Spiritual Talks

Each month we are blessed to have Brother Joseph Gannon come speak to our community about living our Carmelite Spirituality in the modern world.  His past talks can be accessed here.

Fasting, Mortification, and Evangelical Self-Denial – March 2018

Of all the liturgical seasons, Lent is the one in which Christ’s presence among us is most deeply felt. Whereas in Advent we await His coming, and in Easter we encounter Him in His glorified body, and in Ordinary Time we find Him in the Church while we await His Second Coming in glory, during Lent we actually walk with Jesus. We tread the roads of Galilee with him, witness the gawking spectacle-seekers of Capernaum and Bethsaida, mourn at the lack of faith in Nazareth, behold the glory of the Transfiguration, and turn our faces toward Jerusalem and the imminent events of Holy Week. Lent is an intently intentional time of being with the Lord. Read more…

Lent: Into the Desert with Jesus – February 2018

Speaking for myself, I cannot say that Lent is my favorite liturgical season. Given the fact that my title is “of the Holy Family”, I think it will come as little surprise that Christmas holds a special charm and beauty for me that elevates it to the Number One spot. Lent, however, is a close second. It is a magnificent time in the Church’s calendar, laden with tradition, custom, teaching, symbols, and the sobriety of authentic worship and conversion of heart. Read more…

The Holy Family – January 2018

That the month of January falls in the wake of Christmas and the turning of the calendar year makes it, in my mind, an excellent occasion for reflecting anew on the transformative effect that the Incarnation has had on our society and our culture. Read more…

The Precautions of Saint John of the Cross – May 2017

Saint John of the Cross wrote his short treatise The Precautions for the Discalced Carmelite nuns in Beas, between the year 1578 and 1579. In it, he explicates in highly condensed format the itinerary that a fervent interior soul must follow in order to progress rapidly to union with God. Encountering The Precautions today, many souls find them at first touch to be bitter, repulsive, and even inhuman! “How can this possibly correspond to my own life?!” they might ask. Read more…