The breastplate of justice is to be put on, that you may love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your strength and your neighbor as yourselves (Rule, 19). Carmelites will show solidarity and will be eager to collaborate with all who suffer, who hope and who commit themselves to the search for the Kingdom of God. Finally, this way of being "in the midst of the people"
Ever since the General Chapter of 1971 the call to justice and peace has appeared frequently in the statements and in the commitments of the Carmelite Order. Over these years Carmelites have worked on the question of justice in the world through study, reflection and ministry to and with the poor and the other victims of injustice in the world.
This year the Carmelite NGO Solidarity for Peace Karit has fulfilled its first twenty years of existence. From CITOC-magazine, we asked its president, Father David Oliver, O. Carm., That would tell us what it means Karit and something that this Carmelite NGO has been doing for the needy. This is his testimony.
Twenty years ago a group of Carmelites of the religious Iberian Region (Spain and Portugal), laity, they wanted to make real and concrete commitment to those most in need, with the last, with God’s preferred reality.
Soon we will reach the first anniversary of the launching of the much awaited and much critiqued encyclical Laudato Sì (hereafter LS) of Pope Francis, on the care of the earth, our common home.
Each year, the Carmelite NGO engages in days of prayer to commemorate World Environment Day and World Human Rights Day. In his recent encyclical, Laudato Si, and in several addresses while in the United States, Pope Francis makes it clear that we cannot address the rights of human
Rome, 25th September 2015
Rationale Statement of the Carmelite Commission For Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation
We, the members drawn from the various branches of the Carmelite Family to constitute the Commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation of the Carmelite Order, met for our inaugural meeting at the Curia Generalizia, Roma, from 11-15 September 2014.
Justice, peace and integrity of creation are constitutive issues in the proclamation of the Kingdom of God. Contemplation prepares us individually and communally to stand as prophets in the world. The General Commission of JPIC has been convened to support us in our prophetic witness in the midst of creation.
|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."