It may surprise more than a few people that the most recently canonized Carmelite saint is also the national hero of Portugal. Although he is not widely known in the rest of the world, just mention “the Holy Constable” in Portugal, and everyone knows who you are talking about.
As we write this, Carmelites from all over the globe are arriving in Leavenworth, Kansas to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Carmelite order in the United States. The sesquicentennial event is being marked with a three-day celebration/symposium in Leavenworth entitled
“Nada te Turbe” (Let Nothing Disturb You) was a prayer found in the breviary of Teresa of Ávila, written in her own hand. The video below is one of two virtual choirs produced for the celebration of St. Teresa of Jesus's 500th birthday.
Our Carmelite Facebook community continues to grow exponentially--we surpassed the 50,000 mark over the summer--and we'd like to take this opportunity both to thank you and get to know who you are.
After many years of work, the renovation of St. Thérèse’s home, the Carmel of Lisieux, has come to a close. Today, it looks just like it did in her day. The strong weather of Normandy and the stream near which the convent was built in 1838 had caused significant deterioration. Mold was a major culprit, penetrating some portions of the walls and making parts of the building essentially unlivable.
In being attracted to solitude and prayerful meditation, Thérèse was following in the foot-steps of her founding Carmelite saint, St. Teresa of Avila. The great reformer of the order had not only brought its religious back to a lifestyle of true poverty, work, and prayer
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.