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Our desire for God - We choose all

“Our hearts are restless”, wrote St. Augustine, and that truth remains fundamental to the human condition. Human restlessness, human desire, human yearning – none of it ever seems finally and fully satisfied. The baby beginning to crawl and explore the environment is an expression of human restlessness;

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Vocation Discernment
Vocation Discernment Process in life. Yet, it is more than just "work." It is our response to God's call. A "vocation" is a gradual revelation - of me to myself by God.
This choice of occupation becomes a vocation when we are open to continual communication with God about our life's direction and God's needs. The "call" of God is the invitation to choose that occupation that will be most in line with our ever-growing sense of God's will.
 Discernment is the art of listening to our inner selves and learning to recognize (discern) movements that rise from the Holy Spirit. The dictionary defines the verb "discern" as "distinguishing with the eye or the mind." The healthy eye can distinguish between the colors red and green. Healthy minds can distinguish between good and evil.
To discern also implies the ability to detect something that is not immediately obvious. It implies looking at something in a clear way, in a way that involves our mind, heart and soul. A wise spiritual director can detect the stirring of a genuine vocation hidden beneath the confused emotions of a young adult.
In vocational discernment, two things need to be discerned - the underlying motivations, values, feelings and thoughts that go into making a decision and the practical choice to do God's will in our lives. In the first we discern whether or not the above-mentioned aspects of our personality are under the influence of the spirit.
The second involves understanding God's will for us in our lives. Central to discernment of a vocation to is our Catholic theology of "call." Being "called" is a mysterious reality. Most times, when someone is called, they do not realize it or accept it for some time. They make excuses! Scripture is filled with stories of prophets and disciples being called. It also gives some of their excuses! The prophets and apostles all had different responses to their individual "call." The enthusiasm with which they responded to God's call varied. Some were willing to give up everything. Others did not want to respond at all. Knowing how God acted in the past can help is to understand how God may be acting in our life right now!
 The tradition of God calling forth members of the community to serve in certain ways is so deeply a part of our Christian and Catholic tradition that it seems to suggest that our "vocation" or "call" is the reason why we do ministry. When asked: Why are you a minister? Why are you a sister, brother or priest, one often hears the response: "Because God called me." Yet, most ministers would readily admit that their "call" did not come in a form similar to those in scripture. In fact each of our "calls," like those of the prophets and disciples in scripture, are unique.
I became a Carmelite because I discovered that God's call to me was more of an everlasting whisper, a realization that in the ordinary events of my life, God was acting and guiding me. God was calling me and continues to do so!
When one feels "called" by God to be a religious, one should not take the call lightly. A person must reflect upon this call by looking at the "patterns" in their lives and their relationship with God

Vocation Discernment Process in life. Yet, it is more than just "work." It is our response to God's call. A "vocation" is a gradual revelation - of me to myself by God.

This choice of occupation becomes a vocation when we are open to continual communication with God about our life's direction and God's needs. The "call" of God is the invitation to choose that occupation that will be most in line with our ever-growing sense of God's will.

Frei Marcio Wolf - New Audio CD
  • Artist: Frei Marcio Wolf
  • Title: Pra que sofrer
  • Album: Amar de coracão
  • Track: 2
  • Year: 2011
  • Length: 5.22 MB
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 192kHz

Anjos de Deus - New Audio CD
  • Artist: Frei Rosivaldo
  • Title: A Paciência
  • Album: Anjos de Deus
  • Track: 2
  • Year: 2011
  • Length: 5.22 MB
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz

A Simple Way To Pray

One of the complaints about spiritual writings is that much is written about the importance of prayer, but little is written about how to pray. And, often, prayer is presented as a complex process requiring oodles of time.

 

Here is a description of prayer from the Little Flower, Saint Therese of Lisieux, which implies a simple way of praying.

Transformation: a Share Experience in the Community

 

Living in Carmel is indeed a journey of transformation. It is a journey of experiences of every individual. Transformation happens both on an individual level and on a community level. Transformation is a social process of a certain value, to enable value to promote growth and human development.

Fourth Sunday of Advent: God in the Brokenness

A young woman used to come to Mass every Sunday, and one could see immediately that there was something not quite right about her.  She would dress inappropriately, and when she spoke, one could barely understand her mumbling.  Her face usually had a distant and sometimes vacant expression. 

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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."