Carmelite Online Retreat
Lent 2018

Let yourself be shaped by God
with Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection

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Prepare yourself for the coming Lent together with the Discalced Carmelites

By filling out the form below, you can register free of charge for the online retreat for Lent 2018. This year, Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection (1614-1691) - our Carmelite brother from Paris - will accompany us.

Brother Lawrence - Strange enough, he is better known among English-speaking Evangelicals than in his own homeland (France)! However, Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection (1614-1691) lived most of his life in the convent of the Discalced Carmelite Friars in Paris. It was there that he discovered and then taught what he called "the practice of the presence of God."

This humble brother - the community cook and then the sandal-maker - had a great influence during his lifetime and his message has been passed down to us.

He helps us to live our most ordinary everyday life experiences under the gaze of God. Prayer is no longer reduced to specific times. It is our whole existence that becomes a living relationship with the Lord. During this Lent, we will let ourselves be shaped by this Mystery!

How do I make the retreat?

Once you complete the form below and click Submit, you will be registered for the retreat. You will receive a confirmation message by email. On Ash Wednesday, February 14th, you will receive an email giving the introduction to the retreat and then weekly, every Friday of Lent, you will receive another email message with a new point of inspiration for the following week, along with short texts for daily prayer.

Invite your friends and acquaintances, too! You can forward this page to them or refer them to the web page

You can also download, print, and share this poster to make this retreat initiative known. Thanks so much!

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Participation in this retreat is completely free!

If you have any difficulty in registering or if there are any problems, please email us at

With best wishes for a Lent filled with blessings from Heaven,

The Discalced Carmelite Friars of Paris and Austria

The retreat texts were written by Fr. Didier-Joseph Caullery ocd, from the Carmelites of Paris. The English translation is by Deb Thurston ocds. The texts of Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection come from "Dal Dio presente alla presenza di Dio", by Maria Rosaria Del Genio, LEV, Vatican City 2004, and “Writings and conversations on the practice of the presence of God/Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection (Nicolas Herman)”;  critical edition by Conrad De Meester; translated by Salvatore Sciurba, ICS Publications, 1994.

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