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Carmelite Monastery

Carmelite Monastery


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The Carmelite Monastery
of the  Sacred Heart of Jesus
Miri


The special Carmelite Monastery in Miri was founded by Sister Margarita in 1985..

The nuns live in a cloistered (enclosed) environment and follow a completely contemplative life. The nuns are allowed contact with their earthly families only once a month. Although not allowed to come out of the monastery, they can be attended to medically when extremely necessary or when equipment cannot be brought into the monastery.

This way of life is the spiritual heritage handed down to the Carmelite nuns by St Teresa of Avila (1515 to 1582), a Spaniard and founder of the Carmelite Order.

The nuns lead a very prayerful life (guided by St Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross). This hermitic lifestyle, exemplified by the Prophet Elijah from the time of Mount Carmel, continues to be practised even today.

Each day is marked by silence for prayers.

In addition to the daily celebration of the full Liturgy of the Hours, two hours are set aside for uninterrupted silent prayers. Communities are kept fairly small.
The leaflet from the monastery states: “The Carmelite Monastery is an open witness to the reality of the presence and the existence of God, which in today’s broken world, is often denied. It is a reminder to the world of the validity of Gospel values.

“In the hidden garden, the needs, joys, wounds and sorrows of the world are carried before the throne of God hourly every day, especially in the Sacred Liturgy.”
These activities, sanctified by the love of God, have also become a prayer of intercession for the Church and the whole world. After their Rite of Profession (to consecrate themselves to the Holy Order),  like all the other Carmelite nuns before them will spend their whole life in the monastery and be buried within its walls upon their death. Over the years, a few nuns had passed on and were buried in the monastery grounds

The Carmelite Monastery has been serving the Miri congregation and anyone who desires to have prayers said for him or her. Many non-Catholics also visit the monastery for special prayers and help.

It is our joy and privilege to pray for the Church, the world, priests, and for all those who ask for our prayers.  To submit a prayer request, fill out our form  or visit us at our monastery and the Sisters will present your petitions to our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament during Holy Mass and Eucharistic Adoration.


CARMELITE NUNS
Carmelite Monastery
Jalan Temenggong Datuk Oyang Lawai
P.O. Box 392,
98008 Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia







The Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel:
A Sign of Christian Faith & Commitment

The Brown Scapular is the part of the religious habit worn by Carmelites to signify their devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, their trust in her, and their commitment to live like her. There is a simplified form as illustrated in the photo for those who do not wear the full Carmelite habit. There is also a Scapular in the form of a medal.

The word 'scapular' indicates a form of clothing which monks wore when they were working. With the passage of time people began to give symbolic meaning to it, such as the cross to be borne every day as disciples and followers of Christ. In some religious orders, such as the Carmelites, the Scapular turned into a sign of their way of life. The Brown Scapular came to symbolize the special dedication of Carmelites to Mary. The Brown Scapular is therefore a sign which stands for the decision to follow Jesus like Mary:

    open to God and to his will,
    guided by faith, hope and love,
    close to the needs of people,
    praying at all times,
    discovering God present in all that happens around us
    introduces people into the family of Carmel,
    points to a renewed hope of encountering God in eternal life with the help of Mary's protection and intercession ...

The Brown Scapular has been approved by the Church for over seven centuries.
The Scapular is not a magical charm to protect you or an automatic guarantee of salvation.


According to the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship, the Brown Scapular is "an external sign of the filial relationship established between the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother and Queen of Mount Carmel, and the faithful who entrust themselves totally to her protection, who have recourse to her maternal intercession, who are mindful of the primacy of the spiritual life and the need for prayer."

Receive this Scapular (by any priest), a sign of your special relationship with Mary the Mother of Jesus, whom you pledge to imitate. May it be a reminder to you of your dignity as a Christian, in serving others and imitating Mary. Wear it as a sign of her protection and of belonging to the family of Carmel, voluntarily doing the will of God and devoting yourself to building a world true to his plan of community, justice and peace.

Enrollment of the Brown Scapular on the liturgical Feast Day of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 16th July. In its small form, it is widely popular within the Catholic Church as a religious article and has probably served as the prototype of all the other devotional scapulars.




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