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Carmelite Marian Spirituality
May 10, 2020
During this month of May dedicated to the most Blessed Virgin Mary, I would like to share a reflection on her, the most remarkable woman in history and our Mother in the order of grace.We Carmelites have a most special bond with Our Lady, since we are the first religious order in the West dedicated to her love and service. In fact, our official name, Discalced
Apr 15, 2020
| Easter, faith, God's Kingdom, God's love, human condition, Jesus Christ, Paschal Mystery, reflection, Resurrection
With Christ's Resurrection God fully reveals the new logic of his Kingdom, a logic that defies worldly values and categories, and transcends human logic. It is a new order of things that is always surprising and uplifting, showing that his love in its apparent weakness and inefficiency is the greatest power in the universe and the only one capable of redeeming all
Baptism of the Lord
Jan 13, 2020
Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7Resp. Psalm Psalm 29:1-2, 3-4, 9-102nd Reading: Acts 10:34-38Gospel: Matthew 3:13-17 In the second reading St Peter makes it clear that anyone who fears God and acts uprightly is acceptable to Him. Your past or where you come from or anything else do not matter. We only need to strive to be like Jesus who was pleasing to His Father.It's best that we
Jan 06, 2020
Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 60:1-6 Resp. Psalm Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-132nd Reading: Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12The Light that has been awaited is now here! Unfortunately there are many who do not want to see the light, Jesus Christ, because now this necessitates change.It's one thing to change when we feel like it but quite another issue when we are forced by certain
Third Sunday of Advent
Dec 18, 2019
| Advent, Gaudete Sunday, Jesus Christ, Mass readings, New Covenant, O Antiphons, patience, reflections
Image by Alois Grundner from PixabayReadings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10Resp. Psalm Psalm 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-102nd Reading: James 5:7-10 Gospel: Matthew 11:2-11 Today is Gaudete Sunday. We use the rose colored vestments and light the rose-colored candle to signify that the darkness will soon be lifted and our Savior will be born. Beginning December 17 through 23 we say the "O Antiphons"
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jul 27, 2019
| church, contemplation, imitation of Christ, Jesus Christ, listening, Mass readings, reflections, sacrifice, St. Paul, St. Therese, suffering, trust
Image by Michael Gaida from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Genesis 18:1-10aResp. Psalm Psalm 15:2-3, 3-4, 52nd Reading: Colossians 1:24-28Gospel: Luke 10:38-42It sounds strange that St Paul would say that in his flesh he is filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body which is the Church. It sounds like he is saying that Jesus did not do enough by dying
Apr 25, 2019
Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 10:34a, 37-43 Resp. Psalm Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-232nd Reading: Colossians 3:1-4 Gospel: John 20:1-9 Alleluia! The Lord has risen! After the penances during the Lenten season we can rejoice along with the rest of the Church and live even more deeply the depth of the Paschal Mystery.There are 4 qualities to the glorified body which Jesus has and which
First Sunday of Advent
Dec 11, 2018
| Advent, Gospel, Jesus Christ, O Antiphons, prayer, reflections, Sacraments, Scripture, spiritual life
Readings:1st Reading: Jeremiah 33:14-16Resp.: Psalm 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14 (1b)2nd Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2Gospel: Luke 21:25-28, 34-36The Advent season has two parts. From the beginning of Advent until December 16, we are concerned with the Second Coming of Christ and the end of the world—the final or general judgement. During the second half we are reminded