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..."
"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...
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.
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.
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!"
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.
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.
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.
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 greetings from Carmelite Quotes: May the peace of Christ come to dwell within your hearts this Christmas
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 →
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Carmelite spirituality is not contemplative and apostolic. It is apostolic because it is contemplative