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Carmelite History and Spirituality

Resurrection liturgy and Spirituality in the Tradition of the Carmelite Order


Part 2
As appears from what has already been said in the first part of this article, for the first centuries of their existence, the Carmelites devoted much attention to the Resurrection of the Lord. The daily encounter with the Risen Lord must certainly have influenced their spirituality.

Veneration of The Holy Cross


Dr. Arie G. Kallenberg

In the lifetime of Jesus and for a long time after His death, the cross was considered an instrument of shame by which criminals were executed. For early Christians however, the cross soon became a sign of blessing and redemption.

Teresa attributed her miraculous cure to Saint Joseph


Devotion to St. Joseph was a hallmark of St. Teresa of Avila.  Teresa attributed her miraculous cure to Saint Joseph.  When she was living in the Incarnation Convent in Avila, she was struck with an ailment that left her half-dead.

Joseph, Icon of Carmel


Dr. Jim Bryan, T.O.Carm.

Saint Joseph, foster father of Jesus has too easily been forgotten by many people. You might remember him if you grew up in an Italian parish where someone hosted a St. Joseph's Table once a year with all the trimmings and Italian delicacies. Or, you might need help in selling or purchasing property,

Lay Carmel in Malta: The Third Order

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Georgina Linwood

The Carmelites in Malta

The Carmelite Order arrived in Malta from Sicily in 1418. The friars’ first home was at Lunzjata, which is located in Rabat, and afterwards the brothers went to live in Mdina. In the following centuries the Carmelites spread out along the island. Today there are four parishes, a school run by the Carmelites, religious vocations teams, Third Orders and groups following Carmelite spirituality.

The Missionary Workers of the Donum Dei Family

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The Missionary Family Donum Dei was founded by a French priest, Fr. Marcel Roussel-Galle, who was born in 1910 in a little village in the Franche-Comté region and who died in Rome on 22 February 1984.

Iconization of Titus Brandsma


Kees Waaijman, O.Carm.,

Titus Brandsma was born in 1881 in Oegeklooster (Friesland, The Netherlands). In 1898 he entered the Carmelite Order at Boxmeer (Brabant). After his training for the priesthood and his study of philosophy and sociology in Rome, he taught philosophy at the Carmelite school in Oss (Brabant).

The First Carmelite Nuns

Leopold Glueckert O.Carm.

The Carmelite friars managed to log over two centuries in Europe before there was any serious attempt to establish a structure for communities of women. And yet, there were women who wanted to follow the spirituality and rule of the hermits of Mt. Carmel. To be sure, there had often been individual people,

Lectio Divina March 2016


Pope's Intentions

Universal: Families in Difficulty - That families in need may receive the necessary support and that children may grow up in healthy and peaceful environments.

EvangelizationPersecuted Christians - That those Christians who, on account of their faith, are discriminated against or are being persecuted, may remain strong and faithful to the Gospel, thanks to the incessant prayer of the Church.


List of Prior Generals of the Order



Also known as: Ordens der Brüder der allerseligsten Jungfrau Maria vom Berge Karmel (Karmeliten) (Deutsch) / Ordre du Carmel (Carmélites) (français) / Ordine della Beata Vergine del Monte Carmelo (Carmelitano) (Italiano) / Zakon Braci Najświętszej Maryi Panny z Góry Karmel (Karmelici) (polski) / Ordem dos Irmãos da Bem-Aventurada Virgem Maria do Monte Carmelo (Português) / 加爾默羅會 (正體中文) / カルメル会 (日本語) / Ordo Fratrum Beatissimæ Mariæ Virginis de Monte Carmelo (latine)

Carmelite, An experience of Desert

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Fr. Joseph Chalmers, O.Carm.

In our faith journey, there are moments when we as individuals or as groups are brought into the desert. Sometimes we walk into the desert following God's call or sometimes we just find ourselves there by force of circumstance.

Discernment in the Rule of Carmel – A Reflection


Michael Plattig, O.Carm.,

The end of Chapter 24 of the Carmelite Rule reads: ‘Use discernment, however, the guide of the virtues.’ Instead of ‘discernment’ some translations use the term ‘common sense’. Common sense here is too narrow a translation that does not reflect the comprehensive meaning of ‘discernere’ or ‘discretio’.

Carmelites and the Future - Carmelite Family, Justice and peace and Mission


Fr. Joseph Chalmer, O.Carm.

Carmelite Family

The Carmelite Family has grown and developed greatly in recent years with many new members and new groups. New ways of understanding the relationships between the different components within the Family are emerging.

A Man on a Journey - Fr Jerónimo Gracián de la Madre de Dios (1614-2014)

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In these most recent years we have been celebrating a number of centenaries that have great importance for the life of our Carmelite family: St Albert of Jerusalem and Jerónimo Gracián, the eighth and fourth centenaries of whose deaths occur respectively; and St Teresa of Jesus, the fifth centenary of whose birth occurs.

Carmelites and the Future - Formation


Fr. Joseph Chalmer, O.Carm.

Formation lasts at least a lifetime; we are not finished with it when we are solemnly professed. We have very good Constitutions and formation document. We have many more Carmelite resources available to us than in the past.

A Man in the Wrong Suit


A reflection by Anne-Marie Bos, a Carmelite sister of the Dutch Province.

John Dons, an inmate who had to portray the camp-leaders, also made drawings of a few of his fellow-inmates. The drawing he made of Titus became famous and in it we see Titus as John Dons pictured him: a man in the wrong suit.

Lectio Divina February 2016


Pope's prayer intention for February 2016

UniversalCare for Creation - That we may take good care of creationa gift freely given cultivating and protecting it for future generations.

EvangelizationAsia - That opportunities may increase for dialogue and encounter between the Christian faith and the peoples of Asia.

Lectio Divina February-febrero-febbraio 2016

Carmelites and the Future - Vocations


Fr. Joseph Chalmer, O.Carm.

Despite the best efforts of vocation promoters, it seems that new vocations will be very few, at least for the foreseeable future, especially in the West. This will have major implications for the Church, the Order and each Province. To face up to closing houses or withdrawing from certain

A Spiritual Pathway to a Sustainable Environment: The Position of the Carmelite NGO on Climate Change

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Eduardo Agosta Scarel, O.Carm.,


  1. The roots of the ecological crisis are linked to the way human beings relate both to the Divine and to nature.
  2. The human heart is not satisfied with anything less than the Infinite.
  3. Created things can never take the place of God.
  4. God has created us to live in harmony with all created things and with God the Creator.

Carmelites and the Future - Creative Fidelity


Fr. Joseph Chalmer, O.Carm.

Mt. 28,18 - "]esus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.19   Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20   and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

Carmelite Spirituality: A Vocation to Love

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Br. Joachim Kenney, O.P.

“What your child is coming to do is to reveal to you what she feels, or, to be more exact, what her God, in the hours of profound recollection, of unifying contact, makes her understand” (Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity, “Let Yourself Be Loved”). This “unifying contact” that Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity speaks of is at the heart

Carmel. The future


Joseph Chalmer, O.Carm.

What will the future hold? If we knew that, we could all make a fortune. We are invited into God's future and only He knows what that will be but He is constructing the future out of our present. We are laying the foundations now for what we will be in the future. I would like now to share with you some dreams I have for the future of Carmel and how I see lay Carmelites in particular fitting into that future.

Lectio Divina January 2016


Pope's Prayer Intentions for January 2016

Universal:  Interreligious Dialogue - That sincere dialogue among men and women of different faiths may produce the fruits of peace and justice.

EvangelizationChristian Unity- That by means of dialogue and fraternal charity and with the grace of the Holy Spirit, Christians may overcome divisions.

Lectio Divina Jannuary, Ereno Gennaio 2016

Christimas Season


Christmas is one of the most important days of the Church year, second only to Easter itself. It is the feast of the incarnation, the feast of God becoming flesh (the Latin "in carne" means "enfleshment").

Learning From Mary in Her Own Words


Joel Giallanza, C.S.C.

Wisdom for the Spiritual Journey

We know of her because she appears in a few scenes from the Gospels: the Christmas stories, a wedding, the crucifixion, the post-Resurrection community in Jerusalem, and Pentecost.

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