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LETTER OF THE PRIOR GENERAL ON 

THE SOLEMNITY OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL 2018




Dear brothers and sisters of the Carmelite Family:


The solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is approaching and - like every year - I would like to send you my most cordial fraternal greetings on our patronal feast, in which we remember Mary under the beloved advocation of Carmel.  We commemorate Our Mother and Sister, the Domina loci (mistress of the place) that is at the center of our lives and that inspires and encourages us to live our Carmelite charism at the service of the Gospel, of the people of God and of all humanity.

 

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During this time, the Church is preparing with a series of different initiatives for the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which will deal with the theme "the youth, faith and vocational discernment," to be held in Rome, in October of this year.  The intention is that through various methods, the voice of young people reach the Synod, so that it is not just an assembly "over" them, but also one in which their opinions, their impressions, their doubts and their illusions  can be heard in the synodal assembly.

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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." 

 



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