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Pope’s Morning Mass: Jesus Weeps Today Too, Because We’ve Chosen the Way of War

Zenit - Thu, 2015-11-19 19:31
Just as Jesus wept over Jerusalem, today too he is weeping over the world, because we have chosen the way of war, and have not understood peace. This was the message Pope Francis gave this morning during his Mass at Casa Santa Marta, reported Vatican Radio. Drawing from the Gospel reading, which recounts how ...

6th World Conference on Metaphysics Concludes in Salamanca

Zenit - Thu, 2015-11-19 19:26
On Saturday, November 14, the Sixth World Conference on Metaphysics concluded. Held at the Pontifical University of Salamanca, it was organized on this occasion by the Fondazione Idente di Studi e di Ricerca (Rome), the Fundación Fernando Rielo (Madrid), and the University. This event has been held every three year...

Christians Uprooted by ISIS Find Fruitfulness in Suffering

Zenit - Thu, 2015-11-19 19:00
This report is contributed by Philip Abou Zeid of Aid to the Church in Need. * * * One of the Lebanese capital’s eastern suburbs is home to the Assyrian Christian quarter, with at its heart St. George’s Church, serving the faithful of the Assyrian Church of the East. A sign in front says “Martyrs’ Square,” in...

FORUM: Secular Slums and the Francis Option

Zenit - Thu, 2015-11-19 18:52
This reflection is provided by Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver, Colorado * * * In a few short weeks, we will celebrate the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, which has great potential to bring many people back to the Lord, and to serve as a launching pad for bringing the Gospel to the spiritual slu...

Pope Thanks Church in US for Aid to Churches in Latin America

Zenit - Thu, 2015-11-19 18:45
Pope Francis expressed gratitude for the work of the Collection for the Church in Latin America (CLA) in a letter read at the Fall General Assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), in Baltimore this week. The 50th anniversary of the collection, which recently allocated over $3.3 million in grants...

Pope’s Address to Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry

Zenit - Thu, 2015-11-19 17:49
Here is a translation of the address Pope Francis gave today when he received in audience the participants in the 30th International Conference, organized by the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry on the subject “The Culture of Salus and of Hospitality at the Service of Man and of the Planet” (Vatican, Nov...

FORUM: What We Should Really Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving: Grace, Salvation, Mercy and Holiness

Zenit - Thu, 2015-11-19 16:34
Here is the latest column from Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska, reprinted from the Southern Nebraska Register. * * * Next week, most of us will celebrate Thanksgiving around family tables, gathered with those we love, to give thanks to God for the blessings of our lives. We will share a festive meal ...

The Daily Disconnect Podcast: November 19, 2015

PCM Province - Thu, 2015-11-19 10:00

A brief, Catholic, daily prayer experience of simple faith in the Carmelite tradition. The Daily Disconnect is a daily podcast focusing on the exercise of prayer from a Catholic Carmelite perspective.

The post The Daily Disconnect Podcast: November 19, 2015 appeared first on Order of Carmelites.

Thursday November 19, 2015

PCM Province - Thu, 2015-11-19 06:02

Thursday. Entry to the interior castle comes from a commitment to “prayer and reflection” – the disciplines that allow the heart to be still and ready to receive. As you pray today, ask God to help you take the steps necessary to be more accessible.

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November 19, 2015
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Zenit - Wed, 2015-11-18 19:30
Doors and Borders Are Not to Push People Away, Says Pope at Audience Church Must Welcome All the Sheep the Good Shepherd Wants to Bring In People must never be afraid to knock at the door of the Church or the door of our hearts because of having been made to feel unwelcome, says Pope Francis. As we approac...

Pope: It's Everyone's Duty to Protect Children

Zenit - Wed, 2015-11-18 19:20
"It is everyone's duty to protect children," Pope Francis said today at the end of the general audience, noting that this Friday, Nov. 20, is the United Nation's World Day for the Rights of the Child. All children must be protected, he said, especially from abuse in all its forms, particularly the shackles of sl...

GENERAL AUDIENCE: On the Door of Mercy

Zenit - Wed, 2015-11-18 19:19
Here is a ZENIT translation of Pope Francis’ address at today’s general audience. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! With this reflection we have arrived at the threshold of the Jubilee, it is close. Before us is the door, but not only the Holy Door, the other – the great door of God’s Mercy, a...

Doors and Borders Are Not to Push People Away, Says Pope at Audience

Zenit - Wed, 2015-11-18 19:01
People must never be afraid to knock at the door of the Church or the door of our hearts because of having been made to feel unwelcome, says Pope Francis. As we approach the Dec. 8 start-date of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis dedicated the catechesis of today's Wednesday general audience to the meaning ...

St. Peter's Holy Door Prepared for Dec. 8

Zenit - Wed, 2015-11-18 18:13
As the Jubilee of Mercy nears, the Holy Door of St. Peter's is being prepared. Tuesday afternoon at 6.30 p.m. the ceremony was held for the “Recognitio” of the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica. After a prayer by the cardinal archpriest Angelo Comastri, who led the procession of the Basilica Chapter, and the adm...

"Bridge of Spies" and the Path to Virtue

Zenit - Wed, 2015-11-18 18:09
My great mentor Msgr. Robert Sokolowski told a class of eager philosophy students many years ago that we should read Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics every year of our lives. As we grew older, he explained, new dimensions of the book would continually present themselves. I can't say that I've followed Sokolowski's a...

Pope Calls on Church to Support Cloistered Nuns

Zenit - Wed, 2015-11-18 17:52
At the end of the general audience today, Pope Francis encouraged the faithful to be close to cloistered communities, materially and spiritually. Noting that Nov. 21 is the feast of the Presentation of Our Lady in the Temple, and thus a day the Church is mindful of consecrated life, the Pope said we should be gr...

Pope's Advent, Christmas and New Year Schedule

Zenit - Wed, 2015-11-18 16:55
The Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff has published the following calendar of liturgical celebrations at which the Holy Father will preside in the months of December 2015 and January 2016:  DECEMBER Tuesday 8: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. At 9.30 a....

Catholic Jubilees Date Back to Year 1300

Zenit - Wed, 2015-11-18 16:22
In St. Peter’s Basilica during the Communal Penance Service Pope Francis announced last Friday, March 13, the celebration of an “extraordinary Holy Year”. This “Jubilee of Mercy” will commence with the opening of the Holy Door in St. Peter’s on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 2015, and will conclude on ...

Leader of Irish Bishops Hosts Meeting in Lead-up to Paris Climate Summit

Zenit - Wed, 2015-11-18 15:53
At a joint meeting of environment ministers ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, Archbishop Eamon Martin  of Armagh, Primate of All Ireland, has welcomed the cross-border dialogue and collaboration on this issue as an important example of leadership on one of the most urgent global justic...
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As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven.


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