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The Year of Consecrated Life

Last fall when we learned that contemplatives were also invited to participate in a special program of activities organized by CIVCSVA for the conclusion of the Closing of the Year of Consecrated Life on the 2nd of February 2016, to the great surprise of contemplative nuns, we were invited to participate! In Rome! Each Federation or Association was invited to send their President and a companion
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General Chapter - Thursday, May 21

          Today was One Big Happy Family of Carmel Day.  Representatives of the wide world of Carmel, its many hybrids and subspecies--which is to say, all the affiliated congregations and groups of associated laity that stake their claim to a patch of ground in the garden of Carmel--joined us in the hall, each being given their moment or two (or three)
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General Chapter - Sunday, May 17

          Today most of the Chapter friars made another Sunday excursion, spending the day first in Medina del Campo, then moving on from there to Segovia--where St. John of the Cross is buried, as you know. But, and here's the rub, I wasn't among them. I simply needed some downtime by myself.          So, I spent
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General Chappter - Friday, May 15

          We've been suffering through unseasonably high temperatures this past week. Of course, one has to wonder if maybe it's the fault of the Chapter. You know, all that hot air we're generating. But I doubt it. In fact, on Wednesday in far off Madrid--where our deliberations don't reach--the temperature rose to 37 C. (something like 98 F. for you back
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General Chapter - Tuesday, May 12

          This morning we went for mass at the Carmel of the Incarnation. The more than 100 of us pretty much filled the not otherwise cramped quarters of their daily mass chapel--the Chapel of the Transverberation, as it's called. (I have to record the name here because I can't resist the opportunity to use the word transverberation.)          
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General Chapter - Wednesday, May 6

          Well, the desire to sleep by day and rise by night continues, although I'm getting better, in case you're wondering. (Although I wonder why you're wondering.). This morning the chapter sat through a rather detailed report on the finances of what is called "the Center of the Order," which is to say, the General House and its various dependencies.
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General Chapter - Sunday, May 3

          The Chapter began this evening, a day late, but not a dollar (or 0.83 euro) short. All had arrived, about 100 in all, from all parts of the globe--India (quite a few), the Philippines, Singapore, Japan, Israel, Africa (east, west, north, south), and even 2 from Texas, to name a few. Assigned rooms, and having unpacked and settled in for the long
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