CarmelCast

ICS Publications

Our goal here is simply to talk about the spiritual life from a Carmelite perspective - something that we already do in the monastery on a regular basis. Through this podcast, we hope to open the conversation up for you to listen and join in. We’re by no means experts on these topics, but we believe that our tradition and saints have a lot to offer to those seeking to grow closer to God.

All Episodes

THIS WEEK ONLY, save 30% off The Way of Perfection by Teresa of Avila with the promo code "CarmelCast." In our interview, Mike Alley explains how important this book was in teaching him about the Prayer of Recollection which helps him "to remain engaged in personal prayer... and not get waylaid by distractions." https://www.icspublications.org/collections/teresa-of-avila/products/teresa-of-avila-the-way-of-perfection-a-study-editionIn the first half of this episode, we discuss how you can enter more deeply into the very Carmelite season of Advent. Then, we have an interview with Mike Alley, a Secular Order Discalced Carmelite.Learn more about the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites: https://www.ocdswashprov.org/For more information:http://www.icspublications.orghttp://www.discalcedcarmel.orghttp://ocdfriarsvocation.org 

Nov 26

43 min 6 sec

THIS WEEK ONLY, save 30% off the Major Spiritual Writings of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity with the promo code "CarmelCast." In our interview, Sister Regina Marie recalls the help of St. Elizabeth in her own vocation: "anything that she says... listen to Elizabeth!" https://www.icspublications.org/collections/elizabeth-of-the-trinity/products/the-complete-works-of-elizabeth-of-the-trinity-vol-1-major-spiritual-writingsIn the first half of this episode, we discuss St. Teresa's approach to avoiding discouragement in prayer in the face of sin. Then, we have an interview with Sister. Regina Marie of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles.Learn more about the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles: https://carmelitesistersocd.com/For more information:http://www.icspublications.orghttp://www.discalcedcarmel.orghttp://ocdfriarsvocation.org 

Nov 19

49 min 15 sec

In the first half of this episode, we discuss how prayer is a relationship with Jesus. Then, we have an interview with Mother Celine of the Eucharist from the Carmelite Monastery in Loretto, PA.Learn more about the nuns in Loretto: https://lorettocarmel.orgFor more information:http://www.icspublications.orghttp://www.discalcedcarmel.orghttp://ocdfriarsvocation.org 

Nov 12

45 min 51 sec

In the first half of this episode, we discuss what it means to be a part of the Discalced Carmelite family. Then, we have an interview with Fr. Kevin of the Blessed Trinity who has been a friar for over 65 years.Learn more about becoming a Discalced Carmelite Friar: https://ocdfriarsvocation.orgFor more information: http://www.icspublications.org http://www.discalcedcarmel.org http://ocdfriarsvocation.org 

Nov 4

42 min 40 sec

This Lent we're discussing the spiritual classic The Way of Perfection by St. Teresa of Avila. In this episode, we continue our discussion of St. Teresa's commentary on the Our Father, particularly her teaching on temptations in prayer.  Be sure to check out Dr. MaryRuth Hackett's great content: https://linktr.ee/maryruthhackett  Lectio Divina and the Practice of Teresian Prayer: https://www.icspublications.org/products/lectio-divina-and-the-practice-of-teresian-prayer Please send us your questions or feedback: carmelcast@icspublications.org  For more information:  http://www.icspublications.org  http://www.discalcedcarmel.org  http://ocdfriarsvocation.org 

Mar 30

51 min 17 sec

This Lent we're discussing the spiritual classic The Way of Perfection by St. Teresa of Avila. In this episode, we continue our discussion of St. Teresa's commentary on the Our Father, particularly her teaching on the Eucharist and on forgiveness. We're excited to be joined by Dr. MaryRuth Hackett as we discuss the book each week this Lent: https://linktr.ee/maryruthhackett  Please send us your insights or questions for us to address in our next episode: carmelcast@icspublications.org  Here's a schedule of the readings throughout Lent: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DVkzzrHE8Ia8TYyEUaNhTVBjAlRmOVha/view?usp=sharing  Order your copy of The Way of Perfection: A Study Edition: https://www.icspublications.org/collections/teresa-of-avila/products/teresa-of-avila-the-way-of-perfection-a-study-edition Enter the discount code "CARMELCAST" to get 40% off the book!  For more information:  http://www.icspublications.org  http://www.discalcedcarmel.org  http://ocdfriarsvocation.org  

Mar 24

58 min 11 sec

This Lent we're discussing the spiritual classic The Way of Perfection by St. Teresa of Avila. In this episode, we talk about St. Teresa's method of prayer for those of us who often find it difficult to focus. Next week we'll discuss chapters 32-36.  We're excited to be joined by Dr. MaryRuth Hackett as we discuss the book each week this Lent: https://linktr.ee/maryruthhackett  Please send us your insights or questions for us to address in our next episode: carmelcast@icspublications.org  Here's a schedule of the readings throughout Lent: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DVkzzrHE8Ia8TYyEUaNhTVBjAlRmOVha/view?usp=sharing  Order your copy of The Way of Perfection: A Study Edition: https://www.icspublications.org/collections/teresa-of-avila/products/teresa-of-avila-the-way-of-perfection-a-study-editionEnter the discount code "CARMELCAST" to get 40% off the book!  For more information:  http://www.icspublications.org  http://www.discalcedcarmel.org  http://ocdfriarsvocation.org 

Mar 17

56 min 2 sec

This Lent we're discussing the spiritual classic The Way of Perfection by St. Teresa of Avila. In this episode, we talk about how vocal prayer must be joined to mental prayer and how to deal with distractions in prayer. Next week we'll discuss chapters 26-31.We're excited to be joined by Dr. MaryRuth Hackett as we discuss the book each week this Lent: https://linktr.ee/maryruthhackettPlease send us your insights or questions for us to address in our next episode: carmelcast@icspublications.orgHere's a schedule of the readings throughout Lent: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DVkzzrHE8Ia8TYyEUaNhTVBjAlRmOVha/view?usp=sharingOrder your copy of The Way of Perfection: A Study Edition: https://www.icspublications.org/collections/teresa-of-avila/products/teresa-of-avila-the-way-of-perfection-a-study-editionEnter the discount code "CARMELCAST" to get 40% off the book!For more information:http://www.icspublications.orghttp://www.discalcedcarmel.orghttp://ocdfriarsvocation.org 

Mar 10

53 min 26 sec

This Lent we'll be discussing the spiritual classic The Way of Perfection by St. Teresa of Avila. In this episode, we give an introduction to St. Teresa's understanding of prayer. Next week we'll discuss chapters 22-25.We're excited to be joined by Dr. MaryRuth Hackett as we discuss the book each week this Lent: https://linktr.ee/maryruthhackettPlease send us your insights or questions for us to address in our next episode: carmelcast@icspublications.orgHere's a schedule of the readings throughout Lent: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DVkzzrHE8Ia8TYyEUaNhTVBjAlRmOVha/view?usp=sharingOrder your copy of The Way of Perfection: A Study Edition: https://www.icspublications.org/collections/teresa-of-avila/products/teresa-of-avila-the-way-of-perfection-a-study-editionEnter the discount code "CARMELCAST" to get 40% off the book!For more information:http://www.icspublications.orghttp://www.discalcedcarmel.orghttp://ocdfriarsvocation.org 

Mar 3

52 min 22 sec

This Lent we'll be discussing the spiritual classic The Way of Perfection by St. Teresa of Avila. In this episode, we talk about St. Teresa's understanding of detachment and humility as foundations for living a life of prayer. Next week we'll discuss chapters 16-21. We're excited to be joined by Dr. MaryRuth Hackett as we discuss the book each week this Lent: https://linktr.ee/maryruthhackett Please send us your insights or questions for us to address in our next episode: carmelcast@icspublications.orgHere's a schedule of the readings throughout Lent: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DVkzzrHE8Ia8TYyEUaNhTVBjAlRmOVha/view?usp=sharingOrder your copy of The Way of Perfection: A Study Edition: https://www.icspublications.org/collections/teresa-of-avila/products/teresa-of-avila-the-way-of-perfection-a-study-editionEnter the discount code "CARMELCAST" to get 40% off the book!For more information:http://www.icspublications.orghttp://www.discalcedcarmel.orghttp://ocdfriarsvocation.org 

Feb 24

54 min 38 sec

This Lent we'll be discussing the spiritual classic The Way of Perfection by St. Teresa of Avila. In this episode, we give a little background about the book and talk about St. Teresa's insistence on love of neighbor as a foundation for living a life of prayer. Next week we'll discuss chapters 8-15. We're excited to be joined by Dr. MaryRuth Hackett as we discuss the book each week this Lent: Blog: http://peer-review-parenting.blogspot.com/p/us.html Podcast: https://parentingsmarts.libsyn.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.maryruthhackett/ Please send us your insights or questions for us to address in our next episode: carmelcast@icspublications.org Here's a schedule of the readings throughout Lent: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DVkzzrHE8Ia8TYyEUaNhTVBjAlRmOVha/view?usp=sharing Order your copy of The Way of Perfection: A Study Edition: https://www.icspublications.org/collections/teresa-of-avila/products/teresa-of-avila-the-way-of-perfection-a-study-edition Enter the discount code "CARMELCAST" to get 40% off the book! For more information: http://www.icspublications.org http://www.discalcedcarmel.org http://ocdfriarsvocation.org 

Feb 17

51 min 34 sec

St. John of the Cross is largely unknown and frequently misunderstood in the Church today. Join us as we discuss the life and teaching of the Mystical Doctor. In this episode, we discuss the last years of his life and his death.For more information:http://www.icspublications.orghttp://www.discalcedcarmel.orghttp://ocdfriarsvocation.orgContact us with comments, questions, and suggestions at carmelcast@icspublications.org

Dec 2020

30 min 50 sec

St. John of the Cross is largely unknown and frequently misunderstood in the Church today. Join us as we discuss the life and teaching of the Mystical Doctor. In this episode, we discuss his work as a spiritual writer.For more information:http://www.icspublications.orghttp://www.discalcedcarmel.orghttp://ocdfriarsvocation.orgContact us with comments, questions, and suggestions at carmelcast@icspublications.org

Dec 2020

28 min 48 sec

St. John of the Cross is largely unknown and frequently misunderstood in the Church today. Join us as we discuss the life and teaching of the Mystical Doctor. In this episode, we discuss his work as a spiritual director and formator. For more information:http://www.icspublications.orghttp://www.discalcedcarmel.orghttp://ocdfriarsvocation.orgContact us with comments, questions, and suggestions at carmelcast@icspublications.org

Nov 2020

24 min 58 sec

St. John of the Cross is largely unknown and frequently misunderstood in the Church today. Join us as we discuss the life and teaching of the Mystical Doctor. In this episode, we discuss his capture and imprisonment by his Carmelite brothers.For more information:http://www.icspublications.orghttp://www.discalcedcarmel.orghttp://ocdfriarsvocation.orgContact us with comments, questions, and suggestions at carmelcast@icspublications.org

Nov 2020

28 min 33 sec

St. John of the Cross is largely unknown and frequently misunderstood in the Church today. Join us as we discuss the life and teaching of the Mystical Doctor. In this episode, we discuss his work with St. Teresa of Avila to initiate what would become the Discalced Carmelite Friars.For more information:http://www.icspublications.orghttp://www.discalcedcarmel.orghttp://ocdfriarsvocation.orgContact us with comments, questions, and suggestions at carmelcast@icspublications.org

Nov 2020

29 min 50 sec

St. John of the Cross is largely unknown and frequently misunderstood in the Church today. Join us as we discuss the life and teaching of the Mystical Doctor. In this episode, we discuss his early education and decision to become a Carmelite.For more information:http://www.icspublications.orghttp://www.discalcedcarmel.orghttp://ocdfriarsvocation.orgContact us with comments, questions, and suggestions at carmelcast@icspublications.org

Nov 2020

24 min 48 sec

St. John of the Cross is largely unknown and frequently misunderstood in the Church today. Join us as we discuss the life and teaching of the Mystical Doctor. In this episode, we discuss the childhood and family of St. John of the Cross.For more information:http://www.icspublications.orghttp://www.discalcedcarmel.orghttp://ocdfriarsvocation.orgContact us with comments, questions, and suggestions at carmelcast@icspublications.org

Nov 2020

27 min 57 sec

This season of CarmelCast we'll be exploring the life and teaching of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower. We encourage you to follow along this Lent as we journey through her life by reading her autobiography. In this episode, Br. Pier Giorgio, Fr. Michael-Joseph, and Br. John-Mary discuss the legacy of St. Thérèse after her death. St. John Paul II's Apostolic Letter declaring St. Thérèse a doctor of the Church: Divini Amoris Scientia. For more information: http://www.icspublications.org http://www.discalcedcarmel.org http://ocdfriarsvocation.org Contact us with comments, questions, and suggestions at carmelcast@icspublications.org

Apr 2020

57 min 34 sec

This season of CarmelCast we'll be exploring the life and teaching of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower. We encourage you to follow along this Lent as we journey through her life by reading her autobiography. In this episode, Br. Pier Giorgio, Fr. Michael-Joseph, and Br. John-Mary discuss how St. Thérèse is a contemporary witness of the spirituality of St. John of the Cross. For more information: http://www.icspublications.org http://www.discalcedcarmel.org http://ocdfriarsvocation.org Contact us with comments, questions, and suggestions at carmelcast@icspublications.org

Apr 2020

53 min 24 sec

This season of CarmelCast we'll be exploring the life and teaching of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower. We encourage you to follow along this Lent as we journey through her life by reading her autobiography. In this episode, Br. Pier Giorgio, Fr. Michael-Joseph, and Br. John-Mary discuss St. Thérèse's sickness and death recounted in the book, St. Thérèse of Lisieux: Her Last Conversations. For more information: http://www.icspublications.org http://www.discalcedcarmel.org http://ocdfriarsvocation.org Contact us with comments, questions, and suggestions at carmelcast@icspublications.org

Mar 2020

46 min 26 sec

This season of CarmelCast we'll be exploring the life and teaching of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower. We encourage you to follow along this Lent as we journey through her life by reading her autobiography. In this episode, Br. Pier Giorgio, Fr. Michael-Joseph, and Br. John-Mary discuss St. Thérèse's discovery of the Little Way found especially in chapters IX-XI of Story of a Soul. For more information: http://www.icspublications.org http://www.discalcedcarmel.org http://ocdfriarsvocation.org Contact us with comments, questions, and suggestions at carmelcast@icspublications.org

Mar 2020

38 min 28 sec

This season of CarmelCast we'll be exploring the life and teaching of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower. We encourage you to follow along this Lent as we journey through her life by reading her autobiography. In this episode, Br. Pier Giorgio, Fr. Michael-Joseph, and Br. John-Mary discuss St. Thérèse's discernment and entrance into Carmel found in chapters V-VI of Story of a Soul. For more information: http://www.icspublications.org http://www.discalcedcarmel.org http://ocdfriarsvocation.org Contact us with comments, questions, and suggestions at carmelcast@icspublications.org

Mar 2020

46 min 53 sec

This season of CarmelCast we'll be exploring the life and teaching of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower. We encourage you to follow along this Lent as we journey through her life by reading her autobiography. In this episode, Br. Pier Giorgio, Fr. Michael-Joseph, and Br. John-Mary discuss the family of St. Thérèse. For more information: http://www.icspublications.org http://www.discalcedcarmel.org http://ocdfriarsvocation.org Contact us with comments, questions, and suggestions at carmelcast@icspublications.org

Mar 2020

46 min 6 sec

This season of CarmelCast we'll be exploring the life and teaching of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower. We encourage you to follow along this Lent as we journey through her life by reading her autobiography. In this episode, Br. Pier Giorgio, Fr. Michael-Joseph, and Br. John-Mary discuss the early childhood of St. Thérèse found in chapters I-III of Story of a Soul. Be sure to check out Fr. Mark O'Keefe's new book, In Context: Teresa of Ávila, John of the Cross, and Their World. For more information: http://www.icspublications.org http://www.discalcedcarmel.org http://ocdfriarsvocation.org Contact us with comments, questions, and suggestions at carmelcast@icspublications.org

Feb 2020

43 min 34 sec

Each November we celebrate the Feast of All Carmelite Saints and the Commemoration of All Carmelite Souls. During these days we remember and pray for the Carmelites who have passed away, who by living out their vocations faithfully day in and day out have made a significant, though hidden, impact on the world. In this episode, several friars recall the memories of deceased friars who have made specific imprints on their lives. For more information:http://www.icspublications.orghttp://www.discalcedcarmel.orghttp://ocdfriarsvocation.org

Nov 2019

33 min 6 sec

St. Elizabeth of the Trinity is the most recently canonized Carmelite saint. This vivacious young French woman, marked with profound spiritual depth, entered Carmel at age 21 and died a short five years later. Her life and writings speak of the powerful mystery of God dwelling within our souls. In this episode, Fr. Michael-Joseph of St. Thérèse is joined by Br. Joseph of the Holy Family to discuss St. Elizabeth's spiritual insights about this Divine Indwelling.For more information:http://www.icspublications.orghttp://www.discalcedcarmel.orghttp://ocdfriarsvocation.org

Nov 2019

28 min 35 sec

St. Teresa Benedicta is one of the least understood Carmelite saints. Her complex philosophical writings can overwhelm and intimidate those untrained in phenomenology. But as a convert to the Catholic faith, prominent female speaker, Carmelite nun, and Auschwitz martyr, her inspirational life has something to say to us all. In this episode, Fr. Michael-Joseph of St. Thérèse is joined by Br. Pier Giorgio of Christ the King to demystify St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.Check out this great docudrama on the life of St. Teresa Benedicta: https://youtu.be/OTbuuMeoD_oFor more information:http://www.icspublications.orghttp://www.discalcedcarmel.orghttp://ocdfriarsvocation.org

Oct 2019

37 min 4 sec

St. John of the Cross is a spiritual master and Doctor of the Church. His image of the Dark Night has captivated the imaginations of Christians throughout the centuries. He shows us that darkness and suffering, when endured with love, has meaning and will transform us into saints. In this episode, Fr. Michael-Joseph of St. Thérèse is joined by Br. John-Mary of Jesus Crucified to discuss St. John's teaching on the Dark Night.For more information:http://www.icspublications.orghttp://www.discalcedcarmel.orghttp://ocdfriarsvocation.org

Oct 2019

41 min 19 sec

St. Teresa of Avila is the foundress of the Discalced Carmelites and the first female Doctor of the Church. Her teaching on prayer is a guiding light for all Christians. In this episode, Fr. Michael-Joseph of St. Thérèse is joined by Br. Emmanuel of the Mother of Mercy to discuss St. Teresa's insistence on the centrality of Christ in the spiritual life.For more information:http://www.icspublications.orghttp://www.discalcedcarmel.orghttp://ocdfriarsvocation.org

Oct 2019

28 min 16 sec

The brown scapular is a widespread devotion in the Church. It is a sign of the protection of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and a participation in the graces she promised to the Carmelite Order. In this episode, Fr. Michael-Joseph of St. Thérèse is joined by Br. Pier Giorgio of Christ the King who unpacks the history and theology behind this powerful sacramental.http://www.icspublications.orghttp://www.discalcedcarmel.orghttp://ocdfriarsvocation.org

Oct 2019

36 min 20 sec

St. Therese of Lisieux, The Little Flower, was called "the greatest saint of modern times" by Pope Saint Piux X. Her "Little Way" has touched the lives of millions throughout the last century. In this episode, Fr. Michael-Joseph of St. Thérèse is joined by Fr. Michael of the Heart of Jesus to discuss the spirituality and teaching of St. Thérèse and shows how she lived this "Little Way" in her own life.http://www.icspublications.orghttp://www.discalcedcarmel.orghttp://ocdfriarsvocation.org

Oct 2019

34 min 27 sec

Our lives are often clouded with anxiety, frustration, and shame. Despite these difficulties, the saints were able to surrender to God's will and abandon themselves into His loving arms. Like them, we must accept the words of Jesus, "Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid." (John 14:27). But how? In this episode, we explore the themes of trust and surrender under the guidance of Saint Thérèse and the other Carmelite saints.http://www.icspublications.orghttp://www.discalcedcarmel.orghttp://ocdfriarsvocation.org

Apr 2019

32 min 17 sec

Asceticism is a necessary part of the spiritual life. Saints John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila espouse an absolute asceticism of complete detachment and relentless mortification. This zealous ideal can seem daunting if removed from the ultimate goal of their ascetical practices: love of God and neighbor. In this episode, we discuss the practice of asceticism and its important place in the Carmelite tradition.http://www.icspublications.orghttp://www.discalcedcarmel.orghttp://ocdfriarsvocation.org

Apr 2019

33 min 21 sec

Anyone committed to a life of prayer will face the difficulties of distractions and aridity at different times. These experiences can be extremely frustrating and disheartening. However, even the greatest saints faced these same trials in prayer, and they show us that they are actually opportunities for growth in our relationship with God. In this episode, we examine the experiences of distraction and aridity in our times of prayer based on the teachings of the Carmelite masters.http://www.icspublications.orghttp://www.discalcedcarmel.orghttp://ocdfriarsvocation.org

Apr 2019

34 min 49 sec

As we grow in the spiritual life, we may find that our prayer becomes less focused on what we are doing and more about what God is doing in us. Saint John of the Cross defines passive prayer as "an inpouring of God into the soul" and offers three signs to help discern if God is inviting a soul to receive His grace in this way. In this episode, we explore the teachings of Saints John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila on passive prayer within the Carmelite tradition.http://www.icspublications.orghttp://www.discalcedcarmel.orghttp://ocdfriarsvocation.org

Mar 2019

33 min 25 sec

Saint Teresa of Avila proposes one particular method of prayer that she found to be most helpful in her own life: the prayer of recollection. In this episode, we discuss this practice of prayer as it is understood in the Carmelite Tradition. We also look briefly at Saint Teresa's famous analogy of the degrees of prayer: The Four Waters. http://www.icspublications.orghttp://www.discalcedcarmel.orghttp://ocdfriarsvocation.org

Mar 2019

34 min 30 sec

Most of us are familiar with various ways of praying, some of these methods taught to us from our youth.  These types of prayer are not only for beginners but continue to be helpful aids as we grow in our relationship with God. In this episode we will look more closely at four different methods, or modes, of prayer which are highly revered in the Carmelite tradition: vocal prayer, liturgical prayer, meditative reading, and discursive meditation.http://www.icspublications.orghttp://www.discalcedcarmel.orghttp://ocdfriarsvocation.org

Mar 2019

33 min 50 sec

Whether you’ve been praying for many years, or if you are just beginning, we all have one thing in common: the need for conversion. Lent is a season specifically set aside by the Church to focus on repentance and conversion. In this episode, we explore what the Carmelite tradition has to teach us about living lives of continual conversion from the teachings of Saints Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross.http://www.icspublications.orghttp://www.discalcedcarmel.orghttp://ocdfriarsvocation.org

Mar 2019

31 min 43 sec