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Lent with the Carmelites

Sunday of the third week of Lent

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Sunday, March 27, 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 s.7

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Saturday of the second week of Lent

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

You other brothers too, hold your Prior in humble reverence, your minds not on him but on Christ who has placed him over you. Carmelite Rule 23.

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Friday of the second week of Lent

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Friday, March 25, 2011

"Jesus is not alone on the way of the cross. Today, as then, not only are there adversaries, but there are those who assist him. Representative of those who love Him and wish to assist Him is Veronica." ~ St. Edith Stein

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Thursday of the second week of Lent

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Since man’s life on earth is a time of trial, and all who would live devotedly in Christ must undergo persecution, and the devil your foe is on the prowl like a roaring lion looking for prey to devour, you must use every care to clothe yourselves in God’s armour so that you may be ready to withstand the enemy’s ambush. Carmelite Rule 18.

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Wednesday of the second week of Lent

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The practice of contemplation is not only the source of our spiritual life; it also determines the quality of our fraternal life and of our service in the midst of the people of God. Carmelite Constitution - 18.

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Tuesday of the second week of Lent

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

"All bear their crosses although these crosses be different. If a person wants to gain freedom of spirit and not always be troubled let him begin by not being frightened by the cross. Then he will see how the Lord helps him carry it." ~ St. John of the Cross s.5

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Monday of the second week of Lent

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Monday, March 21, 2011

None of the brothers must lay claim to anything as his own, but you are to possess everything in common; and each is to receive from the Prior - that is from the brother he appoints for the purpose - whatever befits his age and needs. Carmelite Rule 12.

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Sunday of the second week of Lent

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Gospel here places no words in the mouth of your mother. And you, too, my Jesus speak not a word. Your silence is eloquent. ~ Bl. Titus Brandsma

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Saturday of the first week of Lent

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Those who know how to say the canonical hours with those in orders should do so, in the way those holy forefathers of ours laid down, and according to the Church’s approved custom. Carmelite Rule - 11.

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Friday of the first week of Lent

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Friday, March 18, 2011

A 'scientia crucis' can be gained only when one comes to feel the cross radically. The entire sum of human failures can be blotted out by the expiation of the cross. ~ St. Edith Stein

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Wednesday of the first week of Lent

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

"Jesus lavishes his crosses as the most certain mark of his tenderness, for He wills to make you like Him. So why be afraid of not being able to carry the cross without weakening?" ~ Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

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Tuesday of the first week of Lent

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Each of you, to weigh his words in; keep a tight rein on your mouths, lest you should stumble and fall in speech, and your fall be irreparable and prove mortal. Carmelite Rule. 21.

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Monday of the first week of Lent

Monday, March 14, 2011

"When the soul reaches the stage at which it pays little attention to praise, it pays even less attention to disapproval. Blame strengthens the soul; what's more, it acquires a special and tender love for its persecutors." ~ Saint Teresa of Avila

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The Meaning of Lent with some Carmelite Insights


by Christopher O’Donnell, O.Carm.


In Catholic liturgy the place to look for the meaning of a feast or a season in the prefaces of the Mass. In the first Lent preface we address the Father in these words: Each year you give us this joyful season when we prepare to celebrate the paschal mystery with mind

Message from the Pope for Lent 2011


Pope Benedict XVI

“You were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him.” (cf. Col 2: 12)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The Lenten period, which leads us to the celebration of Holy Easter, is for the Church a most valuable and important liturgical time, in view of which I am pleased to offer a specific word in order that it may be lived with due diligence.

The Way of the Cross with Carmelite Saints


prepared by Carmelite Vocation and WebTeam

THE CARMELITE SAINTS in their prayers and reflections reveal a deep communion with the Passion of Jesus. In the light of Christ crucified they beheld the depths of the heart of God and discovered there as well the meaning of the human heart.

One of the most fruitful practices of Christian piety is known as The Way of the Cross (or Stations of the Cross), a devotion that in all probability dates back to the era of the first Christians.

Sunday of the first week of Lent

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Each one of you is to stay in his own cell or nearby, pondering the Lord’s law day and night and keeping watch at his prayers unless attending to some other duty. Carmelite Rule -10

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Saturday of Lent

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Elisha left him and, taking the yoke of oxen, slaughtered them; he used the plowing equipment for fuel to boil their flesh, and gave it to his people to eat. Then he left and followed Elijah as his attendant. Kg. 19.21

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Friday of Lent

Friday, March 11, 2011

Contemplation is the inner journey of Carmelites, arising out of the free initiative of God, who touches and transforms us, leading us towards unity of love with him, raising us up so that we may enjoy this gratuitous love and live in his loving presence. Carmelite Constitutions - 17

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Thursday of Lent

Thursday, March 10, 2011

You must use every care to clothe yourselves in God’s armour so that you may be ready to withstand the enemy’s ambush.

Carmelite Rule - 18

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Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

You are to fast every day, except Sundays, from the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross until Easter Day, unless bodily sickness or feebleness, or some other good reason, demand a dispensation from the fast; for necessity overrides every law. Carmelite Rule - 16

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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