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Lent 2011

The Way of the Cross with Carmelite Saints

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THE CARMELITE SAINTS in their prayers and reflections reveal a deep communion with the Passion of Jesus. In the light of Christ crucified they beheld the depths of the heart of God and discovered there as well the meaning of the human heart.

One of the most fruitful practices of Christian piety is known as The Way of the Cross (or Stations of the Cross), a devotion that in all probability dates back to the era of the first Christians.

Holy Saturday

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

 

"The soul must empty itself of all that is not God in order to go to God. . . For Christ, desire to enter into complete nakedness and poverty in everything." ~ St. John of the Cross s.14

"The soul must empty itself of all that is not God in order to go to God. . . For Christ, desire to enter into complete nakedness and poverty in everything." ~ St. John of the Cross

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Good Friday

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Friday, April 22, 2011

 

"Death cannot be bitter for the soul that loves, for in it she finds all the sweetness and delight of love. She rejoices over death as she would over the thought of her betrothal and marriage, and she longs for the day and the hour of her death." ~ St. John of the Cross s.12

"Death cannot be bitter for the soul that loves, for in it she finds all the sweetness and delight of love. She rejoices over death as she would over the thought of her betrothal and marriage, and she longs for the day and the hour of her death." ~ St. John of the Cross s.12

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Holy Thursday

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

As a contemplative fraternity, we seek the face of God and we serve the Church in the world or possibly in eremetical solitude.

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Wednesday of Holy Week

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

For this reason I lay down that you are to keep silence from after Compline until after Prime the next day. At other times, although you need not keep silence so strictly, be careful not to indulge in a great deal of talk, Rule 21

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Tuesday of Holy Week

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

"When you walk in the dark night and in the emptiness of spiritual poverty, you will think that everyone and everything is failing you — including God. But nothing is failing you." ~ St. John of the Cross

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Monday of Holy Week

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Every day, if possible, the brothers are called, from solitude and from their apostolic work, to the Eucharist - source and culmination of their lives. Carmelite Constitution - 20

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Palm Sunday

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

"You will not arrive at what you desire by following your own path, or even by high contemplation; but only through a great humility and a surrender of the heart." ~ St. Thérèse of Lisieux s.13

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Saturday of the fifth week of Lent

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

As a contemplative brotherhood, we seek the face of God also in the heart of the world. We believe that God has established his dwelling place among his people. Carmelite Constitution - 21

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Friday of the fifth week of Lent

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Friday, April 15, 2011

These fraternal values find expression and nourishment in the Word, - in the Eucharist, - and in prayer. Carmelite Constitution 20

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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." 

 



by Dr. Radut