Saturday, October 31, 2009

Friday, October 30, 2009

Carmelite Quote


We shouldn't care at all about not having devotion--as I have said--but we ought to thank the Lord who allows us to be desirous of pleasing Him, even though our works may be weak. This method of keeping Christ present with us is beneficial in all stages and is a very safe means of advancing.
St. Teresa of Jesus






Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, OCDS
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Stained Glass Flowers-Little Accounts of the Miraculous



An excerpt from Therese and Lisieux
by Pierre Descouvemont and Helmuth Nils Loose:


During her novitiate year, Therese received a great Marian grace. In July 1889, while she was praying in the hermitage of St. Mary Magdalene, she felt herself suddenly covered with the Virgin Mary's veil. She confided this to Mother Agnes on July 11, 1897, three days after she was admitted to the infirmary. "It was like a veil thrown over all the things of earth for me...I was entirely hidden under the Blessed Virgin's veil. At that time, I was in charge of the refectory and I remember that I was doing things as if I weren't doing them: it was if I had been lent a body. I remained this way for an entire week."

All of Therese's Marian piety was marked by this experience. She understood forever what St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort explained in his writings: we must live our Christian life "in Mary." Hers is the maternal womb to which we have the right duty to abandon ourselves so that we may be formed there in the image of Jesus.

In her poems, Therese often proclaimed her joy at being covered by Mary's virginal veil:

"O Immaculate Virgin! You are my sweet star

Who gives me Jesus and unites me to him

O Mother, let me rest under your veil

Only for today."



Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, OCDS
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tabernacle of the Week


Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church
Akron, Ohio


St. Thomas Aquinas on the effects of the Holy Eucharist:


The principal effects of the Most Holy Eucharist to those who worthily receive it:

*preserves and increases the life of the soul (which is grace) just as natural food sustains and increases the life of the body;


*absolves venial sins and preserves us from mortal sin;

*produces spiritual consolation.

More on the Holy Eucharist from the Association of the Real Presence



Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, OCDS
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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sunday in the Year for Priests

Years later, in a moment of immense gratitude, The cure of Ars said, referring to the hardships of his youth: "When I think of the care the good God took of me...I don't know what to do...I recognized it particularly on two occasions. when I studied, I would be overcome with sadness. I did not know what to do any more...I can still see the place where it happened. I was passing by the Bibot house. I heard words spoken to me, as if whispered in my ear: "Come now, don't worry. You will be a priest some day."
(From the Remarkable Cure of Ars by Michel de Saint Pierre)
Priest's Diary Blog

Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, OCDS
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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

St. John of the Cross-Sayings of Light and Love




Saying #64

"See that you are not suddenly saddened by the adversities of this world, for you do not know the good they bring, being ordained in the judgments of God for the everlasting joy of the elect."

As Christians, we cannot let Satan and the evil events of this world steal our joy! We know the way that leads to God...the way is taking up our cross and following Jesus Christ. As Secular Carmelites we are called to follow the Crucified and Risen Christ. We know that he has won the victory for us.


Let us look to Our Lady, Queen of Peace, who said, " In the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph." Let us take refuge in the sacraments. Let us take refuge in Our Lady's motherly heart and remain in the peace and joy of being children of God.










Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, OCDS
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Stained Glass Scapulars-Reflections on the Secular Carmelite Rule

The liturgical life, as a perennial participation in the Paschal Mystery, nourishes the Secular Carmelite in his daily pledge to follow Christ crucified and risen toward an ever more perfect union with God, by making the pains and joys of this life an offering of praise and glory to God.
His liturgical life will express itself chiefly in the Eucharistic sacrifice and in the recitation of the Church's Divine Office. He will, as far as possible, recite Morning and Evening Prayer from the Breviary; if possible he will recite Night Prayer before retiring. (Article 5-The Secular Carmelite Rule)


Many beginners in Carmel, and also those who have a desire to pray the Liturgy of the Hours get discouraged in the beginning because they think the Divine Office is too complicated to understand. There are many helps to this problem if the person will persevere. The Liturgy of the Hours comes in four volumes and also has a one volume version called "Christian Prayer." They both have guides available that shows the pages one should be on for each day of the year.
There are also links to online Liturgy of the Hours, such as Universalis and ebreviary.com. I have also recently discovered Divine Office. com. For all those who are new to praying the Liturgy of the Hours, please visit this wonderful site that has audio for the daily prayers. You can listen and pray with the text that is provided, too.


Our Rule calls us to this universal prayer of the Church each day. It's good to get in a regular habit of praying it at the same time each day so that we become faithful to it, because this is part of our obligation as Secular Carmelites.
We can look at the beginning of the Article from our Rule which states that we have a daily pledge to follow Christ. This daily pledge includes our daily responsibilities and obligations such as praying the Office, being faithful to mental prayer, attending mass when possible, and so on.
The Rule also states that the Liturgical life helps to make the joys and pains of this life and offering of praise and glory to God. We know that Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity desired to be a "Praise of his glory." We know, too, that she had the same obligation to pray the Liturgy of the Hours that we have. May she obtain for us a great desire to express our worship by praying faithfully the Office each day.
In our local community we can help those who are struggling with learning the Office. And this should be part of the formation of new people.
The praying of the Office is a beautiful way of expressing our love and trust in God through the praying of the Psalms. We can get in the frame of mind and prepare ourselves for Morning Prayer from the Office by rising from bed and beginning the opening prayer: "O God, come to my assistance. Lord make haste to help me." As Secular Carmelites we could also add, ...Lord make haste to help me pray the Office, make haste to help me to meet you in mental prayer, make haste to help me make my way to the Eucharist...

Let us pray for each other--each day in the Liturgy of the Hours.

Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, OCDS
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Monday, October 19, 2009

Tabernacle of the Week


St. Joan of Arc Church
Canton, Ohio

A Holy Hour Prayer
by Fr. Benedict Groeschel

O Lord, thank you for this hour of Eucharistic devotion. It comes as a time of peace, recollection and healing. How privileged I am to spend this time with You. It makes me feel like the apostles and disciples who were able to speak to You along the road, perhaps sitting under a tree in the evening. What am I to say to You? You know everything about me. You know all my needs, all my failings and even my good intentions. In this time I adore You as the infinite and Holy One of God. You and the Father are one and you have promised that we will be one in You. I give You thanks for all the blessings of my life which I so seldom think of. I thank You for life itself, material and spiritual.


I ask Your forgiveness and healing for all my short-comings and sins; all the times that unthinkingly I have failed You and fallen short of the grace You gave me. I place before You confidently everyone I care about, every concern that I have, every need of my life. I promise to trust You no matter what happens to me. You will bring good out of even the worst of it. I do not ask You to change what is to be. Rather, in whatever there is to be let me find You will, Your holiness and Your opportunity for me to grow. I will try to say, "I know that You are with me."

Finally, I redirect my life, my desire, my hopes, to you, not only for myself but for everyone about me and for the whole world.
May Your kingdom come, may your Holy Spirit be with us. Send Him constantly to us as You promised You would at the Last Supper.

As I look at this mysterious sign, the white host, my eyes tell me nothing of who is there, but faith affirms in my heart that You, my Lord and God are there. I thank You for this precious gift of faith.

Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, OCDS
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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sunday in the Year for Priests


John Mary Vianney was now seventeen...The future? Already John Mary Vianney had only one ambition: to be a priest. But he was tormented by the clear awareness of his ignorance and by the prospect of having to learn Latin.

He spoke of all these things to his mother.

"If I were a priest," he said, " I would want to win many souls!" Marie Vianney wept for joy at the thought of it. And when Aunt Margaret Humbert was let into the secret, she too approved highly of John Mary's noble goal.
(From the Remarkable Cure of Ars by Michel de Saint Pierre)


St. John Vianney's Prayer to his guardian angel:

Good evening, my guardian angel. I thank you for keeping watch over me throughout the day. While I sleep, please offer to God every one of my heartbeats.



Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, OCDS
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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Saturday of Our Lady

Prayer of St. John Berchmans



Holy Mary, Mother of God and Virgin, I choose thee this day for my queen, patron, and advocate, and firmly resolve and purpose never to abandon thee, never to say or do anything against thee, nor to permit that anything be done by others to dishonor thee. Receive me, then, I implore thee, as thy perpetual servant, assist me in all my actions, and do not abandon me at the hour of my death. Amen.



Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, OCDS
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Friday, October 16, 2009

Spiritual Life Dictionary

Today's Term: Spiritual Betrothal


1. Also called spiritual espousal, it is a symbolic term for an elevated degree of union that takes place in the illuminative way. In it there is a fluctuating between the feeling of God's nearness, the sweetness of his communication, and the experience both of his absence and of other painful trials of purification by which the sensory part is gradually accommodated to the spirit. The coming to completion of the espousal brought about by Christ through the cross and baptism.

2. Sometimes used to refer to a full union of love, like the spiritual marriage.

(From the Collected Works of St. John of the Cross, translated byKieran Kavanugh, OCD)


According to St. Teresa in her Interior Castle, the spiritual betrothal and marriage take place in the seventh mansion. This is a high degree of love and union between the soul and the Holy Trinity. When reading about these mansions we should not get caught up in wondering what mansion we are in. We need to ask God to purify our intentions and give us a great desire to serve him in charity in our brothers and sisters with whom we meet each day.
Let us pray to our Lady, spouse of the Holy Spirit, that she may obtain for us the holy union with God we desire.



Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, OCDS
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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Carmelite Solemnity-St. Teresa of Jesus, Virgin & Doctor of the Church






Happy Feast Day to all Discalced Carmelites!




It must be carefully noted--and I say this because I know it by experience--that the soul which begins to walk resolutely in this way of mental prayer and can persuade itself to set little store by consolations and tenderness in devotion, and neither to be elated when the Lord gives them nor disconsolate when He withholds them, has already travelled a great part of its journey. However often it may stumble, it need not fear a relapse, for its building has been begun on a firm foundation. Yes, love for God does not consist in shedding tears, in enjoying those consolations and that tenderness which for the most part we desire and in which we find comfort, but in serving Him with righteousness, fortitude of soul and humility. the other seems to me to be a receiving rather than giving anything.

(the Life, Chap. 11)














Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, OCDS
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Carmelite Quote

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Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, OCDS
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Monday, October 12, 2009

Carmelite Quote

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In preparation for the feast of our Holy Mother, St. Teresa I will post a few quotes from her for the next few days. A reminder to all secular Carmelites: October 14, the vigil of St. Teresa's feast day is a day of fast and abstinence. Our Rule allows the fast to be anticipated for good reason. Let us pray for each other!


Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, OCDS
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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sunday in the Year for Priests


Father Vianney's memories of his childhood provided him not only a gay palette to give color to his fiery and fertile ideas. They also filled him with bitter regret. Love of the soil, of prayer, and of solitude would always continue to haunt him. In the exile of his crushing ministry, in the prison of his little confessional, he would often think of it with tears in his eyes: " If only, now that I am cultivating the souls of others, I had time to think of my own soul, as I did when I farmed my father's acres! How happy I would be!"..."I believe my vocation was to remain a shepherd all my life."

( the Remarkable Cure of Ars by Michel de Saint Pierre)

(photo: The Late Fr. Matthew Herttna, chaplain of St. Dymphna Shrine, Massillon, Ohio)
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Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, OCDS

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Tabernacle of the Week


Sts. Philip and James
Canal Fulton, Ohio



The Fruits of Holy Communion:
"One knows when a soul has received the sacrament of the Eucharist fittingly, for this soul becomes humble, gentle, mortified in its passions, charitable and modest, and gets on well with everyone."
St. John Vianney

Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, OCDS
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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Sunday in the Year for Priests


According to Catherine Lassange, one of the primary witnesses to the life of the Cure of Ars, he gave this account of his first confession: "I still remember it! It was at home, right beneath our clock."

But John Mary had to wait until the summer of 1799 to make his First Holy Communion. It had been said that the bloody upheavals and persecutions did not really disturb the mind and soul of this child. But now came the time of the "Second Terror." The calm had not lasted very long. New persecutions began against Catholics...

One had to go into hiding to pray to God. So much so, in fact, that John Mary--then slightly over thirteen years old--received his First Holy Communion in secret, in the shuttered room of a house in Ecully. "I was there," said Margaret Vianney. "My brother was so happy, that he did not want to leave that room." Fifty years later, the Cure of Ars showed his First Communion rosary to the children in his catechism class.

(From the Remarkable Cure of Ars by Michel de Saint Pierre)

Peace be with you!

Rosemarie, OCDS
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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Saturday of Our Lady


October is the month
of the Rosary.
Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us!

A Prayer for Unborn Children

O God, our Heavenly Father, You sent Your Son into this world that He might Bless and Consecrate all life to You.
Your constant Love protected Him as the Ever Virgin Mary bore Him in Her womb for nine months.
In His mission He taught us the Greatness of Your Love and the Sanctity of Life.
We pray that we may always cherish the Life that You give us.
In a special way we ask and pray that You Grace and Protect all unborn children with Your ever caring Love.
We pray this in the Name of Jesus, Who is Lord, Forever and Ever. Amen.
Most Rev. Louis E. Gelineau, D.D.
Bishop of Providence

Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, OCDS
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Thursday, October 1, 2009

OCD Feast-St. Therese of the Child Jesus


St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face
Feast Day -October 1



Ninth Day of Novena-LOVE OF ALL

I understand now that charity consists in bearing with the faults of others, in not being surprised at their weakness, in being edified by the smallest acts of virtue we see them practice.
St. Therese

My Vocation is Love

St. Paul explains how the most perfect gifts are nothing without love. Charity gave me the key to my vocation. The Church has a heart and this Heart was burning with love. I understood that LOVE comprised all vocations, that love was everything, that it embraced all times and places...In a word, that it was eternal! My vocation is Love! Yes, I have found my place in the Church, my Mother, I shall be love. St. Therese

God our Father, you have promised your kingdom to those who are willing to become like little children. Help us to follow the way of St. Therese with confidence so that by her prayers we may come to know your eternal glory. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen

I hope you have experienced the intercession of the Little Flower. Thank you for participating in this novena with me.


Peace be with you!
Rosemarie,OCDS
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Video Meditation on St. Therese of the Child Jesus





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Answers to yesterday's quiz:


1.) Discalced means "without shoes."

2.) St. Therese experienced her conversion on Christmas Eve.

3.) St. John of the Cross wrote the "Precautions."

4.) St. Teresa Margaret Redi healed a fellow sister's toothache with a kiss on the cheek.

Peace be with you!
Rosemarie