Author Archives: KJ JMJ

About KJ JMJ

Hello. My name is Ken. I have been discerning the Call for quite a long time, since I was knee high and my Grandpa took me to Holy Hill. I am particularly discerning a vocation as a Discalced Carmelite Friar. I hope this blog offers some assistance to you in discerning your own vocation. Please visit this blog often and journey with me as we all discover the call that God has given to each us.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel – Mother and Sister!

Happy Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel! Wow! What a beautiful day for rejoicing (and perhaps for giving my poor abandoned blog some new life)! Today we celebrate, with all of the Carmelites worldwide and with everyone who faithfully … Continue reading

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Happy Feast of Mary Help of Christians

On May 24th (the Feast of Mary Help of Christians), The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Holy Hill celebrated it’s 150th “birthday.” This past weekend gave me time to reflect on Our Lady and … Continue reading

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“We are an Easter people………. Alleluia!”

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to John: “Jesus said to His disciples: “If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you … Continue reading

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The link between Wisdom Teeth, Vocational Discernment and the intercession of St. Apollonia

Please pardon my absence from my blog. The life of one who is discerning Carmel includes: eat, sleep, pray, and work – I’m still trying to fit “blog” into one of those categories. However, this week, on Good Shepherd Sunday, … Continue reading

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“O daughter Zion, shout for joy…. your King shall come to you!”

This weekend, we celebrate Palm Sunday and commemorate Our Lord’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem. We also recall, as we listen to His Passion read aloud, how in a matter of days the crowd crying “Hosanna to the Son of David,” … Continue reading

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Habemus Papam

Habemus Papam! Almost a week has passed since the election of our beloved Pope Francis and I’m still “bouncing off the walls” with excitement. Well, it’s about time that I shared my joy and thanksgiving for the Holy Spirit’s choice … Continue reading

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Prayers as we await a new Supreme Pontiff

Wow, another week has flown by. It has been truly historic – especially in respect to the events of Rome. For the first time in nearly 6 centuries the Chair of Peter is vacant not because the Papa has died … Continue reading

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