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Bolivia: Prison Conditions Improve Thanks to Pope Francis

Zenit - Mon, 2015-08-17 17:10
​Thanks to the message of Pope Francis, conditions for Bolivian prisoners is set to improve a bit. When Pope Francis visited Bolivia last July, he had a meeting with prisoners at the Reform Center of Santa Cruz-Palmasola, one of the most controversial and over-crowded prisons in the country, housing some 4,000 i...

Galway Cathedral Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Zenit - Mon, 2015-08-17 16:29
More than 1, 500 people gathered Friday on the eve of the Solemnity of the Assumption to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Galway's Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St. Nicholas. The chief celebrant of the Jubilee Mass was Cardinal Seán O’Malley, archbishop of Boston. He followed in the footsteps ...

In Peru, a Missionary Church Bears Fruit

Zenit - Mon, 2015-08-17 16:01
This report is contributed by Eva-Maria Kolmann of Aid to the Church in Need. * * * The shortage of priests is acute in Peru. Some 81% of Peru’s population of 27 million has been baptized as Catholics, and the country is home to forms of deeply rooted popular devotion—but there is a great lack of even the mos...

The Daily Disconnect Podcast: August 17, 2015

PCM Province - Mon, 2015-08-17 14:41

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, August 17, 2015

PCM Province - Mon, 2015-08-17 14:23

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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Fatima Statue to Visit Syria in September

Zenit - Mon, 2015-08-17 12:27
The pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima will make its way to Damascus, Syria, during the month of September. The announcement of the statue's visit was made last Wednesday by the rector of the Shrine of Fatima, Father Carlos Cabecinhas. The purpose of the pilgrimage is "to implore the maternal intercession of t...

Online Registration Begins for Jubilee Year of Mercy

Zenit - Mon, 2015-08-17 12:06
Registration online will be necessary to cross the threshold of the Holy Door during the Jubilee of Mercy that has been proclaimed by Pope Francis to begin December 8, and conclude November 20, 2016. After specifying the day and time in the appropriate section of the website of the Jubilee of Mercy -- www.im.va ...

Syria: Kidnapped Melkite Priest Freed

Zenit - Mon, 2015-08-17 11:54
Sources in Syria have reported the release of Father Tony Boutros, a Melkite-Catholic priest who was kidnapped by unknown assailants. On July 12, Fr. Boutros and his driver were reported missing after they were last seen driving to a local church for Mass. The Melkite-Catholic priest served as pastor of the Chur...

Cardinal Pietro Parolin's Homily at Feast of the Assumption in Singapore

Zenit - Mon, 2015-08-17 11:18
Here is a translation of the homily given by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, during a Mass for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which he celebrated on a visit to Singapore. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Today, as we gather as Church to celebrate ...

Monday August 17, 2015

PCM Province - Mon, 2015-08-17 06:02

Monday. John describes the union of a soul in love with God, as a marriage bond, in which both the lover and the beloved are one. As you pray today, ask God to gift you with that quality of love.

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ANALYSIS: Euthanasia Under Review

Zenit - Sun, 2015-08-16 15:41
The Australian state of Victoria is currently conducting an inquiry into end of life issues and the archdiocese of the state’s capital, Melbourne, handed in its submission on the issue earlier this month. The submission was made by the Episcopal Vicars for Health, Aged and Disability Care and Life, Marriage and ...

Gospel for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Zenit - Sun, 2015-08-16 15:41
Jesus said to the crowds: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”  Jesus said to them, “Ame...

ANGELUS: On the Feast of the Assumption

Zenit - Sun, 2015-08-16 15:32
Below is a translation of Pope Francis’ address before and after the recitation of the Angelus prayer yesterday at noon to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: *** Dear brothers and sisters, good morning and Happy Feast of Our Lady. Today t...

Pope Expresses Condolences to Victims of Tianjin Explosion

Zenit - Sun, 2015-08-16 15:29
Pope Francis has expressed his condolences to the victims of the tragic explosion that occurred in Tianjian, located in northern China. On Wednesday night, a fire began at a Ruihai Logistics warehouse, which contained various hazardous chemicals. Firefighters, who were unaware of the dangerous reaction of water ...

The Daily Disconnect Podcast: August 16, 2015

PCM Province - Sun, 2015-08-16 14:41

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 Francis: The Eucharist Keeps Us In Tune with the Heart of Christ

Zenit - Sun, 2015-08-16 14:15
To nourish ourselves with the Body and Blood of Christ means "being in tune with the heart of Christ, to assimilate His choices, His thoughts, His behavior." These were the words of Pope Francis during his Sunday Angelus address to the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square today. The Holy Father reflected o...

ANGELUS: On Jesus, the Bread of Life

Zenit - Sun, 2015-08-16 13:13
Below is a translation of Pope Francis’ address before and after the recitation of the Angelus prayer today at noon to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square:   *** Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! In these Sundays, the Liturgy proposes to us, from the Gospel of John, Jesus' discourse on th...

August 16th, 2015 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

PCM Province - Sun, 2015-08-16 07:25

Sunday. As “the soul” is drawn closer to the Creator, other creatures that previously satisfied its desires, now leave the soul feeling empty. Pray today to be drawn close to your Creator – who alone fulfills your deepest longings.

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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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The Daily Disconnect Podcast: August 15, 2015

PCM Province - Sat, 2015-08-15 13:00

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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Saturday August 15, 2015 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

PCM Province - Sat, 2015-08-15 06:02

Saturday. Without God, we (our human nature) would be like an empty tomb, devoid of energy and light. As you pray today, ask to be filled with God’s life and love so that you will draw all people to God.

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August 15, 2015
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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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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