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The Scapular…a Sign of Mary’s Motherhood

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Carmelite Spirituality | 0 comments

The Scapular…a Sign of Mary’s Motherhood

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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A Christmas Contemplation

Posted by on Dec 23, 2013 in Carmelite Spirituality | 1 comment

A Christmas Contemplation

Sometimes the early morning sky, just before the light of the new day dawns, is so still and quiet that I think I am at the threshold of heaven. The atmosphere itself is permeated in a prayerful stillness.

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St. John of the Cross…Window Gazer

Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in Carmelite Spirituality | 2 comments

St. John of the Cross…Window Gazer

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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The Heavenly Host: Carmelite All Souls

Posted by on Nov 15, 2013 in Carmelite Spirituality | 0 comments

The Heavenly Host: Carmelite All Souls

Just as the universal Church commemorates November 2nd as the feast of All Souls remembering those persons who have now died and may still be in Purgatory, the Carmelites set aside November 15th for those in their religious family who are still awaiting their entrance into heaven from Purgatory.

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

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Carmelite Spirituality | 2 comments

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

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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Remembering Mother Margarita Maria

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Carmelite Spirituality, Religious Life | 0 comments

Remembering Mother Margarita Maria

Those who knew Mother Margarita know that throughout life her goal was to be faithful to Christ until the end. This was a predominant thought expressed in many of her speeches and finally realized at the end of her earthly life. Today, 25 years after her death, it is fitting to revisit the beautiful words spoken about her.

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St. Therese and Trust

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013 in Carmelite Spirituality | 1 comment

St. Therese and Trust

Shortly before she died, Thérèse was asked if she completely trusted in God. She realized that her illness was a gift from God to her Carmelite Sisters, and so she was able to abandon herself completely into the loving arms of Divine Providence.

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A Suitable Sign…Getting to Know Saint Therese

Posted by on Oct 1, 2013 in Carmelite Spirituality, Religious Life | 10 comments

A Suitable Sign…Getting to Know Saint Therese

When I was first introduced to Saint Therese I did not like her. As it turned out, Saint Therese had her own ideas about this relationship that I was so opposed to.

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The Goal of Carmel

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in Carmelite Spirituality | 3 comments

The Goal of Carmel

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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