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Carmelite Reflections

Carmelite Reflections

In this section, we offer you Carmelite reflections and prayers in different forms of communication in the four sections below:

▶ Celebrating at home
▶ Special Needs: Prayer
▶ Carmelite Texts
▶ Prayers

CELEBRATING AT HOME

Palm Sunday (download the text of Palm Sunday)

Holy Thursday (download the text of Holy Thursday)

Good Friday (download the text of Good Friday)

Easter Sunday (download the text of Easter Sunday)

Second Sunday of Easter (download the text of second Sunday of Easter)

Third Sunday of Easter (download the text of third Sunday of Easter)

Fourth Sunday of Easter (download the text of fourth Sunday of Easter)

Fifth Sunday of Easter (download the text of fifth Sunday of Easter)

Sixth Sunday of Easter (download the text of sixth Sunday of Easter)

The Ascension of the Lord (download the text of the Ascension of the Lord)

Pentecost Sunday (download the text of the Pentecost Sunday)

Trinity Sunday (download the text of Trinity Sunday)

Body and Blood of Christ (download the text of Sunday of Body and Blood of Christ)

12th Sunday of Ordinary Time  (download the text of 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time)

13th Sunday of Ordinary Time  (download the text of 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time)

14th Sunday of Ordinary Time  (download the text of 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time)

15th Sunday of Ordinary Time  (download the text of 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time)

16th Sunday of Ordinary Time  (download the text of 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time)

17th Sunday of Ordinary Time  (download the text of 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time)

18th Sunday of Ordinary Time  (download the text of 18th Sunday of Ordinary Time)

19th Sunday of Ordinary Time  (download the text of 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time)

20th Sunday of Ordinary Time  (download the text of 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time)

21st Sunday of Ordinary Time  (download the text of 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time)

22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time  (download the text of 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time)

23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time  (download the text of 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time)

24th Sunday of Ordinary Time  (download the text of 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time)

25th Sunday of Ordinary Time  (download the text of 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time)

26th Sunday of Ordinary Time  (download the text of 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time)

27th Sunday of Ordinary Time  (download the text of 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time)

28th Sunday of Ordinary Time  (download the text of 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time)

29th Sunday of Ordinary Time  (download the text of 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time)

30th Sunday of Ordinary Time  (download the text of 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time)

Feast of All Saints (download the text of All Saints)

SPECIAL NEEDS: PRAYER

Prayer of the person with disability and undiscovered ability

Lord, you search me and you know me.
There is no part of me that you do not know.
You created me in your own image and likeness.
You looked at me, the work of your hands,
and you loved what you saw,
and you continue to look at me everyday
and you still love what you see,
because what you see is me as only you can know me.
I thank you for the wonder of my being
and I pray that I will be able to live fully with all that you have given me
and not suffer for the things you have not given me.
I pray for the world in which I live,
that by discovering more and more the wonders of your love,
we may support one another much more
and build the world that you desire,
a world that you love so much that you died on the cross to save it.
Jesus, my Lord, and my God.

Introduction letter - Prior General for those with Special Needs Prayers

A Prayer for my life and the world

Why there are no churches open

How to use our prayer sheets

Easter story

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CARMELITE TEXTS FOR REFLECTION

St Teresa of Jesus’ Bookmark

Let nothing trouble you,
Let nothing scare you
All is fleeting.
God alone is unchanging.
Patience obtains all.
Whoever possesses God,
Wants nothing,
God alone suffices.

St John of the Cross

In tribulation,
immediately draw near to God in fear and truth
and you will receive strength,
enlightenment
and instruction.

At the evening of life,
you will be examined in love.
Learn how to love as God desires to be loved
and abandon your own way of acting.

“Before a Picture of Jesus in My Cell” by Blessed Titus Brandsma

February 12-13, 1942. Translation by Gervase Toelle, O.Carm.

A new awareness of Thy love
encompasses my heart:
Sweet Jesus, I in Thee and Thou
In me shall never part.
No grief shall fall my way but I
Shall see thy grief-filled eyes;
The lonely way that Thou once walked
Has made me sorrow-wise.
All trouble is a white-lit joy,
That lights my darkest day;
Thy love has turned to brightest light
This night-like way.
If I have Thee alone,
The hours will bless
With still, cold hands of love
My utter loneliness.
Stay with me, Jesus, only stay;
I shall not fear
If, reaching out my hand,
I feel thee near.

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)

O my God, fill my soul
with holy joy, courage and strength
to serve you.
Enkindle your love in me
and then walk with me
along the next stretch of road before me.
I do not see very far ahead,
but when I have arrived
where the horizon now closes down,
a new prospect will open before me
and I shall meet with peace.

Sounding Silence by John Keating, O.Carm.

In silence, we also learn to engage with God’s creation. Becoming silent in God’s silent presence, we become anchored in God who is imageless and inexpressible.

Please continue to read the full text in PDF below.

PRAYERS

Some of the prayers below may be of help in our moments of reflection.

 “Mental prayer in my opinion is nothing else than a close sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with him who we know loves us.” St Teresa of Avila

Saint Patrick’s Breastplate:

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ beneath and Christ above,
Christ on my right hand,
Christ on my left,
Christ with me waking,
walking and sleeping,
Christ in the heart thinking of me,
Christ on every tongue speaking of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me

Pope Francis’ Prayer to Mary during the coronavirus pandemic

O Mary,
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.

Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God.
Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial,
but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

Pope Francis’ Prayer in time of crisis.

A Prayer for Healthcare Workers during this time of the Coronavirus COVID-19.

(from the Irish Bishops’ Conference)

Loving God,
we place into your care
all our doctors, nurses and healthcare workers.
Give them courage of heart
and strength of mind and body.
Keep them safe from harm.
May they know our deep gratitude
for all they are doing
to heal and help those affected by
the coronavirus.

God of all consolation
may they know your protection and peace.
Bless them in these challenging days
and bless their families.
Amen.

A Prayer for our Priests as they exercise their ministry during this time of the Coronavirus COVID-19

(from the Irish Bishops’ Conference)

Eternal God,
Be with our priests this day as they seek
to minister to your people.
May you be a guiding and protective presence with them
as they bring the consolation and hope of Your word
and the grace and nourishment of Eucharist
to those entrusted into their care.
Grant them the strength of mind and body,
keep them safe to do your will,
And give them the courage and peace
to face each day with trust and confidence in You.
Into your hands O God, we commend them;
fill them with your grace and healing. Amen.

 

The prayer of those who see their loved ones dying.

Death is approaching.
It may come very soon.
Life slips away, because of a virus
I look around and see so much care,
In the hospital and at home.
I long for this suffering to end.
Let love be our strength
Our love for one another
And God’s love for all of us
Let this time remind us again
Of how helpless we can be,
How helpless we are,
Unless we allow God to help us.
I turn to him,
and ask for protection, and life and healing.
Lord, I see your mother and our mother,
in the midst of all of this,
accompanying some on their journey home to you,
taking others by the hand and restoring them to their families.
She can do this because she is full of your love.
I see Mary, pondering all that is happening
And I hear her saying for all of us, let your will be done.

Hail Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Novena to Saint Thérèse to ask for her help in the Coronavirus crisis

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
On the eve of the liberation of France
You were proclaimed on the 3rd May 1944,
Secondary patron of France just like Saint Joan of Ark
Following the path of the Virgin Mary.

Today our country, France and the whole world
Is experiencing the plight of the Coronavirus which is decimating and worrying the people.

Saint Thérèse, we are asking you to intercede with Jesus
So that this illness is eradicated.

We pray to you Thérèse for the caregivers and for those people
Who, relentlessly, take care of those who are ill.

We pray to you Thérèse for the politicians and those who hold responsibilities
Who must make crucial decisions.

We pray to you Thérèse for the companies which are in difficulty
And for all of those people who are unable to go to work.

We pray to you Thérèse for all of the families who have been affected
By this illness, death and confinement.

With you Saint Thérèse we would like to give thanks
For the gestures of solidarity kindled during this ordeal.

Saint Thérèse, you who promised to let fall a shower of roses,
Keep us in faith and in peace,
Welcome into Heaven the numerous deceased
Obtain for us from Jesus resurrected from the dead,
The fall and end of this pandemic
As a gift of love from the Father, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Together with you Thérèse, I say: Our Father
Together with you Thérèse, I say: Hail Mary

Glory be to the Father and to Son and to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,
World without end. Amen.

Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face pray for us.

Therese Novena in Time of Pandemic by Gregory Houck, O.Carm, starting from May 1st, 2020 .

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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."