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Mary and Spirituality

A phrase like “Marian Spirituality” is enough to make some people uneasy. Is there not just one spirituality, namely Christian? The issue is naot only extremely important but also somewhat complex.


There is a growing literature on the theme of Mary and spirituality.[1]But we need to be alert to several approaches and aspects of the theme. Spirituality is a word that has become quite chameleon:

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The Church

Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches

From the death of Christ the Church began to grow and to spread geographically. For many years it was simply known as “the Christian Church.” In time a divide developed. Those who first travelled west into Europe brought the message to the people and also particular liturgical rituals.

Living Carmelite Hope through the example of Our Prophet

In order to continue the journey, we need a little push from time to time. Remember the scene where Elijah sits under a bush and wishes that he were dead. (I Kings 19, 4). God has a plan for him and the divine plan could be thwarted

Veneration of The Holy Cross

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

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,

Prayer: the experience of God who transforms us

The meeting of two paths

 In Carmelite tradition, prayer has often been identified with contemplation. However, it is important to speak specifically about prayer, which is the door to contemplation.62



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."