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The Carmelite Way of Prayer

Reflecting on the question people sometimes ask about the characteristics of Carmelite prayer, the first thing that comes to the mind is the prayer life of Carmelite men and women of the past and the present. Carmelite prayer is the prayer of people who feel inspired by the rich tradition …

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Fundamental Values of Carmelite Spirituality

This presentation was given by the former Prior General of the Carmelite Order during the 4th International Lay Carmelite Congress held at Sassone, Rome, in September 2006, which had as its theme ‘Formation and Communication at the Service of the Community’. It is a special joy to be with you …

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What is Lectio Divina?

“Lectio Divina”, a Latin term, means “divine reading” and describes a way of reading the Scriptures whereby we gradually let go of our own agenda and open ourselves to what God wants to say to us. In the 12th century, a Carthusian monk called Guigo, described the stages which he …

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Contemplation the Heart of Carmelite Life

In line with our Rule and Constitutions the new RIVC develops contemplation as the heart of our Carmelite charism, as the dynamic core of our specific mission, which unifies and shapes the other essential elements of our way of life: prayer, fraternity and service. The understanding of contemplation which we …

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Elijah and Mary

As we attempt to follow Christ more closely, we Carmelites find inspiration in the Old Testament Prophet, Elijah, and in the Blessed Virgin Mary.   The Prophet Elijah Elijah’s memory was kept alive especially on Mount Carmel where he challenged the people to stop hobbling first on one foot and …

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What Do Carmelites Do?

by Br. Robert Bathe, O.Carm. Spiritual writers who capture the essence of the emerging kingdom of God posit charity as a defining characteristic of a life imitating Jesus. All of our Carmelite work is to be done with charity. For the Carmelite friar, work is seen in many ways. Described …

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Carmelite Charism

Jesus Christ gave his disciples the gift of the Holy Spirit and the mission to proclaim salvation to the whole world. To live out the full dimension of this command is to pursue the “spiritual life.” The Church is called by the Holy Spirit to embody and proclaim union with …

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