"we need no wings to go in search of God but have only to find a place where we can be alone and look upon God present within us."Teresa of Avila
The Carmelite Centre Melbourne seeks to provide a contemplative space to facilitate spiritual journeys and personal growth with many different programs and services. A distinctive characteristic of The Carmelite Way is Stillness & Silence. These regular events offer an opportunity for Stillness & Silence. Scroll down for more details:
Tuesday afternoon – weekly Prayer Meditation – via zoom 5pm-5.40pm approx
Tuesday afternoon – monthly Centering Prayer Meditation – in person at Carmelite Library Middle Park 1.00pm
Thursday evening – weekly Meditation – in person 7pm in the Malone Room Middle Park
Friday morning – weekly Lectio Divina – via zoom 10am – 11am
Prayer Meditation via Zoom 5.00 to 5.40pm approx.
Recurring link to join zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83489564757?pwd=a2lTeUV1ZHVZRjBJQU84NXVGcExlZz09
If you like to receive a weekly email regarding this event please email [email protected]
Centering Prayer Meditation
Kathryn Pile will lead Centering Prayer Meditation on the first Tuesday of the month at 1pm in the Carmelite Library. It runs for approx 50 minutes, and is followed by an invitation to share time together socially.
Dates for first half of 2024
- 6 February
- 5 March
- 2 April
- 7 May
- 4 June
Contact Kathryn for the monthly reminder or to inquire about the sessions. [email protected]
Centering Prayer Meditation draws on the Christian tradition of meditation from the heart centre, using themes from spiritual writing and scripture, to help us experience beyond limited intellect, the total mind we call Heart. It’s a surrender method, a practice based on letting go of thoughts as they arise to deepen a way of being in God’s Presence. deepening a relationship with God.
Centering Prayer Meditation is an invitation for all with an open heart who are seeking to bring unity and wholeness into their daily life, whether or not from a Christian background.
Watch an Introduction to Centering Prayer with Kathryn Pile here
You may like to use an app by Contemplative Outreach for your meditation at other times. You can find the app in the iTunes App Store or the Google Play Store if you have an Android; search for Centering Prayer. Download here
Kathryn Pile leads a meditation on the first Tuesday of the month in the Carmelite Library at 12:45pm. Audio of the session on the topic of REST is available for your ongoing reference. For previous audio and text reflections scroll back to weekly sessions.
Kathryn Pile leads a meditation on the first Tuesday of the month in the Carmelite Library at 12:45 pm.Audio of JULY session on the topic of LIVING in the MERCY is available for your ongoing reference. For previous audio and text reflections scroll back to weekly...
Kathryn Pile leads meditations monthly in the Carmelite Library Tuesdays at 12:45 pm. Dates for 2023.Audio of JUNE session on HOPE and HEALING attached for your ongoing reference. For previous audio and text reflections scroll back to weekly sessions
Thursday Evening Meditation
Meditation in the Malone Room in the Carmelite Hall is held at 7pm on every Thursday.
The text of past reflections and audio meditation by Peter Thomas are added each week to the blog here. The most recent three appear below.
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“As we go about our daily activities I hope that by being in the present, by remaining mindful we will find joy in the midst of challenging times.” Peter
Meditation for Thursday 22nd February 2024 Meditation is sometimes associated with ego-dissolution. To an extent this is correct as meditation gets us out of our head where our self-centred thoughts arise, back to being in the present moment. When we are living in the...
Meditation for Thursday 15th February 2024 Often when people learn about meditation here at the Carmelite Centre they immediately and understandably think that the meditation taught is religious in character. I have no difficulty with that presumption except that I...
Meditation for Thursday 8th February 2024 There is a Zen saying; when you are sitting just sit; when you are standing just stand; when you are walking just walk. Total concentration, being in the now, dwelling in the present moment, this is the important aspect of...
Experience the benefit of meditation as a way of bringing peace, harmony and joy to your life.
Meditation is a way to assist us to live a ‘mindful’ life to enhance our day-to-day awareness by living in the present moment.
As there is no substitute for communal meditation its best that you seek out a meditation group that you can attend on a regular basis. The Carmelite Centre in Melbourne offers such opportunities however there are numerous groups nationwide run by Christian churches, yoga centres, Buddhist temples and numerous other organisations. If the opportunity to join a meditation group is not available or groups in your locality are unsuitable have confidence in your own ability to develop a private practice at home. The Carmelite Centre is always available to assist you with advice.
Meditation and Mindfulness Podcasts
We invite you to make use of the series of ten podcasts produced by Peter Thomas, who facilitates the usual Thursday evening meditation. They are available here.
Four-Week Meditation Program
To gain maximum benefit contact the Carmelite Centre and request The 4-Week Meditation program booklet that offers a progressive step-by-step approach to meditation and mindfulness. The booklet is available for a donation including postage. You can make a donation here
Meditation & Mindfulness Podcasts
INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION – SERIES OF TEN MODULES
Peter Thomas who facilitates the usual Thursday evening meditation has produced a series of ten podcasts available here.
Listen to each of the podcasts to gain some appreciation of the value of meditation and mindfulness to your life. Treat each episode as a ‘lesson’, as though you are doing a course in meditation. Study the questions that arise from each podcast and answer the questions supplied as best as you can.
The presenter of this series, “Meditation & Mindfulness” is Peter Thomas, facilitator of a meditation group for over 25 years and a meditator for over 30 years. He has provided workshops and training to a range of community organisations, schools and spiritual centres. He convenes a weekly meditation group at the Carmelite Centre in Middle Park.
All music used in this series is Royalty and Copyright Free. ‘Meditation & Mindfulness’ is a podcast presentation of the Carmelite Centre Middle Park, Vic. Australia.
Friday Morning Lectio Divina 10.00 am AEDT
You are most welcome to join our virtual community on Friday mornings at 10am for Lectio Divina.
We offering weekly Lectio Divina reflection time on zoom. Email us to be added to those who receive the readings and notes each week by email.
The recurring zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89792352290?pwd=Wi9JUmtJQUJrQVJ3SVB6UXp3bFRlQT09
Meeting ID: 897 9235 2290
The plan is to read privately and reflect 9.30am – 10am and then at 10am join the zoom gathering. After an opening prayer, reading the Scripture for the week, and listening to Fr David’s insights into the text, it is a time of sharing reflections. We then move into sharing personal prayers and finish with a closing prayer. Always finishes by 11am but you can leave at any time as needed.
Weekly Readings and Reflections
Each week Fr David Hofman, OCarm & Damien Peile provide:
Gospel: The text of the Gospel for the coming Sunday. (OT. B. means Ordinary Time in Year B of a three year cycle.)
Notes: A closer look at the reading; the liturgical setting for the particular Sunday; and an instructive reflection.
Celebrating at Home (CAH): A short liturgy including prayers and readings for use at home on Sunday.
Reading and notes from previous months can be found here. The last three weeks appear below.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 9:2-10 Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured: his clothes became dazzlingly white, whiter than...
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 1:12-15 The spirit drove Jesus out into the wilderness and he remained there for forty days, and was tempted by Satan. He was with the wild beasts, and the angels looked after him. After John had been arrested, Jesus...
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 1:40-45 A leper came to Jesus and pleaded on his knees: "If you want to" he said "you can cure me.: Feeling sorry for him, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him. "Of course I want to!" he said. "Be cured!" And...
Lectio Divina, a Latin term, means “divine reading” and describes a way of reading the Scriptures whereby we gradually let go of our own agenda and open ourselves to what God wants to say to us. In the 12th century, a Carthusian monk called Guigo, described the stages which he saw as essential to the practice of Lectio Divina. Whether individually or in groups, Guigo’s description remains fundamental.
Lectio Divina is an authentic source of Christian spirituality recommended by the Carmelite Rule. Carmelites practise it every day, to grow in the surpassing knowledge of Christ. In this way to put into practice the Apostle Paul’s commandment: “Let the sword of the spirit, the Word of God, live abundantly in your mouth and in your hearts; and whatever you must do, do it in the name of the Lord.”
A group meets each Friday morning for Lectio Divina on Zoom.
The plan is to read privately and reflect 9.30am – 10am and then at 10am join the zoom gathering. The time on zoom will be to share any reflections and prayers you have. You can leave the gathering at any time if needed. You are welcome to stay after the session finishes for a short time if you would like to catch up and share any news – ALL WELCOME.
Download Lectio Divina for each day of this month here.
THE CARMELITE LIBRARY OF SPIRITUALITY & MYSTICISM
The Carmelite Library is a special theological library dedicated to study and research in the areas of Spirituality and Mysticism. The collection is unique within Australia.
The Library is an affiliated member of the University of Divinity (UD) and a library of Yarra Theological Union. It is the Province Library of the Carmelite Friars in Australia-Timor Leste.
The Library is housed in a spacious and handsome setting for study and reading purposes.
NEW CARMELITE LIBRARY CATALOGUE
To help you navigate the Carmelite Library’s information and resources, the University of Divinity has created an online LibGuide. Here, you will be able to see browse the collection, read about the library and keep up to date with the latest news and titles, and find links to resources and other Carmelite related websites, all in one spot.
The history of the Carmelite Library at Middle Park available in this digital brochure was put together by Director of the Carmelite Library, Rev Dr Paul Chandler, O.Carm., FRHistS.