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Chaldean Patriarch Invites Muslims to Join Christians in Lenten Fast

Zenit - Thu, 2015-02-19 06:06
With Ash Wednesday yesterday marking the start of Lent, Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I has invited Muslims to join Christians in their Lenten fast, reported Fides. In order to obtain “as soon as possible the gift of peace, stability and a dignified lifestyle for our country and for all the Middle East,” the p...

February 19, 2015 Thursday after Ash Wednesday

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

Thursday. God leads all serious pray-ers through the purification of the senses so they may deepen and grow in the love of God. In your prayer today, ask to be strengthened in spirit and open to the love God offers you.

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Prayerful, Prophetic, Carmelite–Cesar Chavez

PCM Province - Thu, 2015-02-19 04:00

“[From] prayer is born good works and good works alone.”
St. Teresa of Avila


In our spiritual founders, Mary and Elijah, Carmelites recognize models of prophetic action that have been nourished and guided by prayer. The call to be a prophetic contemplative is as relevant in the days of the prophet Elijah as it is today. As our constitutions state: “Carmelites seek the face of the living God through fraternity, and through service in the midst of the people” and provide by their lives “a prophetic statement about justice and peace in society and among peoples.”

To be prayerful and prophetic is as much a call to the Carmelites as it is to the wider Church and in society at large. This photo series journeys within and beyond the Carmelite tradition, revealing the Prayerful and Prophetic life in some unexpected places.

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Coming to Carmel: Kevin Keller, Pre-Novice

PCM Province - Wed, 2015-02-18 21:00

At Confirmation about fifteen years ago, the presiding bishop spoke an unfamiliar yet deeply attractive word—vocation. He told us that it is something we should consider; most of us were called to marriage, some to single life, and others to the religious life or priesthood. He spent a while relating to us the value of the vocation to religious life. To finish his homily he spoke about a few specific groups: Franciscans, Augustinians, Dominicans, and “oh don’t forget” the Carmelites! He advised that we consider this calling for the rest of the day and forget about it until we turned 18 years old.

This advice to forget was probably heeded by some of the confirmation group immediately. Others may have pondered the call for the day and moved on but I never forgot it.

Some months passed and soon I was a freshman at Mount Carmel High School in Chicago. By that time, the vocational gears were still turning but more in the background. Encountering the Carmelites who staffed and visited Mount Carmel, I grew increasingly impressed by their example of the Christian life and their concern for every person they met. One Carmelite who taught me told me, “Kiev [my nickname], you’re going to be a Carmelite.” Soon enough, I was telling my friends that I was going to be a Carmelite. The girls usually told me to hold off and the guys usually didn’t quite get my deep yearning.

College came; I began investigating the call with a discernment group at the John Paul II Newman Center meeting weekly. The options for living out my vocation were at times daunting. At a dinner with Francis Cardinal George, I mentioned that I was 99% sure that I had a vocation. He responded, “Well, what are you waiting for?” Dumbfounded, it took some time to think of a response. After what felt like a minute long pause, I expressed that I wanted to get some more life experiences—to live for myself a while.

Hesitating, stumbling, and striving to know and live a good Catholic life, I graduated and went on to work in Emergency Medical Services. It was a fulfilling time in my life. Making connections with patients, co-workers, students, and trainees—there was still a space in my heart waiting to be filled.

My sister gave me a pencil box that reads, “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” I began to talk to a number of vocations directors. I found a group that had a spirituality and devotion that spoke to my heart. The application process began. But, for good measure and to prevent any doubt, I decided to attend the Carmelite discernment weekend at Carith House in Chicago.

That weekend I found that the space in my heart was spoken to and filled. Now, at home in Carmel as a postulant, I care, struggle, and work at being a good Carmelite in the hope of the Resurrection.

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Pope's Homily at Ash Wednesday Mass at Basilica of St. Sabina All'Aventino

Zenit - Wed, 2015-02-18 17:22
This afternoon –Ash Wednesday, day of the beginning of Lent – an assembly of prayer took place in the form of the Roman “Stations,” presided over by Pope Francis. At 4:30 pm, in the church of Saint Anselm all”Aventino, a moment of prayer was held followed by a penitential procession to the Basilica of Saint Sabin...

Pope's Message to the Brotherhood Campaign in Brazil

Zenit - Wed, 2015-02-18 15:35
The following is a translation of the Message that Pope Francis sent to the Brazilian faithful, on the occasion of the 52nd Lenten Brotherhood Campaign, promoted by the Episcopal Conference of Brazil, whose theme this year is: “Brotherhood: Church and Society,” with the slogan “I Came to Serve” (Mark 10:45). * * ...

Vatican backs new sexual abuse research center (Video)

Zenit - Wed, 2015-02-18 15:25
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Pope Returns Donation to Sri Lankan Cardinal During Apostolic Visit

Zenit - Wed, 2015-02-18 14:29
Pope Francis has returned a gift of a cash donation during his apostolic visit to Asia this January. A local Sri Lankan church had donated more than Rs. 8.7 million to the Charity Fund of the Pontiff, but the Holy Father refused the check. He returned it to the Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, req...

General Audience: On Brothers and Sisters

Zenit - Wed, 2015-02-18 14:27
Here is the translation of the Holy Father's address during his Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter's Square. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! In our series of catecheses on the family, after having considered the role of the mother, the father and children, today is the turn of brothers and...

Pope Calls on Faithful to Pray for Murdered Egyptian Copts

Zenit - Wed, 2015-02-18 14:03
Before concluding his weekly General Audience address, Pope Francis led the pilgrims in St. Peter's Square in prayer for the 21 Egyptian Copts killed by the Islamic State several days ago. "I would like to invite you once again to pray for Egyptian brothers who were killed in Libya three days for the sole reason ...

The Daily Disconnect Podcast: Feb 18, 2015

PCM Province - Wed, 2015-02-18 14:00

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.

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Pope's Ash Wednesday Homily: Lord Never Tires of Having Mercy on Us

Zenit - Wed, 2015-02-18 13:50
"The Lord never tires of having mercy on us and he wants to offers us once again his forgiveness, inviting us to turn to Him with a new heart, purified of evil, to take part in his joy." Pope Francis said these words at the Basilica of St. Sabina All'Aventino this evening. The Holy Father began the Ash Wednesda...

Pope Francis: The Bond Between Siblings Helps Overcome Differences in Society

Zenit - Wed, 2015-02-18 12:05
Without brothers and sisters, "freedom and equality can be filled with individualism and conformity." This was the reflection given by Pope Francis during his weekly General Audience today in St. Peter's Square. Continuing his catechetical series on the family, the Holy Father reflected on the important role that...

Pope to Brazilians: The Church Cannot Be Indifferent to Needs of Those Around Her

Zenit - Wed, 2015-02-18 12:04
"I hope that this year’s Lenten journey will predispose hearts to the new life offered to us by Christ." This is the wish Pope Francis expressed in a message he sent to the Brazilian faithful, on the occasion of the 52nd Lenten Brotherhood Campaign, promoted by the Episcopal Conference of Brazil, whose theme this...

Catholic Aid Group Commits $2.8M in Support for Syrias Embattled Christians

Zenit - Wed, 2015-02-18 11:51
The international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has pledged $2.8 in emergency aid Christians in Syria, who, for the most part, have so far benefited only to a limited extent from relief provided by the UN and other large, secular NGOs. In many cases, Christians are reluctant to registe...

Pope Meets With Italian Coast Guards

Zenit - Wed, 2015-02-18 10:11
Pope Francis met with a delegation representing the Italian Coast Guard on Tuesday evening, thanking them for their service in rescuing refugees and migrants. Eight members of the Italian Coast Guard, led by Admiral Commander Felicio Angrisano as well as the head of operations, Admiral Giovanni Pettorino, met the...

Lateran Pacts' 86th Anniversary Brings Together Top Vatican, Italian Officials

Zenit - Wed, 2015-02-18 09:29
To mark the 86th anniversary of the Lateran Pacts--which established the sovereign state of Vatican City--Italian Premier Matteo Renzi, with several members of his cabinet, held a summit with senior Vatican officials Tuesday, reported ANSA. Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, and the head of the Italian ...
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