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Life of Bl. Kuriakos Elias Chavara


From a note written on the day of his death, by his spiritual director Fr. Leopold Beccaro.

Day and night he fought to arrest the spread of schism

TODAY, Tuesday, January, 3, 1871, at 7:15 in the morning, Fr. Cyriac (Kuriakos) Elias of the Holy Family, the first Prior, died after a life of great innocence. He could declare before his death he had never lost his baptismal innocence. He was exercising himself in the practice of virtues,

Influence of St. John of the Cross in the 17th Century

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The first disciples of St. John of the Cross, unaffected by the scholasticism which was to prevail afterward, follow his Trinitarian schema. José de Jesús Maria (Quiroga) wrote Subida del alma a Dios (Madrid  1656-59) and Inocencio de San Andrés  (d.1620) wrote  Teologiá  mística y espejo de la vida eterna. Cecilia del Nacimiento  (1570-1646) wrote De la transformación del alma en Dios.

All Carmelite Saints


Fr. Joseph Hung, O.Carm.

Throughout 800 years of tradition, the Carmelites have been blessed with many saints who made up and shaped the charism of the Order today.  Their lives embraced the teachings of the Divine Master and they lived in “allegiance to Jesus Christ” as the Rule had instructed them.[1]  They shaped themselves through the school of spiritual fire like the Prophet Elias,

The Trinitarian Prayer of Elizabeth of the Trinity

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Noreen Mackey


In the two previous articles in this series to commemorate the centenary of the death of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, we looked briefly at her life and at her gift of inner silence. The outstanding aspect of her life and spirituality was, however, her devotion to the Trinity, to whom she referred familiarly as

Elizabeth Of The Trinity


Carolyn Humphreys

Elizabeth of the Trinity gave her love for the spiritual life, and her desire that all should grow in this life, to all Christians. She expressed what she wanted to do in heaven as follows: "I think that in heaven my mission will be to draw souls by helping them to go out of themselves in order to cling to God by a wholly simple and loving movement, and to keep them in this great silence within, which will allow God to communicate himself to them and transform them into himself."

St. John of the Cross

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When the confessors and learned men were Teresa’s own friars, their voice was familiar to her and it had the sound of her own traditions and of the doctrines and teachings of the Institutio. As men, they were inclined to approach and explain the reformed life and Carmelite spirituality in theological,

Nescivi – A Cry of A Heart in Love with God


Anthony Lilles

“Nescivi!”  This is the Latin for what it seems the Shulamite Bride of the Canticle of Canticles sings in 6:12.  The passage is OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAdifficult to translate.  One 16th Century Doctor of the Church, Saint John of the Cross, understood it to be the declaration of a lover captivated with thoughts of her Beloved.  The Latin means “I no longer know (anything)” although some modern English translations of this obscure passage render this “Before I knew it…”

"Thy Kingdom Come" in Jesus of Nazareth and The Way of Perfection


Their Respective Reasons for Writing

It should be kept in mind that in his Foreword, Benedict XVI describes his book as his personal search “for the face of the Lord” (Ps. 27:28, and as “in no way an exercise of the magisterium,” adding, “Everyone is free, then, to contradict me.”  He considers the Lord’s Prayer for what it shows about Jesus’ claim to divinity, about Jesus' claim to be one with the Father, and for what else it tells us about who Jesus is.

The Face of the Lord in Jesus of Nazareth and The Way of Perfection


Pope Benedict XVI's Foreword says this his writing in Jesus of Nazareth is “in no way an exercise of the magisterium,” adding, “Everyone is free, then, to contradict me.”  These posts discuss both their similarities and differences between them.

Deliver Us From Evil

The last petition of the Lord’s Prayer is “Deliver us from evil.”

St. Teresa of Avila on “true humility”


    “Pay great attention, daughters, to this point which I shall now make, because sometimes thinking yourselves so wicked may be humility and virtue and at other times a very great temptation. I have had experience of this, so I know it is true. Humility, however deep it be, neither disquiets nor troubles nor disturbs the soul;

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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