These resources are offered for 'Carmelite Spirituality Groups', for parish and for school groups, and for any interested individuals looking to explore further their spiritual life and the Carmelite Tradition in general:

AECI PRAYER
 

Elisabeth Catez (Elizabeth Of The Trinity) provides a helpful understanding about how we might approach prayer and meditation. She writes, ‘…when I say prayer, I do not mean reciting a vast quantity of vocal prayers every day. I mean the elevation of the soul to God through all things’.


Along with members of the CSG Forum and with friends of the AECI website, we have devised a short prayer that can be accessed at the link below. The prayer can be used for individual or for collective worship, study and reflection.  It can indeed also be read in a reverse order (from words at the bottom of the page to the words at the top of the page) to encourage stillness with the prayer itself and a deeper focus on the respective lines. Thank you for all input!

AECI UNIT OF STUDY FOR KEY STAGE TWO RELIGIOUS EDUCATION : 'Responding and Belonging In Strange Times' (November 2020)

This continues to be a most anxious and challenging time for headteachers, for teachers and for pupils across the UK school system, with growing concern around the 'emotional and the mental well-being' of our young people as we continue through 'Covid' restrictions and adjust to new routines in education. It is in a spirit of support and empathy that we offer this RE scheme/unit of study at Key Stage Two for pupils aged between 7-11 years old. Entitled 'REsponding and BElonging in STrange Times', it is based upon the early life of 'Elizabeth of the Trinity'.
 

It's objectives, areas of study and lesson content follow the guidelines set out by the 'Religious Education Curriculum Directory' for Catholic Schools and Colleges in England and Wales. It can be adapted to suit smaller class sizes and 'one to one' teaching and learning. It is also presented in such a way as to correspond with any 'thematic approach' to the primary school curriculum. It has been used for some students at Key Stage Three Religious Education (11-14 years old). We do hope that this resource proves useful. 

Please find below a set of 'Teacher Notes', and 'Classroom Worksheets' for this Key Stage Two scheme of work entitled: 'REsponding and BElonging in STrange Times'. Any questions or matters arising around the unit of work can be addressed to:  aecinstitute3@gmail.com 

AECI 'TRAVEL WITH SABETH' REFLECTION

Elisabeth Catez was widely respected for her insightful and imaginative poetry, often writing for the people she loved in her life and sharing her emotional and her spiritual sensitivity. Here, a friend of the AECI offers an original poem to download entitled 'Travel with Sabeth': 

AECI ADVENT REFLECTION 2021 (THE HIDDEN STRENGTH OF THE HIDDEN CHRIST)

'The holy time of Advent is here; it seems to me that it is very especially the season of interior souls, those who live unceasingly and through everything wholly 'hidden with Christ in God'. (Elizabeth of the Trinity).

Four Weekly Themes and a Christmas Day Reflection inspired by the writings of Elizabeth of the Trinity. Suitable for school or for parish groups, for individuals and communities exploring the season of Advent and the sense of 'faith journey' evoked in the Nativity Story:

AECI NEWSLETTER (DECEMBER 2020)

Wishing you a truly peaceful Season of Advent and a joyful Christmas! 

AECI PENTECOST REFLECTION 2020

A reflection on the feast of Pentecost from the year 2020 exploring a sense of 'call' in our daily lives and our 'response' to the transforming work of the Holy Spirit:

AECI 'ELEVEN DAYS, ONE NIGHT, AT THE LAKE'

‘In God, I can find all the beauty of valleys, lakes and panorama’s. One lives him, breathes him. My horizons widen day by day’ (St. Elizabeth of the Trinity)

Do you perhaps live or work near to a lake? Can you reach a lake for between 15 and 30 minutes each day? Could you incorporate the following reflections into your daily routine, be it alone or alongside a friend, a colleague or someone you care for? Putting all distractions aside, the lake might be a helpful ‘natural’ means of considering, or measuring, our holistic health.

AECI CHRISTMAS 2021 INITIATIVE: #SOShembracesLiving

How can we bring the safety of women and young girls to the forefront of men's minds in the aftermath of the shocking murder of Sarah Everard? Is this the time to look again at proactive strategies that tackle dangerous and prevalent attitudes and behaviours amongst men? Can men commit to do more to ensure women realize their full potential and fully embrace 'Living'? A4 poster on the #SOShembracesLiving initiative here: 

AECI NEWSLETTER (DECEMBER 2021)

Wishing you a truly peaceful Season of Advent and a joyful Christmas!