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God’s Garden, October 15, 2014

PCM Province - Wed, 2014-10-15 04:56

The geographic Mount Carmel that we take our Carmelite name from is a mountain range along the Mediterranean in Israel. It is a green oasis surrounded by desert; hence, its name “Carmel,” which means “the Garden of God” in Hebrew. The metaphorical Carmel is a way of life, our disposition as we make our spiritual path up Mount Carmel.

The images and insights presented here represent a small sampling of what has bloomed in “God’s Garden” over the course of our 800-year existence. Welcome to our Carmelite garden; we hope you are nourished by what grows here and invite you to comment and share it with others.

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Nada Te Turbe (Let Nothing Disturb You) – A Virtual Choir of Carmelites

PCM Province - Wed, 2014-10-15 02:35

“Nada te Turbe” (Let Nothing Disturb You) was a prayer found in the breviary of Teresa of Ávila, written in her own hand. The video below is one of two virtual choirs produced for the celebration of St. Teresa of Jesus’s 500th birthday. The choir is made up of Carmelite Nuns from around the world and is accompanied by the Teresian Orchestra of St. James Cathedral in Seattle, Washington, USA. Music composed by Claire Sokol, OCD.

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Teresa of Avila

PCM Province - Wed, 2014-10-15 02:07

“Vocal prayer must be accompanied by reflection. A prayer in which a person is not aware of Whom he is speaking to; what he is asking; who it is who is asking and of Whom, I don’t call prayer – however much the lips may move.” - Saint Teresa of Avila, from The Interior Castle

Saint Teresa’s best known quotation about prayer comes from her book, The Way of Perfection. There she says, “Prayer is a close sharing between friends.” But what does she mean by “close sharing”? This is why this longer quotation about prayer, “Vocal prayer must be accompanied by reflection,” from her book, The Interior Castle, is a favorite quotation on prayer. It explains in detail what Teresa means by “sharing between friends.” There is a lot in this quotation.

On a fundamental level, she’s pointing out how prayer is tied to reflection, and reflection is tied to prayer. Yes, we know that friendship means spending some ‘quality time’ with friends, but it’s more than just spending time. What makes it ‘quality time’ is that there is real listening and real understanding going on. When sharing some quality time with friends we often need to think about what they’re saying even as they’re saying it – reflection. We understand our friends better as they reveal themselves more and more; and we understand ourselves more as we reveal more of ourselves to them. Our friendship with God is exactly the same. No reflection, no friendship. That’s why Teresa can say anything less “is not prayer however much the lips may move.

On a deeper level, this brings us to how important self-understanding is in prayer. In fact, this strong emphasis on self-understanding is the hallmark of Carmelite spirituality. Of course, self-understanding is an element of any spirituality, but Carmelite spirituality’s stress on it is particularly strong. Teresa goes so far as to say, “The path of self-understanding must never be abandoned.” The non-reflective person is almost like a mannequin – all show on the outside and only plastic inside. The more we understand ourselves, the less we are like mannequins (all for show) and the more real we become (living out of deeper values of honesty, fidelity, goodness, and truth).

Finally, and perhaps most compellingly, Teresa’s quotation about prayer stresses that prayer must be going somewhere. Sharing and reflection means friendship. Deeper sharing and reflection means deeper friendship. And it goes on and on. How many times have we heard long-married couples say, “I love him/her more today than when I married him/her 50 years ago” (or 60 or even 75). There seems to be no maximum to our love. And, of course, there is no maximum to God’s love. The only obstacle to all this is fear, and the more we understand ourselves, the less impact fear can have. So where is all this prayer going? If we practice prayer like Teresa recommends, it allows us to receive God’s infinite love; but most amazingly, allows us to give almost infinite amounts of love ourselves. Yes, prayer is pretty amazing.

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Tuesday October 14, 2014

PCM Province - Tue, 2014-10-14 22:00

Tuesday. This parable teaches us to keep perspective about what is truly important. Only when we die to all things other that God and God’s desires, do we truly live. Jesus, have mercy!

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Book Review: The Feasts by Cardinal Wuerl and Mike Aquilina

Zenit - Tue, 2014-10-14 21:07
By Julie Davis, from The Catholic Writers Guild The Feasts: How the Church Year Forms Us as Catholics by Donald Cardinal Wuerl "The Church’s calendar is an intricate, complex, and beautiful technology. It is the work of many human hands and human minds trained to deal with holy things. The seasons turn and the ...

Schoenstatt Releases Documentary on Life of Founder

Zenit - Tue, 2014-10-14 20:41
A 12-minute documentary about Schoenstatt has been released, just days before the Oct. 18th 100th anniversary of the ecclesial movement. "Father Joseph Kentenich, A prophetic vision" broadly covers the severly tested, yet fruitful life of Father Kentenich and his foundation. With footage of the landscape of the...

Vatican Clarifies Synod Document Released Monday

Zenit - Tue, 2014-10-14 20:21
After the summary document released Monday by the synod's general secretariat generated worldwide media attention and intense debate among the synod fathers, a Vatican press office statement today attempts to clarify the nature and purpose of the document. The "Relatio post disceptationem" was read Monday by the ...

Young Widower Reflects on Vocation to Marriage

Zenit - Tue, 2014-10-14 20:21
Chris Faddis had to learn very early about what Vatican II calls a "continuation of the marriage vocation," that is the stage of widowhood. He was married in 2006 and just a couple months after his sixth anniversary, lost his wife to cancer. Faddis wrote a memoir that pays tribute, ultimately, to the sacrament ...

Faith Isn't for Looking Good, Warns Pope

Zenit - Tue, 2014-10-14 19:55
Faith is not only a “cosmetic” matter, but one of active charity, says Pope Francis.  The Pope said this today in his morning homily at the Casa Santa Marta, reported Vatican Radio. He drew from the Gospel reading of the day (Lk. 11:37-41), in which St. Luke recounts the story of Our Lord’s dinner visit to the ho...

Prayerful, Prophetic, Carmelite–Archbishop Oscar Romero

PCM Province - Tue, 2014-10-14 19:43

“[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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Retrouvaille: Saving marriages in crisis (Video)

Zenit - Tue, 2014-10-14 18:48
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Pope's Mass: Say no to 'cosmetic spirituality' (Video)

Zenit - Tue, 2014-10-14 18:43
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Genuflections by Concelebrants

Zenit - Tue, 2014-10-14 17:53
Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy and dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum university. Q: At a recent priests meeting someone asked if concelebrating priests should genuflect before taking the chalice, especially if they have already consumed the sacred host. -- J....

Synod14: Press Briefing Oct. 14

Zenit - Tue, 2014-10-14 17:08
At the briefing at the Holy See Press Office this afternoon, Father Federico Lombardi, South African Cardinal Wilfred Napier, and Father Thomas Rosica gave the following briefing on the latest synod discussions:  Cardinal Wilfred Napier started with the expression, “From Africa, there’s always something new.” H...

St. Louis Archbishop Asks "What's God's Blueprint for Us" Amid Race-Related Conflict

Zenit - Tue, 2014-10-14 15:42
Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis, Missouri, on Friday renewed his call for peace in the St. Louis community with the statement below. On Monday, around 50 people were arrested during a protest/march to the Ferguson police station. The unrest dates to Aug. 9, when a black 18-year-old, Michael Brown, was ki...

Having Patience for the Sausage-Making Synod

Zenit - Tue, 2014-10-14 12:07
The midterm report on the deliberations of the Synod on the Family has appeared and there is a fair amount of hysteria all around. John Thavis, a veteran Vatican reporter who should know better, has declared this statement “an earthquake, the big one that hit after months of smaller tremors.” Certain  commentators ...

Holy See Permanent Observer's Address to UN Committee on the 'Rule of Law'

Zenit - Tue, 2014-10-14 08:32
Here below is the intervention of Archbishop Bernardito Auza, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York. He was speaking at the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly Sixth Committee, Agenda Item 83: Rule of Law: *** New York, 13 October 2014 Mr. Chairman, Following t...

Teresa of Avila Feast Day Podcast

PCM Province - Tue, 2014-10-14 07:37

Check out Fr. David Genders’ conversation with Fr. Dave Simpson OCarm on the importance of Teresa of Avila’s life and her profound spiritual legacy.

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Synod14: Summary of 11th General Congregation

Zenit - Tue, 2014-10-14 07:18
The eleventh general Congregation began with the presentation, in the Assembly Hall, of the "Relatio post disceptationem", read by the General Rapporteur, Cardinal Péter Erdő. Immediately after, there followed a period of free discussion among the Synod Fathers. In general, the "Relatio post disceptationem" was a...

The Daily Disconnect Podcast: Oct 14, 2014

PCM Province - Tue, 2014-10-14 05:27

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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