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What is a Charism? (Part II of II)

What is a Charism? Part II of II Editor's Note, in Part I, we looked at charisms in general.  Today, we will examine the Carmelite charism in particular. Every religious community is unique because it lives out the charism or gift of the Holy Spirit, that vision of how to follow Christ imparted to its founder or foundress, to fulfill a need in the upbuilding of the Church and which determines the... Read More

What is a Charism? (Part I of II)

October 12, 2015 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Charisms, Holy Spirit

What is a Charism?  Part I of II The mere title itself begs a definition but that definition is dependent on the context in which the word is used. Most persons, if at a loss for an exact definition, would perhaps at least associate the word with charisma or charismatic. But each of these words has its own fine tuning of definition. Charism is frequently associated with the spirituality of religious... Read More

Sister or Nun: What’s the Difference?

September 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Vocations

Sister or Nun: What's the Difference? “Sister Timothy, are you a nun?” Well, I do wear a long brown habit and I have professed three vows of obedience, chastity, and poverty, in consecration to God forever. But am I a nun? My name is SISTER Timothy Marie. But am I a nun? Here is the answer. In a practical, everyday sense people have no hesitation about identifying me as a Catholic nun. Yet, in... Read More