Feasts

Reflections for the major feasts celebrated in the Catholic Church, with emphasis on Carmelite spirituality.

The Baptism of Christ

Baptism of Christ by Pietro Perugino, 1483

Christ is bathed in light; let us also be bathed in light. Christ is baptized; let us also go down with him, and rise with him.

John is baptizing when Jesus draws near. Perhaps he comes to sanctify his baptizer; certainly he comes to bury sinful humanity in the waters. He comes to sanctify the Jordan for our sake and in readiness for us; he who is spirit and flesh comes to a new creation through the Spirit and water.

The Lamb That Was Slain

Adoration of the Mystic Lamb by Jan Van Eyck

Easter Sunday Reflection. He is the One who covered death with shame and cast the devil into mourning, as Moses cast Pharaoh into mourning. He is the One who smote sin and robbed iniquity of offspring, as Moses robbed the Egyptians of their offspring. He is the One who ...

An Epiphany House Blessing

Chalking the door

“Chalking the door” is a way to celebrate and literally mark the occasion of the Epiphany and God’s blessing of our lives and home. With time the chalk will fade. As it does we let the meaning of the symbols written sink into the depths of our heart and be manifest in our words and actions the Latin words, Christus mansionem benedictat, “May Christ bless the house.”

Commemoration of All Carmelite Souls

Carmelite saints

On this commemoration of All Carmelite Souls, we call to mind all Carmelites who have gone before us and their part in the heritage that has been handed down to us. These brothers and sisters of ours may not have been famous spiritual writers nor renowned for extraordinary experiences of prayer, but they made their mark on the Order and on each of us through their own efforts to live in allegiance to Jesus Christ in service to the Order and to the Church. Whether as priests or brothers, nuns or sisters, consecrated lay or third order members, they brought the spirit of Carmel to their daily lives and to all those around them.

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