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Carmelite Spirituality: A Vocation to Love

“What your child is coming to do is to reveal to you what she feels, or, to be more exact, what her God, in the hours of profound recollection, of unifying contact, makes her understand” (Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity, “Let Yourself Be Loved”). This “unifying contact” that Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity speaks of is at the heart

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Carmel. The future

What will the future hold? If we knew that, we could all make a fortune. We are invited into God's future and only He knows what that will be but He is constructing the future out of our present. We are laying the foundations now for what we will be in the future. I would like now to share with you some dreams I have for the future of Carmel and how I see lay Carmelites in particular fitting into that future.

Learning From Mary in Her Own Words

Wisdom for the Spiritual Journey

We know of her because she appears in a few scenes from the Gospels: the Christmas stories, a wedding, the crucifixion, the post-Resurrection community in Jerusalem, and Pentecost.

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

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.

Transformation through God’s love in prayer

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:

Rediscovering Teresa of Avila: A Lay Perspective

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.

The Carmelite Way of Prayer

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.

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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."