Marian Doctrine and Christianity

Marian Doctrine and Christianity Fr. Rudolf V. D' Souza OCD In the history of Christianity, the periods in which Marian doctrine and devotion have flourished are also the periods when the worship and adoration of her Son were most prominent. There were moments in the history when Mary was exalted and at the same time many heretics tried to bring devotion towards her down. The first major period of Mariological developments ranges from the second to the seventh centuries when the Christian...
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Jesus, the Great Teacher Dr. Rudolf V. D’Souza OCD

Jesus, the Great Teacher Dr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD The mediocre teacher tells.  The good teacher explains.  The superior teacher demonstrates.  The great teacher inspires. Teaching is a divine task. Teaching ensures future of humanity. Being a good teacher is a task of transmitting wisdom of God himself.  Although the teaching ministry of Christ lasted only three and a half years, during that time He showed that He was the world's master teacher. He performed great miracles and taught a new...
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MOUNT CARMEL FEAST An Invitation to Prayer and Spiritual Empowering PART ONE

MOUNT CARMEL FEAST An Invitation to Prayer and Spiritual Empowering PART ONE Dr. Rudolf V. D' Souza OCD On 16th July the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of Our Lady of Mount Camel, and on 20th July the Feast of St. Elijah. Both these commemorations spell out the importance of prayer and spirituality; and the significance of "CARMEL". The word 'Carmelite' is derived from the Old Testament; and precisely its mention is found in the I Kings Chapter 18, where the adventurous Prophet Elija...
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Eucharist and Prayer

Eucharist and Prayer Dr. Rudolf V. D' Souza OCD The Eucharist, which the Dogmatic Constitution "Lumen Gentium" defines as "the source and summit of Christian Life" (LG 11), makes us "really share in the body of the Lord": in it "we are taken up into communion with him" (LG 7). That is where we realize Eucharist is prayer. There is no doubt about it. When we participate in the Eucharist, we experience the total essence of prayer and praise. One can term without hesitation that Eucharist is t...
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Discerning God’s Ways

Discerning God's Ways We are in the great Jubilee year 2000, celebrating it and living it out. Many say, this is the beginning of the New Millennium and others contend saying that the new Millennium will dawn on 1-1-2001. Any way we are at the threshold or we are in it. It is our privilege to be in this situation. Many things have changed long since. We have the new communication systems like fax, phone, cellular phone, E-mail etc. E-mail has now come in also to accelerate the change. It ...
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The Carmelite Tradition of Prayer According to ST. TERESA OF AVILA

The Carmelite Tradition of Prayer According to ST. TERESA OF AVILA The Carmelite Tradition of prayer began around 1209 on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land. The devout hermits, who gathered at Mount Carmel to dedicate their life to God through prayer and praise, approached Albert of Jerusalem who would help them through the rule. According to this rule the hermits were to live a common life committed to following Jesus Christ, serving him "with a pure heart and a good conscience". Sacred Scriptur...
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Relevance of Prayer To Religious Life of Today

Relevance of Prayer To Religious Life of Today Before venturing into writing this article for Dhyana magazine, I would like to quote David Van Biema, who wrote a beautiful article in TIME magazine on Mother Teresa of Calcutta, titled Her Agony: "A decade after Mother Teresa's death, her secret letters show that she spent almost 50 years without sensing the presence of God in her life. What does her experience teach us about the value of doubt?"[1]. With this introduction, I practically shud...
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Dear Lord

Dear Lord "Dear Lord, please give me A few friends who understand me and remain my friends; A work to do which has real value, without which the world would be the poorer; A mind unafraid to travel, even though the trail be not blazed; An understanding heart; A sense of humor; Time for quiet, silent meditation; A feeling of the presence of God; The patience to wait for the coming of these things, With the wisdom to recognize them when they come. Amen."
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Praying signifies Change

Praying signifies Change The need for reviewing and deepening the charism of prayer is crucial for the future of Carmel. The roots of Carmel are centred in the spirit of Prophet Elijah who showed the power of prayer on Mount Carmel and then his burning zeal for the living God on mount Horeb. The primitive rule given to our forefathers by the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Albert the Great, is the explicit source of our charism. Then our Holy Parents have left behind a very rich legacy of prayer thoug...
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The King’s Jackass Minister . . . Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was noted for the many tales he frequently told when speaking. On one such occasion he told a story about a king who wanted to go on a hunting party. In preparation the king consulted the court's minister if it was going to rain. He was assured that the hunt would not be dampened, but that it would be a sunny day. As the royal party set out through the gate of the castle they met a farmer riding an ass. The farmer warned the king not to make the journey; that it was going to r...
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