Editor’s note: Readers have recently asked about the availability of text-versions of talks on You Tube. Most of the Carmelite Fathers speak extemporaneously, often with very few notes, if any at all.
My secular community has been blessed to have had Father Robert as our Spiritual Assistant, and even more Discalced Carmelite Fathers from the California-Arizona Province just up the hill. Because our secular community recognized the value of these teachings for anyone, regardless of location, we have begun to collect any written work made available by a Father, or to transcribe recorded talk for this online forum. It takes at least 1 hour to transcribe 5 minutes of a talk.
If any readers are interested in transcribing a You Tube talk, and sending what you have along to this site for written publication, please let me know under the comment section.
Also, I have added a NEWS tab for updated information, mostly relevant to the California-Arizona Province of Discalced Carmelites. – TL
‘Arm yourselves with the armor of faith and the sword of truth. Pray for the grace to forgive and to ask for forgiveness – and for the healing of wounded bodies and souls.’
Editor’s note: No transcribed talks will be posted from now until the last week of January 2017 so that I may spend time with my children, who will all be home for Winter Break. May all of you have a Blessed Christmas and Joyful New Year. If you have benefited from this site, you can show your gratitude by making an additional donation to a Carmelite monastery in your neighborhood during this season of giving.
A Prayer by Father Matta el Meskin, a modern day monk.
If for us the experience of (your) infancy is so difficult, it is not so for you, O Son of God. If we stumble along the way that leads to communion with you because of your smallness, you are capable of removing all the obstacles that prevent us from doing this. We know that you will not be at peace until you find us in your likeness and with this (same) smallness.
Allow us today, O Son of God, to draw near to your heart. Grant that we may not consider ourselves great in our experiences. Grant us instead to become small like you, so that we can draw near to you and receive from you abundant humility and meekness. Do not deprive us of your revelation, the epiphany of your infancy in our hearts, so that with it we can heal all our pride and all our arrogance.
We greatly need for you to reveal in us your simplicity, by drawing us, and indeed the Church and the whole world, to yourself. Our world is weary and exhausted, because everyone is vying to see who is the greatest. There is a ruthless competition between governments, churches, peoples, within families, from one parish to another:
Who of us is the greatest? The world is festering with painful wounds because of this great illness: Who is the greatest? But today we have found in you, O Son of God, our one medicine. We, and the whole world, will not find salvation or peace unless we go back to encounter you anew in the manger of Bethlehem. Amen.