Perhaps the popular acronym “WWJD” should sometimes be “WHJD,” for What Has Jesus Done. To speculate what He would do in a particular situation is only possible if we are thoroughly familiar with what He has already done.
In response to numerous requests following our Novena for All Carmelite Saints, we are producing a limited run of greeting cards featuring those illustrations and prayers. Created by two young Carmelites who are still in formation, Brothers Emanuel Franco and Neil Conlisk,
As with the earliest Carmelites who gathered together at the Garden of God, Mount Carmel, 800 years ago, this Thanksgiving let those of us who have much and those who have little gather at the welcoming table of the Lord.
In peace let us pray to the Lord. Grant that all those who have been baptized into Christ's death and resurrection may die to sin and rise to newness of life, and that through the grave and gate of death we may pass with him to our joyful resurrection.
This woman, who had deep spiritual insights, described prayer as nothing but an intimate sharing between friends. Rather than describe a formula for prayer, she taught an attitude for life.
Though her Feast day is celebrated today (October 15), throughout 2015, we've been celebrating the 500th anniversary of the birth of a pioneer in the spiritual life: mystic, saint and Carmelite nun, Teresa of Ávila (1515–1582).
Known to her family as Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada, she became the reformer of Carmel, mother of the Discalced Carmelite nuns and friars,
Countless millions have been touched by her intercession and imitate her “little way.” She has been acclaimed “the greatest saint of modern times.” In 1997, Pope John Paul II declared St. Therese a Doctor of the Church - the only Doctor of his pontificate - in tribute to the powerful way her spirituality has influenced people all over the world.
Albert of Jerusalem, as he is now known, was appointed patriarch of Jerusalem in 1205 by Pope Innocent III. At the time of his election he had been count-bishop of Vercelli for some twenty years. The Avogadro family to which he belonged was the most prominent and richest of all the first families of Vercelli.
Saint Albert was born towards the middle of the 12th century in Castel Gualtieri in Emilia, Italy. He entered the Canons Regular of the Holy Cross at Mortara, Pavia, and became Prior there in 1180.