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Millions of people call themselves Christians, believing, in many cases, to have converted to Christianity. Now, is this the case? What is conversion exactly? To convert is to change. Consider the shimmering color butterfly. Before becoming this beautiful insect, it looked like something else. It was, to begin with, a tiny egg practically invisible to…

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We had to wait until the 20th century for Discalced Carmelites Fathers had a convent in the capital of the Holy Land. On March 9, 1934, the new convent of Discalced Carmelites Fathers in Jerusalem is blessed. The chosen place was provisional, and it belonged to Dominicans Fathers. (The figure of Fr. Lagrange, OP appears…

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When I was a young philosophy student, I remember the sentence of an Asturian Carmelite father who spoke to us about the fauna of Carmel to refer to the brothers of the Discalced Carmelite Order. It was a kind of joke to make us see the variety of people and styles that were and are…

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The bells with their festive ringing always call us to the church. In ancient times, the bell was the signal and sound to communicate. There was a way of ringing which is called tocsin for announcing an imminent danger, with a quick and steady touch. Then there is the sound to announce a deceased in…

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The week of prayer for Christian unity is approaching. Here in the Holy Land the diversity and unity of the different religious creeds is felt. He who writes, on Sunday 5 celebrated the Eucharist at 8.00 in the morning at the Basilica of Mount Carmel accompanied by the  Melkite-Greek bishop of Galilee, who attended the…

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