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Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection (1614-91) was a Carmelite laybrother and mystic. He was a soldier as a young man and later a hermit, before joining the Discalced Carmelites in Paris in 1649. He was the community cook and sandal maker for this large community of about a hundred friars. Lawrence stresses that the heart of prayer is simply love, and that few words are needed to keep the mind focussed on the presence and love of God. A brief aspiration can be used frequently throughout the day as a way of keeping God in mind. Out of his apparently ordinary life lived in profound holiness came a brief spiritual classic which has enchanted both Catholics and Protestants for three centuries, The Practice of the Presence of God. Lawrence was not a writer and his spiritual way is known to us from conversations that were written down by people who sought his guidance, and a few brief letters. His deceptively simple teaching is to keep humbly and trustfully focused on God.

About the facilitator: Paul Chandler is an Australian Carmelite who studied theology in Rome and medieval spirituality in Toronto. He taught church history for 20 years in Melbourne and since 2010 has been spiritual director at Holy Spirit Seminary in Brisbane.

Topic: Carmelite Conversations First Wednesday of the Month 2022 Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 843 9359 0639
Passcode: 038757

All are welcome to join. Please book below for the June conversation and pay through bank transfer. Thank you.

The suggested donation for each Carmelite Conversation is $10 which helps offset costs involved in providing the sessions and remunerating the presenter.

We invite you to support the Carmelite Centre to help us continue our work in 2022. We have limited financial support from the Carmelite Fathers Australia & Timor Leste. Donations are essential for us to continue our work. You can donate here.

On the first Wednesday morning of each month we explore a topic related to the rich tradition of Carmelite Spirituality. Each month the session will be led by a person inspired by Carmelite Spirituality and so part of the broad community of the Carmelite Family.

A list of the 2022 program is included here. More details about each conversation will be progressively added to the website.

6 July – Cecily Clark on Creative Spirituality

3 August – Paul Cahill OCarm on the July Assembly of the Plenary Council

7 September – Philip Harvey on Edith Stein (St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross OCD)

5 October – Paul Sireh OCarm on Mary’s Song as Contemplative in the Scripture (The Magnificat)

2 November – Michelle Jones on Exploring the connections between Carmelite Spirituality and the writings of Brené Brown.

7 December – Philip Harvey on John of the Cross





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