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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 : Oct. 14 - Oct 22, 2019

Lectio Divina: Luke 11:29-32Monday, October 14, 2019

Lectio Divina: Luke 11:37-41Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Lectio Divina: Luke 11:42-46Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Lectio Divina: Luke 11:47-54Thursday, October 17, 2019

Lectio Divina: St. Luke, Evangelist - Luke 10:1-9Friday, October 18, 2019

Lectio: Luke 12:8-12 Saturday, October 19, 2019

Lectio Divina: 29th Sunday of ordinary time (C)Sunday, October 20, 2019

Lectio Divina: Luke 12:13-21Monday, October 21, 2019

Lectio Divina: Luke 12:35-38Tuesday, October 22, 2019

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


Prayer for the Canonization of Titus Brandsma

O Jesus, when I gaze on You , Once more alive, that I love You,

And that your heart loves me too , Moreover as your special friend.

Although that calls me to suffer more Oh, for me all suffering is good,

For in this way I resemble You, And this is the way to Your Kingdom.

Link To Titus’ Wrintings…


Featured Carmelite Saint

St. Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church, October 15th

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Known to her family as Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada, she became the reformer of Carmel, mother of the Discalced Carmelite nuns and friars, "spiritual mother" (as is engraved under her statue in the Vatican Basilica), patron of Catholic writers (from 1965) and Doctor of the Church (1970), the first woman with Saint Catherine of Siena to ever receive this last title.

She was born at Avila in Castile, Spain, on 28th March 1515 and died in Alba de Tormes, near Salamanca, on 4th October 1582 (a correction due to the Gregorian reform of the calendar that year, as the following day was officially 15th October). She was beatified in 1614, canonised in 1622 and her feast day occurs on 15th October.

Her life needs to be understood in the light of the plan which God had for her, with the great desires experienced in her heart, with the mysterious illness to which she was subject in her youth (and with the ill health from which she suffered throughout her life), and with the "resistance" to divine grace for which she blamed herself more than she should has. Running away from home, she entered the Carmel of the Incarnation in Avila on 2nd November 1535. As a result, partly of the prevailing conditions in the community and partly from her own spiritual difficulties, she had to struggle before arriving at what she called her conversion at the age of 39. But, benefitting from various spiritual directors, she then began to make great strides towards perfection.

In 1560, the idea first emerged of a new Carmel, where the Rule could be followed more closely, and this was realized two years later when the monastery of St. Joseph was founded without any endowments and "following the Primitive Rule": a phrase that needs to be clearly understood because both then and later it was a notion which was more nostalgic and "heroic" than practical. Five years later Teresa obtained from the Prior General of the Order, John Baptist Rossi, then visiting Spain, permission to increase the number of monasteries and a licence to found two communities of contemplative Carmelite friars (later to be called Discalced) who would be the spiritual counterparts of the nuns and, as such, able to help them. At the death of Saint Teresa, there were 17 monasteries of nuns in the Reform, and the communities of friars also quickly outstripped the original number, some founded with permission from the Prior General Rossi but others, especially those in Andalusia, established against his will, relying on the approval of the apostolic visitators, the Dominican Vargas and the young Discalced Carmelite Jerome Gracian (a close spiritual companion of Teresa, for whom she vowed to do whatever he asked her, as long as it was not contrary to God's law).

There followed a series of unedifying quarrels, made worse by the interference of the civil authorities and other outsiders, until in 1581, the Discalced were formed into a separate Province. Saint Teresa was then able to write, "Now all of us, Discalced and Calced, are at peace and nothing can hinder us from serving the Lord".

Saint Teresa is among the most important figures of all time for Catholic spirituality. Her works - especially the four best known (The Life, The Way of Perfection, The Mansions and The Foundations) - together with her more historical works, contain a doctrine which encompasses the whole of the spiritual life, from the first steps right up to intimacy with God at the centre of the Interior Castle. Her Letters show her occupied with a great variety of everyday problems. Her doctrine on the unity of the soul with God (a doctrine which was intimately lived by her) follows the Carmelite tradition which had preceded her and to which she herself contributed in such a notable way, enriching it as well as passing the tradition on, not only to her spiritual sons and daughters, but also to the whole Church which she served so unsparingly. When she was dying, her one joy was to be able to affirm that "I die a daughter of the Church".


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