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Joy in Contemplative Community - I FIND JOY EVEN IN MY STRUGGLES admin Sat, 2016-06-25 00:00

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!

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,


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Joy in Contemplative Community - I FIND JOY IN BEING PART OF A COMMUNITY OF FAITH admin Tue, 2016-06-21 00:00

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)

Joy in Contemplative Community - I FIND JOY IN THE BEAUTY OF CARMEL admin Fri, 2016-06-17 00:00

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

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 admin Fri, 2016-06-10 00:00

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 admin Sun, 2016-06-05 14:29

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."