The local chapter of the Discalced Carmelite Secular Order (OCDS) of the Province of St. Thérèse will present a series of talks on Teresian contemplative prayer at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower. (The first talk was held on Sept. 8.) The talks are free and open to the public, but registration is requested. You may register through Typeform or call the Parish Office at (210) 735-9126 ext. 100.
Part 2: Jan. 19.
Talk is set for 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The presentations on Carmelite Prayer will be primarily based on the writings of Fr. Gabriel of St Mary Magdalen, OCD, author of Divine Intimacy, a classic work on Carmelite prayer and meditation. Divine Intimacy leads us not only “through prayer and meditation, but also through expressions of love, petitions and acts of thanksgiving, helping to transport the soul toward God,” according Fr. Gabriel (1893-1952), considered an expert in the writings of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross. His writings also include The Way of Prayer, a commentary of St. Teresa of Avila’s Way of Perfection.
“The talks are intended not as information only, but to prepare and touch hearts, leading participants into an encounter with Jesus and encouraging them to seek God in prayer,” said Jane Bernal, OCDS, one of the presenters. “As Carmelites, we are privileged to have been given the precious charism of prayer, and we want to share it with all of God’s Church.”
The primary apostolate of the OCDS canonical community is to share Carmelite spirituality with others. Membership in this Religious Order is a lifetime commitment to prayer, devotion to Carmelite spirituality, and evangelism. The San Antonio OCDS has been active as a full community of the Third Order of Discalced Carmelites since 1956.
In collaboration with the Discalced Carmelite friars, which is the only remaining contemplative religious order active in the Archdiocese of San Antonio, the local OCDS community is spearheading the development of Carmelite faith formation programs centered on the Basilica. The goal is to assist the friars in renewing the Basilica as a center for the evangelization of the Carmelite charism (prayer, silence, solitude, zeal for the Church) and in promoting instruction in Carmelite spirituality.