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Solemnity of Christ the King

Readings:1st Reading: Daniel 7:13­14Resp.: Psalm 93:1, 1­2, 5 (1a)2nd Reading: Revelation 1:5­8Gospel: John 18:33b­37 The inscription on the top of the Cross on Calvary said Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum ­ Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews. It was written in the three known world languages of the time. There was no mistaking this. The Pharisees complained but Pilate stood
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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 - 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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Holy Thursday and Mandatum

Photo from Master of the Housebook (fl. between 1475 and 1500) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsLast year we put together these different quotes from Our Holy Mother, St. Teresa’s works to use for the Mandatum in Community during this Centenary Year (see attached document).COMMUNITY MANDATUMIN THE LIGHT OF OUR HOLY MOTHER, ST. TERESA OF JESUS ~ "Your attitude should be like that of
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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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Visiting the Port Tobacco Carmel

From February 10 to the 14 I had the joy of visiting the Carmel of Pt. Tobacco, Maryland for the first time. This community of prayerful women is located in the same site where the first Carmel in the US was founded. I went there at the request of the sisters to give them some conferences on St. John of the Cross, specifically on the topics of the Holy Spirit the the value of holy desires in his writings
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