Carmelites of the Church Triumphant
Ash Wednesday: February 22, 2023
Lent 2023 Guides: https://hallow.com/lent/
Visitors are welcome to our community meeting at 2:30 p.m. on February 26 at St. Stephen the Martyr Church,13055 SE 192nd St, Renton, WA 98058.
Who We Are
Discalced Carmelite Seculars, the third branch of the Order of Discalced Carmelites, live the same charisms of the friars and nuns, but take them into the world to share in charity their love of Jesus Christ and their Carmelite spirituality. We immerse ourselves in the teachings of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, the 16th century reformers of the ancient Carmelite Order.
“Secular” in the Carmelite definition refers to lay people who may be married or single, and who live actively in daily settings with their families, friends, and co-workers. We come from all walks of life. We gather monthly and at other times to study Carmelite spirituality and the lives of the saints and to associate in a community of Discalced Carmelite Seculars to develop fraternity and our life of prayer.
“Charisms” are graces of the Holy Spirit that call us to serve and build up the Church, and to contribute to the well-being of humanity and the needs of the world. Teresian Carmelite charisms are eremitical (called to silence and solitude), contemplative, oriented to service, community, and Marian.
We make a commitment to the promises to live the spirit of the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity (according to one's state in life) and obedience, and to live the spirit of the Beatitudes.
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. We are also under the watchful guidance and paternal intercession of St. Joseph, himself a lay person and model for Carmelite Seculars.
Nada Te Turbe
“Let nothing disturb you
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing:
God never changes,
Patience obtains all things.
He who has God
Finds he lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.”
--St. Teresa of Avila
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