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Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings:1st Reading: Numbers 11:25-29Resp.: Psalm 19:8, 10, 12-13, 14 (9a)2nd Reading: James 5:1-6Gospel: Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 This Sunday's readings remind us that we live for the next world, not for this one. What does it matter if we don't have things in our lives the way we would prefer? If we suffer these losses for the sake of God's Kingdom, that is,
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Third Sunday of Lent

Readings:1st Reading: Exodus 20:1­17 Responsorial: 19:8, 9, 10, 112nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:22­25 Gospel: John 2:13­25God has perfect timing. The Israelites were not given the Ten Commandments until the right time. If God is truly God, then everything about Him is perfect. We unfortunately tend not to see this because of our sinfulness. God asks
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Wedding at Cana – Part 1 of 2

Let’s begin with a little humor: There is a story about a priest named Fr. Murphy who went to visit a family in his small-town parish for a holiday meal. They all had a great dinner during which the wine flowed rather freely. Then it came time for Father to return home.The man hosting the meal said, “Hey Father we still have a half-bottle of wine left from the meal. I’m going to put
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What “Inside Out” Leaves Out: Only the Most Important Thing of All - Part 2

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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Patronage of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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 - Tuesday, May 19

          Today was the first of two days devoted to the presence and participation of the nuns at the Chapter. It was also the first day since the start of Chapter that the heavens opened and it rained. What is one to make of that? I don't know. But it must mean something.           There are, I believe, 18 sisters
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General Chapter - Monday, May 18

          In this morning's first session we returned to the topic of Saturday, namely, formation. The responses submitted by the coetus groups following their discussions Saturday afternoon were summarized for us by the day's moderator. Then the floor was opened for further comment.           You know, that's
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Poem for Holy Saturday

Here is a poem based on the picture below. We usually read it in Community on Holy Saturday.Behold your MotherBy M. Teresa Margaret (foundress of the Lafayette Carmel)Mother of Sorrows, Mother of CompassionMother of Light-creating Serenity!            Vessel of muted grief, influencing her    slight frame into limp linen sinking to the ground—   
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Lenten Meditations with St. Teresa of Avila at Little Flower Basilica, San Antonio

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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