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Carmelite History and Spirituality

Why is St. Therese of Lisieux the Patroness of the Missions?


by Greg Mitchell

St. Therese or the Little Flower once said “Charity is the most excellent way that leads to God. I finally had rest…I understood that the Church had a Heart and that this Heart was burning with love. !” One can contemplate why Pope Pius XI,

Some Aspects of Christian Meditation


the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

I. Introduction

1. Many Christians today have a keen desire to learn how to experience a deeper and authentic prayer life despite the not inconsiderable difficulties which modern culture places in the way of the need for silence, recollection and meditation.

Program of the canonization of Bl. Elisabeth of the Trinity

  • 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.

The Christian Way to Union with God


the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

13. To find the right "way" of prayer, the Christian should consider what has been said earlier regarding the prominent features of the "way of Christ," whose "food is to do the will of him who sent [him], and to accomplish his work" (Jn 4:34). Jesus lives no more intimate or closer

Message of Pope Francis for World Mission Day 2016


Pope Francis

Missionary Church, Witness of Mercy

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, which the Church is celebrating, casts a distinct light on World Mission Sunday 2016: it invites us to consider the missio ad gentes as a great, immense work of mercy,

Lectio Divina October 2016


Pope's prayer intentions for October 2016

Universal: Journalists - That journalists, in carrying out their work, may always be motivated by respect for truth and a strong sense of ethics.

Evangelization: World Mission Day - That World Mission Day may renew within all Christian communities the joy of the Gospel and the responsibility to announce it.

Lectio Divina October - Octubre - Ottobre 2016

General Congregation 2016 - Final Statement

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General Congregation Final Statement

"...more by our life than by our words"(Const. 24):
Missionaries of God's tenderness and love

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October as a month of Mary


Warren Schmidt

The historical roots of October as a month of Mary are unclear. Some attribute the association between October and Mary to the devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. On October 13, 1917, in Cova de Iria outside of Fatima, Portugal, the last of six monthly Marian apparitions to three shepherd children

Titus Brandsma - Letter from Prison to the Prior


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.

What is the General Congregation?

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 Based on the Constitutions of the Order on Part IV, chapter XIX and numbers 285, 286 and 287, the General Congregation is defined:

285. Two years before the General Chapter, the Prior General, with the consent of his Council, shall convene a General Congregation to discuss matters of common interest to the whole Order.

Today’s Contemplative Prayer Forms: Are They Contemplation?


Ernest E. Larkin, O.Carm.

A simpler title could be:

Contemplation and today’s contemplative prayer—are they the same or different? And, if different, what is their content and how are they related? This paper attempts a clarification of terms.

But more than semantics is involved. The deeper question at issue is: What are we doing when we practice contemporary forms of contemplative prayer, such as centering prayer or the “Christian Meditation” of John Main?

The Search for Experience


Ernest E. Larkin, O.Carm.

The search for experience is an evident, contemporary fact. On the religious scene it manifests itself in such phenomena as a demand for a meaningful liturgy, interest in charismatic prayer groups, and insistence on participating in decision-making processes in the Church.

Lectio Divina September 2016


Universal: Centrality of the Human Person
That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.

Evangelization: Mission to Evangelize
That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize.

Lectio Divina September - septiembre - settembre 2016

St. Therese and Mother Teresa: The Little Way


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.

Opening Address at the Lay Carmelite Conference in Atlanta


Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm.,

I am very happy to be here and to meet again so many good friends of the Carmelite Family. More than 450 people reflecting together on the spiritual journey of Carmel is quite impressive, especially for our times.

Future saint? Who is Blessed Titus Brandsma?


by Linda Reeves 

Along with the Article "A Miracle Story for a Priest with Great Faith"  Linda Reeves also wrote this article to introduce who Bl. Titus Brandsma is in the Miracle of Fr. Driscoll.

Bishop Francisco de Sales Alencar Batista

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Fr. Francesco Sales was born on April 17, 1968 in Araripina, Pernambuco, Brazil and a member of the Carmelite Province of Pernambuco. He made his profession in the Carmelite Order in 1988 and was ordained a priest in 1995. He studied philosophy at the Vincentino Institute of Philosophy

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.

The Scapular Devotion of Pope John Paul II


Pope John Paul II had a great devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and as such faithfully wore a scapular (notice him wearing his scapular in the above photo).

He is reported to have worn a brown scapular since he was a boy, and he insisted that doctors not remove it during surgery following the assassination attempt on his life in May of 1981.

The Carmelite Tradition and Centering Prayer Christian Meditation

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Ernest E. Larkin, O.Carm.


In this paper I propose to interface the Carmelite tradition on contemplative prayer and two popular forms of contemplative practice called centering prayer and “Christian Meditation.” We are asking how these widely used, current practices fit into that tradition. Do the new forms agree or disagree with past thinking? What does the Carmelite tradition have to say pro and con about them?

Contemplative Prayer in the Carmelite Tradition


Eugene McCaffrey, OCD

I have been asked to speak about contemplative prayer in the Carmelite tradition: a vast subject that covers eight hundred years of history, reflection and lived experience. Practically every Carmelite author has written about it, from the first hermits who gathered on Mount Carmel, inspired by the life of the prophet Elijah, down to the present day.

Lectio Divina August 2016


Universal: Sports - That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples and may contribute to peace in the world.

Evangelization: Living the Gospel - That Christians may live the Gospel, giving witness to faith, honesty, and love of neighbor.

Lectio Divina August - Agosto - Agosto 2016

Carmelite Formation Ratio new 2013


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Dear Brothers,

I   wish to present you with a new edition of the 2000 Ratio Institutionis (RIVC). I say “new edition” in that following a request made to provincials and formators in 2009, many responded indicating that few changes needed to be made. Having considered the positive recommendations and suggestions made by the members of the Order, a number of experts were asked to

The Carmelite Spirituality of John Paul II

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Paul Radzilowski

It seems everyone has his own John Paul II. Even among highly committed Catholics there are many views on the lessons of his papacy. Indeed, he was pope for so long, and did so much in so many spheres, that a full account of his activities is perhaps nearly impossible, especially for those who were his contemporaries and have not the advantage of distance in perspective. I intend therefore not so much to describe the legacy of Bl. John Paul II in general,

Dieu soit béni à jamais, Lui qui m’a tant attendu !


Lettre du Prieur Général O.Carm., le Révérend Père Fernando Millán et du Préposé Général O. C. D., le Révérend Père Xavier Cannistrà, à l’occasion du Jubilé de la Miséricorde.

            Chers sœurs et frères de la Famille du Carmel,

            Que la paix soit avec vous !

            Le 11 juin dernier, accompagnés de nos conseillers et définiteurs généraux respectifs, nous avons franchi ensemble la Porte Sainte.

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