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July 19, 2016 Tuesday

PCM Province - Tue, 2016-07-19 06:02

Tuesday. As disciples we are asked to seek only the “kingdom not of this world,” and to refuse to seek the adulation and honor of this world. Pray today to desire only the “desirable royalty” that is the gift of God

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July 18, 2016 Monday

PCM Province - Mon, 2016-07-18 15:17

Monday. Although contrary to what we envision, often, as faithful souls get closer to God they experience more obscurity and darkness than light in prayer. As you pray today, stay open to whatever gifts God chooses to give you.

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The Daily Disconnect Podcast: July 18, 2016

PCM Province - Mon, 2016-07-18 10:01

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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God’s Garden, July 18, 2016

PCM Province - Mon, 2016-07-18 04:00


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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The Daily Disconnect Podcast: July 17 , 2016

PCM Province - Sun, 2016-07-17 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.

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July 16, 2016 Solemnity of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

PCM Province - Sat, 2016-07-16 17:25

Carmel. Lovingly, Therese begged her Lord for the virtue of humility, even asking for “humiliation” when she tried “to place (herself) above others.” As you pray today, seek to be humbled especially on those occasions when you think too highly of yourself.

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The Daily Disconnect Podcast: July 16, 2016

PCM Province - Sat, 2016-07-16 17:00

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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Death of Fr. Bernard Jones, O.Carm.

News from Carmelite British Province - Sat, 2016-07-16 01:00
It is with sadness, but trusting in the mercy of God, that the British Province of Carmelites announces the death of Fr. Bernard Jones, O.Carm.

The Scapular…an essential part of the Carmelite habit

PCM Province - Fri, 2016-07-15 22:24

During the month of July, Carmelites everywhere prepare to celebrate the feast of the Mother of God of Mount Carmel on July 16th. This solemn commemoration holds a very special place in the lives of Carmelites as it highlights what is distinctive about the Carmelite order and our ministry.

Every Carmelite professes and gives witness to the highest love for our Mother Mary, who has brought our community so many blessings, and who has consistently offered signs of her protection. Carmelites rejoice in her title (as Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel), and we preach and teach the joy that comes from devotion to Mary.

Of course every Carmelite, and every Christian too, will have an individual relationship with Mary, so it is very hard to precisely define the essential characteristics of Carmelite devotion to Mary. But if there is one thing that unites all Carmelites, it is a devotion to the wearing of the Brown Scapular. In its large form the Carmelite scapular consists of the brown apron-like part of the Carmelite habit; in its smaller, devotional form the scapular is made up of two small pieces of cloth joined by two bands of cloth worn over the shoulders. Mary has given this special sign to our Order, and we cherish her protection and patronage.

We strive to depend on Mary for all things good, we confide in her when we are in need or suffering any kind of trouble, we offer everything we do as a tribute to her honor, we are prepared to stand with her at the side of Christ’s Cross, praying to be comforted by her strong faith and confident hope.

It is one thing to love Mary in our hearts and rely on her in our inward spirit, but Carmelites are anxious and willing to wear her Scapular in a public way, and strive openly to acknowledge our debt to Mary, and outwardly profess before the whole world our love for her.

The Carmelite Scapular forms an essential part of our monastic habit, but for centuries the Church has held that one doesn’t have to be a monk or a nun to be a part of the Carmelite family, wear the Scapular, or enjoy its blessings. Since the 15th century there have been Scapular confraternities and societies, and all Christians have been able to put on the Scapular to express their love for the Mother of God and enjoy this sign of Mary’s protection.

As we rejoice with the Carmelite community at this annual feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. May the Lord, the Son of Mary, bless you with every good thing from above! May the Mother of God, the Mother of Carmelites, enfold you in the mantle of her protection!

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The Daily Disconnect Podcast: July 15, 2016

PCM Province - Fri, 2016-07-15 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.

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A Meditation on Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

PCM Province - Fri, 2016-07-15 06:08

(As used at Aylesford Priory)

“Blessed Virgin of Mount Carmel – Be our constant hope.
Mary, perfect disciple of the Lord – Make us also faithful to him.
Mary, Flower of Carmel – Fill us with your joy.
Virgin Mary, Beauty of Carmel – Smile upon your family
Sweet Mother of Carmel – Accept me as your child.
Holy, Mother beyond compare – Remember your children forever.
Holy Virgin, Star of the Sea – Be our beacon of Light.
Protecting Veil – Shelter us in the mantle of your love.
Mary, conceived without sin – pray for us who have recourse to you.”

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July 15, 2016 Friday

PCM Province - Fri, 2016-07-15 06:02

Friday. Approach God in the way you are drawn to God, whether through the senses or through the spirit without anxiety about the shortcomings of your prayer. Pray today with trust and humility.

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God’s Garden, July 15, 2016

PCM Province - Fri, 2016-07-15 04:05


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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The Daily Disconnect Podcast: July 14, 2016

PCM Province - Thu, 2016-07-14 09:30

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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July 14, 2016 Thursday

PCM Province - Thu, 2016-07-14 06:02

Thursday. God is pleased and satisfied when we live our lives striving to “draw souls” to God. In your prayer today, ask for the grace of commitment to inviting others to praise and glorify God.

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Thursday
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The Daily Disconnect Podcast: July 13, 2016

PCM Province - Wed, 2016-07-13 16:00

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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God’s Garden, July 13, 2016

PCM Province - Wed, 2016-07-13 07:46


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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July 13, 2016 Wednesday

PCM Province - Wed, 2016-07-13 06:02

Wednesday. Therese reminds us that those who are closer to God, are more aware of their need for mercy than the great grace they have in their closeness to their loving Lord. As you pray today, approach God with humility and ask for mercy.

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Wednesday
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The Daily Disconnect Podcast: July 13, 2016

PCM Province - Tue, 2016-07-12 10:30

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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July 12, 2016 Tuesday

PCM Province - Tue, 2016-07-12 06:02

Tuesday. Enter the mystery of God not through the intellect but through the darkness, where the soul approaches God in a “purer” and “simpler” way. Pray today for patience in your prayer, even if you are without light.

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Tuesday
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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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