The Carmelite Community wish you all an very Happy and Holy New Year.
God Bless you in 2011
|The Angel of Aylesford|
O Adonai and leader of Israel, you appeared to Moses in a burning bush and you gave him the Law on Sinai. O come and save us with your mighty power.
|St Anne, Mother of Mary, bearing the infant Mary and the Infant Jesus|
From St Anne's Chapel, Aylesford Priory
|The Community Advent Calender|
|The Star of Bethlehem suspended over the Shrine|
|Bishop Paul Hendricks, surrounded by children and families, braves the cold!|
|Telling the story|
|Br Torsten and Br Tiago, wrapped up in some old cloaks against the cold. Fr Paul Saleh, a Carmelite from Australia, stands to get a better view|
|Fr Brendan, being ... Fr Brendan|
|The Main Shrine|
|The Apple Grove|
|The Community House|
|The Shrine Jesse Tree|
My brother, Jesus. It happens every year. I think that this will be the year that I have a reflective Advent. I look forward to Sunday and this new season, Jesus. But all around me are the signs rushing me to Christmas and some kind of celebration that equates spending with love.
I need your help. I want to slow my world down. This year, more than ever, I need Advent, these weeks of reflection and longing for hope in the darkness.
Jesus, this year, help me to have that longing. Help me to feel it in my heart and be aware of the hunger and thirst in my own soul. Deep down, I know there is something missing in my life, but I can’t quite reach for it. I can’t get what is missing.
I know it is about you, Jesus. You are not missing from my life, but I might be missing the awareness of all of the places you are present there.Be with me, my dear friend. Guide me in these weeks to what you want to show me this Advent. Help me to be vulnerable enough to ask you to lead me to the place of my own weakness, the very place where I will find you the most deeply embedded in my heart, loving me without limits.