God’s Holy WORD
“Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:”
“To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.”—Acts 26:18
“And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.”—Hebrews 12:24
In doing the research for these posts in Part 9: Carmelite Order and John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila, I was surprised at the emphasis on and acceptance of a mystical union with God and the contemplative prayer which seems to be the vehicle by which one would attain that unbiblical goal.
To prove that this is really the focus (although there are other unbiblical ideas, too), I am going to quote from different Carmelite Sites. How can it be that nuns marry Jesus/God. Is this achieved through this mystical spiritual union that Teresa of Avila achieved? Too sad for words. This is Satan’s kingdom of darkness.
God’s WORD testifies of the LORD Jesus Christ, of his coming to earth to rescue sinners from Satan’s world of darkness by shedding his blood.
“…and without shedding of blood is no remission.”
“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest
by the blood of Jesus,“—Hebrews 10:19
“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”
Now for quotes from different Carmelite sites, a list of some Carmelite Monasteries around the world, and of course, some Bible verses. Sometimes Jesus is mentioned, and even a Bible verse…DO NOT be deceived.
In the 16th century, laxity had crept into many of the religious Orders. At that critical point, the Holy Spirit raised up two great Spanish saints, Teresa of Jesus and John of the Cross, to restore to its primitive fervor the Order of Carmel. To this day, through the example of their lives and their spiritual writings, they continue to stir up the fire of Divine Love in the hearts of many throughout the world. They draw willing souls after them in the pursuit of union with God, in imitation of Mary, who first showed us how to love and serve the Son of God, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Carmelite Nuns do not engage in apostolic works per se. Their mission in the Church is that of prayer. For this reason, they seek a place apart, so that they may live a life of intense prayer at the service of the Church and all humankind.
The nuns take Solemn Vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Since their ministry in the Church is solely one of prayer and silent witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ…Perhaps you feel that the Lord is calling you to a life of deeper prayer and greater intimacy with Himself…
The Carmelite Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary is a religious community of men in the Catholic Church, whose members, responding to the hunger for God in themselves and in the world, answer an interior call to prayer, community and ministry.
We embrace an eight century contemplative prophetic tradition of Gospel living, patterned on the Carmelite Rule and inspired by Elijah and Mary. As contemplatives, we seek to live consciously in the presence of God and to affirm and challenge one another by living a prayerful life in common. As prophets, we walk with people, announcing God’s presence, denouncing oppression, and promoting the well-being of the human family…in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Peru.
The Carmelites are a religious order within the Catholic Church…Our order, the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, received its Rule at the beginning of the 13th century from Albert, the patriarch of Jerusalem, and takes the prophet Elijah and Mary, the Mother of God, as its models for following in the footsteps of Christ (in obsequio Jesu Christi). Our community was reformed in the 16th Century by Sts. Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross, and our vocation is to foster the contemplative life and to show people the way to friendship with God. Therese of Lisieux, Elisabeth of the Holy Trinity, Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection, and Edith Stein, along with many other holy Carmelite men and women, both guide us and serve as shining examples of our spirit.
Following Jesus our Spouse and being in His company
Jesus calls us to remain with Him upon the mountain in order to continue upon earth His filial dialogue with the Father, in an eremitical life totally oriented towards prayer and contemplation.…This is our vocation: to continue, in a visible manner, the offering of Jesus to the Father…This exclusive love for Christ, this absolute gift of ourselves, entails the same radicality in what concerns the means: solitude, silence, separation from the world. Our life of continual prayer requires these.
“The history of God’s relationship to humanity is a history of spousal love, prepared for in the Old Testament, and celebrated in the fullness of time”.
Each one of us is, by vocation, invited to hidden union with God and called to grow in a spousal love always more intimate, in order to become in her daily life an authentic expression of the Church as Bride of Christ…We ardently aspire to this union with Christ our Spouse, living in His company, taking as a sure guide the great experience of the Carmelite mystics, from Elijah to the radical teresian-sanjuanist spirituality, without forgetting the numerous other Saints and mystics of our Order. Contemplation transforms one in a life totally inspired by the gift of Christ Jesus to the Father, in the love of the Holy Spirit, aiming toward making each one of us an “icon of the Transfigured Christ.”
With Mary our Mother, our Patroness and our Queen
Carmel is all Mary’s
Since the time of the first hermits who were dedicated to contemplation and to the cult of Our Lady, the presence of Mary among us penetrates all of our Carmelite vocation. She is the perfect realization of our ideal, who illumines our steps, and the eminent example of our communal life in the Church. “Always moved by the holy Spirit,” she is the sure way to arrive at mystical union and marks with a particular stamp our sisterly communion and our whole life. In order to be conformed to Christ and brought to the summit of sanctity, we desire to relive and to continue her presence and her work in the Church…
On April 20, 1997, the Image of the Divine Mercy was enshrined in the chapel of our monastery in Georgetown. Since that day, we have committed ourselves to intercede for the apostolate, and most recently, for Mary’s Eucharistic Intercessors...groups of lay people being formed across our country and throughout the whole world, to spend time before the Blessed Sacrament in intercessory prayer for bishops and priests…
Carmelite nuns of Santa Clara
A life of allegiance to Jesus Christ…
The Rule of the Carmelites converges towards the contemplation of God. With its insistence on continual prayer, obedience to a superior, solitude and simplicity in every phase of life, its exhortation to manual work and its prescription for silence, abstinence and fasting. Since this Rule is completely Christocentric it has been called a “Rule of Mysticism”. [my note: how is this rule Christocentric??]
“A life of prayer as seen as friendship with God.”
As part of a long contemplative tradition in the Roman Catholic Church, the Carmelite way of life centers on the deepest aspect of our person, our capacity for union with God. Growth in divine intimacy is at the heart of the Carmelite life. Carmel’s mission is to be a prophetic presence in the world that awakens and supports the realization of the life of God in all people and in all creation. Its way is of contemplative prayer…
The hermits adopted two models—the “man of God”, Elijah the prophet, who sought the face of God; and Mary, the model of Christian discipleship and type of the true contemplative…
Carmelite Monastery of the Sacred Hearts
Traditional Carmelite Observance
The Carmelite Vocation:
Consecrated to God, to His Work and to His Church
Contemplative, Cloistered, Apostolic, Daily Sacrifice of the Mass; Traditional Latin Mass, Chanting of the Divine Office; Mental prayer, Silence and recollection; Penance, reparation and sacrifice…
Prayer and Spiritual life/Spirit of our Carmel
Dedicated to the glory of God, the sanctification of the Sisters and the salvation of souls…Unswerving fidelity to the Tridentine Mass and Liturgy…
Zealous to assist Holy Mother Church in these days of great crisis and to participate in the work of the priesthood by prayer and sacrifice for souls
Fervent and tender devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Our Blessed Mother and St. Joseph
Community bond based on one Faith, supernatural principles and fraternal charity
Postulancy: 6 months to 1 year…learns and experiences the cloistered Carmelite life
Novitiate: 1 year… continued training and formation in the spiritual life and Holy Rule of St.Teresa of Avila
Temporary Profession: 3 years under the religious vows of poverty, chastity and obedience
Perpetual Profession: Reception of the black veil…a bride of Christ forever!
Discalced Carmelites http://www.discalcedcarmel.com/index.php
We embrace the religious life in friendship and service of Jesus Christ, in imitation of and under the patronage of the Virgin Mary, whose life of faith, simplicity and intimate union with Jesus and his mission, constitutes for us the interior model.
Our vocation aspires to union with God by the way of contemplation and apostolic zeal indissolubly united, and to the formation of a fraternal community as a sign of communion in the world.
Evangelical self-denial, as a capacity for spiritual sacrifice, is a natural disposition because the Gospel, Jesus and His Kingdom are worth it, and because the road to union with God and the mission makes us experience the necessity of the purification and transformation of the heart and of life.
Communities of Carmelite Tradition
Anglican/Episcopal Carmel of St. Teresa
Byzantine Discalced Carmelites
Carmel of Mary
Carmelite Hermits of the Trinity
Carmelite Nuns of Allentown, Allentown, Pennsylvania
Carmelite Nuns of Santa Clara, CA
Carmelites of Britain and Ireland
Carmel of Our Lady of Grace, Christoval, Texas
Carmel of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Salt Lake City, Utah
Carmel of the Sacred Heart, Hudson, Wisconsin
Carmelite Monastery, New Zealand
Carmelite Nuns of Eldridge, Iowa
Carmelite Sisters of Baltimore
Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus, Kirkwood, Missouri
Carmelites of the St. Elias Province in the United States
Discalced Carmelite Friars, California/Arizona Discalced Carmelite Nuns, Arlington, Texas Discalced Carmelite Nuns, Flemington, New Jersey
Discalced Carmelite Nuns, Tobaco, Maryland
Discalced Carmelite Sisters in Seremban, Malaysia
Discalced Carmelite Monastery of the Sacred Hearts
Discalced Carmelite Order
Hermits of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Lay Carmelites of Oswego, New York
Order of Carmelites in Ireland and Zimbabwe
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Monastery, Haifa, Israel
Our Garden of Carmel
Sisters of the Apostolic Carmel
I can’t help but make the connection from the monastic focus and goals to that of the so-called emergent church. Contemplative prayer must have as its goal the mystic union with divine, and it isn’t God or the LORD Jesus Christ, it is darkness, great darkness and deception.
“For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.”—Romans 10:2
“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.”—Isaiah 45:22
“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”—Revelation 1:5, 6
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:”—Romans 5:1
“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”—2 Corinthians 6:17, 18
“Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”—Hebrews 13:20, 21