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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Current Carmel News
- Jul 29, 2019 We are called to follow the footsteps of Christ – Fr. Tim Jusayan, O.Carm. Jul 29, 2019
- Jul 29, 2019 Newly Professed Brothers Told to Commit, to Let Go, and to Love Jul 29, 2019
- Jul 29, 2019 Journeying with the young as Carmelites Jul 29, 2019
- Jul 25, 2019 Fight against today’s Baal – Fr. Tim Jusayan, O.Carm. Jul 25, 2019
- Jul 25, 2019 O. Carm. brothers raise attention to the true state of the nation Jul 25, 2019
- Jul 18, 2019 O.Carm. Philippines celebrates the solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Jul 18, 2019
- Jul 9, 2019 Triduum/Fiesta Masses Jul 9, 2019
- Jul 6, 2019 Jul 6, 2019
- Jun 28, 2019 He went on to Carmel Jun 28, 2019
- May 29, 2019 SAINT SIMON STOCK: THOUGHTS ON HIS FEAST DAY May 29, 2019
- May 28, 2019 Celebrating 50 years in Carmel May 28, 2019
- May 28, 2019 Renewal of vows and installation to the Acolytate and Lectorate ministries May 28, 2019
- May 28, 2019 Revitalized CarmelitesPh.Com launched May 28, 2019
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