Seeking the face of God...
As Carmelites in the Holy Land (Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Haifa and Nazareth) from Egypt (The Fayoum) and Syria (Aleppo), we are called to live our vocation in Carmel in a very precise land; a land of Revelation and Incarnation. To be true to this call in the Middle East of today, we must of necessity deepen our sense of mission.
Can you find the angels in the icon of the Transfiguration ?
María Felicia Guggiarri Echeverría, familiarly known as «Chiquitunga», was born on January 12th, 1925, in Villarrica del Espíritu Santo, Paraguay.
“Rejoice and be glad!” urges our Holy Father, Pope Francis, as he exhorts us to a life of sanctity.
God summons us to come, to choose and freely accept this challenge.
Here we are with our Easter celebrations!
Our Lord has given His life in full obedience as a humble Servant, resurrected in glorious majesty, luminous and resplendent.
Such was the theme of the 18–23 September 2017 Session for the Carmelites from the five communities of the Carmelite Association in the Holy Land held in Amman, Jordan.
The relics of St. Mary of Jesus Crucified toured not only through various parts of the Middle East, but also further afield, giving an impetus to prayer for Peace.
“She has given us the Habit of her Order
that we may be, in the world, her living image”
Let us turn now to the Mount of Olives as the disciples watched Our Lord Jesus ascend into heaven, making us partakers of His divinity!
St. Teresa Benedict of the Cross (St. Edith Stein) wrote this text in 1924 when she was a teacher at the Convent of the Dominicans in Speyer. This is a very beautiful meditation as we approach the mystery of the Resurrection.
Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death.
This season urgently calls us to conversion.
(MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR LENT 2017)
In this manner, St. Elizabeth of the Trinity relates the feasts of the Nativity in a letter to her aunts.
Sharing in the prayer of Christ finds its highest expression in the Holy Liturgy and is sustained throughout the day in our personal prayer”
“Your souls shall rejoice in his mercy, and his praises will not bring you to shame”.
During his 20th June 2016 Consistory Pope Francis announced that the canonization of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity would take place in Rome on the 16th of October 2016. Great joy for the Church and for the family of Carmel!
“The Joy of Love experienced by families is also the joy of the Church… the Christian proclamation on the family is good news indeed.”
Pentecost is the ultimate manifestation to humankind of God’s glory, a theophany, the apex and crowning moment in the celebration of Our Lord’s Resurrection.
The origin of the procession dates to 1914 (during the First World War).
“Jesus came and stood among them: and he said unto them,
Peace be with you!” John 20:19
In this Holy Year, how beautiful it is to contemplate the Paschal Mystery as the greatest manifestation of Divine Mercy!
“I desire mercy, and not sacrifice” (Mt 9,13).
The works of mercy on the road of the Jubilee.
More than 4,000 consecrated persons from all over the world will participate in Rome from 28 January to 2 February at the closing of the Year of Consecrated Life.
To mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of Saint Teresa of Avila : the publication of the Hebrew translation of the book of Interior Castle.
«How much good it does us when he once more touches our lives and impels us to share his new life!» (EG 264)
A reflection on theological questions pertaining to catholic-jewish relations on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Nostra Ætate (No.4)
Our eyes are turned to the Child “wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger” (Lk 2,7), the Son of Mary and our God. By contemplating Him we discover “the face of the Father’s mercy”
Mysticism and prophecy cannot be separated, that is what will give a unified life.
The canonization of the Martin husband and wife is a sign of the times that ought to question us deeply since is has an epoch-making value.
On the Feast of the 15th of October, All together we will ask for the grace to be capable of living intensely Teresa´s message today, right there where we find ourselves.
“The Cross contains our life
And our sole solace:
Therein doth lie the only road
That leadeth to Paradise.
On August 25, the Church will celebrate
for the first time as a Saint,
our sister Mariam of Jesus Crucified.
The Virgin of Carmel leads to the union of love with his Son with images of the nature transfigured to tell us that in it, through his Son, all creation and ourselves achieve perfect beauty.
Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home.
(Laudato Si’ 13)
If today the Church honors them and gives them to us as an example, for their part, they have always desired to be hidden and ignored. Mariam said:
“Blessed are the little ones! Everywhere there is room for them.
With Saint Teresa as guide,
let us accompany Jesus on the Way of the Cross
The events of this year, beginning on March 28, we will help us to intensify our life committed to Carmel for the Church and for the world.
“Fix your eyes always on the ancestry from which we come, those holy prophets. How many saints we have in heaven who have worn this habit!”
“Grateful remembrance of the past leads us, as we listen attentively to what the Holy Spirit is saying to the Church today, to implement ever more fully the essential aspects of our consecrated life”
The Rule of Carmel was born in the heart and life of the first hermits of Mount Carmel, even before being written.
“True joy does not come from things or from possessing, no! It is born from the encounter, from the relationship with others, it is born from feeling accepted, understood and loved, and from accepting, from understanding and from loving; and this is not because of a passing fancy but because the other is a person. Joy is born from the gratuitousness of an encounter!”
Our communities are inseparable in their vocation to this region of the Middle East. It is not primarily a geographical situation, but a spiritual reality that each of us lives in the privacy of her search for union with God…«the Church’s journey is entrusted to the loving heart and praying hands of cloistered nuns.”(VS 4) and the journey of the Church in the Middle East par excellence.
“For me, to be a Carmelite in the Holy Land is to live
immersed in the Word:The Word that became flesh in this land and revealed itself here.
It is to pray and meditate upon this Word that lives within us, all the while
having within my heart an inexpressible gratitude that flows from one amazement to the next.”