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To God With Love From St. Teresa

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Carmelite Spirituality | 0 comments

To God With Love From St. Teresa

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

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Carmelite Spirituality | 0 comments

No Greater Love…the Story of Saint Teresa Benedicta

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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Flos Carmeli, You Are Our Mother…

Posted by on Jul 12, 2014 in Carmelite Spirituality, Featured | 0 comments

Flos Carmeli, You Are Our Mother…

Every year on July 16th, Carmelites throughout the world celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, patroness of the Carmelite Order. If you want a glimpse into how we feel about Mary, our Mother, reflect on one of the most beautiful prayers ever written, Flos Carmeli.

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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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