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