Carmelite Spirituality

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Scapular Novena in honour of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Each day, for nine days you petition Our Blessed Lady for all your special needs. It is a time of prayer and reflection that will bring you closer to the heart of Jesus her Son.

The prayer Flos Carmeli (Flower of Carmel) was composed in the thirteenth century, supposedly by St. Simon Stock in answer to which he received the Scapular from Our Blessed Mother.

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Mary in the Annunciation III

In our two previous reflections we contemplated the Annunciation to Mary from a two-fold perspective. First we saw her as a model both for openness and the capacity to listen, and the last time we took her as an example of genuine healthy piety, or, in other words, as a person “tuned into” God’s language and knowledgeable about the grammar of Faith

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Do you have what it takes to be a Carmelite?

How do you know if you are being called to become a Carmelite friar? Furthermore, how do you know what exactly it is that you are being called to do?

The process of hearing and responding to God’s invitation in your life is called discernment. You will not hear a loud voice telling you to become a friar, but here are some sign-posts that may help you:

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

There are many ‘Our Ladys.’ There is Our Lady of places like Lourdes and Guadeloupe, Our Lady of devotions like the Rosary. We also have many feasts of Mary, each celebrating God’s goodness to her. When we have ‘Our Lady of somewhere’ we usually concentrate on how she is honoured

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A Reflection on the Carmelite Way

Like everyone, Carmelites love to trace their roots. Our family tree goes way back to the early thirteenth century, to a group of hermits, originally pilgrims and crusaders, living in allegiance to Jesus Christ on the slopes of Mount Carmel in Israel, a country so much in the news these days for all the wrong reasons.

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Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity

Closing of Centenary Year Celebration of the Irish Carmelites (O.Carm and OCD) at the Church of St. Columcille, Knocklyon. Pentecost Sunday, 27 May 2007.

It is just a year since the centenary year for Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity was opened in Clarendon Street Carmelite Church, Dublin.