Carmelite OCDS – Devotion to St. Joseph

Devotion to St. Joseph 1. The same aura of silence that envelops everything about St. Joseph, himself a lay person and model for Carmelite Seculars, also shrouds his work as a carpenter in the house of Nazareth. It is a silence that reveals in a special way the inner portrait of the man. The Gospels … Continue reading Carmelite OCDS – Devotion to St. Joseph

Acts of Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary – Our Lady of Mount Carmel

1. The Virgin Mary is present in a special way, most of all as a model of faithfulness in listening to the Lord and in service to Him and to others. For Secular Carmelites, Mary is a model of obedience and total commitment to God’s Kingdom. She teaches us to listen to God’s Word in … Continue reading Acts of Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary – Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Our First Duties as Carmelites OCDS

What is the pars potior (the most important part) of the Carmelite vocation? The answer usually given was prayer; by that meaning quiet or contemplative prayer. Is this a sufficient answer? The Rule itself makes it clear that our first duty is to serve Christ with pure hearts and upright consciences. In scriptural terms, that … Continue reading Our First Duties as Carmelites OCDS

Life as a Secular Carmelite is a way of following Jesus Christ.

My beautiful and fulfilling life vocation as a Carmelite OCDS (Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites) is a way of following Jesus Christ. Walking the path of the gospel, and seeking His love. Having an intense thirst for a direct relationship with God. Being centered on Prayer, is a loving friendship with God, and contemplation is a gift … Continue reading Life as a Secular Carmelite is a way of following Jesus Christ.