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Letter from the Philippine Province of Blessed Titus Brandsma to the Prior General and Carmelite Family

TO:  Rev. Fr. Fernando Millan Romeral, O.Carm.

Prior General and the General Council

Rev. Fr. Carl Markelz, O.Carm.

Bursar General

Reverend Father Provincials, Commissaries, Priors and Mother Prioresses

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Carmel:

Sad Greetings from the Philippines! Facing these realities that hit us in less than a month, we are doubly shocked as a nation and as a people.

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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."