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Novena and Consecration to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Begins Monday, July 8th

Dear Apostoli Viae friends and family, Please join with us as we pray our Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel for our annual consecration or re-consecration to the Blessed Mother. Each year, as many of the members of our community as are able, gather to pray, worship and share our hearts with one another. Those who cannot be present physically also exchange their love and prayers as we celebr...

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A Reflection On The Immaculate Heart of Mary

Recently, in a homily, my parish priest mentioned a simple yet profound statement- a moment of conviction for my head as well as my heart. He said “no human, other than Jesus, knew and continues to know intimately the Holy Trinity as Mary.” Mary’s Immaculate Heart reveals her intense love of God and thus her interior life. To progress in the interior life, I would do well ...

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Pentecost Novena for the Outpouring and Gifts of the Holy Spirit

One of the most profound mysteries of our Faith is that by entering into the rhythm of the liturgical year, we do not simply remember things that have happened in the past and are now over, but we also — in a mysterious way — experience and participate in those very realities, these sacred and eternal things touching us in our own time. We can dispose ourselves to receive specifi...

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Passiontide - March 17th, 2024

We've been walking the desert sands with Jesus the past few weeks, reflecting upon our own sinfulness and doing what we can to make reparation for our sins and the sins of others. This Sunday, however, the Church shifts our focus from ourselves and our sinfulness to Jesus and His Passion. Today, we celebrate Passion Sunday, the beginning of Passiontide. Dom Prosper Gueranger says ...

Epiphany House Blessing - January 6th

Friends, We highly encourage you to participate in the Epiphany House Blessing, a beautiful tradition in our Faith, which symbolizes an invitation and your desire for Jesus' presence in your home. May the Lord bless you and your families in this new year! Illustration: The Adoration of the Magi, Edward Burne-Jones

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A Reflection For Christmas Eve: O Magnum Mysterium

O magnum mysterium, et admirabile sacramentum, ut animalia viderent Dominum natum, jacentem in praesepio! Beata Virgo, cujus viscera meruerunt portare Dominum Christum. Alleluia! O great mystery, and wonderful sacrament, that animals should see the new-born Lord, lying in a manger! Blessed is the Virgin whose womb was worthy to be...

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Join Us In Prayer! Pope Francis Recognizes Miracle Attributed to Carmelite Sister Ana de Jesus!

Carmelites in the News: Pope Francis has recognized a miracle attributed to Carmelite Sister Ana de Jesús, a spiritual daughter of St. Teresa of Ávila and a friend to St. John of the Cross. Let's pray for a second miracle and for her canonization. In 1570, Ana de Jesus joined the Monastery of St. Joseph, founded by St. Teresa as the first establishment of the Carmelite refo...

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December 14th - Feast Day - St. John of the Cross

Today we celebrate the Feast Day of St. John of the Cross. St. John of the Cross was born San Juan de la Cruz in 1542 in Old Castile, Spain. His father was disinherited because he married below his rank, and when his father passed at an early age, Juan was raised by his mother in poverty. He and his two siblings were underfed to the point that his stature was dwarfed. Since his parents ...

December 12th - Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (US)

On December 12th, the Church in the United States celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In December 1591, Juan Diego, a Mexican peasant, was on his way to Mass. Our Lady appeared to him, and speaking in Nahuatl, which was Juan Diego's native language ( the language of the fomer Aztec Empire), identified herself as "Mary, Mother of the very true deity" and asked that ...

Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. This solemn dogma was defined by Blessed Pope Pius IX on December 8th, 1854: "The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin."...