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Carmelite History and Spirituality

Albert of Trapani

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Leopold Glueckert

Albert is probably the earliest canonized saint in the very long list of Carmelite saints and blesseds. He has long been considered one of the model patrons of the Order, as well as patron of the Carmelite schools.

Homily for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel July 16, 2009

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by Fr. Peter West

IIn the 9th Century B.C., Israel was divided into the Northern Kingdom and the Southern Kingdom of Judah. The Northern Kingdom was threatened by constant war with the Philistines. King Omri arranged a marriage between

Homily on Our Lady of Mount Carmel by Fr. Robert Altier 3

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Fr. Robert Altier

In the Gospel reading today, Our Lord tells us that Mary is our mother. Thanks be to Him, He has also pointed out to Our Lady that we are her children. And the disciple, we are told, took her into his home.

The Contemplation of Mary’s Beauty in the Spirituality of Saint Mary Magdalene de’Pazzi

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This article is an adaptation from: Charlo Camilleri, O.Carm., Carmel: A Spirituality of Beauty, Dissertation presented in part fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of Licentiate in Sacred Theology, University of Malta, Malta 2002, 88-91.

Homily on Our Lady of Mount Carmel by Fr. Robert Altier 2

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In the Gospel reading today, Our Lord tells us that Mary is our mother. Thanks be to Him, He has also pointed out to Our Lady that we are her children. And the disciple, we are told, took her into his home. That is precisely what is required of each one of us. Now we can ask ourselves,

Homily on Our Lady of Mount Carmel by Fr. Robert Altier

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Reading I (1 Kings 18:42b-45a) Reading II (Galatians 4:4-7)
Gospel (St. John 19:25-27)

Today we celebrate the most wonderful feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. One might wonder why Our Blessed Lady would be named after a mountain. If we think about some of the apparitions of Our Lady,

Homily on Our Lady of Mount Carmel - Fr. Ernest Larkin, O.Carm.

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Fr. Ernest Larkin, O.Carm.

At outdoor Mass in St. Mary’s Carmelite Abbey Ruyins on Thursday Evening, July 24th, 1994 Claremorris, Co. Mayo

Last Saturday, July 16th, we celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. This feast is the solemn commemoration of Out Lady of Mount Carmel. The phrase “the solemn commemoration” means that this is the time when we thank

Lectio Divina July 2016

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Universal: Indigenous Peoples - That indigenous peoples, whose identity and very existence are threatened, will be shown due respect.

EvangelizationLatin America and the Caribbean - That the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean, by means of her mission to the continent, may announce the Gospel with renewed vigor and enthusiasm.

Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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This feast was instituted by the Carmelites between 1376 and 1386 under the title "Commemoratio B. Marif Virg. duplex" to celebrate the victory of their order over its enemies on obtaining the approbation of its name and constitution from Honorius III on 30 Jan., 1226 (see Colvenerius, "Kal. Mar.", 30 Jan. "Summa Aurea", III, 737).

Homily on Our Lady of Mount Carmel by Fr. Father Altier

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Today we celebrate the most wonderful feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. One might wonder why Our Blessed Lady would be named after a mountain. If we think about some of the apparitions of Our Lady,

Homily on Our Lady of Mount Carmel - Mary’s Promise of Salvation

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Our Lady of Carmel Santa Tecla July 16, 1977
Zachariah 2:14-17 Luke 2:15b-19

.. .today, July 16th, the Church of Santa Tecla is a grace of God;1 for this place, like so many other popular places of the Republic that have the name Carmel, are gifts from God that enable us, the pastors of El Salvador,

Letter of the Prior General on the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel 2016

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Dear brothers and sisters in Carmel,

As we do every year, we get ready to celebrate the feasts in honour of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, our Mother and Sister as we like to call her among Carmelites, following the ancient tradition that comes down to us from the Middle Ages. First of all, I want to offer you my best wishes for the feast.

Joy in Contemplative Community - I FIND JOY IN DISCOVERING THE LOVE OF GOD IN MY LIFE

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by General Commission for Evangelization and Mission

When I live in authenticity, I can see many signs of God in my life

Listening to the Scriptures

On the way Jesus came to the Samaritan town called Sychar near the land that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob's well was there and Jesus, tired by the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water,

Joy in Contemplative Community - I FIND JOY IN THE CONTEMPLATIVE EXPERIENCE OF PRAYER AND WORSHIP

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by General Commission for Evangelization and Mission

Our common worship fills the heart with joy and nourishes the journey of faith.

Listening to the Scriptures

But the hour is coming -- indeed is already here -- when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth: that is the kind of worshipper the Father seeks. God is spirit, and those who worship must worship in spirit and truth. (John 4: 23-24)

Feast of St. Peter and Paul Apostles - A Time of Festival

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S.F. Nolan, O.Carm

Sermon given by S.F. Nolan, O.Carm., in Chichester Cathedral marking the Opening of the Chichester Festivities. Feast of St Peter and Paul Apostles, 29 June, 2008.

Today is a festival day, a day of celebration, a day set aside for singing the praises of God and rejoicing in the giftedness of humanity. And we have many reasons to celebrate. Today is the Day of the Lord, Sunday, the first day of the week. This is the day made by the Lord. We rejoice and are glad.

Graces of the Chair of Saint Peter

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Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson

But is it possible to meet the phenomenon of the Church's age long Resurrection by any explanation that will not break down—to account, on secular or social principles, for the fact that while she has met reverses which no other religion or empire or society has ever been called upon to meet,

Joy in Contemplative Community - I FIND JOY EVEN IN MY STRUGGLES

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by General Commission for Evangelization and Mission

I have lived through many difficulties and I have grown stronger…

Listening to the Scriptures

He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. When he reached the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.

May God be blessed forever, He who waited for me so long!

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Letter from the O. Carm. Prior General, the Reverend Father Fernando Millán, and the O.C.D. Superior General, the Reverend Father Saverio Cannistrà, on the occasion of the Jubilee of Mercy

To the brothers and sisters of the family of Carmel,

Peace!

Joy in Contemplative Community - I FIND JOY IN BEING PART OF A COMMUNITY OF FAITH

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by General Commission for Evangelization and Mission

Walking with others in unfailing love enables me to rejoice in my faith.

Listening to the Scriptures

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.  For if they fall, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help” (Eccl 4:9-10)

Carmel in Papua New Guinea Gateway to Oceania

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Fr. Christian B. Buenafe, O.Carm.

Oceania is the region in between the continents of Asia and Australia, it consists of big and small island countries that stretch and spread out in the vast Pacific Ocean. These are the countries of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Fiji and Samoan Islands,

PAN AMERICAN MEETING of Carmelite Formandi and Formators

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Fr. Felix Avendaño, O.Carm.

Fraternity is the way that God, our Father, chose through His Son Jesus Christ for all people to reach salvation. Aware of the urgent need that every baptized person is called, the major superiors of the Americas have stressed the need for young religious, both formandi and formators,

Joy in Contemplative Community - I FIND JOY IN THE BEAUTY OF CARMEL

I FIND JOY IN THE BEAUTY OF CARMEL

by General Commission for Evangelization and Mission

I thought about beauty and I found it in Carmel … and there was joy!

Listening to the Scriptures

The desert will bloom with flowers. It will be very glad and shout for joy. The glorious beauty of Lebanon will be given to it. It will be as beautiful as the rich lands of Carmel and Sharon. Everyone will see the glory of the Lord. They will see the beauty of our God. (Isaiah 35: 2)

Awakening PROJECT San Felice del Benaco

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Sabrina Rubio Perez

Last August we, the Carmelite youth from different parts of Europe where the Order is present, met for five days to celebrate the second part of the “Awakening” project. They were very intense days in which the sharing

Joy in Contemplative Community - I FIND JOY IN THE DEPTHS OF SHEER SILENCE

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by General Commission for Evangelization and Mission

Silence in the heart, silence in prayer, silence where we live, silence in a noisy world…

Listening to the Scriptures

The building of the Temple was done with quarry - dressed stone; no sound of hammer or pick or any iron tool was to be heard in the Temple while it was being built. (1 Kings 6: 7)

He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a

Joy in Contemplative Community - I FIND JOY IN LIVING IN COMMUNION WITH JESUS

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by General Commission for Evangelization and Mission

My living in allegiance to Jesus Christ means, for me, living in communion with him.

Listening to the Scriptures

But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as refuse, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, (Phil. 3, 8-9)

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