On the 25 March in 1858 the twelve-year old peasant girl, Bernadette Soubirous felt drawn to the grotto where a beautiful lady had been appearing to her frequently since 11 February that year. Bernadette asked her who she was, and the lady in white said in the local dialect, “I am the Immaculate Conception.”
Sermon given by S.F. Nolan, O.Carm., in Chichester Cathedral marking the Opening of the Chichester Festivities. Feast of St Peter and Paul Apostles, 29 June, 2008.
Today is a festival day, a day of celebration, a day set aside for singing the praises of God and rejoicing in the giftedness of humanity. And we have many reasons to celebrate. Today is the Day of the Lord, Sunday, the first day of the week. This is the day made by the Lord. We rejoice and are glad.
Last August we, the Carmelite youth from different parts of Europe where the Order is present, met for five days to celebrate the second part of the “Awakening” project. They were very intense days in which the sharing
Asia is the birthplace of many great religions, and among them is Christianity. The apostolic exhortation Ecclesia in Asia praises God in explaining this continent, “It was in fact in Asia that God revealed and fulfilled his saving purpose from the beginning. He guided the patriarchs (cf. Gen 12) and called Moses
The geographical region of the Americas covers a vast territory that is rich in its variety of cultures and centuries of history. The Carmelite friars are present and exercising ministry in thirteen different countries, from Canada in the north down to Argentina in the south.
The year 2015 began on a very positive note. The All Africa Carmelite Leaders and Formators Assembly took place at Boko Spiritual Centre, Dar es Salam, Tanzania. A total of 17 persons attended including the organisers and translation staff. All seven countries were represented:
On Sunday October 18, 2015, Pope Francis presided at Mass in St. Peter’s Square which included the Rite of Canonization. Earlier this year, on June 27, 2015, at the Ordinary Consistory in the Vatican, the Pope approved the canonization of Louis Martin and his wife Zélie.
In September of this year (2015), the Provincials, Commissaries and Delegates General of the European Geographical Area of the Order met at Saint Albert’s International Centre in Rome (CISA). This group meets every eighteen months to review the situation
Recently retired, I drop off my granddaughter at my parish's Catholic school. Morning mass in my own parish church conflicts with the school start time, so, finding another church with a mass schedule that fits the time constraints,
A phrase like “Marian Spirituality” is enough to make some people uneasy. Is there not just one spirituality, namely Christian? The issue is naot only extremely important but also somewhat complex.
There is a growing literature on the theme of Mary and spirituality.But we need to be alert to several approaches and aspects of the theme. Spirituality is a word that has become quite chameleon: