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Why Consecrated Chastity?

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Several years ago a voice was heard bellowing out in an airport waiting area, “Chaste for 45 years!” The surrounding space was electrified as heads turned toward us as I stood facing a non-Christian gentleman who had asked me if we practiced chastity and then posed to me the question of "How long have you been a Sister?"

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Getting To The Heart of the Matter

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In our devotion to the Sacred Heart we reflect on Jesus in His humanity. John Paul II had reminded us that "In the Heart of Christ, man's heart learns to know the genuine and unique meaning of his life and of his destiny..." Thus the devotion to the Heart of Jesus is for us as Carmelites a very real part of our pilgrimage to the Father for we can only come to Him through Jesus.

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What is the Carmelite Charism? (Pt. 2)

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Every religious community is unique because it lives out the charism or gift of the Holy Spirit, that vision of how to follow Christ imparted to its founder or foundress, to fulfill a need in the upbuilding of the Church and which determines the life of the community and the mission entrusted to it...

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What is a Charism? (Pt. 1)

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In Chapter 10 of John's Gospel Jesus tells us that He came that we might have life and have it to the full. Jesus does not measure His gifts; He gives over and above. He draws us to Himself by Truth, Beauty and/or Goodness. No one of these aspects can be expressed completely by one charism. A charism can only reflect back to us one facet of God's perfection, yet even that facet itself is never exhausted...

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If You Only Knew…Saint Teresa and the Waters of Prayer

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Jesus tired and thirsty sat down at a well and there encountered a Samaritan woman who had come to draw water. Asking her for a drink, “He said to her, 'If you knew...

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The Interior Castle: Saint Teresa’s Diamond

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The marketing slogan of “Diamonds are Forever” might have been a perfect catchphrase for Saint Teresa's "Diamond", better known to us as the Interior Castle....

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To God With Love From St. Teresa

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Teresa begins and ends Way of Perfection with her thoughts on "perfect love". In Chapter One in referring to the fact that Our Lord has many enemies and so few friends that the friends that he has need to be good ones...

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No Greater Love…the Story of Saint Teresa Benedicta

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She was born, Edith Stein, into an observant Jewish family in Breslau on October 12, 1891, the youngest of 11. Her father died when she was two years old...

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A Prophet’s Legacy: Elijah and Carmel

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Have you ever been the excited recipient of an inheritance? If so, you may have received money, property or a treasured family heirloom. As welcome as these legacies are, more important, however, would be the inherited treasures left by St. Elijah, prophet of the Old Testament and inspiration for the Order of Carmel.

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The Scapular…a Sign of Mary’s Motherhood

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Mary is no less concerned than our earthly mothers but her care lies primarily in the spiritual realm; thus she clothes us in garments that are a sign of our special relationship with her, a sign of her protection and of our dignity as Christians and in the case of the Brown Scapular of our belonging to the Family of Carmel.

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St. John of the Cross…Window Gazer

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St. John of the Cross was a “window gazer”. It was one of his ways of praying through God’s creation. Looking through his window, with his elbows on the window sill, he would become absorbed in deep prayer from the beauty of the flowers seen during the day to the majestic wonders of the star-studded sky at night.

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2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: St. Teresa and St. Therese

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Mountain climbing offers us a picture of life. Just as mountain climbers are wise to choose experienced guides, so too in life we can benefit from those who have already made the journey up the mountain and reached their goal. During this month of October we celebrate two Carmelite Saints who scaled the heights of Mount Carmel.

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The Goal of Carmel

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Dear Sister, I know that all Catholic spiritualities are centered on Christ and the Gospel. But what is the ultimate goal of Carmelite Spirituality?

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Meditation and Contemplation – What is the Difference?

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Dear Sister, I have heard of meditation and contemplation and sometimes the words seem to be interchangable. Is there a difference between the two?

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Those Pesky Reptiles

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"Dear Sister, In the Interior Castle, St. Teresa talks about 'pesky reptiles' and other creatures. What exactly does she mean when she is saying these things?”

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Distractions During Prayer

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Dear Sister, I have a hard time dealing with the silence that prayer requires. My mind never stops racing every time I sit down to pray. Is it possible to overcome this problem?

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How Can I Get Out of My Patterns of Sin?

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How can I deepen my relationship with God when I am stuck in patterns of sin that I can’t seem to break? I’ve asked this question to several people at different times, but I really can’t seem to figure this out or make any progress. I am really grieved over this.

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Silence & Solitude

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Solitude is not an empty space, a void; it is an encounter with the God who loves us, a love-space where in the mystery of this encounter, so much awaits us.

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Sometimes Prayer is So Frustrating

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I really struggle to keep a consistent prayer time and to stay focused when I pray. Sometimes it is so frustrating that I just give up. I know this doesn't help but what can I do?

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Spiritually Stuck, Pt 1

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I feel like I am stuck in mansion somewhere in mansion one or two. Is this normal? Where do most people get stuck in the journey through the mansions and is there any common way you can suggest that we get unstuck? Maybe I am just impatient. I feel like I should be growing but I am not.

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