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George Rayner - An Elizabethan Carmelite

The suppression of the mendicant houses in 1538 by Henry VIII's commissioners put an end to the official presence of friars in England and Wales, but also it provided the impetus for a number of sporadic and isolated missions to the British Isles. In Carmelite history the most well known ones are those of the Ancient Observance in the 1680s and 1690s and of the Discalced branch in various chaplaincies to foreign embassies, as well as rural

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St. Therese of Lisieux: A Chapter Homily

As we celebrate the centenary of the death of St. Therese of Lisieux in 1997 we remember that she took her Carmelite identity and gave it to the world in a narrative that reveals depth of commitment to Jesus Christ. For many ordinary people Therese spoke a word of life and of holiness that seemed attainable. Thomas Merton admired her everyday kind of faith.

APOSTOLIC LETTER OF HIS HOLINESS POPE JOHN PAUL II DIVINI AMORIS SCIENTIA

 

SAINT THÉRÈSE OF THE CHILD JESUS AND THE HOLY FACE
IS PROCLAIMED A DOCTOR OF THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH

 

1. THE SCIENCE OF DIVINE LOVE, which the Father of mercies pours out through Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit, is a gift granted to the little and the humble so that they may know and proclaim the secrets of the kingdom, hidden from the learned and the wise; for this reason Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit, praising the Father who graciously willed it so (cf. Lk 10:21-22; Mt 11:25-26).

Carmelite Life Renewed

A few years ago a fantasy on monastic life appeared called Brother Petroc’s Return. Brother Petroc went to sleep in one age and woke in another to find things in the monastery completely changed. In place of the old disciplina, the leisurely, relaxed,

Some Reflections of the General Congregation MMXI

ORDER OF CARMELITES – GENERAL CONGREGATION
NIAGARA FALLS, CANADA, 5 – 16 SEPTEMBER 2011
QUALITER RESPONDENDUM SIT QUAERENTIBUS

1.    The General Chapter of 2007 took as its theme “Praying and Prophetic Communities in a Changing World” and the speakers who addressed the assembly chose to concentrate on the figure of Elijah as an exemplar of contemplation, on the figure of Jesus Christ as the one we follow,

The Call of Carmel

Katie Rock invited me to be part of the project to reclaim the history of the St. Therese (D.C.) chapter of Lay Carmelites. She also suggested this topic. I am delighted to offer this spiritual reflection in the context of the chapter’s history and membership. 

Carmelite Spirituality - Prayer the Centre of our Lives

The Holy Trinity draws us into communion with themselves and with one another, in faith, in hope and in charity. These virtues are experienced, nourished and expressed in prayer, as we turn our attention to God, in adoration and in love, in obedient listening, in sincere contrition, and in hope-filled petition.

(Constitutions 64)

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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."