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Carmelite Spirituality

Letter of Carmelite Nuns to St. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi


Carmelite Monastery of Janua Coeli

Dearest Maddalena,

we have written a few lines for you. We speak to you as sisters to sister, crossing the boundaries of time to reach you right there where your are now, in the bosom of the Trinity. In your life on

“God of Infinite Mercy” in the Mystical Writings of St. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi


Fr. Charlò Camilleri, O.Carm.

The anniversary of the birth of St Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi, 450 years ago, could not be celebrated in a more appropriate year than this Jubilee Year of Mercy! We can truly call this saint as being the singer of Divine Mercy:

St. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi - Biographical profile

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Sr. Marianna di Caprio, O.Carm.

The second of four children, Caterina was born in Florence on the second of April, 1566, to Camilo de’ Pazzi and Maria Buondelmonti. In the comfortable setting of a noble family, that began to call her Lucrezia, after her paternal grandmother, the young girl grew up peacefully and with a certain sensitivity to the aesthetic side of her social condition.

Major Events of the Order 2016


In 2016, the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy of the Church, The Carmelite Order was also busy with many major events.

450th Anniversary of the Birth of St. Mary MagdalenE de’ Pazzi

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On 2nd of April, 2016, the date of Mary Magdalene’s birth in 1566, the solemn opening of the 450th Anniversary of the Birth of St. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi was marked with the solemn

Reflection on the Immaculate Conception

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C. O’Donnell, O. Carm.

On the 25 March in 1858 the twelve-year old peasant girl, Bernadette Soubirous felt drawn to the grotto where a beautiful lady had been appearing to her frequently since 11 February that year. Bernadette asked her who she was, and the lady in white said in the local dialect, “I am the Immaculate Conception.” 

Carmelite Rome: Selected locations Brief descriptions Texts for reflection


Fr. John Keating, O.Carm.

'A Pilgrimage of Hope': Historical Background Information


Welcome to Rome! This is an ancient place, a place of beauty, of faith and of pilgrimage down through the centuries. It is also a living city, the capital of Italy and the birthplace of the European Union, where the treaty of Rome was signed in 1957.

Carmelite Spirituality - Allegiance to Jesus Christ


Most Rev. Fr. John Malley, O.Carm.

Carmelites are the only religious and lay family in the Church whose beginnings took place in the Holy Land, the place where Jesus was born, lived, taught, suffered, died and rose from the dead.

Carmelite Spirituality - The Presence of God


Fr. John Malley, O.Carm.

Since the beginning of religious life in the Church, there have been different schools of spirituality. Even though every spirituality has but one foundation, Jesus Christ, some holy men and women throughout the centuries have been attracted to specific values from His

Today’s Contemplative Prayer Forms: Are They Contemplation?


Ernest E. Larkin, O.Carm.

A simpler title could be:

Contemplation and today’s contemplative prayer—are they the same or different? And, if different, what is their content and how are they related? This paper attempts a clarification of terms.

But more than semantics is involved. The deeper question at issue is: What are we doing when we practice contemporary forms of contemplative prayer, such as centering prayer or the “Christian Meditation” of John Main?

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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." 


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