Blessed Chiquitunga led an active apostolic life in Paraguay's Catholic Action movement prior to entering Carmel. In this prayer, she pleads with God: "let this ardor of my heart change into an intense life of union with You, beloved Master, of intense apostolate for Your glory..."
Quote of the day, 22 June: Silvio José Báez, o.c.d.
"Do whatever he tells you" (Jn 2:5), were the instructions from the Mother of the Lord to the servants at the wedding banquet. Bishop Silvio José Báez reminds us that if we put his gospel into practice, our lives will be transformed in unexpected ways...
Easter Greetings from Ukraine
On Easter Sunday, 17 April 2022, Father General Miguel Márquez Calle sent video greetings to the entire Order from Bucha, Ukraine. From the burial ground where the friars had just prayed for the dead, he wished to extend resurrection greetings: "to all the Order we wish you a Happy Easter where death does not have the last word." Watch his video with our English subtitles.
Ukraine: In God’s hands
The Discalced Carmelites who remain in Ukraine look to the martyr Saint Edith Stein for inspiration and discernment because she was willing “to live and die in the hands of the Lord, as God wills and when God wills.” Father Józef Kucharczyk, OCD gives us an update and thanks us for our prayer and financial support.
Quote of the day, 5 March: Józef Kucharczyk, OCD
What is the Discalced Carmelite experience in Ukraine at the moment? Provincial Delegate Father Józef Kucharczyk explains: "This is what I feel: spiritual warfare! I don’t feel like a hero... The priests and the faithful don’t feel like heroes, but we are really fighting with the devil!"
Spiritual Warfare in Ukraine: An interview with Fr. Józef Kucharczyk, OCD
The Discalced Carmelite friars and nuns are not immune to the current crisis in Ukraine. On 28 February 2022, the Discalced Carmelite General Superior, Father Miguel Márquez Calle, interviewed Father Józef Kucharczyk, the Provincial Delegate in Ukraine, asking him to describe the Discalced Carmelite presence, their current experience, as well as their needs. Here is our translation of that interview.
Quote of the day, 4 March: Józef Kucharczyk, o.c.d.
Discalced Carmelite provincial delegate Father Józef Kucharczyk in Kyiv says, "Our presence here in Ukraine is important so that the people can feel this kind of security—spiritual security." Learn about the initiatives that the faithful bring to him to unite in prayer.
2022 Online Lenten Retreat: Experiencing Divine Mercy With the Saints of Carmel
Lent is approaching and the Discalced Carmelite friars have especially prepared a free online Lenten retreat for you. The theme is Experiencing Divine Mercy With the Saints of Carmel.
Quote of the day, 24 February: St. John Paul II
We have translated an excerpt from St. John Paul II's homily at the beatification of Josefa Naval Girbés in 1988, where he praises her heroic virtues and her status as a lay woman in the local church.
Merry Christmas to our readers
Merry Christmas greetings from Carmelite Quotes: May the peace of Christ come to dwell within your hearts this Christmas
The colour of life
A senior man applied for a vacancy in a nursing home. When I went to fetch him to take him there, all his belongings were in a shoe box. It was all he had. After his first night at the nursing home, I asked him if he was feeling all right, and he answered: ”The... Continue Reading →
Remembering Nathan Trapuzzano — The Nathan Trapuzzano Memorial Foundation
Nathan Benjamin Trapuzzano was born May 17, 1989. The fourth of five children, he was raised in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, a suburb north of Pittsburgh. Growing up, Nathan excelled in academics and athletics, held a black belt in karate, and possessed superb skills playing both...Via The Nathan Trapuzzano Memorial Foundation Nathan and his beautiful bride, Jennifer
Our 2000th blog post
We thank our faithful followers and all of our readers for their kind comments and loyal sharing of the wisdom of the Carmelites.
To be a disciple of Jesus — Silvio José Báez, O.C.D.
To be a disciple of Jesus means to take up the cross and follow him
Carmelite spirituality: apostolic or contemplative?
Carmelite spirituality is not contemplative and apostolic. It is apostolic because it is contemplative
Bishop Silvio Báez: “No rebuilding without a reckoning”
The Church must continue to be less diplomatic and more prophetic
Isolation: An amazing grace
The spiritual tradition of Carmel comes to our rescue
Speranza! a video message of hope
A Discalced Carmelite message of encouragement to all of Italy
Coronavirus: Day of prayer March 11
Join the Carmelite nuns of Haifa in praying for an end to the Coronavirus outbreak
Nada te turbe — Yuli + Josh
Singers, vocalistas, Catholics, Youtubers, evangelizadores