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Carmelite Spirituality

The Carmelite Tradition and Centering Prayer Christian Meditation 1

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by Ernest E. Larkin, O.Carm.

Introduction:

In this paper I propose to interface the Carmelite tradition on contemplative prayer and two popular forms of contemplative practice called centering prayer and “Christian Meditation.” We are asking how these widely used, current practices fit into that tradition. Do the new forms agree or disagree with past thinking? What does the Carmelite tradition have to say pro and con about them?

THE CHARISM OF THE ORDER

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From Carmelite Constitution

14.

“To live a life of allegiance to Jesus Christ

and to serve him faithfully

with a pure heart

and a clear conscience”:[1]

these words, inspired by St. Paul,

are the basis for all the elements of our charism;

they are the foundation upon which Albert constructed our way of life.

The particular Palestinian context in which the Order originated,

and the approval bestowed by the Holy See

Spirituality - Intro

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The Rule outlines the way to live out the Carmelite life in allegiance to Christ, according to the spirit of the Order. We are to ponder the law of the Lord, by day and by night,  in silence and in solitude, so that the word of God may dwell abundantly in the hearts and on the lips of those who profess it. 

Our Rule

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The rule of life given to the Carmelites by St. Albert Avogadro between the years 1206 - 1214, was finally approved as the true and proper Rule of Carmel by Innocent IV in 1247 and later underwent mitigations which were not in the original text.

The Carmelite Rule states that it is fundamental for a Carmelite

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Our Charism

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How do we live our lives? What is our Charism?

A charism is a gift from God to the Church for the world. With regard to a Religious Order, the term refers to the gift which God gives to an individual or group to inspire the founding of a new religious family within the Church. This gift is handed down through the centuries and enriched by all who are called to live it.

Message of Pope John Paul II to the Carmelite Family on the 750th Anniversary of the Bestowal of the Scapular

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To the Most Reverend Fathers 
Joseph Chalmers,
Prior General of the Order of Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel (O.Carm.)
and
Camilo Maccise,
Superior General of the Order of Discalced Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel (O.C.D.) 

1. The providential event of grace, which the Jubilee Year has been for the Church, prompts her to look with trust and hope to the journey we have just begun in the new millennium. "At the beginning of this new century",

Message of Pope John Paul II to the Order of Carmelite on her General Chapter 2001

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To the Most Reverend Father

JOSEPH CHALMERS

Prior General of the Order of the Brothers
of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel

1. It is with great joy that I learnt that the ancient Order of the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel is celebrating its General Chapter and is animated by the desire to continue to serve Christ and the Church in complete fidelity to its charism and to the directives of the pontifical Magisterium.

Message of the General Chapter 2001 to the Carmelite Family Throughout the World

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Carmel - The Journey Continues

"In holiness and justice before God all the days of our life"

(Luke 1,75)

Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Carmelite Family.

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As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister." 

 



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