Welcome to the official website of the

Order of Carmelites – Province of Blessed Titus Brandsma, Pilipinas

 

Welcome to the official website of Order of Carmelites – Province of Blessed Titus Brandsma, Pilipinas. Our on-line platform serves as a mystical space for everyone, especially Carmelites, who wishes to follow as closely as possible, Jesus our friend. This is captured in words of St. Albert of Jerusalem, “in Obsequio Jesu Christi.”

Maximizing the advancement of technology, the Carmelites in the Philippines connects, interacts, and relates with interested netizens in a real-time setting. Like the Prophet Elijah, the Carmelites are invited to be zealously present before God who passes by as a gentle breeze, a reminder that He is present even in the cyberworld.

As the Carmelites “DELIGHT in the law of the Lord, and MEDITATE on God’s law day and night (Psalm 1:2),” they continue to live in the presence of God through prayer, community life, and service brought in the modern ‘Samaritan well’ called internet.

 

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Lectio Divina : July 1 - 7, 2019

Lectio Divina: Matthew 22:1-14Thursday, August 22, 2019

Lectio: Matthew 22:34-40Friday, August 23, 2019

Lectio: St. Bartholomew, ApostleSaturday, August 24, 2019

Lectio Divina: 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time (C)Sunday, August 25, 2019

Lectio Divina: Matthew 23:13-22Monday, August 26, 2019

Lectio Divina: Matthew 23:23-26Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Lectio Divina: Matthew 23:27-32 Wednesday, August 28, 2019

excerpts from Lectio Divina - https://www.ocarm.org


Prayer for the Canonization of Titus Brandsma

O Mary, how that savage cry of the people and that unjust judgment of Pilate, like a sword of affliction, must have pierced the heart. But You also endure it and remain silent like Jesus, Your Son.

Link To Titus’ Wrintings…


Featured Carmelite Saint

Bl. Jacques Retouret, Priest and Martyr (mf)

Bl. Jacques Retouret was born at Limoges in France on 15th September 1746 to a merchant family. He was a serious young man, a lover of books and greatly gifted. At fifteen years of age, he entered the Carmelite house in his native city. After ordination, his zeal and learning were widely admired and large crowds of people were attracted by his way of preaching.

Unfortunately, he was often unable to fulfil all his engagements, due to his persistent bad health which plagued him throughout his life.

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The French Revolution did not spare him. Like the majority of his fellow clergy, Jacques refused to accept the civil law, unilaterally introduced by the state, which decreed, among other things, the election of bishops and parish priests by the people, only afterwards to be approved by the hierarchy and the pope. In addition to this refusal, Jacques was accused of siding with a group of political emigres who had invaded the country against the revolutionaries. He was arrested and condemned, together with many other priests and religious, and sentenced to exile in French Guinea in South America. Taken to Rochefort, he was held there in a prison ship. The British navy, at this time, was blockading the French coast and so preventing the departure of the prison ships. The conditions for the prisoners were beyond description: they were crowded together, hungry, plagued by sickness, and suffered from either the heat or the cold in overpowering smells, and persecuted by their gaolers.

Jacques died at Madame Isle, some miles distant from Rochefort, on 26th August 1794 at the age of 48 years. He was beatified, together with 63 other priests and religious, as martyrs for the faith, on 1st October 1995 by Pope John Paul II.

Prayer
God of power and mercy,
you gave Jacques Retouret, your martyr,
victory over pain and suffering.
Strengthen us who celebrate this day of his triumph
and help us to be victorious over the evils that threaten us.
Through Christ our Lord.


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