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St. Therese, A Woman Born to Love

In 1997 Carmelites and many others will mark the centenary of the death of St Therese of Lisieux, called by many 'the Little Flower' (30th September 1997). What draws people to this woman, this saint of the Church? Her story as told in her autobiography, The Story of a Soul, is engaging. She reveals so honestly her struggles in life and how she forged a meaning, a commitment that made a difference. She lost her mother when she was only four and a half.

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Prophetic, Contemplation, and Marian Aspects

In turning to a more specific consideration of the Carmelite charism — the community's gift to be given to others — I will pass over two aspects already mentioned: the foundational character of ongoing conversion to Jesus Christ which we share with all Christians and the communal and ecclesial aspects of Carmelite commitment.

Act of Trust to the Our Lady of Mount Carmel, recited by the Blessed Giovanni Paul II

 

1. blessed are You, Our God! Father, Son and Holy Spirit, because You have chosen Mary long before the creation of the world, to be holy and immaculate before You for love. In foresee of the merit of Christ, You have redeemed her and You have made her Mother of the Savior. In virtue of the Holy Spirit You have made her the temple of your glory, a new creature, the first fruits of the new Eva. blessed be the The Lord forever!

Easter Spring

Lent is always considered as the most important season for us faithful Christians. These are the days when we remember the passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ and our preparation for His resurrection. As we bring to mind the essence of the Holy Week, we also look back at the times when Jesus Christ was tempted while he was all alone in the desert fasting for forty days.

"I Too Have Worn the Scapular of Carmel over my Heart for a Long Time!"

Blessed Pope John Paul II was a great devotee of Our Lady of Carmel. To know better his Marian Spirituality some important texts taken from his Magisterium "Universal Pastor of the Church" are re-proposed.

St. Therese and Prayer

Obviously St. Therese was a prayerful woman. After all she gave herself to a life of prayer and self-emptying love in the Carmel of Lisieux in Normandy. The interesting question centers on how she prayed. She had learned the importance of prayer as a child from the example of her own parents and used to spend some time in the quiet of her room reflecting on the life of Jesus and on God's love for her.

The Fundamental Elements of Carmelite Spirituality

Throughout the centuries various ways of following Christ have been tried and tested. Some of these ways have endured to our present day and still have the power to attract many people and help them to live a deeper life of allegiance to Jesus Christ. One of these ways is the Carmelite way.

A vocation is a very personal call from God. Each of us has our own particular vocation to become what God knows we can be. An important part of our vocation is our attraction to a particular way of following Christ.

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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."