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On Marian Visions
May 24, 2020
| apparitions, Carmelites, Catholic, charity, Church teaching, faith, Holy Spirit, Marian, Mary, obedience, prayer life, reflection, Scripture, St. Augustine, St. Teresa, visions
As we continue to honor Mary in this month of May I would like share a few words on Marian apparitions or visions, a topic I mentioned in my last reflection. I had explained how the relationship of us Carmelites to Our Lady is founded on Sacred Scripture and the Church's teachings more than on these extraordinary phenomena. In this we attempt to live a life similar to hers, which was led by the
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
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Jan 04, 2019
Readings:1st Reading: Numbers 6:22-27Resp.: Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 82nd Reading: Galatians 4:4-7Gospel: Luke 2:16-21Many people do not understand how Mary, a creature, can be called the mother of God. It is very simple: since she's Jesus's mother, and Jesus is God, she is therefore the Mother of God - Theotokos. She's is also called Christotokos, the mother of Christ which is correct but in theology,
Feast of the Holy Family
Jan 03, 2019
Readings:1st Reading: 1 Samuel 1:20-22, 24-28Resp.: Psalm 84:2-3, 5-6, 9-102nd Reading: 1 John 3:1-2, 21-24Gospel: Luke 2:41-52Celebrating the feast of the Holy Family is very important. From the beginning of creation God instituted the family as an essential part of His plan for His people. God considers the role of father and mother so important that He asks them to aid Him in the creation of children.Jesus
Wedding at Cana – Part 2 of 2
Feb 20, 2018
| discipleship, faith, God's Kingdom, intercession, Jesus' ministry, John of the Cross, Mary, mediatrix, mystery, salvation, Spiritual Canticle, trust, Vatican II
Mary and the Mystery of CanaA second very important thing about this gospel is that at the wedding feast at Cana, which symbolized the new Kingdom of grace, the Mother of Jesus was there. Mary’s presence at Cana was not just an aside. She was not there by mistake. She was not there by happenstance. Notice, the Mary is spoken of in this gospel passage even before Jesus is mentioned.
Wedding at Cana – Part 1 of 2
Feb 02, 2018
| Cana, Divine Providence, Epiphany, Eucharist, Galilee, God's love, Gospel, humor, Jesus, Mary, miracle, mystery, reflection, wedding
Let’s begin with a little humor: There is a story about a priest named Fr. Murphy who went to visit a family in his small-town parish for a holiday meal. They all had a great dinner during which the wine flowed rather freely. Then it came time for Father to return home.The man hosting the meal said, “Hey Father we still have a half-bottle of wine left from the meal. I’m going to put
Nuestra Señora la Santísima Virgen María
Dec 16, 2017
| Advent, Ark of the Covenant, Christ, faith, fruitfulness, God's presence, God-bearer, Holy Communion, Mary
En estos días de Adviento la Iglesia entra en un tiempo de espera orante por la llegada de Jesús, en compañía de la Santísima Virgen. La Palabra de Dios nos presenta a María desde varias perspectivas. Una de ellas es como la morada del Dios vivo. Leemos en el Segundo libro de Samuel: “David reunió una vez más a los selectos
Second Sunday of Advent 'A' Homily – Part 1
Dec 09, 2016
| Advent, Bernard of Clairvaux, conversion, Eschatology, Holy Spirit, homily, Isaiah, Joel, John the Baptist, Mary, Messiah, Scripture, Second Coming, St. Paul
Bernard of Clairvaux Introduction: How Time flies! Here we are already at the Second Sunday of Advent! And "the world as we know it is passing away" faster than we would like, with ourselves moving right along with it! We move with this Sunday of Advent deeper into the Final Age of the World that announces the absolute End Time, when the Kingdom of God will be definitely
General Chapter - Monday, May 4
May 06, 2015
| Christ, conferences, General Chapter, Interior Castle, Jesus, Marian, Mary, OCDS, recollection, silence, St. Paul, St. Teresa
The theme of the Chapter, which may become the title of the capitular document, is "Es tiempo de caminar"--or "It is time to walk," a phrase taken from The Interior Castle (see Dwelling Places 4, Chapter 3, Paragraph 2). Well, that's appropriate: 4 . . . 3 . . . 2 . . . walk. Yes, it is time
Poem for Holy Saturday
Apr 04, 2015
Here is a poem based on the picture below. We usually read it in Community on Holy Saturday.Behold your MotherBy M. Teresa Margaret (foundress of the Lafayette Carmel)Mother of Sorrows, Mother of CompassionMother of Light-creating Serenity! Vessel of muted grief, influencing her slight frame into limp linen sinking to the ground—