Experiencia fraterna de misericordia

Desde la perspectiva de Francisco Palau 

fraternidadThe article re-emphasizes the importance of the Personal experience of God who loves us. Fraternal life without the mercy is like a tree without leaves and fruits. This means when we fail to acknowledge that we are human and we falter and at times we refuse to forgive and stop speaking to others therefore we continue to exist without really living and flourishing.

Fr. Francisco Palau emphasized the fraternal life in his writing even though he lived a short time in Carmel. In his Spiritual direction and writing to the first sisters he truly shared his plans, needs and asked for prayer to fulfill God’s will. He gave the guidelines how to live in community as sisters by loving and serving. He emphasized the servant leadership to the extent to become the broom of the house. Finally as Fr. Palau says that “all of you shall manifest your mutual love by loving one another, thus providing not only that you are true disciples of Jesus Christ but also that your religion and your profession are authentic”.(documentos206 p. 543)This calls us for concrete action and true living.  Here we lack, the true joy, sharing and communion thus it becomes a contra witnessing. True experience of God’s love and mercy makes it easy or rather possible to understand and to accept others just as they are.

On the other hand we are creeping in a culture of mobiles and internet where we find very little time for others. The rich experience of communication is curtailed by these technological gadgets. The sense of ‘person’ is deduced to ‘thing’ Pope Francis said that we live in a society which celebrates individualism .He condemned the spirit of individualism as “bondage.” Here he insists that we are caught up with self-gratification and forget or ignore to see the needs of others. This kind of attitude disconnects us with others. During his general audience, Pope Francis lamented how mothers are often under-appreciated in their family role, and said they are key players in fighting against an individualistic, self-centered society“To be a mother is a great treasure. Mothers, in their unconditional and sacrificial love for their children, are the antidote to individualism; they are the greatest enemies against war,” I like this reference of Pope because we as Consecrated women suppose to live our Spiritual motherhood fully in our community by our total self-giving and concern for others. Communication is must for an authentic communion.

This extra-ordinary jubilee year of Mercy invites me to ask myself: 

How am I open to God’s Mercy? 

How am I witnessing this mercy in my dealings with community members and others? 

According to Fr. Palau we are to be of one mind and of one heart and live the life of love in service. I am encouraged to a sincere conversion so as to live Charism with greater commitment by consciously saying no to individualism, resentment, bitterness... The community becomes truly fraternal when there is communication of respect, mercy and unconditional love towards one another. Attitudes of self sacrifice and humility to pardon and ask for pardon are soothing ointments to experience peace. Thus our community life is the ground where we witness and extend our merciful love without any distinction. May the merciful God help us to love and serve Him in our neighbors and foster communion.



This was the latest topic in our on-line formation which we have personally and communally deepened through personal reflection and community sharing.  As I do my personal reading and prayer, I am awed by the unfathomable mystery of the Eucharist because its richness can only be felt and experienced in the light of faith.  But putting it in much simpler term, we can grasp its essence if we say that the Eucharist is nourishment.

For our human survival we have many physical needs, like air, water, food, etc… But because we are made up of a body and spirit we have also to nourish our spirit. For us, who believe in the institution of the Eucharist by Christ and who hear the promises he made for those who eat his body and drink his blood, one way of nourishing our spirit and spiritual hunger is through our participation in the Eucharist. Without it we can never live a full spiritual life because the Eucharist is not just the source of strength and the source of life, but, above all, it is our strength and our life.

The Eucharist is the source of the fullness of ecclesial communion. Because as Paul told the Corinthians “Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf” (1 Cor 10:17).  When we celebrate the Eucharistic Liturgy and partake from the one loaf we learn and experience the true meaning of the word sharing. It is in the Eucharist that we also experience the genuine acceptance by God.  It is in the Eucharist that we gratuitously and abundantly receive the healing mercy and forgiveness of God.

            The Lord invites everyone to come to the Eucharistic table. No person with a clean heart is excluded.  It was the Lord himself who told us that he came so that all “may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). For this reason everyone is invited to the nuptial banquet of the Lamb. As in the parable, the Lord sends us Carmelite Missionaries to tell everyone that he has prepared the dinner and to repeat his invitation “Come to the wedding banquet” (Mt 22:4).

Where and to whom does he send us? He send us to the street corners and invite everyone we can find “the bad as well as the good” (Mt 22:9).  In the list of the invitees for the Eucharistic banquet there is no distinction, or discrimination, “no difference between Jew and Gentile” (Rom 3:22). Another reason which explains the inclusion is because “we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink” (1 Cor 12:13). We are parts of the same body and Christ is the head (cf Eph 4:15).

Our Founder, Fr. Francisco Palau, takes his cue from St Paul and wrote that: Where Christ is, there morally is the Church, and where the Church is, there is Christ.  The Church is on the altar united to Christ as a Body to its Head.  This indeed is the beautiful reality of the Eucharist! Our Founder also wrote that The Lord instituted the Eucharist in order for us to have a regular tangible reminder of our communion with Him.  When the Sacrament touches the flesh, then the Word made flesh by the words of the priest is united to His Church in the souls of those who receive Him, and the Church is united to His Spouse, and the two are one flesh. (My Relations with the Church 3:5).

We have various words which try to explain the richness and the manifold meanings and implications of the Eucharist.  Sometimes we refer to the Eucharist as a “sacrifice” – “My body which will be given up for you … the bloodshed for you and for all” (Eucharistic Prayer 2). The Eucharist is also referred to as a “meal” – “Happy are those who are called to his supper” (Missal).  Faithful to the Lord’s command to celebrate the Paschal meal “in memory of Me” we also call the Eucharist as the memorial of his infinite love for us.

The word Eucharist comes from the Greek word which means thanksgiving; or giving thanks. The word “Eucharist” is a transliteration of the Greek word eucharistia, which is itself a translation of the Hebrew word berakah. All three words have the same meaning. The Lord’s Supper came to be known as the Eucharist because St Paul uses a Greek form of the word eucharistia in 1 Cor 11:24 when he describes how the Lord’s Supper was celebrated: “And when he had given thanks (Greek: eucharistésas or “eucharisted”), he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me” (1 Cor 11:24).

For Father Palau Eucharist is the most important event in our daily life and also the center of our life. Through it the Lord and I become one, and through it all of us “who share in the body and blood of Christ be brought together in unity by the Holy Spirit” (Eucharistic Prayer 2). Thus the participation and reception of the Eucharist has both very personal dimension and a communitarian dimension. 

The thoughts of Fr Palau were always centered on the Universal Church!  One who receives His Body and Blood is not only united with Him but with the whole people of God.  The mystical union in the Eucharist may be unfathomable but this becomes the source of the real and concrete communion with Him through our solidarity and union with our fellowmen.

Therefore the Eucharist is a nourishment for our earthly pilgrimage which includes the promise of eternal life.  When we receive Holy Communion we become small but living tabernacles so that he will be with us as we live a grace-filled life and be faithful witnesses to the beautiful and yet a mystery of the Eucharist. Yes, the Eucharistic mystery is unfathomable but it is such that it makes us also share in the Trinitarian mystery.

My sincere gratitude to the on-line formation of our Congregation which helps us, Carmelite Missionaries, to be always reminded of the essentials of our vocational and spiritual journey.  The different themes are indeed valuable and are sources of inspiration as we continue to move forward and reach our aspirations to be genuine, faithful and joyful epitomes of the Eucharist.





Al inicio del Concilio Vaticano II, el Papa San Juan XXIII hizo esta pregunta: “Ecclesia, quid dicis de te ipsa? “Iglesia, qué dices de ti misma?... Aunque esta cuestión se dirigía al Concilio en lo referente a la actividad pastoral, hoy también se nos plantea la misma cuestión. Se nos pide que nos preguntemos acerca de nuestras convicciones, valores y sobre el significado de nuestra presencia en la Iglesia.

Vivimos en un tiempo de mucha agitación. Se dispone de muy poco o de ningún espacio para reflexionar y ver el proceso de lo que ocurre en el día a día de nuestra vida. La globalización nos

invade por todas partes. El clima político que respiramos es alarmante y  nos atemoriza.  El mundo está invadido de innumerable multitud de refugiados y de personas en busca de alojamiento por causa de las guerras y desastres naturales. Mucha gente vive en campos de refugiados o al aire libre. Muchos carecen de lo más esencial para vivir y necesitan sentirse amparados en un ambiente sano y de perdón.

Es un mundo amenazado, por lo que el Papa Francisco ha llamado “ abismo espiritual y moral” provocando ira, odio y muerte.

Se explota la naturaleza no sólo para el beneficio humano sino por la codicia humana. Vivimos en una cultura de temor

En medio de este ambiente, nosotras las Carmelitas Misisoneras, estamos llamadas a ser místicas y profetas. Llamadas  a un compromiso de ser buscadoras de Dios. Cada dificultad nos presenta un reto y cada reto es una oprtunidad.

Si reflexionamos sobre las muchas injusticias, desastres y muertes que ocurren en el mundo y buscamos la verdad y no violencia, nuestras vidas producirán buenos y verdaderos frutos.

Este es el Año de la Misericordia durante el cual se nos ofrecen muchas ocasiones para ser tan generosas como deseemos, el Papa Francisco nos ofrece un maravilloso ejemplo dándonos ánimos para la vida y el apostolado. Es realmente algo grande ver cómo el Papa  es el primero en prestar ayuda a los desplazados. Él presenta un reto a la Iglesia, a los sacerdotes, instituciones religiosas y laicos.  Despierta en nosotros un nuevo interés para llevar a cabo la misión que nos corresponde a todos.

El reto para las Carmelitas Misioneras hoy, es hacernos presentes en medio del pueblo de una “manera nueva”  apoyando con nuestra solidaridad a nuestros hermanos y hermanas inmigrantes.

Muy conscientemente queremos enraizarnos en la “Vida de Oracion”. Nos empeñamos en ponerla como puntal fuerte en nuestra vida diaria, y como “centro de acogida”  para aquellos con quienes nos encontramos. Los ataques terroristas recientes en diferentes partes del mundo nos hacen ser más conscientes de la necesidad que el mundo tiene hoy de la oración y de la conversión del corazón. ¿Por qué todos, jóvenes y mayores, no sabemos apreciar la belleza y el valor de nuestra vocación de Carmelitas Misioneras y de lo excelente que es la Vida Consagrada?...

No importa que sintamos el desánimo, estamos llamadas y comprometidas a seguir adelante con el Señor, a animar a nuestros hermanos y hermanas, a mostrar al mundo que la vida es bella

Siempre tendremos a nuestra disposición la posibilidad de hacer gestos concretos para con los que yacen en la calle

El mal nunca tendrá la última palabra y, al mismo tiempo, tenemos la seguridad de que estamos ayudando al mismo Dios.



At the opening of Vatican Council II, Pope St. John XXIII put a question, “Ecclesia, quid dicis de te ipsa?  Church, what do you say about yourself?”. Though it was concerned on the Council’s pastoral nature we too are asked today the same question. We are asked to give an account of ourselves, of our convictions and values, significance of our presence in the church.

We live in a much-too-hasty age. There is little or no time to reflect and process what happens in our life each day. Globalization has taken over the scene. Our current political climate is alarming and also frightening. The world is grappling with great number of refugees and asylum seekers resulted from wars and natural disasters. People are on the move, in camps or in the open air. People lack basic necessities and need an environment of forgiveness and healing. It is a world challenged by what Pope Francis has called the “spiritual and moral abysses” that provokes anger, hatred and death. Nature is exploited not only for human benefit but also for human greed. We have a culture of fear.

Amidst all this, we Carmelite missionaries are called to be mystics and prophets. Called to be committed God-seekers. Every difficulty is a challenge for us, and every challenge is an opportunity.  If we reflect on all the injustices, disasters, deaths in our world and pursue truth and non-violence our lives will bear good fruit of truth.

This is the year of mercy. In this year, we have plenty of resources to be as generous as we want to be. Pope Francis is a wonderful encouragement for our life and apostolate. It is great to see that the Pope starts himself to help the displaced people.  He challenges the church, priests, the religious institutions and the lay. It awakens a new curiosity and it is a mission for all of us. The challenge for the Carmelite missionaries today is to be present among the people in a “new way” and to stand in solidarity with our immigrant sisters and brothers.

We want very consciously ground our life in prayer. We want to make it as a starting point of our everyday life and as a “holding palace” for all the people and stories that we encounter. The recent terrorist attacks in different parts of the world remind us of our world’s need of prayer and conversion of heart. Why can’t we, young and old, learn to appreciate the beauty and the value of our CM vocation and the excellence of consecrated life. No matter how discouraged we may feel, we have a commitment and a calling with God to go ahead, to encourage our brothers and sisters, to show to the world that life is beautiful. We always have at our disposal the possibility of concrete gestures that reach those who lie in the streets. Evil will never have the last word. Let us be sure that we are helping God. Goodness and mercy have the final word. 

La mística nace de Dios

Nuestra vida en la dinámica de la mística y la profecía es fuerza motivadora que nace de Dios Padre y del Espíritu, se adueña de nosotras nos dirige, nos motiva y nos impulsa a seguir el camino de Jesús en coherencia de vida.

De Jesús nos viene la fuerza para ser signos de contradicción y de esperanza en este mundo nuestro, complejo y controvertido, que nos convoca a comprometernos con los pobres, humildes y desposeídos. Defendemos en todo momento la vida y la verdad, y denunciamos la injusticia; anunciamos la paz, la fraternidad y tratamos de vivir la acogida, el amor,  la compasión, el perdón, la escucha y todo lo que humildemente podemos aportar para el bien de la humanidad y para disfrutar gozosamente de la creación. Pero no siempre vivimos con valentía, el miedo, muchas veces, nos paraliza, nos detiene y nos impide ser signos de contradicción, no denunciamos la injusticia y la violencia, preferimos quedarnos tranquilas,  sin comprometernos. Nos alejamos de la profecía


Nuestro estilo de vida nos lleva a confrontarnos con la Palabra de Dios que siempre nos invita a la conversión. A través de este confronte descubrimos el Rostro de Cristo servidor que nos llama a dar lo mejor de nosotras mismas a pesar de nuestra fragilidad a través del servicio al hermano/a, de cercanía, de escucha, de bondad, de compasión, de solidaridad; un Rostro de, que se esfuerza por saber escuchar, acoger, amar con más desprendimiento; rostro comprensivo, tolerante, alegre paciente y misionero; rostro de Cristo que ya nos trajo el Reino; rostro de Cristo paciente, orante y fraterno; la invitación permanente es a dar un auténtico testimonio de vida, el cual no siempre se logra por nuestra condición frágil y porque  muchas veces el esfuerzo no es constante.

La oración nos da la vitalidad espiritual que necesitamos para vivir la voluntad del Padre, la amistad con Cristo y a secundar la acción del Espíritu; a buscar la comunión universal, familiar, provincial y  personal. Despierta en nosotras el afán por servir a los más necesitados; a vivir intensamente las obras de misericordia. Siempre traemos a nuestra vida, la fuerza orante de nuestro Padre Fundador, quien, a pesar de sus luchas, dificultades y contradicciones, nunca sucumbió, al contrario, buscaba este espacio de encuentro íntimo para fortalecerse interiormente. Bien recordamos que los santos son un referente a nuestro quehacer diario, porque fue en su caminar de cada momento, donde fueron alcanzando, “sin ruido de palabras” la cima de la santidad.

El anuncio del Reino es la fuerza que mantiene vivo nuestro ser misionero, es la razón de ser de nuestra entrega incondicional al Señor en la Iglesia; el llamado que sentimos cada día es a la interioridad, al silencio, a la búsqueda, a la escucha: nuestro pueblo nos grita de mil maneras pero el Señor nos enseña una forma de escuchar: hacer silencio y sentir con el que sufre, con el que nada tiene, con el que nada puede; es allí donde se hace visible nuestro compromiso con el reino. Mística y profecía, contempla y proclama, es la exigencia y la identidad de la Carmelita Misionera de hoy.

Con un poema de Rabindranath Tagore queremos iluminar nuestras búsquedas, oscuridades, cansancios y descubrimientos, especialmente queremos caer en la cuenta de que el Señor nos espera en todos los caminos donde haya una herida que sanar. ¿estamos dispuestas…?

Una y otra vez pregunto:

¿En qué lugar junto al 

camino me esperas?

¿En qué lugar de un rincón solitario extiendes tu estera para mí?

Al oír tu llamada en el aire

he corrido por la hierba bañada de rocío, tocada por la luz

y te he buscado entre la música ondulante del inquieto río.

Una y otra vez he oído tu flauta

donde las nubes de tantos colores crean su mundo de Maya,

donde sombras juegan en el agua

y la paloma se arrulla en la rama del asath.

Como si me buscara sonó la trompeta…

pero mi mente no despierta del letargo,

y yo no corro a encontrarme contigo,

sino que me consumo dudando ante mi puerta.

He oído tu llamada

allí donde el hombre está humillado,

donde la luz muere en el corazón de los afligidos,

y el prisionero llora en su calabozo;

donde los cimientos de piedra vacilan,

donde el fuego fatuo sacude la tierra

y las cadenas de las edades están despedazadas.





¡Imposible olvidar a quienes en el Carmelo han sido testigos del Dios, “ en quien vivimos, nos movemos y existimos” Hch 17,28 ¡ Con la vivencia de su experiencia de Dios, nos estimulan para responder en el hoy de la historia a ese  gran proyecto vocacional, desafiante y exigente por cierto.

Ante una sociedad líquida y superficial, necesitamos CM   de fuerte experiencia de Dios, de rica interioridad, de hondura; CM con capacidad de entrega y compromiso, opuesto a facilidad y conformismo.

Mística y Profecía, don y maravillosa   tarea la que nos proponen nuestros progenitores en este camino de santidad. “SOMOS FAMILIA DE ELÍAS” Y  “CIMIENTOS DE LAS QUE ESTÁN POR VENIR” ¡Qué responsabilidad! Como dirá Teresa: “¿Qué me aprovecha a mí que los santos pasados, hayan sido tales, si yo no lo soy? Fund. 4,6.

Hijas de Francisco Palau, Místico y Profeta, estamos en la misma trama, en la misma red de relaciones  entre el Cristo Personal y el Cristo Total, el mismo que a él lo enamoró y lo centró vital y existencialmente: La Iglesia: Dios y los prójimos. Es desde este centro que nosotras nos conectamos con esa realidad interior, que nos hace salir para dar vida y vida en abundancia, al estilo de Jesús.

Solo desde la Mística y la Profecía, nosotras podemos saciar nuestra sed de Infinito y saciar el hambre y la sed de Dios de nuestros hermanos. Los areópagos de hoy, piden más que nunca” profetas acreditados por Dios”.

Mística y profecía, para mirar con los ojos bien abiertos y el corazón bien despierto nuestro mundo interior y dejarnos mirar y contemplar   por Dios; ya San Juan de la Cruz nos recuerda:” porque cuando DIOS MIRA A UN ALMA ES PARA LIMPIARLA, AGRACIARLA, ILUMINARLA Y ENRIQUECERLA”CB 32,5. Gratis recibimos su amor, entreguémosle gratis.

Vocación y misión de la Carmelita Misionera que hace del encuentro con Dios y los prójimos un lugar de conciliación y fraternidad. Es desde un silencio fecundo, escuchando con actitud compasiva, sabiendo hacernos próximos al hermano, compartiendo dolores y esperanzas de nuestros pueblos; sanando heridas y logrando de manera personal y colectiva, verdaderos procesos de reconciliación y de paz.

Nuestros místicos fueron bendición en su época. “Sé tú también una bendición” Gen 12,2.  Para la generación de hoy y del mañana.

La Mística y la profecía como experiencia cotidiana de realización de la carmelita Misionera, nos identifica como seguidoras de Jesús, Hijas de francisco Palau y de la Iglesia: “Tú sabes Iglesia que si vivo, vivo por ti y para ti”



La mística y la profecía, como experiencia cotidiana de realización de la Carmelita Misionera, puede ilustrarse con un sencillo cuento:

“Dos pájaros están muy felices sobre el mismo árbol que eran sauce; uno de ellos se apoyaba en una rama en la punto más alto del sauce, el otro estaba más abajo en la bifurcación de unas ramas. Después de un rato, el pájaro que estaba en lo alto dijo, para romper el hielo:

-                   ¡Oh qué bonitas son estas hojas tan verdes!1

El pájaro que estaba abajo lo tomo como una provocación y le contestó de modo cortante:

-                   Pero estás ciego? ¿no ves que son blancas?

Y al de arriba, molesto, contestó:

-                   Tú eres el que está ciego; son verdes

Y el otro desde abajo con el pico hacia arriba respondió:

-                   Te apuesto las plumas de la cola a que son blancas; tú no entiendes nada, eres tonto.

El pájaro de arriba notaba que se le encendía la sangre y sin pensarlo dos veces se precipitó sobre su adversario para darle una lección.

El otro no se movió. Cuando estuvieron cerca, uno frente a otro, con las plumas encrespadas por la ira, pudieron mirar los dos hacia lo alto, en la misma dirección, antes de comenzar el duelo.

-                   ¡Oh qué extraño! fíjate que las hojas son blancas.

E invitó a su amigo:

-                   Ven hasta arriba a donde yo estaba antes

Volaron hasta la rama más alta del sauce y ésta vez dijeron los dos en coro:

-       ¡Fíjate que las hojas son verdes!. Herminio Otero.

Este cuento refleja dos realidades que coexisten armónicamente, pero que si nos detenemos en la opción personal o en el punto de vista de cada una, distorsionamos terriblemente la realidad; las hojas del sauce tienen dos colores: verdes por encima, blancas por debajo, y esto les confiere identidad.

Cuando profundizamos en la mística y la profecía, y la vemos como experiencia cotidiana que nos configura como servidoras del Señor Jesús y Carmelitas Misioneras, hemos llegado a la síntesis, pero durante largo tiempo nos hemos preguntado, como Marta en el evangelio: “Maestro, ¿no te importa que mi hermana me deje sola en los quehaceres? dile que me ayude”. Lc.10, 40

2La tarea profética nos desborda, queremos anunciar a Jesús en todos los tiempos y lugares, queremos darlo a conocer a todas las personas, y esto requiere optar por sus necesidades, responder a sus urgencias. Cuando volvemos la mirada juntas al mismo lugar - como lo hicieron los pájaros del cuento - encontramos la respuesta que nos da Jesús: “Marta, Marta, te preocupas y te inquietas por muchas cosas, pero una sola es necesaria: María escogió la mejor parte y no se la quitarán”. Lc.10, 41- 42

Pero, ¿por qué dice Jesús que María escogió la mejor parte?. Como el pájaro de arriba, ¿está absolutizando la mística sobre la profecía?; no, la única forma de que la profecía no se convierta en fatiga apostólica, es estar a los pies de Jesús para descubrir que es en Él donde encontramos la fuerza para anunciarlo.

Sólo podemos hacer acciones proféticas cuando dimanan del encuentro profundo y amoroso con el Maestro, cuando, lleno el corazón de su Amor, lo volvemos acción en favor de los hermanos, de los que sufren, y todo esto se hace desde el mirar juntas, desde la dinámica comunitaria que nos permite anunciar al Jesús que acontece en nuestra vida fraterna y que, como hermano, nos hace llamar a Dios PADRE.

De la mística a la profecía hay sólo una actitud: MIRAR.



 You seduced me, O Lord, even from my youth

And I am simply utterly awed.

No matter how many labyrinths I go through,

I will always end up in You.

In retrospect, I see how my life is being transformed;

Even in my ups and downs, your hand fashions my being,

And as I stop to hear the birds singing sweetly,

I marvel at your enduring love for me.

As I wake up every single day,

You remind me of your gentle, faithful care

In the different persons I meet along this earthly journey,

Each shows a foretaste of the heavenly gifts in array.

You have you called me, O God, yet I cannot help but ask:

Why me, O God? Why me?

I am a lowly creature, sometimes groping in the dark,

But your hand and your gaze leave a mark.

Though years have gone by and I have traveled far,

The mission implanted in my heart

Remains etched in your palm and in my soul

So let me sing out loud: How marvelous you are!

You are the reason why I live;

Your love moves me on like fire burning inside,

At times, seemingly covered by ashes that threaten to hide

The ardor of your unending life we aspire.

Let my life mirror your love to others,

That we may become sowers of joy and peace.

May every gesture of love inspire us to be sisters and brothers,

Mold us to work for brotherhood and true bliss.


Prophets and mystics among the challenges of modernity


Four clergymen were discussing the merits of the various translations of the Bible. One liked King James Version because of its simple, beautiful language. Another liked the American Standard Version best because it comes closer to the original Hebrew and Greek. The third liked Moffatt’s translation because of its up-to-date words. The fourth clergyman was silent. When asked to express his opinion, he replied: “I like my mother’s translation best”.

The other three expressed surprise and wanted to know what he meant. “Well,” he explained, “my mother translated the Bible into her everyday life, and it was the most simple and convincing translation I ever saw”.                                                                                      Joji Valli

How can we incorporate the truths of the Bible into our everyday lives?From time to time most of us need to be constantly stimulated and spiritually nourished by experiences beyond the familiar and the routine, beyond our immediate relationships and surroundings, books, apostolate and such like.

From the time of our entry into formation for consecrated life we are invited and led into a deeper life of prayer. From the moment we stepped into our “house of formation” we learned to “live in community” and its significance. There we are called to BE Women on mission etc. etc.

Lately, we have been thinking especially of the way that mysticism and prophecy leads us and our community to be more adaptable in times of change. It means paying attention. It means letting what you see affect you, changing who you are and what you do. It is to be grounded in reality.

The challenge, really, is how to be grounded in reality. As daughters of Fr. Palau we have tried to identify touchstones of authentic mysticism and authentic prophecy in our consecrated life. We have asked how to bridge the gap between the definition of mysticism and prophecy and our present-day life situation. Being grounded means being fully conscious and fully present in the NOW moment.....being very, very aware of what is happening to us in the present. This means that no matter what is going on, we remain balanced, centered and aligned with our soul and higher self. We try to be able to control our reactive, knee jerk, defensive behavioural patterns of our ego and shadow consciousness. Mysticism is a daily discipline, a daily practice, an ongoing desert journey to explore something. Prophets are those who question, make us restless, who give us hope because they know the painful process of letting go of dreams of easy success and instant change.

As busy, active relevant Carmelite Missionaries we want to be real mystics and prophets. This means first and foremost doing something to show that our presence makes a difference. We want to create ripples in the lives of all those we meet. We want to be neighbours to those who live across the border, to those we can approach only by crossing the border – the borders of class, culture and creed. We want to see the face of God that challenges and disturbs us. We want to do great things together.

Whether we realize it or not, we're on a path. We have looked back and we saw exactly how we got to where we stand today.  Mystics and prophets accept the daily discipline of letting go. Mystics will see the Oneness, prophets the lack thereof. They are people who set out to take life with both hands. Mystics will carry the heart’s passion; prophets will see—and announce—the path. Genuine prophets and mystics are architects of communities of healing and resistance. Prophets are people who speak out when others remain silent.

Carmelite Missionary is a member of every society, but at the same time, she has a heart of mystic, prophet, and servant. She is there but she is not there – for her life is entirely given to God and to the service of all humanity. Mary is the model of her consecration and mission.Every day that we wake up is a good day. Every breath that we take is filled with hope for a better day. Every word that we speak is an opportunity to say that God loves us. Every moment of the day brings new opportunities and possibilities. May this moment and all other coming moments open new doors for us and may God bless us with wisdom and courage to walk in faith, as we continue our journey of life! He desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim2,4) 

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