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Carmelite History and Spirituality

John of the Cross: Practical Considerations


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


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


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. 

The challenges in the leadership of Religious life today in view of ministry both “ad intra” and “ad extra”

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Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm.


We have been asked to talk about the problems we faced in our service and animation in our Institutes. I would like to begin this chat but saying that after more than nine years as Prior General of the Order of Carmelites, personally I do not feel “burned out”, exhausted or discouraged.

Faith, Morality, and Money


Money markets and banks have long been the target of criticism and this has intensified following the 2008 Global Financial Crisis.

Yet money and finance play an essential role in the well-being of persons and nations and they are not of themselves immoral. Relating moral principles and financial markets is the subject of a recent book titled “For God and Profit: How Banking and Finance Can Serve the Common Good,” (Crossroad Books).

Reflection on the Immaculate Conception

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C. O’Donnell, O. Carm.

On the 25 March in 1858 the twelve-year old peasant girl, Bernadette Soubirous felt drawn to the grotto where a beautiful lady had been appearing to her frequently since 11 February that year. Bernadette asked her who she was, and the lady in white said in the local dialect, “I am the Immaculate Conception.” 

O Lord, Help my unbelief


Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” (Lk 1:30-33)

Advent calls us to enlarge our horizons, Pope Francis


Vatican Radio

Pope Francis marked the beginning of the new liturgical year at the Angelus for the First Sunday of Advent.

On this Sunday, he said, the Gospel introduces us to one of the most “evocative” themes of the Advent season:

Lectio Divina December 2016


The Pope's Prayer Intentions for December 2016

Universal: End to Child-Soldiers - That the scandal of child-soldiers may be eliminated the world over.

Evangelization: Europe - That the peoples of Europe may rediscover the beauty, goodness, and truth of the Gospel which gives joy and hope to life.

Lectio Divina December - Diciembre - Dicembre 2016

The Pope's Prayer Intentions for 2017


Starting in 2017 the Pope will present only one prepared prayer intention per month, rather than the two presented before this year. He plans, however, to add a second prayer intention each month

Young Carmelites: sowers of mercy


Dear young Carmelites, from all over the world, who are taking part in this World Youth Day in Krakow, welcome! Make the best of these days of praying, sharing with others and enjoying faith.

In addition to being a wonderful city for its art and beauty, Krakow is a place that has very close links with our Carmelite history. At the shrine of “Our Lady of the Sands” (Na Piasku) that was in the care of Carmelites

A Journey Together toward Peace

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Pope Francis

A Word from Pope Francis

On the First Sunday of Advent, we begin a new liturgical year; that is, a new journey of the People of God with Jesus Christ, our Shepherd, who guides us through history toward the fulfillment of the Kingdom of God.

Order for the Blessing of An Advent Wreath


First Sunday of Advent


928 The use of the Advent Wreath is a traditional practice which has found its place in the church as well as in the home. The blessing of an Advent Wreath takes place on the First Sunday of Advent or on the evening before the First Sunday of Advent. The blessing may be celebrated during Mass (see complete edition, nos. 1517-1520), a celebration of the word of God, or Evening Prayer.

Liturgical Year A


The liturgical year begins with First Sunday of Advent, which starts four Sundays before Christmas (December 25). In this Liturgical year, 2017, Circle A, the Church meditates on the Gospel of Matthew and uses it for most of Sunday readings  (St. Luke for Circle B and St. Mark for Circle C). St. John, who appears several times in the Liturgy of the Word of almost all three years, is offered in a special way during the time of the Lord's Passion.

Solemnity of Christ the King


Pope Benedict XVI, homily 2005

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The Solemnity of Christ the King is celebrated today, the last Sunday of the Liturgical Year. Since the announcement of his birth, the Only-begotten Son of the Father, born of the Virgin Mary, was described as “king” in the Messianic sense,

Discernment – Does God Call you?


Father Mario Esposito, O.Carm.

I am happy to write this little piece for the Chariots of Fire, the newsletter of the Vocation Department of the Carmelite Friars, Province of St. Elias. Despite what people say, my experience tells me that there are plenty of young people, and not-so-young people,

Postulator General

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Giovanni Brizi was born in Rome on the 19th of February, and studied Jurisprudence at the Sapienza University in Rome.

She obtained a three year diploma in liturgy from the Pontifical University of Sant’Anselmo in Roma and a diploma in Theology from the Diocesan Theological Centre.

My First Year as Carmelite Pre-Novice


By Von Erik Sandoval

In the famous hymn “Here I am Lord”, it asks one important question, “Whom shall I send?” Personally, this echoes the same call to live out a “radical” way of life. A life of brotherhood, prayer, and service to the Church and to one another. This is the framework and foundation of the Carmelite life. This is the life in which I had the experience of living the past year.

Lectio Divina November 2016


Pope's Prayer Intentions for November

Universal: Countries Receiving Refugees - That the countries which take in a great number of displaced persons and refugees may find support for their efforts which show solidarity. 

Evangelization: Collaboration of Priests and Laity - That within parishes, priests and lay people may collaborate in service to the community without giving in to the temptation of discouragement.

All Souls' Day


from Wikipedia

All Souls' Day commemorates the faithful departed. In Western Christianity, this day is observed principally in the Catholic Church, although some churches of the Anglican Communion and the Old Catholic Churches also celebrate it. The Eastern Orthodox churches observe several All Souls' Days during the year.

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All Saints' Day


from Wikipedia

All Saints' Day (in the Roman Catholic Church officially the Solemnity of All Saints and also called All Hallows or Hallowmas[1]), often shortened to All Saints, is a solemnity celebrated on 1 November by parts of Western Christianity, and on the first Sunday after Pentecost in Eastern Christianity, in honor of all the saints, known and unknown.

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Carmelite Rome: Selected locations Brief descriptions Texts for reflection


Fr. John Keating, O.Carm.

'A Pilgrimage of Hope': Historical Background Information


Welcome to Rome! This is an ancient place, a place of beauty, of faith and of pilgrimage down through the centuries. It is also a living city, the capital of Italy and the birthplace of the European Union, where the treaty of Rome was signed in 1957.

Carmelite Spirituality - Allegiance to Jesus Christ


Most Rev. Fr. John Malley, O.Carm.

Carmelites are the only religious and lay family in the Church whose beginnings took place in the Holy Land, the place where Jesus was born, lived, taught, suffered, died and rose from the dead.

Carmelite Spirituality - The Presence of God


Fr. John Malley, O.Carm.

Since the beginning of religious life in the Church, there have been different schools of spirituality. Even though every spirituality has but one foundation, Jesus Christ, some holy men and women throughout the centuries have been attracted to specific values from His

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