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Prayer and Practices

Why pray, today?


Kilian Healy, O. Carm. Prior General

Something strange is happening in the Church today. We are told people are praying less. Time and again many young people, even in religious life and in our seminaries are asking the question: Why pray?

Some Aspects of Christian Meditation


the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

I. Introduction

1. Many Christians today have a keen desire to learn how to experience a deeper and authentic prayer life despite the not inconsiderable difficulties which modern culture places in the way of the need for silence, recollection and meditation.

The Christian Way to Union with God


the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

13. To find the right "way" of prayer, the Christian should consider what has been said earlier regarding the prominent features of the "way of Christ," whose "food is to do the will of him who sent [him], and to accomplish his work" (Jn 4:34). Jesus lives no more intimate or closer

St. Teresa of Avila Speaks on Mental Prayer


Ernest E. Larkin, O.Carm.

 “We need no wings to go in search of God, but have only to find a place where we can be alone and look upon Him present within us.” These words were written by St. Teresa of Avila in her book The Way of Perfection.

The Carmelite Way of Prayer


Sanny Bruijns

Reflecting on the question people sometimes ask about the characteristics of Carmelite prayer, the first thing that comes to the mind is the prayer life of Carmelite men and women of the past and the present. Carmelite prayer is the prayer of people who feel inspired by the rich tradition of Carmelite spirituality. They find inspiration in Scripture and liturgy.

The Pope’s Prayer Intentions for 2015

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Universal: Peace

That those from diverse religious traditions and all people of good will may work together for peace. Evangelization: Consecrated life

That in this year dedicated to consecrated life, religious men and women may rediscover the joy of following Christ and strive to serve the poor with zeal.

4. Conclusion: Contemplation as the primary mission of Carmelites


By Br. Günter Benker, O.Carm.

If contemplation is truly the heart of our charism, we are first of all called to undergo this process of transformation. Our false images of God and correspondingly our false self, which feels in many various ways insufficient, inferior, guilty and separated from God, has to be put to death.

3. Contemplation – the active and passive process of transformation


By Br. Günter Benker, O.Carm.

As soon as we realize the fatal mistake of our human perception and begin to experience some­thing of the liberating power of contemplation we enter into a process in which we more and more have to give up our own judgments and perceptions in order to learn God’s way of seeing reality.

2. Contemplation – discovering the presence of the kingdom of God - Contemplation - the heart of the Carmelite charism


By Br. Günter Benker, O.Carm.

In my own spiritual journey I learn more and more to see contemplation as a means God has opened up to us so that we may become able to discover the presence of his kingdom, which Je­sus proclaimed to be already among and even within us, the salvation already carried out and made available for us (cf. Lk 17:20-21).

Contemplation - the heart of the Carmelite charism - 1. Contemplation – the transforming process of accepting the boundless love of God


Günter Benker, O.Carm.

In line with our Rule and Constitutions the new RIVC develops contemplation as the heart of our Carmelite charism, as the dynamic core of our specific mission, which unifies and shapes the other essential elements of our way of life: prayer, fraternity and service.

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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