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Citoc Magazine VI-No. 2-2016


On the cover of this issue of CITOC-magazine you will see a beautiful photo of the pilgrimage to the Holy Door made recently by the two General Councils, O.Carm. and O.C.D. on the 11th of June. Among the many joint initiatives of this year, this was certainly one of great significance,

and a unique experience of communion, This finds expression in the message addressed to the Carmelite Family by the two Generals, that focuses on the witness of some of our own saints. Among them is Titus Brandsma about whom there is here an article related to the Jubilee of Mercy. This Dutch Carmelite, a “Strong and Merciful Father” is so presented in a book published by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of New Evangelisation entitled, “The Saints of Mercy”. This is a reminder to us of his witness: a man who was able to be firm in his opposition to nazism and compassionate and merciful towards everyone at the same time, including the nurse who gave him the lethal injection that ended his life.

As we are celebrating the 450th anniversary of the birth of St. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi, at the centre of this new issue of CITOC-magazine there is a section dedicated to this occurrence. A short biography tells us who she was, while another article gives us information about the celebrations and activities that mark the anniversary. We then find something very original in the form of a letter written by nuns to St. Mary Magdalene de’Pazzi.

We also wish to mark two other anniversaries, much more recent. This year Karit, Solidarios por la Paz (Karit, Working in Solidarity for Peace) the Carmelite NGO, is celebrating its 20th birthday. An article by its President lets us see the great witness of the Carmelite Family in the Iberian Region. Lastly, one year after the publication of the encyclical, Laudato si, we present an interesting reflection on the ecological originality of Pope Francis. A number of other items offer a wide range of information on what is happening in the Order. Among these we would like to mention two new missions begun recently, one in the Ukraine and the other in Hong Kong.

Along with these articles and other items of information we offer a selection of the main news items, some of which have already appeared in CITOC-online.

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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. 

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."