Following Mary’s example, the contemplative is a person centred in God. (VDQ 10)

Two Flowers of Holiness of the Holy Land

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On 17th May, the Lord will make a great gift to his Church. And primarily it is a great gift to our Church in the Holy Land, but also to the whole Church. Two daughters of our land, two Palestinian will be canonized: Mariam Baouardy (1846-1878) and Marie Alphonsine Ghattas (1843-1927).

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Easter 2015

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"Very early when the sun had risen, on the first day of the week, the women came to the tomb." (cf Mk 16.2).

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A year of grace

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On March 28th we will celebrate joyfully the anniversary of our holy Foundress who will be five hundred years old! Teresa of Jesus was born in Avila (Spain) on March 28, 1515, and more precisely on a Wednesday at five o'clock in the morning, as her father has registered, Don Alonso Sánchez de Cepeda, son of Juan Sanchez, a converted Jewish merchant from Toledo.

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Canonization of Blessed Mary of Jesus Crucified

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"I bring you great joy which shall be to all people"
(Luke 2:10)
Our sister, Blessed Mary of Jesus Crucified, Mariam Baouardy (1846-1878),
will be canonized on May 17, 2015 in Rome.

 

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Message of his Holiness Pope Francis for Lent 2015

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Make your hearts firm” (Jas 5:8)
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each communities and every believer. Above all it is a “time of grace” (2 Cor 6:2). God does not ask of us anything that he himself has not first given us. “We love because he first has loved us” (1 Jn 4:19). 

 

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Merry Christmas 2014

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In Carmel, the Christmas celebrations are always very joyful and profound at the same time, in the contemplation of the unfathomable love of God who takes flesh of our flesh. 

 

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Advent 2014

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In the Advent season we await the coming of the Lord and we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Son of God in our flesh; it is a time of joyful hope.  This hope is totally orientated to the presence of Emmanuel, and his final coming.

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"If I forget thee, O Jerusalem ..."

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"If I forget thee, O Jerusalem ..." (Psalm 137.6)
While there are disorders of war agitate the Holy Land, Cardinal Roger Etchegaray launched a moving cry at the end of the Roman Synod on the Family: 

 

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Opening of the fifth centenary of the birth of St. Teresa of Jesus

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With the approach of October 15, the day of your feast, we are happy to open the year of your centenary, you, our Blessed Mother, our Founder and our Sister of every moment on the way of Carmel. You must smile contemplating all our projects and programs, you who were rather upset with dates ... and you must also rejoice to see your children who celebrating a feast, you always wanted to instill in us a great sense of family, and fraternal joy.

 

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St. Albert of Jerusalem

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In September we celebrate the eight centenary of the death of St. Albert, who was the Patriarch of Jerusalem from 1206 to 1214. He gave the Rule of Life to the Hermits of Mount Carmel, the Rule which is also ours. We invite you to meditate a hymn written by a Carmelite nun. It is a poetic, liturgical composition which wonderfully resumes the principle elements of our formula of life.  

 

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