“Let Nothing Disturb You”: A Virtual Choir of Carmelites

This impressive both technologically and musically. With a few exceptions among apostolic communities — and of course, the Third Order laity — when you think Carmelite, you think enclosure; you think grilles; you think of interior castles and humble cells.

And yet, thanks to the wonders of digital recording and the internet, we can listen to a virtual choir of Carmelite women, singing — and wonderously — a new piece of music set to the most famous prayer of the great Carmelite foundress and reformer, Saint Teresa of Avila:

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The prayer — which is more of a sort of contemplative pulse — is this:

Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.

We certainly need to remember that.

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  • Greg Cook

    Not to be nitpicky, but why oh why is the American nun the ONLY one without traditional monastic clothing?!

  • Bill Guentner

    The only sister not wearing a habit is American. Just an observation.

  • Rebecca

    Maybe the nun is not enclosed. There are Carmelite nuns that have active apostolates too.

  • Skay

    I noticed the same thing Bill G. The music is beautiful.

  • Julia B

    Thank you, thank you. I graduated from St Teresa Academy in East St Louis IL many years ago and it is now gone. I posted this on FB and sent it around to as many grads as possible. Tip: Threre is a great book about St Teresa by Cathleen Medwick, a former editor for Vogue and Vanity Fair, who just found Teresa to be an interesting person to write about. St Teresa of Avila: Progress of a Soul. You can get it in paperback from Amazon. There is also a great video of a mini-series made in Spain for national TV that is just fascinating – available from Amazon or from NetFlix on CDs.

  • Julia B

    FYI Here’s an interesting NPR interview of Cathleen Medwick by Diane Rehms about her book on St Teresa. It’s from 2000 when her book came out. http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2000-01-06/cathleen-medwick-teresa-avila-knopf

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    That was lovely. I enjoyed it more than some of the all female choirs that have been recorded in recent years. All female choirs tend to be too high pitched for my taste. This was on a little lower register.

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    I listened to it but I didn’t particularly like it. Too many erroneous percptions of Catholic by all non-Catholics and I suspect not religious in any sense.

  • http://outsidetheautisticasylum.blogspot.com/ Theodore Seeber

    Why is the only nun in the intro without a habit from the United States? Nevermind, I think I know the answer….LCWR, she’s “transcended” what it means to be a nun.

  • Sister Terese Peter

    Do you really need an answer to that??

  • Gordis85

    You are correct! I have been a volunteer with the wonderful Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart. They are active in many schools in So. Calif. as well as in Arizona and Florida. They are now in Steubenville, Ohio as well.

    They have a wonderful retreat house and a teaching center for the laity.

    http://www.carmelitesistersocd.com/

    They are solid and thriving and beautiful! Great singers too. ^^


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