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Entry Into Force of Agreement Between Holy See, State of Palestine

Zenit - Mon, 2016-01-04 18:28

'The Agreement, consisting of a Preamble and 32 articles, regards essential aspects of the life and activity of the Church in Palestine, while at the same time reaffirming the support for a negotiated and peaceful solution to the conflict in the region.'

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ANGELUS ADDRESS Jan. 3: On the Word Made Flesh

Zenit - Mon, 2016-01-04 18:26

'With a renewed burst of filial abandonment, let us entrust ourselves once again to Mary.'

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Want a Happy, Successful 2016? Pope Suggests Keeping Your Eyes on Mary

Zenit - Mon, 2016-01-04 18:16

With Jam-Packed 2-Day Agenda, Pope Francis Closed Out 2015, Ushers in 2016 at Vatican

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Church Helps Eastern Europe With $2.5M for 99 Projects

Zenit - Mon, 2016-01-04 16:18

Chicago Archbishop: "Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the countries of the former USSR have been struggling to create spaces for prayer and spiritual growth"

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Church in US Marks National Migration Week

Zenit - Mon, 2016-01-04 16:12

Bishops Say Welcoming the Stranger Is Key Part of Year of Mercy

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Irish Bishops: 100 Years After Easter Rising, 2016 Needs to Be Year for 'Radical Culture of Peace'

Zenit - Mon, 2016-01-04 15:35

The commemorations "have the potential to stimulate much-needed reflection on where we are as a society and what we want to achieve for the future"

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The Daily Disconnect Podcast: January 4, 2016

PCM Province - Mon, 2016-01-04 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, January 4, 2016

PCM Province - Mon, 2016-01-04 06:18

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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January 4, 2016 Monday after the Epiphany

PCM Province - Mon, 2016-01-04 06:02

Monday. Only those who are overtaken by the love of God, such as Teresa, can know that, “the soul dissolves with desire.” As you pray today, let yourself be totally embraced by God’s love and ask that your soul, too, will be literally dissolved by desire for the One who has first loved us.

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Monday after the Epiphany
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The Daily Disconnect Podcast: January , 2016

PCM Province - Sun, 2016-01-03 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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January 3, 2016 Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

PCM Province - Sun, 2016-01-03 06:02

Epiphany. Over and over again, Therese brings us back to the core teaching of Jesus – that “love” gives meaning to all that we do. Without love, everything we do is like “clanging” cymbals, as St. Paul reminds us. Meditate today on the quality of your love.

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Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord
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January 2, 2016 Saturday

PCM Province - Sat, 2016-01-02 15:14

Saturday. To truly follow Christ requires that we live as he did. As you pray today, ask for the grace to make Christ central, rather than self.

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Saturday
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The Daily Disconnect Podcast: January 2, 2016

PCM Province - Sat, 2016-01-02 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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Chalking the Door: An Epiphany House Blessing 2016

PCM Province - Sat, 2016-01-02 02:38


Every year the Carmelite Pre-novitiate Community at Carith House in Chicago on the Feast of the Epiphany blesses their home.

We invite you to adopt this custom in your family. The family gathers to ask God’s blessing on their home and on those who live in or visit the home. It is an invitation for Jesus to be a daily guest in our home, our comings and goings, our conversations, our work and play, our joys and sorrows.

A traditional way of doing this is to use chalk to write above the home’s entrance, 20 + C + M + B + 16. The letters C, M, B have two meanings. They are the initials of the traditional names of the three magi: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. They also abbreviate the Latin words Christus mansionem benedicat, “May Christ bless the house.” The “+” signs represent the cross and 2016 is the year.

Blessing the Chalk

V. Our help is the name of the Lord:
R. The maker of heaven and earth.
V. The Lord shall watch over your going out and your coming in:
R. From this time forth for evermore.

Let us pray.
Loving God, bless this chalk which you have created, that it may be helpful to your people; and grant that through the invocation of your most Holy Name that we who use it in faith to write upon the door of our home the names of your holy ones Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar, may receive health of body and protection of soul for all who dwell in or visit our home; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Instructions for Blessing the Home

Using the blessed chalk mark the lintel of your front door (or front porch step) as follows:

20 + C + M + B + 16 while saying:

The three Wise Men, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar followed the star of God’s Son who became human two thousand and fifteen years ago. May Christ bless our home and remain with us throughout the new year. Amen.

Then offer the following prayer: Visit, O blessed Lord, this home with the gladness of your presence. Bless all who live or visit here with the gift of your love; and grant that we may manifest your love to each other and to all whose lives we touch. May we grow in grace and in the knowledge and love of you; guide, comfort, and strengthen us in peace, O Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen

“Chalking the door” is a way to celebrate and literally mark the occasion of the Epiphany and God’s blessing of our lives and home. With time the chalk will fade. As it does we let the meaning of the symbols written sink into the depths of our heart and be manifest in our words and actions the Latin words, Christus mansionem benedictat, “May Christ bless the house.”

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January 1, 2016 Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

PCM Province - Fri, 2016-01-01 06:02

Mary. No thing or no one was more important to Therese than the love of Jesus. At the beginning of this New Year, as you reflect on the meaning of Christ’s birth for you, pray that you, too, accept God’s love in Jesus as your only priority.

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Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
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God’s Garden, January 1, 2016

PCM Province - Fri, 2016-01-01 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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January 1st, 2016 – Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

PCM Province - Fri, 2016-01-01 00:45


From antiquity, Mary has been called “Theotokos“, or “God-Bearer” (Mother of God). The word in Greek is “Theotokos”. The term was used as part of the popular piety of the early first millennium church. It is used throughout the Eastern Church’s Liturgy, both Orthodox and Catholic. It lies at the heart of the Latin Rite’s deep Marian piety and devotion.

May each one of us be a God-Bearer in our world and make Christ’s love, peace an joy known by our lives.

Prayer to Mary, Star of the New Evangelization
Mary, Virgin and Mother,
you who, moved by the Holy Spirit,
welcomed the word of life in the depths of your humble faith:
as you gave yourself completely to the Eternal One,
help us to say our own “yes” to the urgent call, as pressing as ever,
to proclaim the good news of Jesus.
Filled with Christ’s presence, you brought joy to John the Baptist, making him exult in the womb of his mother.
Brimming over with joy, you sang of the great things done by God. Standing at the foot of the cross with unyielding faith,
you received the joyful comfort of the resurrection,
and joined the disciples in awaiting the Spirit
so that the evangelizing Church might be born.
Obtain for us now a new ardor born of the resurrection,
that we may bring to all the Gospel of life which triumphs over death. Give us a holy courage to seek new paths,
that the gift of unfading beauty may reach every man and woman. Virgin of listening and contemplation,
Mother of love, Bride of the eternal wedding feast,
pray for the Church, whose pure icon you are,
that she may never be closed in on herself
or lose her passion for establishing God’s kingdom.
Star of the new evangelization,
help us to bear radiant witness to communion,
service, ardent and generous faith, justice and love of the poor,
that the joy of the Gospel may reach to the ends of the earth, illuminating even the fringes of our world.

Mother of the living Gospel,
wellspring of happiness for God’s little ones,
pray for us.
Amen. Alleluia!
-Pope Francis

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The Daily Disconnect Podcast: December 31, 2015

PCM Province - Thu, 2015-12-31 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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December 31, 2015 Thursday in the Octave of Christmas

PCM Province - Thu, 2015-12-31 06:02

Thursday. The sacrifice that is “most pleasing to God,” is a contrite spirit – a soul that longs to be purified and in closer intimacy with God. In your prayer today, long for that “solicitude for God’s love” that is a sign of sincere seeking.

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Thursday in the Octave of Christmas
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ANALYSIS: Globalizing Indifference

Zenit - Wed, 2015-12-30 20:06

Pope Francis Appeals for Solidarity

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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.

 



by Dr. Radut