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Carmelite History and Spirituality

On Dec. 14, Church remembers Spanish mystic St. John of the Cross


By Benjamin Mann

Dec. 14 is the liturgical memorial of Saint John of the Cross, a 16th century Carmelite priest best known for reforming his order together with Saint Teresa of Avila, and for writing the classic spiritual treatise “The Dark Night of the Soul.”

World Human Rights Day - 10th of December 2015

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Each year, the Carmelite NGO engages in days of prayer to commemorate World Environment Day and World Human Rights Day. In his recent encyclical, Laudato Si, and in several addresses while in the United States, Pope Francis makes it clear that we cannot address the rights of human

Carmelite School: March for Life


Twenty-four Carmel Catholic seniors plus faculty, staff and parent volunteers joined March for Life, the world's largest pro-life event, in Washington, D.C. on January 22, 2015.

The Pope`s Prayer Intentions for 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 December 2015


The Pope’s Prayer Intentions for December 2015

Universal: Experiencing God’s mercy - That all may experience the mercy of God, who never tires of forgiving.

Evangelization: Families - That families, especially those who suffer, may find in the birth of Jesus a sign of certain hope.

The Liturgical Season of Advent


Fr. William saunders

The liturgical season of Advent marks the time of spiritual preparation by the faithful before Christmas. Advent begins on the Sunday closest to the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (Nov. 30). It spans four Sundays and four weeks of preparation, although the last week of Advent is

500 years after birth, witness of St. Teresa of Avila remains strong, says Pope


By Ann Schneible

On the 500th anniversary of St. Teresa of Avila's birth, Pope Francis praised the Spanish mystic and reformer for her witness of self-gift to God, as well as her particular relevance during this Year of Consecrated Life.

The miracle behind the canonization of the parents of St Therese of Lisieux


By Alvaro de Juana

Seven-year-old Carmen has an extraordinary story. Because of her Blessed Louis Martin and Zelie Guerin, the parents of Saint Therese of Lisieux, will be canonized this Sunday in Saint Peter's Square.

New Jersey diocese to investigate alleged miracle attributed to Carmelite sister

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The Diocese of Metuchen in New Jersey on Monday May 20, 2009 opened an investigation into an alleged miracle believed to have been worked by Servant of God Mother Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory, the foundress of the Germantown, New York-based Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm.

Five individuals to receive Titus Brandsma Awards


QUEZON CITY—Five individuals have made it to the roster of awardees for this year’s Titus Brandsma Award of the Titus Brandsma Media Center, a Carmelite Media Ministry.

Titus Brandsma Award is a biennial award given to individuals and groups especially to journalists in print and broadcast media who have exemplary lived-out the virtues of Blessed Titus Brandsma, a Carmelite priest, journalist and educator who was martyred in 1942 in Dachau Concentration Camp for writing and defending the truth.

Transformation through God’s love in prayer


Michael Plattig, O.Carm.,

An essential characteristic of spiritual life in the Judaeo-Christian tradition is that it describes a historical or, rather, biographical development. Christian spirituality is characterised by concepts such as development, growth, maturation, progression, advance, pilgrimage and ascent. Development and maturation belong to the core of the spiritual life, if it is to be understood as an imitation of Christ. Teresa of Avila explains this in the following words:

Lecio Divina November


Pope's Prayer Intentions

Universal: Dialogue - That we may be open to personal encounter and dialogue with all, even those whose convictions differ from our own.

Evangelization: Pastors - That pastors of the Church, with profound love for their flocks, may accompany them and enliven their hope.

Lectio Divina November - Noviembre - Novembre 2015

Rationale Statement of the Carmelite Commission For Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation


Rome, 25th September 2015

Rationale Statement of the Carmelite Commission For Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation

We, the members drawn from the various branches of the Carmelite Family to constitute the Commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation of the Carmelite Order, met for our inaugural meeting at the Curia Generalizia, Roma, from 11-15 September 2014.

Justic and Peace - Questionare


Justice, peace and integrity of creation are constitutive issues in the proclamation of the Kingdom of God. Contemplation prepares us individually and communally to stand as prophets in the world.  The General Commission of JPIC has been convened to support us in our prophetic  witness in the midst of creation.   

Presentation of the Prior General


Rome, 25th September 2015

RE: Presentation of the Prior General

Dear Brother/Sister,

On May 24, 2015, Feast of Pentecost, Pope Francisco published his encyclical letter Laudato Si, in which the Pope made a solemn appeal to the Church and all humanity to "protect our common home",

Letter of Invitation to participate in Carmelite JPIC Questionnaire


Rome, 25th September 2015

RE: Letter of Invitation to participate in Carmelite JPIC Questionnaire

Dear Brother/ Sister,

The Carmelite General Commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC), was constituted by the General Council after

Rediscovering Teresa of Avila: A Lay Perspective

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Angela Blardony Ureta, A.O.Carm

Today, we commemorate the feast day of one of the most remarkable women to have ever walked the earth, a Spanish contemplative nun who lived and died well over four centuries ago but whose words and deeds continue to impact us, especially those who have chosen to heed the silent call of Carmel.

Lectio Divina October 2015


Pope’s Prayer Intentions for October 2015

Universal: Human trafficking - That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.

Evangelization: Mission in Asia - That with a missionary spirit the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting it.

Lectio Divina October - Octubre - Ottobre 2015

The Carmelite Way of Prayer


Sanny Bruijns

Reflecting on the question people sometimes ask about the characteristics of Carmelite prayer, the first thing that comes to the mind is the prayer life of Carmelite men and women of the past and the present. Carmelite prayer is the prayer of people who feel inspired by the rich tradition of Carmelite spirituality. They find inspiration in Scripture and liturgy.

For Teresa, prayer is the foundation of every virtue


To undertake (prayer [JH]) is a matter of life and death for all Christians. And no one, however lost he may be, should set it aside if God has awakened him to so great a good.

Camino de perfección 16:3

The continuation of the book is therefore entirely dedicated to prayer.

Prayer as a Process of Surrender


Jos Huls, O.Carm.,

The Spanish Inquisition had banned many spiritual books for the general public, and especially for women, and so the Sisters of the newly founded Convent of Saint Joseph in Avila asked St Teresa whether she

Lectio Divina September 2015


Pope’s Prayer Intentions for September 2015

Universal: Opportunities for the young - That opportunities for education and employment may increase for all young people.

Evangelization: Catechists - That catechists may give witness by living in a way consistent with the faith they proclaim.

Lectio Divina September - septiembre - settembre 2015

Reflection: The Life of St Edith Stein


Vito Lombardi

Exploring the riches of femininity, the mission of women

In a time when people have been discussing the Christian roots of Europe and a European Constitution with no mention of its indestructible Christian roots, we meet the figure of Edith Stein (Teresa Benedicta of the Cross). She was an eminent European personality in her life, her thought and her work.

St. Edith Stein: Martyr for Truth

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The 20th century witnessed great advances in science and medicine. But it was not an era for truth.

Research uncovered remarkable facts about the physical world, but philosophers and even average people were gripped by the idea that we cannot know anything for certain.

Lectio Divina August 2015

The Pope’s Prayer Intentions for August 2015

The Pope’s Prayer Intentions for August 2015

Universal: Volunteers - That volunteers may give themselves generously to the service of the needy.

Evangelization: Outreach to the marginalized - That setting aside our very selves we may learn to be neighbors to those who find themselves on the margins of human life and society.

Lectio Divina August - Agosto - Agosto 2015

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