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St. Louis, MO, United States, 2007/08/02 - After over 6 million votes cast the Meditations from Carmel Podcast has been voted into the final round of the 2007 Podcast Awards in the People's Choice Religion Inspiration category.
"The nomination is an affirmation that faithful Catholics using new media have a very important role to play in modern day evangelization. Using the Internet to teach and lead souls to live a prayerful and sacramental life in preparation for our eternity is what our Podcast is all about," says the community's website.
Through the Meditations from Carmel Podcast we endeavor to enlighten souls to the ways of contemplative prayer as exampled by the great Saints of our Carmelite tradition. By listening to the Church Doctors of Prayer, Mysticism, Confidence and Missionaries (Saints Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross and Thérèse of Lisieux) we hope to bring you authentic spirituality through the Saint's own writings in our audio production.
The Meditations from Carmel podcast is brought to you from the Order of Carmel Discalced Secular at the Carmel of St. Joseph in St. Louis, Missouri. The community is a lay/secular religious order living the same charism and life of prayer as cloistered nuns or friars of the Carmelite Order. Their spirituality is inspired by the prophet Saint Elija and modeled on the humility and love of our holy mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary who brings us to love her Son, our Eternal Redeemer.
"As Carmelites living in the world, our calling is to listen to hear the whisper of God in the silence of our hearts. We seek Him, who we know loves us, and contemplate His wonders."
Our vocation is Carmel, but our simultaneous calling through this Podcasting apostolate, is to help the church to "take up her evangelizing mission with fresh enthusiasm" as Pope John Paul II encouraged us to do. Also, Pope Benedict XVI says the people of the Catholic Church should "spread the truth of the Gospel in the form of the New Evangelization."
Voting began Sunday and will continue until August 11th at 2359 HST on the published last day of voting. Voters may daily select one or all categories to vote for and a verification email with a clickable link will be emailed to you so that the vote can be verified.
About the 2007 Podcast Awards
The People's Choice:
Great care in the design and launching of this competition website was given so that all podcasters have an equal chance in the opportunity to win a People's Choice Podcasting Award in their specific category.
This is the third annual event that will recognize the best podcasters in the world by allowing the people (Listeners and Podcasters) to nominate, and then vote for their favorite podcast. This will culminate with awards and prizes being given during the 2007 Awards ceremony that take place during Podcast Expo in Ontario California on September 28, 2007. The website will see over 250,000 hits per day based upon 2006 levels.
Other Catholic Podcast Nominations:
- Catholic Insider
Best Mobile Phone Formated Podcast
- Praystation Portable
- Secrets of Harry Potter
- Healthy Catholic
- Catholic Rockers
- Catholic Insider
- Daily Breakfast
- Meditations from Carmel
- The Hands and Feet Show.