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Third Sunday of Advent: Go and Tell What You Hear and See

I live in an area where many tourists pass by every day.  In my neighborhood, there are also many restaurants that make a good business of feeding these hungry people.  At lunch and dinner, the owners and servers stand outside inviting all those passing by to come in and buy some of their tasty dishes—

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Second Sunday of Advent: Surprises…..

You hear the neighbors saying: “There is a strange man in town!” Then everyone rushes to the place to see what is going on. You also join the crowd. Yes, a strange man, even bizarre, is standing there speaking to people about things you have never heard of. The way he dresses is awkard. His hairs are all ruffled. People say he lives in the desert and eats locusts and wild honey (yikes!)

 

Second Sunday of Advent: Heavy Like Grain

The process of sifting grain is quite an amazing process to watch.  A pile of grain is poured into a wide flattened bowl.  Then it is tossed into the air repeatedly, the sifter employing both gravity and air to separated the light chaff from the heavy grain.  In the end, the floor is covered in dry bits of grass and husks that were easily blown away by the shear movement of the air, while the bowl itself holds only the weighty grains that will be transformed into food and nourishment. 

 

First Sunday of Advent: Breaking In

I once visited Paris, the large, bustling capital of France, on holiday.  It was exciting to be in this famous city, and I spent each day walking around nonstop and taking in the incredible beauty that surrounded me.  By the end of the day, I was so tired that when I returned to my hotel room, as soon as my head hit the pillow, I was asleep. 

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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."