The Church provides a three-year circle for Sunday readings starting with the season of Advent, four weeks before Christmas day. Each liturgical year, the Church centers on one of the synoptic Gospels (Year A – Matthew, Year B – Mark, Year C – Luke). John is read in each year in the major seasons of Christmas, Lent, and Easter. Therefore, this year, each theme of Sunday and festival's readings is based on the the Gospel of Mark.
The liturgical year begins with First Sunday of Advent, which starts four Sundays before Christmas (December 25). In this Liturgical year which begins on the 27 of November, 2011, Circle B, the Church meditates on the Gospel of Mark and uses it for most of Sunday readings (St. Mattthew for Circle A and St. Luke for Circle C). St. John, who appears several times in the Liturgy of the Word of almost all three years, is offered in a special way during the time of the Lord's Passion.
Universal: Dialogue - That we may be open to personal encounter and dialogue with all, even those whose convictions differ from our own.
Evangelization: Pastors - That pastors of the Church, with profound love for their flocks, may accompany them and enliven their hope.
Lectio Divina November - Noviembre - Novembre 2015
Universal: Human trafficking - That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.
Evangelization: Mission in Asia - That with a missionary spirit the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting it.
Lectio Divina October - Octubre - Ottobre 2015
Universal: Opportunities for the young - That opportunities for education and employment may increase for all young people.
Evangelization: Catechists - That catechists may give witness by living in a way consistent with the faith they proclaim.
Lectio Divina September - septiembre - settembre 2015
Universal: Volunteers - That volunteers may give themselves generously to the service of the needy.
Evangelization: Outreach to the marginalized - That setting aside our very selves we may learn to be neighbors to those who find themselves on the margins of human life and society.
Lectio Divina August - Agosto - Agosto 2015
Universal: Politics - That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity. Evangelization:
The poor in Latin America - That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.
Lectio Divina July - Julio - Luglio 2015
|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."