Paul will reflect on the aspect of song through Mary’s encounter with God as prayer in the scripture mainly the Magnificat. Through the liturgical prayer of the Church, it invites us, through Jesus, to see the Holy Spirit in the rare expression of the woman from whose flesh our Saviour took his own.
Magnificat is Mary in her own words. It inspires reflection and imitation of the scriptures by presenting Mary as a gift and invitation, a mother of prayer and listening for all. Mary’s joyful response to the revelation of the Incarnation, recorded in Luke’s Gospel, is the heartbeat of the liturgical and devotional life of the Church.
This session leads participants to recognise Mary as a person who modeled a deep life of contemplation and wisdom. We are invited to open the dimensions of our prayer in a Marial and faithful way as listeners of God’s word. We come to see how Mary influences our prayer life as a mother, as the first disciple and as part of the communion of saints.
About the facilitator:
I come from the beautiful Manus Island, north of Papua New Guinea. I joined the Carmelites in 2000 and was solemnly professed in 2005 and ordained at the end of that year. I love liturgy and am passionate about music in my 16 years as an ordained Carmelite. As a chaplain to Whitefriars College it is a joy to experience a new ministry, coming into a big community of students and teachers who share the same ethos and living the Carmelite charism. I enjoy being involved in the various liturgies and college events. It is a peaceful environment. Now as the full-time chaplain with the Religious Education team, I feel I am putting my gift of liturgy into practice and gaining new experiences. Music is a vital part of the liturgy that makes my priestly ministry vibrant and prayerful.
Topic: Carmelite Conversations First Wednesday of the Month 2022 Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 843 9359 0639
All are welcome to join. Please book below for the October conversation and pay through bank transfer. Thank you.
The suggested donation for each Carmelite Conversation is $10 which helps offset costs involved in providing the sessions and remunerating the presenter.
We invite you to support the Carmelite Centre to help us continue our work in 2022. We have limited financial support from the Carmelite Fathers Australia & Timor Leste. Donations are essential for us to continue our work. You can donate here.
On the first Wednesday morning of each month we explore a topic related to the rich tradition of Carmelite Spirituality. Each month the session will be led by a person inspired by Carmelite Spirituality and so part of the broad community of the Carmelite Family.
A list of the 2022 program is included here. More details about each conversation will be progressively added to the website.
2 November – Michelle Jones on Exploring the connections between Carmelite Spirituality and the writings of Brené Brown.
7 December – Philip Harvey on John of the Cross
Bookings are closed for this event.