We begin the holiest week in the Church’s liturgical year! It is a time to enter deeply into the solemn events of the week leading up to Easter. The Triduum is ONE liturgical celebration beginning with the Celebration of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday.
This entire event occurs in a few moments – and in these few moments Mary speaks her Fiat – her YES! Let it be to me according to your Word. How often are we so shocked by what could be God speaking in our lives through someone else?
Among the earliest saints to be venerated as Carmelites, we find the story of the Sicilian hermit Angelus. Like his contemporaries Albert of Trapani and Simon Stock, who also lived in the 13th century, Angelus is somewhat difficult to profile, since the story of his life is clouded by legends
Venezuela’s first canonized saint may be a plain looking but hardy woman, who practiced the works of mercy at face value. Susanna Paz Castillo Ramirez was born in 1863 at Altagracia de Orituco, south-east of Caracas. Her family was well respected, and her paternal grandmother was the sister of Simon Bolivar, South America’s great Liberator.
During the most violent phase of the French Revolution, the so-called Reign of Terror, an estimated 40,000 people lost their lives at the guillotine. A disproportionate number of those were religious sisters and brothers, priests, bishops, and dedicated lay Christians.
Today, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord also called Candlemas Day. At the Carmelite Pre-Novitiate in Chicago the community celebrated the feast with the traditional blessing and procession of candles. It's also World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life.
From almost the very beginning, friars of Teresa’s Discalced Reform had shown great zeal for work in the foreign missions. Pope Clement VIII used this enthusiasm to establish the methods and spiritual energy of the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith.
Our God of Surprises has a way of bringing great beauty and spiritual richness out of the most unlikely sources. In the case of Jean Moulin, we find a blind member of Carmel’s Reform of Touraine who produced such other-worldly writings that some call him the French John of the Cross.