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Veronica Brandt holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering. As editor, she has produced fine publications (as well as valuable reprints) dealing with Gregorian chant, hymnody, Latin, and other subjects. These publications are distinguished on account of their tastefulness. She lives in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia, with her husband Peter and six children.
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They were not ashamed to lay their hands on Sedulius, on Prudentius, on St. Ambrose himself. Only in one or two cases does some sense of shame seem to have stopped their nefarious work. They left “Ave maris stella,” “Jam lucis orto sidere,” and St. Thomas Aquinas’s hymns alone (they would have made pretty work of “Sacris solemniis”). In 1629 their mangled remnants were published.
— Rev’d Adrian Knottesford Fortescue (25 March 1916)

Save the World: Build More Carmels
published 10 June 2018 by Veronica Brandt

ONSIDERING the religious life is something rather special in itself. When you realize how powerful and important prayer is. When you realize that God wants you, your whole life. That whatever you choose, this life is a supernatural adventure.

The architect in this video touches on this when he says:

Not only have we grown spiritually throughout this process, but also understanding how important the liturgy is and how important the contemplative orders are to the Church itself and really for its survival. Similarly the rebuilding of society and the Church itself is going to require determined and saintly women…

Another thing that stands out to me is the example of having traditional stone walls, being told that this is impossible, until they find the enthusiasts who are keeping these traditional building methods alive. Sound familiar?

This video comes from a new Carmelite Monastery being established in Fairfield Pennsylvania.

There is another new Carmel being established by the same Carmelites further afield in Western NSW in Australia. They are at a much earlier stage, but you can find out about them and subscribe to their mailing list for further updates here: Carmelite Monastery of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

This project is not just about building a new monastery – it is about bringing together craftsmen, families, workers, men, women, and children together from all walks of life so that in 100 years, our grandchildren can look at this incredible monument and say, “My granddad built that!”

Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.