Flos Carmeli, (“Flower of Carmel”) is both a hymn and a prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, said to have been composed by St Simon Stock. The Carmelite Order traces back its origins to a group of hermits who lived on Mt Carmel in the Holy Land in the twelfth century.
How can our relationship with God bring joy? St Bonaventure, a 13th-century Franciscan, believed that it was important that we use our emotions to have an intense relationship with God, which would, in turn, deepen our joy.
Of all those called by God to share in his holiness, to be consecrated to him through Jesus Christ in the power of the Spirit, no one responds more fully than Mary, the mother of the consecrated one. Discover her example of consecrated life in this blog.
Since Jesus commissioned His disciples to proclaim the Good News to all nations, the approach to evangelisation and catechesis has been adapted and transformed. Today, we have unprecedented means of communicating with billions of people across the world at the touch of a button. Discover what proclamation and catechesis should look like in the digital era in this extract from the Directory for Catechesis.
A computer geek who dedicated his life to Jesus, Blessed Carlo Acutis died in 2006 at the age of 15, but has already been beatified by the Church! His life is an inspiration to anyone wanting to embrace the digital age for evangelisation and catechesis.
If you would like to be strengthened in living out the will of God, pray this prayer to St Maria Goretti.