The Desert in Carmelite Spirituality

Photography © by Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles

“What did you go out to the wilderness to see?” (Matthew 11:7) These were Jesus’ words to the crowd. John took to the desert to draw people out into solitude to prepare their hearts for the coming of the Messiah. For many years the desert had become a place of encounter. In 1 Kings 19:1-8… Continue reading The Desert in Carmelite Spirituality

A Call to Live in God’s Kingdom

“What is it that you most want right now?” If I were to take a survey, I would probably receive a variety of answers. Some would say a new job or better job security, maybe better pay or just the respect of their employers. Others might speak of health issues, concern for their children or the… Continue reading A Call to Live in God’s Kingdom

St. Anthony on Spiritual Reading

The Temptation of St. Anthony (detail) by Lucas van Leyden [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

  St. Athanasius (A.D. 296-373) was the Bishop of Alexandria and is a Doctor of the Church. He tells us that his orthodox heart was formed in the desert where he used to serve St. Anthony (A.D. 251 – 356), and out of this service came the spiritual masterpiece The Life of Antony. This biography… Continue reading St. Anthony on Spiritual Reading

Baptism by the Fires of Temptation

"The Temptation of Christ on the Mount" (detail) Duccio di Buoninsegna

The Exodus Prefigures the Spiritual Journey of Christians During Lent God’s Chosen people remained in Egyptian captivity for 400 years and with hardened hearts and withering minds due to drudgery, they had forgotten God. Moses was sent to lead them out of slavery and into the Promised Land, but not before a 40 year trudge… Continue reading Baptism by the Fires of Temptation

The Desert in Carmelite Spirituality

Photography © by Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles

“What did you go out to the wilderness to see?” (Matthew 11:7) These were Jesus’ words to the crowd. John took to the desert to draw people out into solitude to prepare their hearts for the coming of the Messiah. For many years the desert had become a place of encounter. In 1 Kings 19:1-8… Continue reading The Desert in Carmelite Spirituality

Five Lessons from Christ’s time in the Wilderness

"Christ in the Desert (detail)" by Ivan Kramskoy

In the Gospel of Sunday of the First Week of Lent, we are given a lesson of what it takes for us to attain salvation through the saving work of Jesus Christ. “Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to… Continue reading Five Lessons from Christ’s time in the Wilderness

Understanding Christ’s Temptation

"Christ in the Desert (detail)" by Ivan Kramskoy

After John the Baptist baptized Jesus, the Christ was called into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit where He humbled Himself so profoundly that in the company of wild beasts and beleaguered by ravenous hunger after a forty day fast, He suffered the devil’s temptations. Jesus’ reasons for doing this on our behalf are many concerning… Continue reading Understanding Christ’s Temptation

Baptism by the Fires of Temptation

"The Temptation of Christ on the Mount" (detail) Duccio di Buoninsegna

The Exodus Prefigures the Spiritual Journey of Christians During Lent God’s Chosen people remained in Egyptian captivity for 400 years and with hardened hearts and withering minds due to drudgery, they had forgotten God. Moses was sent to lead them out of slavery and into the Promised Land, but not before a 40 year trudge… Continue reading Baptism by the Fires of Temptation