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 We just heard the death of our oldest brother in Carmel, Father Celstino Lui, O.Carm. We would like to republish the article on his centennial birthday appeared in last Citoc Magazine.

Our life can last seventy years, perhaps the strongest of us eighty.  Who evaluates the power of your anger, fear and respect that you deserve?  Teach us to number our days, and give our hearts to wisdom” says the psalmist. This is what our brother Celestino Lui says as he completes his 100 years.

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The Prophetic Element of the Carmelite Charism

Every Christian shares in the threefold dignity of Christ - priest, prophet and king. We Carmelites have had a particular prophetic thrust from the very beginnings of our Order coming from the Elijan aspect of our spirituality. The figure of Elijah the contemplative has had a great impact on our spirituality. From him we learn to listen for the voice of God in the unexpected. God was not in the earthquake or the great fire or the mighty wind but in the sound of a gentle breeze,

The Carmelite Charism

What is a charism?
Catholic religious orders use the word 'charism' to describe their spiritual orientation and any special characteristics or values. A charism (from the Greek: χαρίσμα) in general denotes any grace that God gifts to an individual or group to perform a specific mission in the Church and the World.

Pentecost Sunday - the Holy Spirit in Carmel

JMJT! Praise be Jesus Christ! Now and Forever!

Pentecost is such a special day for all of us!  When we think of the Holy Spirit, maybe we think of the Spirit's seven gifts, His role as comforter and healer, the Paraclete who enlightens our minds and tongues, and assists us in the development of virtues.  So many beautiful images are used to denote the Holy Spirit in our faith: the dove,

“Carmel teaches the Church how to pray.”

Let’s say you like a clean house, arguing that “environment builds morale” and “cleanliness is next to godliness.” This all sounds great. And if this indeed is the case, then we’ll see you putting some time and energy into cleaning the house. But if you aren’t putting any time and effort into cleaning the house, then you might say that it’s a high value all you want, but we will know better. It’s a simple equation — we put time and energy into the things we value and we neglect the things we don’t.

Prayer in an Easter community

We may think that the real Easter experience of prayer is that of the resurrection. Ruth Burrows (Sr Rachel of the Quidenham Carmel), author of many books on prayer, shows how the dying part is equally important: ‘The dying and the rising are simultaneous in this life.’ 

Easter experience in prayer is not just an uplifting, ecstatic moment of delight in God, a conscious awareness of the divine presence or an infusion of dazzling insight. Quite properly we understand such joy and, indeed,

May the Blessings of Easter be with you always!

“On entering the tomb, they saw a young man in a white robe seated on the right-hand side, and they were struck with amazement. But he said to them, ‘There is no need for alarm. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified: he has risen, he is not here. See, here is the place where they laid him. But you must go and tell his disciples and Peter. He is going before you to Galilee it is there you will see him, just as he told you.’”



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."