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Bl. Angelo Paoli, Priest, (mf)

Angelus was born on September 1, 1642, at Argigliano, then a section of the commune of Fivizzano, now ofCasolà in Lunigiana (Massa, Italy); at Baptism he received the name Francis. In 1660 he received the tonsure and the first two minor orders. After some months spent with his family, he took the habit of the Carmelites at Fivizzano and was sent to Siena for his novitiate.

Pope recognizes martyrdom of Archbishop Romero

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- After decades of debate within the church, Pope Francis formally recognized that Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero was killed "in hatred of the faith" and not for purely political reasons.

Pope Francis signed the decree Feb. 3, recognizing as martyrdom the March 24, 1980, assassination of Archbishop Romero in a San Salvador hospital chapel as he celebrated Mass.

The Beatification of the Carmelite Martyrs of the 20th Century
CARMELO Mª MOYANO and 9 Companions (Bética Prov.)
and ALBERTO MARCO ALEMÁN and 8 Companions (Castilian Prov.)

On Sunday the 13th of October 2013 the beatification of the Spanish martyrs of the 20th century was celebrated in Tarragona. The martyrs included Blesseds, Carmelo Mª Moyano Linares and 9 Companions of the Bética Province and the Blesseds, Marco Alemán and 8 Carmelite companions of the Castilian Province.

Life of Bl. Kuriakos Elias Chavara

From a note written on the day of his death, by his spiritual director Fr. Leopold Beccaro.

Day and night he fought to arrest the spread of schism

TODAY, Tuesday, January, 3, 1871, at 7:15 in the morning, Fr. Cyriac (Kuriakos) Elias of the Holy Family, the first Prior, died after a life of great innocence. He could declare before his death he had never lost his baptismal innocence. He was exercising himself in the practice of virtues,

The Trinitarian Prayer of Elizabeth of the Trinity

Introduction

In the two previous articles in this series to commemorate the centenary of the death of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, we looked briefly at her life and at her gift of inner silence. The outstanding aspect of her life and spirituality was, however, her devotion to the Trinity, to whom she referred familiarly as

Elizabeth Of The Trinity

Elizabeth of the Trinity gave her love for the spiritual life, and her desire that all should grow in this life, to all Christians. She expressed what she wanted to do in heaven as follows: "I think that in heaven my mission will be to draw souls by helping them to go out of themselves in order to cling to God by a wholly simple and loving movement, and to keep them in this great silence within, which will allow God to communicate himself to them and transform them into himself."

Bl. Mary of the Angels, (OCD), Virgin (m)

Mary of the Angels was born in Turin on Jan. 7, 1661, the last of eleven children of the Count John Donatus Fontanella di Baldissero and of Countess Mary Tana di Santana. When she was fourteen, her father had already died; and she had to overcome resolutely the opposition of her mother in order to enter the monastery of the Discalced Carmelite nuns of St. Christine, which had been founded on April 30, 1639,

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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."