In the Silence of the Night There is Music

The great philosopher Soren Kierkegaard once said, “The present state of the world and all of life is diseased. If I were a doctor and were asked my advice, I should reply: Create Silence! Bring men to Silence. The word of God cannot be heard in the noisy world of today. This conversation focuses on the celebration of the Feast of St. John of the Cross. We briefly discuss the theme of silence in John’s own writings and the importance of it in his life, but then we go on to see how John’s writings and teaching on the theme of silence so profoundly impacted Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, and how she married John’s poetry to her own experience of entering into a silent and intimate encounter with the Lord. Since this is December, the conversation also reflects on our own need to enter into silence in anticipation of the arrival of the Lord, and how the Blessed Mother was for John, Elizabeth and can be for us, the model of the interior soul, waiting in silence for the arrival of the gift of her son.
RESOURCES
The Twelve Degrees of Silence by Marie-Aimee of Jesus; Trans. from the French by Souer Ginette, Missionary Recluse

The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross, ICS Publications.
Elizabeth of the Trinity: The Compete Works, Vol. 1: General Introduction, Major Spiritual Writings,” ICS Publications.

A Soul of Silence: Sister Elizabeth of the Trinity  by Mary Amabel du Coeur de Jesus,OCD

Celebrating St. John of the Cross’s Influence in Our Lives

Frances Harry interviews Secular Discalced Carmelite members Jade Silverman and Colleen Sollinger on the topic of St. John of the Cross in celebration of his feast day Dec. 14th. How did they get introduced to him and what did they think? How has that changed over the years? Where are you at with him today? Why is he such a good Advent Saint? What are some of his most famous quotes? What books would you recommend about him?

Fr. Marc Foley

Mark welcomes Carmelite Friar and scholar Fr. Marc Foley into the studio for a conversation on the works of St. John of the Cross. Many people have attempted to read the works of this truly great Carmelite Saint and mystic, St. John of the Cross. Unfortunately, many have also struggled with this effort. St. John is not easy to grasp on a first reading, but there is so much he has to offer us that it is well worth the time and effort to gain a deeper understanding of his teaching. Thankfully, the Carmelite Order has a number of knowledgeable individuals who can easily explain St. John’s writings. Fr. Marc Foley is a nationally recognized expert on the teachings of St. John of the Cross, and also has done undergraduate work in psychology and graduate work in the area of pastoral counseling. This combination provides Fr. Marc with a unique perspective not only on St. John of the Cross’ teaching, but also on how they so appropriately apply to the spiritual struggles we face in our modern world. This is an extremely informative program and a mini course in Spiritual Direction.

St. John of the Cross as Advent Saint

Many people may be aware that St. John of the Cross’ feast day is 14 December, and that alone might make him a perfect Advent Saint. But it turns our there are many other reasons why St. John of the Cross is the ideal Advent Saint. In this conversation, which focuses on the miracle of the Advent Season, Frances and Mark highlight some of the key themes in John’s writings that demonstrates the important the Incarnation played in John’s theology and spiritual teaching. This is a wonderful program to help prepare for Advent or to understand more fully the treasure we have in the gift of the Incarnation. It also introduces one of John’s lesser known poems, a loving tribute to the Blessed Mother.

Fr. Daniel Chowing

In today’s conversation, Frances interviews Fr. Daniel Chowing, a Carmelite Friar from Wisconsin. Fr. Chowing has been a guest before, and is an internationally recognized speaker in the areas of Spiritual Theology, Carmelite Spirituality and specifically St. John of the Cross. During this conversation Fr. Chowing will use examples from the writings of St. John of the Cross to explain how this gifted mystic is relevent for us today. Fr. Choning will demonstrate how the works of St. John are ideally suited to dealing with some of the most difficult challenges faced by our modern society. He will also describe St. John of the Cross’ model for the journey of faith and how to make progress in the spiritual life.

St. John of the Cross – Active night of the Spirit

 This program provides an introduction St John of the Cross’ teaching on the four nights that he uses to describe the spiritual journey. This program introduces the Active Night of Spirit. Here the soul must take responsibility to begin to detach itself from even the spiritual consolations we experience along the journey. We must look beyond the simple consolations of prayer, so that we can reach the higher states of prayer.