Pope to contemplative nuns: The Church needs you!

The Vatican on Friday published a new Apostolic Constitution, Vultum Dei quaerere (Seeking the Face of God), On Women’s Contemplative Life. I can’t help but wonder whether this new Apostolic Constitution has some relevance to us as Carmelite Seculars…who seek … Continue reading

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A Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Our Lady of Mount Carmel

A very happy feast-day to all on  this Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 16th July 2016 What would you have the Blessed Virgin do for you? O most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendor of Heaven, … Continue reading

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New LA Catholic Website – AngelusNews.com

It’s always great to find relevant, reliable, and up-to-date Catholic news and content for our growth and inspiration.  I hope you find the new website interesting and useful. Advice from Dr. Scott Hahn – http://www.scotthahn.com/ …also on Facebook:  Dr Scott Hahn’s Facebook … Continue reading

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The Death of a sister in Carmel, Sister Cecilia Maria

The beautiful and inspiring death of a young Spanish sister in Carmel, Sister Cecilia Maria, a Discalced Carmelite. Her joy was accompanied — or perhaps explained — by a profound state of prayer . She “has softly fallen asleep in the … Continue reading

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The Psychology of St. Therese of Lisieux

Here’s a little something for those looking for more background info on St. Therese.  My thanks to Chris Firmstone for the link and his comments, and to Madelyn Nicol whose research turned up the video. I would like to draw … Continue reading

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Saint Therese of Lisieux – a Papal Primer.

As our Community begins to read and discuss St. Therese’s “Story of a Soul” in July 2016, I thought this talk by Pope Benedict XVI might interest you as a sort of ‘primer’ or pre-reading to whet your appetite for … Continue reading

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How to to Overcome Sins and Faults of the Tongue

Here are some interesting reflections and good advice from a Carmelite sister, based on retreat notes from a conference by Fr Thomas Dubay. The sister is a nun of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles. … Continue reading

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Liturgical Prayer or Private Devotions?

As Carmelites, we are naturally very interested in the Church and its official worship or liturgy.  We are, after all,  vocationally committed to the Mass, the sacraments,  and the Divine Office.  We also, like most Catholics, have our favourite private … Continue reading

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Vague Wanting = 0

Do I want God or am I ‘diddling around in the contemplative life making itsy bitsy statues’? writes Good Samaritan Sister Patty Fawkner.  A confronting post from The Good Oil   -   the e-magazine of the Good Samaritan Sisters. http://www.goodsams.org.au/good-oil/vague-wanting/ A … Continue reading

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