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Bl. Angelo Paoli, Priest, (mf)

Feastday: 
Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Angelus was born on September 1, 1642, at Argigliano, then a section of the commune of Fivizzano, now ofCasolà in Lunigiana (Massa, Italy); at Baptism he received the name Francis. In 1660 he received the tonsure and the first two minor orders. After some months spent with his family, he took the habit of the Carmelites at Fivizzano and was sent to Siena for his novitiate.

St. Nuno Alvares Pereira, Religious (M)

Feastday: 
Monday, November 6, 2017
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NUNO ÁLVARES PEREIRA was born in Portugal on 24th June 1360, most probably at Cernache do Bomjardin, illegitimate son of Brother Álvaro Gonçalves Pereira, Hospitalier Knight of St. John of Jerusalem and prior of Crato and Donna Iria Gonçalves do Carvalhal. About a year after his birth, the child was legitimized by royal decree and so was able to receive a knightly education typical of the offspring of the noble families of the time. At thirteen years of age he became page to Queen Leonor, was received at court and was created a knight.

St. John of the Cross, Mystic of the Light

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Lawrence S. Cunningham

There are so many mistaken notions about St. John of the Cross (1542-91) that we might do well to clarify some of them at the outset. He is, of course, most identified with the phrase dark night of the soul, but in fact he never uses the term. John does speak of the dark night of the senses and the dark night of the spirit in his treatise titled simply The Dark Night.

John of the Cross: Practical Considerations

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Father Francis Xavier Weninger

I. St. John asked of God, in his first Mass, the grace of remaining free from all mortal sin; and at another time, he begged to suffer, to labor, and to be despised for Christ's sake. Oh! how different from this is the object of your prayers!

Silence Enflamed: John of the Cross and Prayer

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Kerrie Hide

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I shall lead her into solitude and there speak tenderly to her heart [Hos2:14] (F3.34).

Prayers of St. John of the Cross

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Let Your divinity shine on my intellect by giving it divine knowledge, and on my will by imparting to it the divine love and on my memory with the divine possession of glory.

Let us so act that by means of this loving activity we may attain to the vision of ourselves in Your beauty in eternal life. 

Program of the canonization of Bl. Elisabeth of the Trinity

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  • On Saturday 15 October at 20.30 pm in preparation of the solemn canonization, Prayer Vigil in the Basilica of St. Teresa of Avila at Corso d’Italia 37.
  • On Sunday 16 October at 10.15 am the Solemn Eucharistic celebration and canonization at St. Peter’s Square, Rome.

Titus Brandsma - Letter from Prison to the Prior

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Letters from Prison Kleve, May 28, 1942

Dear Father Prior, etc.,

At the beginning of May you will have been expecting a letter from Amersfoort, because there I would have been allowed to write again on May 1st, but a few days before, on April 28, I was suddenly taken back to Scheveningen. There one writes every three weeks, but one has to be there at least three weeks before one is allowed to write.

St. Therese and Mother Teresa: The Little Way

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Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta chose the name of “Teresa” because she was inspired by St. Therese of Lisieux’s capability to do ordinary things with extraordinary love. Both of these women are beautiful examples about how we are used as instruments of God’s love.

A Miracle Story for a Priest with Great Faith

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by Linda Reeves 

BOCA RATON | Retired Carmelite Father Michael Driscoll of St. Jude Parish became emotional when he shared his near-death story, but smiled from ear to ear when he talked about his extraordinary healing, which he credits to prayer and the help of a man, who today, needs a miracle of his own.

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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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