Sunday, November 17, 2013

Fr. Deacon Michael Lee, OCDS, STL, is a member of our Secular Carmelite Community of the Holy Family.

Fr. Deacon Michael Lee, OCDS, STL
Deacon for the Eparchy of Parma



Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Male Carmel in Chile

Francisco Sumonte Oyarzun

It was in 1900 when the first friars arrived from Peru, to evangelize this land in which our Carmelite nuns had been present from some years previously.

Carmel was born in Chile as the fruit of love for Mary, our mother. We, the Discalced Carmelite friars, also work from our monasteries to be able to spread abundant fruit in love and truth, fidelity and perseverance, making God's kingdom present in the midst of our people.

We are able to say that our Chilean Carmel is growing. Until a few years ago, we were a Vicariate belonging to the Saint Joachim Province of Navarre. In the General definitory celebrated in 2010, we were established as a Commissariat, placed under the protection of our mother, the Virgin of Carmel.

As a fruit of prayer, our service to the community was born in an abundant Manner, by means of our different communities spread throughout the country. At the present time info we have seven communities.



Dr Susan Muto is Executive Director and co-founder of the Epiphany Association, which promotes spiritual formation for person and community, and Dean of the Academy of Formative Spirituality in Pittsburgh. She lectures nationally and internationally and is the author of over thirty books. In this article, she explores the nature of spiritual hiddenness in the life of Thérèse - seeing it as a springboard to deeper faith and union with Christ, and as a path that is very relevant for our times.

Sunday, July 21, 2013



Blessed the ears of the soul alert enough, recollected enough to hear this voice of the Word of God; blessed also the eyes of this soul which in the light of a deep and living faith can witness the "coming" of the Master into His intimate sanctuary. But what then is this coming? It is an unceasing generation, an enduring hymn of praise...He is continually coming, always for the first time as if He had never come; for His coming, independent of time, consists in an eternal "now," and an eternal desire eternally renews the joys of the coming. The capacity of the soul, enlarged by the coming of the Master, seems to go out of itself in order to pass through the walls into the immensity of Him who comes; and a phenomenon occurs: God, who is in our depths receives God coming to us, and God contemplates God! God in whom beatitude consists.

From Heaven in Faith, Fifth Day, First Prayer

Monday, July 8, 2013


Photo: R. Massaro
Carmelite Monastery Lourdes, France

Sunday, June 30, 2013

JUNE 29, 2013


Monday, June 17, 2013




Thursday, March 14, 2013


Fr. Saverio Cannistra's Letter to the Holy Father on behalf of all Discalced Carmelites:

Holy Father,

Our family of Discalced Carmelite friars, nuns, and seculars bids you the warmest welcome. With the simplicity our fathers and mothers in Carmel have handed down to us, we open the doors of our hearts to you. Count on us, Your Holiness; on us, your sons and daughters in Christ Jesus.

Our Holy Mother Teresa taught us to live the gift of faith in a communion of love with the Church, in the spirit of obedience to the Vicar of Christ, placing our lives at the service of the Kingdom. This we have done with your predecessors and this we will do with you.

Keeping in our hearts a profound gratitude towards your predecessor, Benedict XVI, whose life has helped us so much to set our eyes on Christ, we have lived with trusting serenity, expectant prayer, and elated joy the election of a new Pope. Every day we told the Lord: “Show us who you have elected to guide the barque of Peter in this time of grace.” Now that we have seen you, we welcome in Your Holiness he whom God has sent to us.

Our heartfelt thanks for having said yes. We imagine it was not easy to do, faced with the arduous tasks awaiting you. But we have seen in your countenance the true humility of he who offers himself as an instrument of the Lord, who allows Him to work through his words, his decisions, his actions. In Your Holiness we have once again recognized the work of the Spirit, his renewing strength, which contains continual surprises for his faithful, and for that we give thanks to God. 

Holy Father, we want to tell you with a bit of daring that we want to be your friends. We want our family of Carmel to be like a new Bethany for Your Holiness, where you can rest from your labors and where, together, we can talk about what we most love: our Friend Jesus Christ, his Church, the poorest of our times. The name 
you have chosen encourages us to do so: the name of who, following the footprints of Christ, has always wanted to be the smallest among his brothers.

We will be missionaries with you when you undertake the journey to announce the Gospel to the whole world. We will join Your Holiness when you proclaim with courage and strength the peace and justice of the Kingdom of God. When the cross appears, you will have us beside you to embrace it with you. And we will 
also be at your side when you retire in prayer to speak to the Heart of Jesus.

We place your pontificate under the protection of Mary, who for us is the “Flower of Carmel, fruitful Vine, Splendor of Heaven, Virgin Mother, Mother most tender, Star of the Sea.”

May God bless you!

Your sons and daughters of the Discalced Carmel.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all Secular Carmelites, especially to the members in our Holy Family Community!

As the new year begins with the Solemnity of Our Lady, let us renew our efforts to become holy Carmelites under her patronage.  Let us deepen our devotion to our Good Mother: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.  May she lead us safely to union with her Divine Son.

A Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

O Most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendour of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein you are my Mother.

O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart, to succour me in this necessity; there are none that can withstand your power.

O, show me herein you are my Mother, O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hands. Amen.

Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds