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The Dominican soul thread made me want to put this up for the Carmelites among us. I love the Dominicans, so it is great that they have their thread. But of course, we all know know that Carmelites are better.... :P (joking, for those who don't realize it). Carmelite souls, please add to this thread. :nunpray:

to start us off.....


[url="http://www.ewtn.com/...it/carmspir.txt"]http://www.ewtn.com/...it/carmspir.txt[/url]

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[b][u]CARMELITE SPIRITUALITY
[/u][/b]

Can we describe this spirit?

In spite of the mystery of its beginnings, on this point no hesitation is
possible. This spirit consists essentially in a longing for union with
God.

It will be objected that all spiritual men know this longing. This is
true. Nevertheless at Carmel this aspiration has a quality of immediacy,
an insistence on prompt realization that distinguishes the Order's
religious attitude.[2] Carmel makes contemplation its proper end and to
attain this end it practices absolute detachment in relation to all
demands, or at least to all temporal contingencies. Eminently theocentric,
Carmel refers itself wholly to the living God: "As the Lord liveth the God
of Israel, in whose sight I stand" (3 Kgs. 17: 1).

[b][u]From the earliest ages union with God has been its "raison d'etre" and its
soul.[/u][/b]


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[b][u]A direct and intimate experience with God is the basis of Carmel
spirituality.[/u][/b]


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[b][u]This primacy of "spirit", necessary in every religious institute seems
even more necessary in Carmel.[/u]
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Why do I get the impression that everybody is dueling for the soul of Vee8?

[img]http://www.phatmass.com/phorum/public/style_emoticons/default/saint.gif[/img]

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[quote name='krissylou' timestamp='1285037747' post='2174996']
Why do I get the impression that everybody is dueling for the soul of Vee8?

[img]http://www.phatmass.com/phorum/public/style_emoticons/default/saint.gif[/img]
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LOL Well, it's better that the folks in VS duel for Vee8's soul than you-know-who. She's at least picked sides.

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[quote name='krissylou' timestamp='1285037747' post='2174996']
Why do I get the impression that everybody is dueling for the soul of Vee8?

[img]http://www.phatmass.com/phorum/public/style_emoticons/default/saint.gif[/img]
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Duel? Not at all. There is no contest. Vee is going on a live-in visit with the Carmelites soon. Beginning of love affair. End of story :P

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[quote name='krissylou' timestamp='1285037747' post='2174996']
Why do I get the impression that everybody is dueling for the soul of Vee8?

[img]http://www.phatmass.com/phorum/public/style_emoticons/default/saint.gif[/img]
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rotfl I suspect the real duel would be in trying to pawn me off. "You take her she talks too loud!" "No you do she cant sing!" "No you cus she set her own veil on fire." and so on.

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[quote name='vee8' timestamp='1285102998' post='2175142']
rotfl I suspect the real duel would be in trying to pawn me off. "You take her she talks too loud!" "No you do she cant sing!" "No you cus she set her own veil on fire." and so on.
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LOL. I just got the image of you doing these 3 things at once! :nun2:

That link to EWTN doesn't seem to work for me... mysterious Carmelites being mysterious about their mysteriousness ;)

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[quote name='holly.o' timestamp='1285113796' post='2175187']
LOL. I just got the image of you doing these 3 things at once! :nun2:

That link to EWTN doesn't seem to work for me... mysterious Carmelites being mysterious about their mysteriousness ;)
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Laughing Holly... it is a mystery!rotfl

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[quote name='holly.o' timestamp='1285113796' post='2175187']
LOL. I just got the image of you doing these 3 things at once! :nun2:

That link to EWTN doesn't seem to work for me... mysterious Carmelites being mysterious about their mysteriousness ;)
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Sorry about that. I think I must have gone through a yahoo search and they messed up the url. Let's try again...
[url="http://www.ewtn.com/library/spirit/carmspir.txt"]http://www.ewtn.com/library/spirit/carmspir.txt[/url]

We don't mean to be mysterious - its just the way we are :)

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  • 3 weeks later...

I just read this on the website for the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles & thought it would be a good addition to this thread:

[url="http://www.carmelitesistersocd.com/Who/Carmelitelife.asp"]Carmelite Sisters - Carmelite Life[/url]

It's a very beautiful and simple description of Carmelite spirituality, I think.

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