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About thecarmelite

Third Order Carmelite; lover of the Church; defender of the Faith.

Greetings and An Update

Greetings! Gosh…its been well over a year since I last posted… You can now follow me on Twitter @CindyTrainque but unfortunately, I have no idea how to link this with that…hence I do not post often here. I have also … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Mary, Mirror of the Church – Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. Cap (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press), 1992; 214 pp. Translated by Frances Lonergan Villa

  Greetings!  Follows is a book review assignment I had to do for a course in Ecclesiology… Since 1980 Raniero Cantalamessa has been “the Preacher to the Papal Household”1.  The book is a collection of sermons/reflections given to the Papal Household.  … Continue reading

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MARY MOST HOLY

So just what is it that makes Mary so holy?  Lumen Gentium (hereafter referred to as L.G.) makes clear (in ¶53, §1) that Mary “received the Word of God in her heart”. Herein is part of what I refer to … Continue reading

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Mary — The Source of Our Salvation

“For He has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; Behold, from now on will all ages call me Blessed. The Almighty has done great things for me, And holy is His name. His mercy is from age to age on those … Continue reading

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So….what do these popular TV shows — Law & Order and Criminal Minds — have to do with a Catholic blog? They are my favorite shows for a reason. I love the entire lineup of Law & Order: SVU, Criminal … Continue reading

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So…How Will You Spend Your 40 Days of Lent?

Looking for something special to do during Lent this year? Consider joining the great national Pro-Life event called 40 Days for Life. This year’s campaign will coincide with the days of Lent — simply go to this link, find a … Continue reading

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COMMENTARY ON FAITH IN LIGHT OF HEBREWS 11:1-2

Our topic in this writing is on Faith – your journey of faith and your response to God’s call. We will look at the biblical passage of Hebrews 11:1-2 which states, “(Now) faith is assurance/evidence of things hoped for, a … Continue reading

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What Every Catholic Should Know Before Responding to a Teaching of the Magisterium

By now most of you have heard about the stir regarding something that Pope Benedict XVI reportedly said in a recent interview about the use of condoms and AIDS. If you tend to watch EWTN you likely caught newsman Raymond … Continue reading

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Choosing Light and Life in an Age of Darkness

This month we remember the U.S. Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade (1/22/73) that gave women in America the legal right to terminate the life that grows within. “Women have the right to choose” is the battle cry. But … Continue reading

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What Catholics Should Know About Islam

Newt Gingrich is a new member of the Catholic Church. He was influenced by his Catholic (third) wife, Callista, and entered the Church on March 29, 2009. Recently they put out a video (Nine Days That Changed the World) on … Continue reading

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