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89° Capitulum Generale Ordinis Carmelitarum Discalceatorum
28th April ­ 18th May 2003

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 Today’s activities were devoted to reflection and fraternal sharing.  We began with Morning Prayer, then after breakfast we heard a long and thoughtful message from His Holiness Pope John Paul II read by Father General, Camilo Maccise:  “I have the pleasure of sending you this message which comes together with cordial greetings for you and the Capitular Fathers, assuring them that my prayers keep them close spiritual company so that the light of the Holy Spirit may guide their discussion and discernment during the work of this Assembly. . .so that the Order of Discalced Carmelites continues on its way of dynamic fidelity to its proper vocation and mission.” 

Fr. Thomas Alvarez presented to us “the main axes of St. Teresa’s Spirituality” in his usual profound and informed way.  He reminded the Chapter that Teresa did not speak of God as a subject “learned” through theology or catechesis but as “experienced” in history: as kindly, patient, generous, interested in Teresa’s affairs, and as life-giving.

From her experience of God a new perception of humanity and of commitment to religious consecration arises in Teresa.  This was founded on the practice of “humane virtues” like fraternity, affability, kindliness, sympathy, industriousness love for culture and formation, etc., etc. 

The Mayor of Avila delivered warm greetings and a kind welcome in the name of the city.  Among other things he underscored the good relations that exist between his government and our International Center of Teresian/Sanjuanist Studies, and expressed the desire that they might grow ever closer. 

Later on in the morning the group went to see the churches and museums of both the Incarnation and of San Jose monasteries. The late afternoon saw the group visit the church and museum of the Birthplace of St. Teresa where the Eucharist was celebrated then supper with the members of the local community of that house (known as “La Santa”) and with the students of the International Center or CITES.  To embellish the evening national groups were asked to offer songs, and a smallish group let loose with a find rendition of “Molly Malone” to render the honors to our language.

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