Skip to main content

JUSTICE, PEACE, and INTEGRITY of CREATION A Challenge for Our Present Carmelite Generation

Introduction

Carmelites are called to follow Jesus Christ (In Obsequio Jesu Christi, Const. 1995, no.2).  He is the Word made flesh and dwells among us (John 1:14). Through the incarnation of Jesus, though he was in the form of God … he emptied himself and took the form of a slave, being born in the likeness of men (Phil 2:6-7). He has come to the world to love and redeem us through his suffering, death, and resurrection (John 3:17).

Read more
Carmelite NGO Celebrates World Environment Day Encouraging Prayer and Reflection

The Carmelite NGO invites people around the world to join with the Carmelite Family to celebrate World Environment Day on June 5th with a day of prayer and reflection on rainforests as a resource for life.

A Position of the Carmelite NGO on Climate Change

Click here for PDF

The Spiritual Pathway to a Sustainable Environment

 

PRINCIPLES

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.

5. Societies with no understanding of this will seek to deal with unlimited human desire by fostering consumerism by every means possible.

Mary the Prophet: Mary as an Inspiration in the Work for Justice

Mary is a model for Carmelites and therefore a model for Carmelites who work in the area of peace and justice. Mary’s way of believing is a light and example for the work of the Carmelite NGO, as I hope to be able to explain in this article.

Christmas, consumerism and traditional celebrations

I remember my first Christmas celebrations back in Malaysia where I grew up. As a child, I had always sensed the wonder of ‘holy’ days, knowing deep inside that every special day worth celebrating had spiritual roots.

Being Asian, food was always a big part of any celebration and that came as an added bonus. Those holidays were meaningful, significant and every childhood memory became seminal treasures. Dishes and types of food were unique to each celebration or season,

Carmelite NGO Celebrates "Freedom of Belief" on World Human Rights Day

The Carmelite NGO is inviting people around the world to celebrate World Human Rights Day on December 10, 2010, by focusing on "Freedom of Belief." People are asked to reflect on what is happening, to pray for all the people involved, and to make some concrete commitment that will help improve the situation.

Fr. Boby Sebastian attended World Food Day at FAO Rome

On the 15th of October 2010, the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) in Rome organized World Food Day in which Fr. Boby Sebastian (James Tharakunnel), O. Carm., executive secretary of the JPIC Commission of the Order participated.

---------*******---------*******---------

shieldOCarm

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."