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Mary's pilgrimage of faith

The Blessed Virgin advanced in her pilgrimage of faith,
and faithfully persevered in union with her Son.

(Vatican II, Church, 58)

A pilgrimage is a journey to a holy place. The great medieval pilgrimages were to the holy places where Jesus walked: Rome sanctified by the apostles Peter and Paul, and Compostela the shrine of the apostle James.

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Nine Themes in Carmelite Spirituality - 6. Carmel is Marian

Lay Carmelites seek God's presence in prayer while living an active life in the world. This duality of contemplative prayer and active ministry was modeled by the first Carmelites who lived as hermits on Mount Carmel, then later became mendicants in the cities of Europe.

Carmel is Marian

Letter of the Prior General on the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Dear brothers and sisters in the extended Carmelite Family throughout the world, the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is approaching. In many places there will be novenas, processions, and other ways of honouring Mary, our Mother and Sister under this title, which is so much at the heart of Carmelite life.

More Mother than Queen: a Carmelite View of Mary

For most of the Catholic world May is considered the month of Mary. As they’ve done for generations, parishes and schools will be holding May Processions and Crownings of the May Queen to honor the Blessed Mother throughout these thirty-one days. Although Mary, along with the Old Testament prophet, Elijah, is considered a spiritual founder of our order, the Carmelite connection to Our Lady has traditionally had a distinctly different feel than the regal pomp generally associated with Mary during May.

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.

Presentation of Jesus In The Temple

"Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the confidence of things not seen," says the author of Hebrews (11:1)  This feast of the Great Encounter is a celebration of centuries of confidence in things not yet realized but promised by God, salvation and complete union with God. 

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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."