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Carmelite History and Spirituality

Rationale Statement of the Carmelite Commission For Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation

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We, the members drawn from the various branches of the Carmelite Family to constitute the Commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation of the Carmelite Order, met for our inaugural meeting at the Curia Generalizia, Roma, from 11-15 September 2014.

Convocation Letter of the Carmelite Family JPIC Congress, Fatima, 2017

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Re: Carmelite Family JPIC Congress, Fatima, 2017

Dear Fr Provincial/ Commissary Provincial/ Delegate,

Dear Mother General/ Sr Coordinator/ JPIC Promoter

I write to inform you that the Carmelite Commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation is organizing a Carmelite Family JPIC Congress scheduled for 22-28 July 2017 at Casa Sao Nuno, Fatima, Portugal. July 22, 2017 will be the day of arrival and participants depart on July 29, 2017.

Carmelite NGO Karit 20th Anniversary

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Fr. David Oliver Felipo, O.Carm.

This year the Carmelite NGO Solidarity for Peace Karit has fulfilled its first twenty years of existence. From CITOC-magazine, we asked its president, Father David Oliver, O. Carm., That would tell us what it means Karit and something that this Carmelite NGO has been doing for the needy. This is his testimony.

Twenty years ago a group of Carmelites of the religious Iberian Region (Spain and Portugal), laity, they wanted to make real and concrete commitment to those most in need, with the last, with God’s preferred reality.

The Senior of the Order

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Sanny Bruijns, O.Carm.

On January 12, Fr. Constant Dölle, O. Carm., of the Dutch Province, celebrated his 100th birthday at his present Carmelite convent in Zenderen. Father Constant is currently the oldest member of the Carmelite Order.

The Ecological Originality of Pope Francis

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Fr. Eduardo Agosta Scarel, O.Carm.

Soon we will reach the first anniversary of the launching of the much awaited and much critiqued encyclical Laudato Sì (hereafter LS) of Pope Francis, on the care of the earth, our common home.

Carmelite Mission in Ukraine

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Fr. Roman Dabrowski O.Carm.

Sasiadowice is an old village located half way between Chyrowa and Sambor in the Ukraine. The first historical references to this village occur in the year 1370. The wooden church of the Roman Catholic

Carmelite Mission in Hong Kong

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Fr. Heribertus Heru Purwanto, O.Carm.

Carmelite mission in Hong Kong started over 30 months ago.  The actual members involved are three priests from the Indonesian Province. They are Heribertus Heru Purwanto, Paulus Waris Santoso,

Letter of Carmelite Nuns to St. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi

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Carmelite Monastery of Janua Coeli

Dearest Maddalena,

we have written a few lines for you. We speak to you as sisters to sister, crossing the boundaries of time to reach you right there where your are now, in the bosom of the Trinity. In your life on

“God of Infinite Mercy” in the Mystical Writings of St. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi

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Fr. Charlò Camilleri, O.Carm.

The anniversary of the birth of St Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi, 450 years ago, could not be celebrated in a more appropriate year than this Jubilee Year of Mercy! We can truly call this saint as being the singer of Divine Mercy:

Message Of His Holiness Pope Francis For The World Day Of Migrants And Refugees 2017

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Pope Francis

[15 January 2017]

“Child Migrants, the Vulnerable and the Voiceless”

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me” (Mk 9:37; cf. Mt 18:5; Lk 9:48; Jn 13:20). With these words,

St. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi - Biographical profile

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Sr. Marianna di Caprio, O.Carm.

The second of four children, Caterina was born in Florence on the second of April, 1566, to Camilo de’ Pazzi and Maria Buondelmonti. In the comfortable setting of a noble family, that began to call her Lucrezia, after her paternal grandmother, the young girl grew up peacefully and with a certain sensitivity to the aesthetic side of her social condition.

Major Events of the Order 2016

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In 2016, the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy of the Church, The Carmelite Order was also busy with many major events.

450th Anniversary of the Birth of St. Mary MagdalenE de’ Pazzi

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On 2nd of April, 2016, the date of Mary Magdalene’s birth in 1566, the solemn opening of the 450th Anniversary of the Birth of St. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi was marked with the solemn

Carmelite Year in Review 2016

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Lists of the Most of the inportant Events of the Carmelite Order in 2016

Mary’s motherhood teaches us humility, tenderness

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Pope Francis

HOLY MASS ON THE SOLEMNITY OF MARY, THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD
HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS

“Mary treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart! (Lk 2:19). In these words, Luke describes the attitude with which Mary took in all that they had experienced in those days.

Pope on New Year’s Day: Mary’s motherhood teaches us humility, tenderness

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At the start of the new year, Pope Francis said that celebrating Mary, the Mother of God, highlights a beautiful aspect of our faith: that Mary is our mother too, and that by her example we can learn to practice virtue and self-sacrifice in our own lives.

“By her motherhood,

Lectio Divina January 2017

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The Pope's Prayer Intentions for January 2017

Christian Unity. 

That all Christians may be faithful to the Lord’s teaching by striving with prayer and fraternal charity to restore ecclesial communion and by collaborating to meet the challenges facing humanity.

Lectio Divina January - Enero - Genaio 2017

Nonviolence: a Style of Politics for Peace

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MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE
FRANCIS
FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE
FIFTIETH WORLD DAY OF PEACE

1 JANUARY 2017

1. At the beginning of this New Year, I offer heartfelt wishes of peace to the world’s peoples and nations, to heads of state and government, and to religious, civic and community leaders. I wish peace to every man, woman and child, and I pray that the image and likeness of God in each person will enable us to acknowledge one another as sacred gifts

Overcome Indifference and Win Peace

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MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS
POPE FRANCIS
FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE
XLIX WORLD DAY OF PEACE

1 JANUARY 2016

1. God is not indifferent! God cares about mankind! God does not abandon us! At the beginning of the New Year, I would like to share not only this profound conviction but also my cordial good wishes

Pope Francis’ 10 New Year’s Resolutions for You

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Have you made any New Year’s resolutions? If not, there's still time, and Pope Francis has some ideas for you.

These are the ten things that he called upon Vatican employees to do:

1. “Take care of your spiritual life, your relationship with God, because this is the backbone of everything we do and everything we are.”

LITURGICAL CALENDAR 2017 with Carmelite Feastdays

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The  calendar  is  based  upon  the  General  Roman  Calendar,  promulgated  by  Pope  Paul  VI  on February 14, 1969, subsequently amended by Pope John Paul II, and with the supplement of the Carmelite Feast-days. This calendar has been updated to reflect the names and titles of the various liturgical days in conformity with the Roman Missal.

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Feast of Mary, Mother of God

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Fr Jack Larkin, O.Carm

Today's feast of Mary, the Mother of God is the oldest Marian feast in the church. The title is so easily accepted by us today, it is part of our lives, it rolls off off our tongue so easily.

Peace in our hearts, in families

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Pope Benedict XVI

May the kind and loving good wishes that we exchange in these days reach all the contexts of our daily lives. May peace be in our hearts so that they are open to the action of God's grace. May peace dwell in families and may they spend Christmas united in front of the crib and the tree decorated with lights.

Awaiting God's Justice

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Pope Benedict XVI

Advent watchfulness means living in God's presence and according to his criteria in order to prepare a worthy dwelling-place for the promised Saviour

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In these days, as we come gradually closer to the great Feast of Christmas, the liturgy impels us to intensify our preparation, placing at our disposal many biblical texts of the Old and New Testaments that encourage us to focus clearly on the meaning and value of this annual feast day.

St. John of the Cross, Mystic of the Light

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Lawrence S. Cunningham

There are so many mistaken notions about St. John of the Cross (1542-91) that we might do well to clarify some of them at the outset. He is, of course, most identified with the phrase dark night of the soul, but in fact he never uses the term. John does speak of the dark night of the senses and the dark night of the spirit in his treatise titled simply The Dark Night.

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. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister." 

 



by Dr. Radut