not as well known as St. Therese’s autobiography “Story of a Soul,” but none-the-less, offers very deep insights into what is most important in our life and our relationship with God. These are literally the last thoughts and commentary of a person who will go on to become one of the most loved and Saints in the history of the Church.
In this program Frances Harry continues a discussion on St. Therese of Lisieux’s “Last Conversations.” This particular week she is joined by Colleen Sollinger, who is a member of the Dayton Community of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites. Colleen, who herself has a great devotion to St. Therese, and has visited her childhood home, offers both an historical and a very personal perspective on these most important teachings from the last few months of St. Therese’s life.
This particular program is a conversation on one of the lesser known, but very important Carmelite Saints, St. Teresa of the Andes. In this conversation Mark and Frances discuss the earthly life of this wonderful Saint. St. Teresa of the Andes, who died in 1919 at the age of 19, is a model for young people. Her remarkable, although short, life, is a testament to how our young people today can begin to develop an intimate relationship with our Lord. Though she came from wealth, and had the benefit of a good Catholic family and education, St. Teresa’s life was not without pain and trial. Her dark times, however, only served to deepen both her relationship and love for the Lord. John Paul II said of her, “The secret of her perfection could be none other than love, a great love for Christ, and a filial love for the Virgin Mary.” She is truely a Saint for our time.
This program began a four part series on the Devotion to the Holy Face. This remarkably powerful devotion was actually instituted by Veronica when she wiped the face of Jesus as He climbed to His crucifixion on Calvary. The program goes on to discuss four other instances in the history of the Church where this Devotion either gained great popularity or was actually re-instituted by Christ. The first was in the early 1840’s through the revelations to a Carmelite Sister named Mary of St Peter. The promises and the power of this devotion were offered to combat both blasphemy and the sins against the holy day of Sunday. The devotion was then reintroduced by St Therese of Lisieux around the late 1800’s, again in the mid 1940’s through an Italian Mother Pierina of the Immaculate Conception, and finally, in our own time through a man name Gordon Deery in Montreal, who carries on this world-wide ministry even today.
“This program offers a brief biographical sketch of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity. Blessed Elizabeth was a Carmelite nun who lived in France and died in her early twenties, in 1906. Her remarkable writings are considered materpieces of spiritual insight, and they deal largely with the life of the Trinity dwelling within each of us. This program covers the major events of her life leading up to her entry into Carmel, and how the more significant events of her childhood served to form her and draw her into an intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.”
This program focuses on St Therese of Lisieux. We explore the major events of her childhood, the events that led to her entry into Carmel and the significant contribution she made in her short life. We focus primarily on her most famous work, The Story of a Soul. From this work we will explore the teaching of Spiritual Childhood. We seek to understand our relationship to the Father through the eyes of this beloved French Carmelite. We also explore her teaching on prayer and suffering. Finally, we explore Therese’s mission to the rest of the Church and see how the life of Carmel can be so beneficial to those who are looking for spiritual assistance in their journey to the Lord.