My Journey with St. Joan and St. Thérèse

My Journey with St. Joan and St. Thérèse – departure, path, and goal

This St. Teresa Benedicta moment is critical in my understanding of the Journey on the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed with St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux. This trail is a very Carmelite path. It is a journey through a land so beyond human nature that it is darkness to the intellect.… Continue reading My Journey with St. Joan and St. Thérèse – departure, path, and goal

Little Flowers and Fiery Towers

The Desert of St. Thérèse

The Desert of St. Thérèse A quiet desert landscape fills my heart In solitude the stillness clears my view I long for nothing save our God out here The land of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux This place is real though being sight unseen An emptiness aglow with beauty quaint Out here desire for Jesus grows… Continue reading The Desert of St. Thérèse

My life with St. Joan and St. Thérèse

How I met St. Joan of Arc

1977 – Normandy, France I stood staring at the modestly sized statue of a young looking, medieval warrior perched outside the chapel. A small group of us who recently graduated from high school in Guymon, Ok were making a visit to the island fortress of Mont Saint-Michel just off the coast of northwestern France. We… Continue reading How I met St. Joan of Arc

Little Flowers and Fiery Towers

The Pilgrim Dance (St. Joan and St. Thérèse)

Shuffling down a narrow Lonely, dirt path Into a wide Open field I am a pilgrim A journeyman One who rests Only for a time In mystical Quaint villages I am refreshed And stronger now Because of each Enchanting land Now, slowly Onto a plain Where I have come Upon a crossroad Not knowing Where… Continue reading The Pilgrim Dance (St. Joan and St. Thérèse)

Little Flowers and Fiery Towers

While idly traipsing through the woods one day (Joan of Arc)

While idly traipsing through the woods one day With nothing much in mind to do but play I heard a rustle opposite a brook And found three angels, puzzled, by their looks So fair in countenance with heads in crowns They bowed to me in need for one renowned “Dear Sir, please help in our… Continue reading While idly traipsing through the woods one day (Joan of Arc)

The Dove and Rose

Saint Joan and Saint Thérèse, together they are the most beautiful color in the heavens.

Saint Joan and Saint Thérèse, together they are the most beautiful color in the heavens. This is a motto of mine that describes my feelings about both of these saints individually as well as in their blended spiritual kinship. I love and propagate devotion both to St. Joan and St. Thérèse as well as to… Continue reading Saint Joan and Saint Thérèse, together they are the most beautiful color in the heavens.

The Dove and Rose

St. Joan and St. Thérèse are to my own spirituality what wet is to water

“St. Joan and St. Thérèse” together, in that very special kindred spirituality of theirs, have been defined by Our Lord and Our Lady as absolutely essential for me on my journey through the majestic, mystical world of the Catholic Church. St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux are to my own spirituality what… Continue reading St. Joan and St. Thérèse are to my own spirituality what wet is to water

My Journey with St. Joan and St. Thérèse

My Journey with St. Joan and St. Thérèse – Overview

In this series I will relate the story of my journey on the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed with St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux through the lens of the Carmelite spirituality of St. John of the Cross. As St. John of the Cross’ writings are far too rich and deep and… Continue reading My Journey with St. Joan and St. Thérèse – Overview

Holy Realism

Holy Realism – My journey with St. Joan of Arc began with “I believe so that I may understand”

Credo ut intelligam – “I believe so that I may understand.” (St. Anselm of Canterbury) Continuing with this theme of the Extreme Realist ”new world view” I received through the guidance of St. Joan of Arc by the Divine Will and through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we press forward on the March of Hope… Continue reading Holy Realism – My journey with St. Joan of Arc began with “I believe so that I may understand”

Holy Realism

Holy Realism, Catholic Hope, St. Joan and St. Thérèse

The key to Catholic Hope is Holy Realism. “For, true fulfillment and joy come not in understanding how to live; they come through seeking that for which we would die. That for which we would die is that in which we truly hope” (From my book, Seek First the Kingdom – The March of Hope). That for… Continue reading Holy Realism, Catholic Hope, St. Joan and St. Thérèse