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Friday, 16 October 2020 14:28

The image of God

29OTAWeb150What is on display in this story from Matthew’s Gospel is not Jesus’ clever reply, but the image of God he presents. Even knowing the plot of the Pharisees and Herodians, Jesus does not refuse to enter into dialogue with them. He is the Word of God always willing to be in conversation with human beings, even those plotting against him. Read more & download Lectio Divina for this Sunday.

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Thursday, 15 October 2020 10:30

St Teresa of Jesus Feast Day 15 October

2020TOAWeb150Born in Avila in Spain in 1515 Teresa entered the Carmelites and eventually made great progress in her spiritual journey. Wishing to share in the spiritual renewal of the Church of her time, she began to live her religious life more ardently and soon attracted many companions, to whom she was like a mother. She also helped in the reform of the friars with Saint John of the Cross. She wrote books which are renowned for their depth of doctrine and which showed her own spiritual experiences. She died at Alba de Tormes in 1582. In 1970 Teresa was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Paul VI.

"Prayer, in my opinion, is nothing else than an intimate sharing between friends." - St Teresa of Jesus.

Monday, 12 October 2020 09:30

We need the spirit of Elijah

2019EWeb150At a recent Papal Audience, Pope Francis said, "We need the spirit of Elijah" and described him as “one of the most compelling characters in the whole of Sacred Scripture.” Carmelites regard Elijah as our spiritual father, so Pope Francis' words about him resonate deeply with us.

Focusing on Elijah’s prayer life, Pope Francis underlined how prayer and contemplation sustained the Prophet not only in moments of great success but also in the face of adversity and persecution. Read more & see video.

Friday, 09 October 2020 16:07

Shaping a new world

28OTAWeb150Last Sunday Pope Francis issued a new encyclical letter. It’s a rather long document which calls for a new way of thinking and acting as we approach the task of building a post-COVID world. The document is based on the idea of fraternity. Fraternity is also a common theme in Carmelite spirituality. It isn’t just about the idea of recognising that others are our brothers and sisters. It’s also about actually thinking and acting like a brother or sister to others – to treat them with care and great respect, as though they were equal members of our family. Read more.

Friday, 09 October 2020 13:56

Invitations refused & accepted

28OTAWeb150The third of the parables addressed to the chief priests and the elders is our Gospel today. Told in the context of a wedding feast given by a great King it’s a parable in three parts. The first part is about God’s gracious invitation and its indifferent and sometimes violent refusal by those invited first (the religious and lay leaders). Second part: God’s invitation having been rejected by the first to whom it was offered, is now offered to others. Third part: the guest without a wedding garment. Read more & download Lectio Divina for this Sunday.

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Friday, 02 October 2020 14:37

Celebrating 200,000 Facebook followers!

2020200kWeb150We have now reached the huge milestone of 200,000 Facebook followers! Our charism of prayer and contemplation reaches out to embrace all people and to share with them the richness of the Carmelite tradition. We are enriched by people who share with us the spirit of healing and developing human society through the leaven of the Gospel. They are part of our family. In just over 3 years our page has grown from less than 1,000 followers to over 200,000 and we continue to feel the love and support from the global reach of our Facebook community. A special Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated privately for all our followers and their families and for your intentions. Visit our Facebook page @carmelitesAET.

Thursday, 01 October 2020 16:21

Stewards of God's gift

27OTAWeb150In last Sunday’s parable, Jesus addressed the Jerusalem priests and elders with a message that “action speaks louder than words”. This Sunday, Jesus continues his address to them, building upon that message by using another parable. This week’s parable asks us how we have used the gifts that God has entrusted to us. It is essentially a parable about stewardship. Read more & download Lectio Divina for this Sunday.

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Wednesday, 30 September 2020 12:40

Lectio Divina for October

LDWeb150You can download and save the scripture texts, reflections and prayers for Lectio Divina for each day of this month. Lectio Divina is a traditional way of praying the Scriptures. Visit our Lectio Divina page for more information about how to pray using Lectio Divina. Join our Lectio Online group every Friday at 10am (Australian Eastern Daylight Time) to prayerfully reflect on the coming Sunday's Gospel. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Wednesday, 30 September 2020 12:27

St Thérèse of Lisieux

Therese of LWeb1501 October is the feast day of St Thérèse of Lisieux famous for her teaching on the 'the little way of confidence and love' found in her autobiography, The Story of a Soul. Thérèse Martin was born in Alencon in France in 1873. Whilst still young she entered the Discalced Carmel of Lisieux. Her writings reveal a very human character. She frequently fell asleep during the long hours of prayer in the monastery chapel. She always had a strong sense of God's love for her and felt her calling was to be love. 'What matters,' she wrote, 'is not great deeds, but great love'. She died on 30 September 1897, just 24 years old. She was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope John Paul II in 1997.

Tuesday, 29 September 2020 16:39

Strength, hope & prayer

CC111Web150Strength, hope and prayer are needed now more than ever, to help us cope and be connected with one another as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep us isolated from each other. Our special issue ‘Carmel Contact’ newsletter is filled with prayer, pastoral and practical support to keep you and those you love safe.

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