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On Marian Visions

May 24, 2020
As we continue to honor Mary in this month of May I would like share a few words on Marian apparitions or visions[1], a topic I mentioned in my last reflection. I had explained how the relationship of us Carmelites to Our Lady is founded on Sacred Scripture and the Church's teachings more than on these extraordinary phenomena. In this we attempt to live a life similar to hers, which was led by the
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Fourth Sunday of Easter

May 07, 2020
Readings:1st Reading: Acts 2:14a, 36-41Resp. Psalm Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 62nd Reading: 1 Peter 2:20b-25Gospel: John 10:1-10This day is traditionally called Good Shepherd Sunday. Jesus is the Good Shepherd whose voice we hopefully know and follow. But He warns us that we will not follow a stranger's voice. Hopefully the voice of the world and of the devil are strange voices to us but
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Third Sunday of Lent

Mar 18, 2020
Readings:1st Reading: Exodus 17:3-7Resp. Psalm Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-92nd Reading: Romans 5:1-2, 5-8Gospel: John 4:5-42 God always provides for us. He always gives us everything we need. The Israelites needed water in the desert and they got it. He also provided them with manna even though it was not generally appreciated. He will always give us all we need when
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What “Inside Out” Leaves Out: Only the Most Important Thing of All - Part 2

Oct 24, 2015
In the film Riley, like all adolescents, like all of us, is searching for understanding and guidance and maturity and companionship. All of these benefits come to the human person through prayer. And the One who gives guidance and understanding, who fosters human maturity and offers friendship, is God himself. Teresa says, “He becomes one with our lowliness, transforms us into Himself, and effects
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What “Inside Out” Leaves Out: Only the Most Important Thing of All - Part 1

Oct 15, 2015
You may well have seen an animated/action film that is still showing in theatres at this time. It is a Disney film produced by Pixar Studios and directed by Pete Docter and Reynaldo de Carmen called Inside Out. Some of the characters for the film are voice-acted by Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, and Lewis Black. Inside Out tells the story of an 11-year-old girl named Riley who is being challenged by the
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Patronage of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Jul 21, 2015
The Mother of Our Savior, Jesus Christ, has been recognized as the Patroness of the Order of Carmel since the 1200’s.  In the Institution of the First Monks [composed in 1391], there is a reference to an ancient tradition that not only recalls the Prophet Elijah as the ‘founder’ of the hermits on Mt. Carmel, but that also recalls that the oratory was named in honor of Mary as
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General Chapter - Monday, May 4

May 06, 2015
          The theme of the Chapter, which may become the title of the capitular document, is "Es tiempo de caminar"--or "It is time to walk," a phrase taken from The Interior Castle (see Dwelling Places 4, Chapter 3, Paragraph 2). Well, that's appropriate: 4 . . . 3 . . . 2 . . . walk.          Yes, it is time
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OCDS Regional Congress in Atlanta

Sep 09, 2014
Written by Fr. Bonaventure Sauer, OCD  From Thursday, August 21, through Sunday, August 24, of this year, our Province hosted an OCDS—or Discalced Carmelite Secular Order—Congress in Atlanta, GA. A little over 200 Seculars from mostly our Province, but also from elsewhere in the country, attended. We hope in time to post a write up on the Congress. For now, to whet your appetite, here
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Lenten Meditations with St. Teresa of Avila at Little Flower Basilica, San Antonio

Apr 14, 2014
From Monday March 31st to Friday April 4th the Discalced Carmelite Friars of our San Antonio community gave the parishioners of Little Flower Church a series of lenten meditations based on St. Teresa’s writings. These were offered both in English and Spanish and were well attended by a group of some of our enthusiastic parishioners. The Pastor, Fr. Luis G. Belmonte chose different and very evocative
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St. Teresa and the Eucharist

Dec 22, 2013
In St. Teresa’s life, writings and doctrine the Eucharist stands at the very center. That is the font where she quenches her thirst for the living water that gushes forth from the heart of Christ. We find in her a vivid doctrinal and experiential testimony to the eucharistic mystery which is the source and summit of our faith. She bears witness not only of the dogmas of faith regarding the Eucharist
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