Reflections & Resources during Pandemic

Thank you to the many in our Carmelite Centre community who have sent information at this time. We will share these here. IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO SHARE PLEASE CONTACT US

Teresa and Covid 19  Covid 19 has unleashed unbelievable storms of insecurity that seemed beyond the realms of our imagination just a few months ago. We all have entered into a new world. Beyond the horror of the daily statistics of sickness and death, an inescapable anxiety drives us to question all our cherished standards of normality and security. We say it every day but that does not make it less true. We are in a new world. Teresa’s Prayer and Covid 19

Carmelite Conversations 7 October 2020. The Carmelite Rule and the Church Post Covid. This is a zoom session at the Carmelite Centre Melbourne, with Hugh Brown OCarm. It is an informal discussion and sharing with a group from the Carmelite Family.

Pandemic Journal with Amanda Witt (UPDATED 8 OCTOBER)
Amanda volunteers at the Carmelite Library and shares her journal with us. Amanda Witt Pandemic Journal 8 OCTOBER 2020 Are you writing something you would like to share?

The Carmelites of Australia & Timor-Leste offer you our support in these uncertain and difficult times.We are praying for the whole world, and especially, for all those who are members of our wider Carmelite Family.  Over the coming months we will offer a variety of prayers, reflections, Lectio Divina and liturgies to celebrate at home when you cannot celebrate in Church – our Celebrating at Home Series

Carmelite Conversations September 2020 – The Mystical Teachings of the Jewish Tradition. Judy Racz explores with us how the Kabbalah enriches Carmelite/Christian teachings. Much of Judy’s religious art focuses on the meaning of the letters in the Hebrew Alef-Beit (alphabet) and each letter is accompanied by a commentary

A Journey of Discernment, The Plenary Council – The Most Rev Timothy Costelloe SDB
Archbishop of Perth President, Fifth Plenary Council of Australia. August 2020
Is it not the Church’s task to reflect the light of Christ in every historical period, to make his face shine also before the generations of the new millennium?  A+Journey+of+Discernment+The Plenary Council The Most Rev Timothy Costelloe SDB

Carmelite Library Poetry Workshop: Clotilde Lopez, Philippa Wetherell, and Philip Harvey have recently written haiku Thank you for sharing them.Haiku Haiku PHILIPPA Haiku PHILIP Haiku CLOTILDE

Big questions: the Pandemic, our Mission and the New Evangelisation by Daniel Ang, Director of Parish 2020 for the Archdiocese of Sydney. What are the implications of the current pandemic for the way in which people will live, work and worship in the future and how, therefore, will it reshape our approaches to evangelisation and mission as a Church? As we read through this crisis for hints of a future, the shape of the‘new normal’ appear to gravitate around themes of conversion, communion and commission. Big questions the Pandemic, our Mission and the New Evangelisation by Daniel Ang

Reveries of libraries, the thirty-seventh on the Library blog.  Library Lockdown Two Sonnets

Letter to the Carmelite Family from the Prior General Fr Míceál O’Neill on occasion of Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Letter to the Carmelite Family from The Prior General Fr Míceál O’Neill

That feeling you are feeling is fragility. We are all feeling it. Of course, at first glance I mean the fragility of our own precarious emotional, economic or mental states; but if we dig deeper we can also feel the fragility of the various systems, understandings and routines that make our contemporary lives possible…A PANDEMIC OF FRAGILITY – ANTHONY RICHARDSON.

‘HOME’ – Reflection by Michael Murray
As we have all spent so many hours recently staying at home I have been thinking a lot about what “home” has meant to me in my life. Maybe you have been thinking along the same lines? I thought I would share my thoughts and experiences of my “home” with you in the form of a letter which I have written in gratitude to this special place which I still call “home”.‘HOME’ A REFLECTION BY MICHAEL MURRAY

The Carmelite Library Reverie 35 – Philip Harvey
Reverie 35 Philip Harvey

Monthly Poetry Group with Philip Harvey
This group continues to meet monthly via email. This month the group is writing poems about day’s delight, set on one particular day. Philip’s poem is about walking in the morning’s fog.
What To Do, Give It To You
hat to do with the all about white that is fog at sunrise
A house here a tree there normally all trees and homes…What to do, Give it to you Poem Philip Harvey

UPDATED: From Arthur Rich in Warburton – a longtime Carmelite Way pilgrimage friend Isolation by Arthur Rich  Arthur’s poem is now a song on YouTube  Beautiful thank you Arthur:)

The Great Realisation: Some positives to take from Covid-19

Coronavirus and the Church: ‘Submission’ or ‘lack of faith’? A French bishop calls on Catholics not to pit civil law against divine law, says being careless in dealing with COVID-19 is tantamount to ‘tempting God’
CoronavirAus and the Church

Impermanence – A Challenge to accept during this Isolation time?
Impermanence – by Michael Murray

Daddy Daughter Duet – The Prayer – With everything that is going on in the world, sometimes its best to pause and remember the simple prayer of a father and daughter for “life to be kind”.

Brother Richard Hendrick, a Capuchin Franciscan living in Ireland, has penned a touching poem about coronavirus
Brother Richard Poem

Reflections from Jamie Miller from the Spiritual Horizons Program
Prayers for Discernment Reflection_Pilgrimage and Vocation

Website for Multifaith COVID-19 Resources

A Meditation on ‘The House at Rest’,
The House at Rest by Jessica Powers PHILIP HARVEY

The Carmelite Librarian, Philip Harvey writes:
Reveries of libraries, the thirty-second: Closed Doors and Spatial Distance
Until I had come into this space alone, knowing I would leave alone eight hours later, I had not fully lived. While the world outside has also closed its doors on empty streets and falling leaves of an early Australian autumn, experience tells me this is no ordinary experience.

Poem by Lynn Ungar — minister, dog trainer, little-known poet — sat down at the desk next to her kitchen table and began to type, with her two Australian shepherds by her side, turning her thoughts into a poem. Pandemic Poem Lyn Ungar

Managing Stress and Anxiety at this time.
Watch a 5 minute youtube on F.A.C.E. C.O.V.I.D.

More Well being Resources

Anonymous Reflection
I’m a strong believer that there is a spiritual purpose behind everything that happens, whether that is what we perceive as being good or being bad,,. Anonymous reflection..

Reverie with Philip Harvey. Beautiful Libraries of the World...
Reveries of Libraries – Philip Harvey

Recent article in TIME 29 March 2020
Christianity Offers No Answers About the Coronavirus. It’s Not Supposed To