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Lent with the Carmelites

The Value of Suffering

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by Flos Carmeli

The Passion of Jesus teaches us in a concrete way that in the Christian life we must be able to accept suffering for the love of God. This is a hard and repugnant task for our nature, which naturally prefers comfort and happiness. Suffering in itself is an evil and cannot be agreeable; but Jesus willed to embrace it in all its plenitude for our sake, he offers it to us and invites us to esteem and love it -

Pope's Message for Lent 2012

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by Pope Benedetto XVI

"Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works" (Heb 10:24)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The Lenten season offers us once again an opportunity to reflect upon the very heart of Christian life: charity. This is a favourable time to renew our journey of faith, both as individuals and as a community, with the help of the word of God and the sacraments. This journey is one marked by prayer and sharing, silence and fasting, in anticipation of the joy of Easter.

Holy Saturday

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

 

"The soul must empty itself of all that is not God in order to go to God. . . For Christ, desire to enter into complete nakedness and poverty in everything." ~ St. John of the Cross s.14

"The soul must empty itself of all that is not God in order to go to God. . . For Christ, desire to enter into complete nakedness and poverty in everything." ~ St. John of the Cross

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Good Friday

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Friday, April 22, 2011

 

"Death cannot be bitter for the soul that loves, for in it she finds all the sweetness and delight of love. She rejoices over death as she would over the thought of her betrothal and marriage, and she longs for the day and the hour of her death." ~ St. John of the Cross s.12

"Death cannot be bitter for the soul that loves, for in it she finds all the sweetness and delight of love. She rejoices over death as she would over the thought of her betrothal and marriage, and she longs for the day and the hour of her death." ~ St. John of the Cross s.12

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Holy Thursday

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

As a contemplative fraternity, we seek the face of God and we serve the Church in the world or possibly in eremetical solitude.

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Wednesday of Holy Week

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

For this reason I lay down that you are to keep silence from after Compline until after Prime the next day. At other times, although you need not keep silence so strictly, be careful not to indulge in a great deal of talk, Rule 21

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Tuesday of Holy Week

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

"When you walk in the dark night and in the emptiness of spiritual poverty, you will think that everyone and everything is failing you — including God. But nothing is failing you." ~ St. John of the Cross

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Monday of Holy Week

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Every day, if possible, the brothers are called, from solitude and from their apostolic work, to the Eucharist - source and culmination of their lives. Carmelite Constitution - 20

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Palm Sunday

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

"You will not arrive at what you desire by following your own path, or even by high contemplation; but only through a great humility and a surrender of the heart." ~ St. Thérèse of Lisieux s.13

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Saturday of the fifth week of Lent

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

As a contemplative brotherhood, we seek the face of God also in the heart of the world. We believe that God has established his dwelling place among his people. Carmelite Constitution - 21

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Friday of the fifth week of Lent

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Friday, April 15, 2011

These fraternal values find expression and nourishment in the Word, - in the Eucharist, - and in prayer. Carmelite Constitution 20

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Thursday of the fifth week of Lent

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

These fraternal values find expression and nourishment in the Word, - in the Eucharist, - and in prayer. Carmelite Constitution 20.

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Wednesday of the fifth week of Lent

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Contemplation begins when we entrust ourselves to God, in whatever way he chooses to approach us; it is an attitude of openness to God, whose presence we discover in all things. Carmelite Constitution.20

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Tuesday of the fifth week of Lent

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

 

For us to be brothers means to grow in communion and in unity, overcoming privileges and distinctions,  in a spirit of participation and co-responsibility Carmelite Constitution -19.3

For us to be brothers means to grow in communion and in unity, overcoming privileges and distinctions,  in a spirit of participation and co-responsibility Carmelite Constitution -19.3

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Monday of the fifth week of Lent

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Monday, April 11, 2011

 

you are to eat whatever may have been given you in a common refectory, listening together meanwhile to a reading from Holy Scripture where that can be done without difficulty. Rule 7

You are to eat whatever may have been given you in a common refectory, listening together meanwhile to a reading from Holy Scripture where that can be done without difficulty. Rule 7.

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Sunday of the fifth week of Lent

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

"I resolved to remain in spirit at the foot of the cross and to receive the divine dew, the blood falling to the ground with no one hastening to gather it up. I then understood that I was to pour it out upon souls." ~ St. Thérèse of Lisieux s.11

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Friday of the fourth week of Lent

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Friday, April 8, 2011

The Apostle would have us keep silence, for in silence he tells us to work. As the Prophet also makes known to us: Silence is the way to foster holiness. Elsewhere he says: Your strength will lie in silence and hope. Rule 21

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Thursday of the fourth week of Lent

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

 

Carmelites live their life of Allegiance to Christ through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through fraternity,
and through service (diakonia) in the midst of the people. Carmelite Constitution - 14

Carmelites live their life of Allegiance to Christ through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through fraternity,and through service (diakonia) in the midst of the people. Carmelite Constitution - 14

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Monday of the fourth week of Lent

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Monday, April 4, 2011

At the time for offering sacrifice, the prophet Elijah came forward and said, "LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things by your command. Kg. 18.36

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Sunday of the fourth week of Lent

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Sunday, April 3, 2011

"Even though you should fall one hundred times, to prove your love for Him, rise each time with even greater strength." ~ St. Thérèse of Lisieux

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Friday of the third week of Lent

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Friday, April 1, 2011

A contemplative attitude towards the world around us allows us to discover the presence of God in the events of ordinary daily life and especially, to see him in our brothers and sisters. Carmelite Constitution

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Thursday of the third week of Lent

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Your brother B., and whoever may succeed you as Prior, must always keep in mind and put into practice what our Lord said in the Gospel: Whoever has a mind to become a leader among you must make yourself servant to the rest, and whichever of you would be first must become your bondsman. Carmelite Rule 22

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Wednesday of the third week of Lent

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

"O Jesus, let me weep for myself, for I am nothing but dry wood to be cast into the fire. But you give new life to the dry wood by grafting it onto the wood of the cross." ~ Bl. Titus Brandsma.

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Tuesday of the third week of Lent

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

You must give yourselves to work of some kind, so that the devil may always find you busy; no idleness on your part must give him a chance to pierce the defences of your souls. Carmelite Rule 20

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Monday of the third week of Lent

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Monday, March 28, 2011

The values of contemplation - when lived faithfully in the midst of the complex events of daily life - make Carmelite brotherhood a witness to the living and mysterious presence of God among his people. Carmelite Constitution - 18

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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." 

 



by Dr. Radut