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A New Season at Holy Hill

We are back in business after closing for a month of solitude and vacation. Fr. Eric Haarer arrived yesterday from Colorado, and will be here until March 7. He will speak at the Friends of Carmel meeting on February 27, and will celebrate Mass for our open Sunday on March 6.


“Jesus withdrew to Galilee”. And the word there—‘anachoreo’is the one from which we get anchorite. It means to ‘step aside’, or ‘go off’. Matthew uses it again later when after a particularly busy period the Lord ‘goes off’ to a lonely place to pray. And it can help us to ponder for a moment the importance →

Expanding Our Desire

The word ‘desire’ means ‘of the stars’’de-siderum’. That’s a good description of desire—hitching our hearts to a star.’ Only our deepest desires are ones our hearts have already been hitched to and are hard-wired for from the first moment we were made. The hearts of the wisest men and women that have ever made the longest, most important journeys, →

The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope

Jorge Begoglio, known to the world as Pope Francis, is a man simultaneously simple and complex. He is simple in his lifestyle, radiant joy and off the cuff remarks, complex in his bicultural Argentine-Italian background, depth of learning, and multiple gifts.  His birth in 1936 would send him through tumultuous times in his Jesuit community and Argentine politics, which honed →

“They Will Renew Their Strength”

Is. 40: 25-31 Mt. 11, 28-30 Isaiah and Matthew are so hope-filled. “Though young men faint and grow weary And youths stagger and fall, They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength They will run and not grow weary, Walk and not grow frail.”  Such promise! And then in the Gospel Jesus extends the invitation we all await: 28a “Come (over) to me.”   What a sweet →

Fire of Mercy; Heart of the Word Meditations On The Gospel According To St. Matthew

  [Christ’s secrets] are so well concealed that however numerous are the mysteries and marvels which holy doctors have discovered and saintly souls understood in this earthly life, all the more is yet to be said and understood. There is much to fathom in Christ, for He is like an abundant mine with many recesses of treasures, so that however deep →

The Carmelite Way: A Book Review

The Carmelite Way An Ancient Path for Today’s Pilgrim   Page for page, this is the best book around on Carmelite history and spirituality. The length and scope of The Carmeilte Way is perfect for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the tradition in a shorter format. This one quick read covers all the basics plus Fr. Welch’s psychological insights into how →