O.Carm. News
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No. 26 - APRIL-JUNE 2003
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image THE NEW RULE OF THE CARMELITE THIRD ORDER
image PARENTS OF ST. THÉRÈSE OF THE CHILD JESUS CLOSER TO BEATIFICATION
image ELECTED THE OCD SUPERIOR GENERAL
image NEW CARMELITE WEB SITES
image NEW PUBLICATIONS

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THE NEW RULE OF THE CARMELITE THIRD ORDER


On April 11, 2003, the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, approved the text of the new Rule of the Carmelite Third Order. The document will be promulgated on July 16, 2003, solemn commemoration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and will come into force on December 8, 2003.

The time between the promulgation and the coming into effect (vacatio legis) is to provide an opportunity for studying the Rule and for adapting local statutes before it becomes obligatory. In order to reach as many people as possible in the shortest time, the promulgation of the text, and its publication, will be through the medium of the internet. The original language of the Third Order Rule is Italian. The General Curia of the Carmelite Order will take responsibility for the translations into English, Spanish, Portuguese and French. These translations will be posted on the Order's web site as soon as possible so that as many lay Carmelites as possible will come to known the Third Order Rule as a source of inspiration for their life in Carmel.

According to Prior General, Fr. Joseph Chalmers, 0.Carm., the date of the promulgation (July 16) and the date of the coming into effect (December 8, solemnity of the Immaculate Conception) were chosen in order to underline the position of Our Blessed Lady in the Carmelite's life. Mary is the Mother and Sister of all Carmelites, those consecrated in the religious life and those who live out their vocation as lay people. She teaches all of us to ponder over the events of life and to discern God at work in our world so that we can glorify God with her.

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PARENTS OF ST. THÉRÈSE OF THE CHILD JESUS
CLOSER TO BEATIFICATION


Louis and Zelie Martin Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, are moving a step closer to beatification. Only the signature of the archbishop of Milan, Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi, is required to close the diocesan phase of the process of recognition of the inexplicable cure of a child, attributed to the Martins' intercession.

Pietro Schiliro was born on May 25, 2002, with severely deformed lungs and serious respiratory problems. When he was baptized last June 2, his parents were told that his death was imminent. Pietro's parents started a novena to the venerable Louis and Zelie Martin, praying for their child's cure. Within weeks, the child's condition improved notably. This year Pietro celebrated his first birthday. He shows no vestiges of his birth defects.

The doctors who studied the case say there is no scientific explanation to justify the child's cure. The results of the investigation of the cure will be sent to Rome, where the dossier will be studied by committees of doctors and of theologians. If their conclusions agree with those of the Milan researchers, the case will be taken to a Consistory of Cardinals, which would give its approval in the Pope's presence.

Louis (1823-1894) and Zelie (1831-1877) Martin are known as the parents of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Discalced Carmelite, who was proclaimed a doctor of the Church by John Paul II in 1997. Married in 1858, the Martins had nine children. Four died in infancy and five entered the religious life. In March 1994 the Pope proclaimed the Martin spouses venerable. They might soon be the second married couple to be beatified simultaneously.

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ELECTED THE OCD SUPERIOR GENERAL


On 2 May 3002, Fr. Luis Aróstegui Gamboa, OCD, was elected Superior General of the Discalced Carmelites at the Order's General Chapter celebrated in Avila, Spain.

Fr. Luis was born in Gatica (Viscaya, Spain) on 21 January 1939 and made his profession in the Order of the Discalced Carmelites in Larrea (Vizcaya) on 15 July 1956. He was ordained priest on 5 April 1964. In 1987 he was elected Prior Provincial of the Province of St. Joachim of Navarre and then re-elected in 1990 and in 1996. When he completed his term as Provincial he was appointed Director of the Spirituality Centre of Larrea-Amorebieta (Viscaya).

Fr. Luis Aróstegui Gamboa, OCD, is replacing Fr. Camilo Maccise who completed 12 years of service to the Order. The new General Definitors are: Fr. Zdenko Krizic (Prov. Croatiae), Fr. Luigi Gaetani (Prov. Neapolitanae), Fr. Robert Paul (Prov. Avignon-Aquitaniae - Quebec), Fr. Xavier Jaya Raj (Prov. South Keralae), Fr. Zacharie Igirukwaya (Prov. Cracoviae - Africa), Fr. Stephen Watson (Prov. California-Arizonae), Fr. Angelo Madelo (Comm. Philippinae), Fr. Nicolas García (Prov. México).

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NEW CARMELITE WEB SITES


Canada
Lay Carmelites - Ontario Region  

Great Britain
National Shrine of St. Jude, Faversham, England  

Indonesia
Carmelindo 
Indonesia Carmelite Monastery, Malang  

Philippines
Mount Carmel Collage, Escalante City  

United States
Carmel Retreat, Mahwah, NJ  

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NEW PUBLICATIONS


Carlos Mesters, Far ardere il cuore. Introduzione alla lettura orante della Parola. Edizioni Messaggero Padova, 2003, ISBN 88-250-1262-4, € 8.00.

This volume explains the method that inspires the ROTEM series. Based on some thirty years of experience in leading basic church communities and very many religious communities, this presentation of the method of “prayerful reading” may be said to be the mature fruit of a great master of the lectio divina. By means of a series of approaches to “the prayerful reading of Scripture” - the poor, Jesus, the Church, religious, Carmel - the book emphasises the continuity and creativity of this form of reading the Word of God. Some concrete examples of biblical texts are wisely and brilliantly interpreted by Fr. Carlos Mesters, O.Carm., and these round off this wonderful introduction written in a provocative an passionate style.

Other volumes in preparation are: Prayerful readings of the Word - Lectio divina on the Gospels of Mark and Luke; With Mary, daughter of Sion - Listening to the Word; The Lord looks at the heart - Experiences of change in the light of the Word; The Word of God is chained - Lectio divina on the Letter of Paul and the Acts of the Apostles; Listen and you will live - Lectio divina on the liturgical texts of the Old Testament; Today listen to his voice - Lectio divina on the Gospels.

Bruno Secondin, O.Carm.

Aureliano Pacciolla - Natalino Natoli, Metafora e psicologia, Collana Psicologia e Interdisciplinarità Laurus Robuffo, Roma, 2003, pp 460, ISBN 88-8087-348-2, € 18,00.

There is a lacuna in the present published works, in Italian and other languages, concerning a scientific text on the study of the many implications of the metaphor and psychology. This publication by Aureliano Pacciola, O.Carm., and Natalino Natoli, is the most complete text - with contributions from more than ten university lecturers - on the theoretical and practical understanding of the use of figurative language in pedagogy, psychology and psychotherapy. The first part, “Metaphor and the school”, is a didactic and pedagogical application: how can children in lower and upper high school, by means of metaphor, express their problematic and functional experiences. Teachers and educationalists can learn various manners of use for their educational purposes. The second part, “Metaphor and psychology” tackles the clinical implications, the cognitive and metacognitive processes, research in psychotherapy and Group-Analysis of figurative language. Also, metaphor is studied from the contemporary linguistic aspect, in a religious context, in correlation with aggressive styles and as projection of TAT (Thematic Apperception Test) of a group of paedophiles. All these aspects are treated in a rigorous scientific manner, open to further research and applications. The bibliography is comprehensive and contains the few texts available in Italian on this relationship between metaphor and psychology.

Aureliano Pacciolla, O.Carm.

In Communion with Mary: Our Heritage and Prospects for the Future, Edizioni Carmelitane, Roma 2003, pp 360. ISBN: 88-7288-073-4. € 29,50.

Edizioni Carmelitane, the Publishing House of the Carmelite Order, is pleased to announce the publication of this book, a collection of the presentations at the Carmelite Mariological Seminar held at Sassone, Italy, on the occasion of the 750th anniversary of the Carmelite Scapular. The Seminar was sponsored by the General Councils of the Carmelite Order and of the Discalced Carmelite Order. The book, with text in English, French, Italian, and Spanish, is a rich source for study as well as understanding of the Marian dimension of the Carmelite charism as it is lived out in diverse cultures and nations.

(For further information: http://carmelites.info/edizioni)

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