Climbing Mount Carmel

Glimpses of Life in Carmel

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

The Crucifixion (1577-1579), El Greco “You are to fast every day, except Sunday, from the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross until Easter Day, unless bodily sickness or feebleness, or some other good [...]

By | September 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Homily for the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel – July 16, 2019

It’s unlikely that those here celebrating Our Lady on our patronal feast have forgotten or let escape from their awareness the fact our Order is known for and takes its name from the PLACE of [...]

By | July 23rd, 2019|Carmelite Spirituality|

The Patronage of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

What is Carmelite life? One possible definition comes from the formula of profession for the Discalced Carmelite Friars: life with Mary in allegiance to Jesus Christ. Our Lady plays a central role in the life [...]

By | July 16th, 2019|Carmelite Spirituality|

Veni, Sancte Spiritus!

The following is a reflection from The Cenacle, a collection of fifty meditations on the Holy Spirit written by Fr. John Mary of St. Joseph, OCD circa 1696 and traditionally used by Discalced Carmelites as a preparatory retreat for Pentecost.

By | June 9th, 2019|Carmelite Spirituality|

Brown Scapular: A Silent Devotion – From the Archives of Fr. Kieran Kavanaugh, OCD

Today is the feast day of Saint Simon Stock, a figure whose history is shrouded in mystery and legend. The late Fr. Kieran Kavanaugh helps us to sift through all the uncertainty to find the rich spiritual significance of Saint Simon Stock's reception of the scapular promise from the Our Lady.

By | May 16th, 2019|Carmelite Spirituality|

CarmelCast – Episode 7: Trust and Surrender

Our lives are often clouded with anxiety, frustration, and shame. Despite these difficulties, the saints were able to surrender to God's will and abandon themselves into His loving arms. Like them, we must accept the [...]

By | April 17th, 2019|Carmelite Spirituality|