Spirit of Elijah

A Life Steeped In Prayer We may truly say that the life of high contemplation of the Prophet was not only founded on the practice of all virtues, but that this practice and exercise of prayer and virtue accompany his visions and mystical graces. These mystical graces are a free gift of God, but God … Continue reading Spirit of Elijah

Reflections on the Vows in Carmelite Life: A Call to Transformation

Our 1995 Constitutions of the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel begin by stating that Through Jesus Christ, Son of the Father and “firstborn of all creation” (Col 1:15), we live in union with God and with our neighbours in a new way.   The Constitutions describe the Carmelite vocation as a … Continue reading Reflections on the Vows in Carmelite Life: A Call to Transformation

The Carmelite Charism

A charism is a gift from God to the Church for the world. With regard to a Religious Order, the term refers to the gift which God gives to an individual or group to inspire the founding of a new religious family within the Church. This gift is handed down through the centuries and enriched … Continue reading The Carmelite Charism

Vigils of Feasts

Keeping vigils before major feasts is an ancient institution in the church, which was highly recommended by the early Fathers, for example St. Augustine and St. Jerome. The faithful would assemble in the church in the preceding evening and prepare themselves by prayers and readings; this later became the offices of first vespers and matins. … Continue reading Vigils of Feasts

Fasting and Abstinence

Abstinence: Everyone over seven years of age is bound to observe the law of abstinence. When a holy day of obligation falls on a day of complete abstinence (example: when Christmas falls on a Friday), meat may be taken. Complete Abstinence: On days of complete abstinence meat, and soup or gravy made from meat, may … Continue reading Fasting and Abstinence

St. Thomas, Archbishop of Canterbury

St. Thomas, Archbishop of Canterbury: Lives of the Saints by Father Francis Xavier Weninger, DD, SJ., 1876. Glorious and celebrated is the great Archbishop, St. Thomas, on account of his fortitude in defending the rights of the Christian Church. He was born at London, in England, of noble, pious and rich parents, who led him … Continue reading St. Thomas, Archbishop of Canterbury

The Holy Name of Jesus

January is dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus. Please say the following hymn once a day for a month in reparation to Our Lord's Holy Name which is so abused in our time. This hymn has a plenary indulgence attached to it, which we can gain for ourselves or for the Holy Souls. Jesus, … Continue reading The Holy Name of Jesus

Why Nuestra Señora de la O? by Siniculus

Why do we Hispanics call the Blessed Virgin, under the title of her Expectation of Childbirth, Our Lady of the O? We reproduce part of the following passage in from the unpublished manuscript on the misa de aguinaldo by this author. . THE MANY NAMES OF THE FEAST . It is important to highlight the … Continue reading Why Nuestra Señora de la O? by Siniculus

The Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

This feast reminds us that we, too, expectantly wait for the grace and joy of Our Lord and Savior, born on Christmas day. We remember that Jesus was “pre-born” at the moment of the Incarnation, that the Word became flesh when Our Blessed Mother assented to God’s plan, as she spoke to the Archangel Gabriel … Continue reading The Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

12 things to know and share about the Holy Trinity

The Church teaches that the Holy Trinity is the central mystery of the Christian Faith. But how much do you know about this mystery? What is its history? What does it mean? 1. Where does the word "Trinity" come from? It comes from the Latin word trinitas, which means "three" or "triad." The Greek equivalent … Continue reading 12 things to know and share about the Holy Trinity

Saint Othilia

The Roman Martyrology records Saint Othilia, whose intercession is likewise invoked in diseases of the eyes. She was a daughter of Udalrick, Duke of Alsace, but as she was born blind, the barbarous father intended to take her secretly from her mother and have her killed. The mother, aware of his design, gave the child … Continue reading Saint Othilia

NASA investigate the tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe

There is no explanation offered by NASA scientists on how the image was imprinted on the Tilma. There are no brush strokes, or sketch marks on it. The image also seems to increase in size and change colors owing to an unknown property of the surface and substance of which it is made. The colors … Continue reading NASA investigate the tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Prayers of the Angel of Portugal

Despite great interest in the Message of Fatima, many people still have only a confused or sketchy understanding of this Message. To better understand the most important of all Marian apparitions and the greatest supernatural event of the last hundred years, we focus on the essential facts as recounted by Lucia dos Santos, the visionary … Continue reading Prayers of the Angel of Portugal

On the Fittingness of the Immaculate Conception: Blessed John Duns Scotus

Was the Blessed Virgin conceived in sin? The answer is no, for as Augustine writes: "When sin is treated, there can be no inclusion of Mary in the discussion." And Anselm says: "It was fitting that the Virgin should be resplendent with a purity greater than which none under God can be conceived." Purity here … Continue reading On the Fittingness of the Immaculate Conception: Blessed John Duns Scotus

Chaplet of Divine Mercy

How to Pray The Chaplet of Divine Mercy 1. Make the Sign of the Cross In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 2. Optional Opening Prayers You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for … Continue reading Chaplet of Divine Mercy