Spend Lent With St. Teresa of Avila

St. Teresa of Avila small portrait

Wow, Lent. Again.

Usually I look forward to Lent every year. But this year, 2021, it seems like last year’s Lent never ended. Pandemic, tragedy, violence. We need Lent this year, but it has taken on a whole new, more serious, meaning for me – and I’m sure you as well. We still are sorta in quarantine. No hugs with friends. But God is always there, and now we have an opportunity to get to the business of a deeper, more substantial, relationship with him.

It’s my plan to help you get ready for Lent. The first resource I thought you might find helpful is St. Teresa of Avila. ICS Publications, the official publisher of the Discalced Carmelites, has a show entitled CarmelCast. It is both a video series on YouTube and a podcast, which you can listen on any podcast player.

This Lent, ICS is starting a series dedicated to teaching you how to pray using St. Teresa’s spiritual classic The Way of Perfection. They will have a series of shows studying this amazing book, using the Study Edition, which I highly recommend. This is my first recommendation this year, to give you time to order the book before Lent starts. If you order the book from the publisher ICS you can get 40% off by using the code CarmelCast at check out. Click Here for more details on this book.

To go along with this study, I highly recommend you also listen to the podcast series about The Way of Perfection at the Discerning Hearts Website, with Dr. Anthony Lilles. I’m just finishing up listening to this amazing series, and I cannot recommend it enough. If you can’t find time to read the book, you should at the very least listen to this podcast series. I read and studied the book a couple of years ago and I really got a lot out of this podcast series. I listen to it on their app, but you can probably use the podcast player of your choice.

Also available is a podcast series from Dr. Lilles for St. Teresa’s book Interior Castle, that you can move on to after you listen to The Way of Perfection series.

ICS has a brand new 2nd edition Study Guide version of Interior Castle that is excellent. I am studying it now and am so impressed by how everything is explained so well. But you should surely read The Way of Perfection first.

If you are still in a Carmelite frame of mind, you can also sign up for an online Lenten retreat by email. Click here for details and to sign up for this free email which is a collaboration with the Paris and Austrian Carmelites, translated into English by Br. Pier Giorgio Pacelli, OCD.

I will have more Lenten resources coming in future posts.

Carmelite Resources for Lent

Carmelite Resources for Lent, LiveCatholic.net

Carmelite spirituality is wonderful during Lent to go deeper in your spiritual life. Here are some Carmelite resources that you might find helpful, from book sales to free online retreats (sign up now!)

If I find more resources I will add them here. May you have a blessed and fruitful Lent!

2019 Online Carmelite Retreat with St. Edith Stein.

ICS Publications Weekly Video Podcast for Lent. “Join Br. John-Mary of Jesus Crucified, OCD and Br. Pier Giorgio of Christ the King, OCD as they talk about the theme of conversion and its place in Carmelite spirituality.” Subscribe on YouTube.

ICS Publications 55% off sale for Lent 2019.

Divine Intimacy Radio Podcast. Dan & Stephanie Burke with guest Sister Timothy Marie Kennedy O.C.D. on her book: “In the Face of Darkness – The Heroic Life and Holy Death of Mother Luisita” (the founder of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles .)