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Friday, 12 April 2019 15:42

A Beacon of Light

CC108Web150This issue of Carmel Contact is filled with uplifting and heart-warming stories of people who bring the hope of a new life to those in need. The children in Zumalai very much appreciated the messages of greetings and support our donors sent last Christmas. There is news about the Youth Engagement Program in Zumalai, our new Carmelite novices and candidates, Fr Laurie Timms' memories of his Novitiate in 1966, our Donors' Mass and High Tea and an invitation to share in our Easter Vigil Mass, and much more.

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Friday, 12 April 2019 15:36

Growing Dragon Fruit in Timor

2019GDFTLWeb150Fr Fausto Tilman De Araújo, one of the formators in our community in Hera, Timor-Leste, has been experimenting. A keen gardener, Fausto has been trying to grow the highly sought after dragon fruit. If successful, Fausto hopes not only to supply the large Carmelite community at Hera (36 Carmelites) but to grow enough for sale to local supermarkets where it fetches a good price. Good luck, Fausto!

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Saturday, 06 April 2019 11:42

Fifth Sunday in Lent

2019Lent5Web150We know the story of the woman caught in the act of adultery so well that we usually miss the fact that it is not only the woman who experiences God’s forgiveness through Jesus in this story.

The scribes and Pharisees, out to trap Jesus, parade a hapless woman before the crowd gathered to hear Jesus teaching. We can only imagine her embarrassment as they publically accuse her of adultery. Noting that the law of Moses says that they should stone the woman to death, they ask what Jesus thinks.

2018UNIVWeb150Mass prayers and readings for Carmelite celebrations are now included in the latest update of the Universalis app for your smart phone and tablet.

The addition of these texts means that nearly all the texts for Carmelite liturgical celebrations are now available on smart phone or tablet. The addition of these mass texts has been part of an ongoing collaboration between Carmelite Communications and Universalis to make the Carmelite calendar, breviary and mass texts (in English) available on mobile devices.

Friday, 05 April 2019 13:09

Death, Resurrection & Transformation

JPIC85As new life emerges in this month of Easter, we are reminded that each of us are co-creators with God. How we go about this task is critically important for our neighbours across the street and around the world. At a time when we are witnessing the demise of more and more species, EARTH DAY on Monday 22 April helps us ensure the ability of all creation remains a vibrant chorus of praise to the Creator.

Our reflection this month by Peter Clarke helps us to encompass, celebrate and embrace the hope of this significant time in our faith journey. pdf JPIC No 85 April 2019 (1.05 MB)

Friday, 05 April 2019 12:51

The State of the Earth's Climate

EScarelWeb150Renowned Carmelite climate scientist, Fr Eduardo Scarel, looks at the state of the earth's climate over the last 4 years - the 4 warmest ever recorded. He explains the causes of global warming and the effect on temperatures, extreme weather events, ice shrinkage and the rise of CO2 emissions.

"The next few years are crucial", he says. "We are the last generation that could and should act to avoid crossing crucial turning points and avoid irreversible damage to our common home, the earth, the abode of humanity and the rest of God's creatures."

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