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Fortitude and Patience

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Fortitude and Patience Presence of God – Teach me, O Lord, to bear my sufferings with fortitude and patience. MEDITATION Although courage is needed to face or to undertake hard tasks, it is even more necessary in order to persevere in them, above all when they are unpleasant or of long duration, and it is impossible to avoid or change them. In this sense, St. Thomas teaches that the principal act... Read More

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

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EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS (Triumph of the Cross) This feast celebrates three things:  the discovery of the true cross by St. Helena, the dedication of the Basilica and Shrine built on Calvary by her son Emperor Constantine, and the triumph of the cross by which Christ defeated sin and death, winning for us salvation and everlasting beatific life in heaven. St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross wrote... Read More

Sincerity

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Sincerity Presence of God – Give me, O Lord, an open, sincere heart, loving the truth, seeking and desiring it at any cost. MEDITATION “Lord, who shall dwell in Thy tabernacle, or who shall rest in Thy holy hill?” asks the Psalmist. And he gives the answer: “He that walketh without blemish, and worketh justice” (Ps 15:1,2). God is truth, and no one can be admitted to His intimacy who does... Read More

Justice

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Justice Presence of God – Teach me, O Lord, to love justice and to hate all that is opposed to it. MEDITATION When with clever astuteness, the Pharisees asked Jesus if it were lawful to pay tribute to Caesar, He replied: “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God, the things that are God’s” (Mt 22,21). By this simple reply, Jesus gave us clearly and precisely a description... Read More

Boundless Hope

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Presence of God – Sustain my hope in Thee, O Lord, so that it may be without measure. MEDITATION St. Thomas teaches us that “man can never love God as much as He should be loved; neither can he believe and hope in Him as much as he ought” (Summa, Ia IIae, q.64, a.4, co.). That is why we can say that the measure of hope in God is to hope without measure. Our hope, our confidence in God can never... Read More

The Obscure Light of Faith

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Presence of God – Teach me to believe, O Lord, even in darkness and obscurity; teach me to believe by relying only on Your word. MEDITATION Through its own efforts, the human mind is able to attain to a knowledge of God the Creator by considering created things; it can know His existence and even some of His perfections, but it cannot attain to the mystery of His intimate life which is beyond the... Read More

A Good Habit

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A Good Habit:  Reflections from Professed Sisters Wearing the Holy Habit of Carmel Our community was started in Mexico by our Foundress, Mother Luisita in the 1920′s.  Due to the religious persecution in Mexico at the time, it soon became not just illegal to wear the habit, but very dangerous.  As a result, today our sisters wear the habit with deep gratitude and we hold dear the precious freedom... Read More

Infinite Love

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Presence of God – O my God, my only love, kindle in me the fire of Your charity. MEDITATION Sacred Scripture tells us: “God is charity” (1 Jn 4:16). God is love, eternal, infinite, substantial love. Just as everything in God is beautiful, good, perfect, and holy, so also everything in God is love—His beauty, wisdom, power, providence; even His justice is love. Love is perfect and holy when... Read More

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Presence of God – O Mary, Beauty of Carmel, make me worthy of your protection, clothe me with your scapular, and be the teacher of my interior life. MEDITATION The Blessed Virgin is a Mother who clothes us with grace and takes our supernatural life under her protection, in order to bring it to its full flowering in eternal life. She, the Immaculate, full of grace from the... Read More

Flos Carmeli (Flower of Carmel)

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Every year on July 16th, Carmelites throughout the world celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, patroness of the Carmelite Order.  If you want to know how we feel about Mary, our Mother, spend a few minutes reflecting on one of the most beautiful prayers ever written, the Flos Carmeli. Most of us pray – before meals, morning and/or night prayers, many people pray before a trip, and at... Read More

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