Thursday, December 30, 2010

CARMELITE QUOTE


...I can only say: Blessed be God! Everything happened in a providential way; and I have clearly seen the will of God; for everything happened just as I wanted it to. On May 7, the Most Holy Virgin and Saint Joseph will open the doors of my convent, and as of that day I will die to the world in order to live forever hidden in God. What a heavenly life, Rev. Father, what a life, a life of the bride of the Divine Crucified One!
From St. Teresa of Jesus of the Andes' letter to Fr. Joseph Blanch

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Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

TABERNACLE OF THE WEEK


SACRED HEART CHURCH
(Formerly-St. Gregory the Great)
South Euclid, Ohio
Diocese of Cleveland
















Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds
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Sunday, December 26, 2010

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL READERS OF SPIRIT SINGING!
MAY YOU HAVE A BLESSED AND HOLY
 CHRISTMAS SEASON!

Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds
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Friday, December 17, 2010

THE "O" ANTIPHONS-Dec. 17-Dec. 23




Each "O" Antiphon is a name for Christ.  These titles may be familiar to you as well. The lyrics of the well-known hymn, "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" include these titles of Christ.

December 17: O Sapientia (O Wisdom)



December 18: O Adonai (O Lord)


December 19: O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse)


December 20: O Clavis David (O Key of David)


December 21: O Oriens (O Dayspring)


December 22: O Rex Gentium (O King of the nations)


December 23: O Emmanuel (O God is with Us)
 
Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

TABERNACLE OF THE WEEK

CHURCH OF THE GESU
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, OHIO





Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

CARMELITE SAINT OF THE DAY

TODAY'S SAINT: ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS


Happy Feast Day to all Carmelites!
May St. John of the Cross intercede for all of our needs~

(all videos created by R.Massaro)










Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds
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Sunday, December 12, 2010

THREE WORDS OF WISDOM


(Photo: R. Massaro)

Today's Three words are from today's Psalm Response:
THE LORD LOVES

This is one of my favorite psalms, for it possesses many "three words of wisdom" concerning our God. Here is the full passage:

The LORD God keeps faith forever,
secures justice for the oppressed,
gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets captives free.

The LORD gives sight to the blind;
the LORD raises up those who were bowed down.
The LORD loves the just;
the LORD protects strangers.

The fatherless and the widow he sustains,
but the way of the wicked he thwarts.
The LORD shall reign forever;
your God, O Zion, through all generations.
(Psalm 146)

This beautiful psalm sings the praises and virtues and wisdom of our God. The Lord gives... The Lord protects... The Lord raises...

This psalm sings the praises of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, if we look deeply into this passage. Jesus fed the hungry, gave sight to the blind, set free those who were in bondage to sin, proclaimed the kingdom to the poor. Yes, we can go on and on singing the praises of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

As Christians, as Secular Carmelites, we are called to live a life of Beatitude. Jesus proclaimed on the mountain top what should not remain hidden in our hearts and deeds. We are to be people who mirror the attributes of Jesus. We are to be people filled with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We are to be people whose hearts overflow with mercy and love for those we love and for those whom we do not love as we should.

The Lord indeed loves us. He sent his only Son to protect us, to raise us up, to feed us, to give us sight, to redeem us. During this Advent season let us pray for each other, that we remain faithful to our baptismal calling by being people filled with the Spirit of God's mercy, love and forgiveness.


Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds
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Saturday, December 11, 2010

CARMELITE SAINT OF THE DAY



ST. MARIA MARAVILLA OF JESUS

December 11. St. Maria Maravillas of Jesus, OCD, Virgin. 1891-1974, Spain. Memorial, Common of Virgins. She was born at
Madrid. She entered the El Escorial Carmel, Madrid on 12th October 1919. In 1924 she was inspired to found a Carmel at Cerro de los Angeles, alongside the monument to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. From this foundation followed nine others in Spain and one in India. She always gave first place to prayer and self-sacrifice. She had a true, passionate zeal for the glory of God and the salvation of souls. Even while living a life of poverty in the cloister she helped those who were in need, initiating apostolic, social and charitable works. In a particular way she helped those of her own order, priests, and other religious congregations. She died in the monastery of La Aldehuela, Madrid, on 11th December 1974. She was canonized May 4, 2003.


Prayer. Lord God, who drew St. Maria Maravillas of Jesus into the secrets of the heart of your Son, grant through her intercession and example, that we may work together for the salvation of souls, experiencing the delights of your love. Through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen
(From the Carmelite Proper)



Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds
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Friday, December 10, 2010

CARMELITE QUOTE


St. John of the Cross
Feast Day: December 14

It must be understood that if a person experiences some elevated spsiritual communication or feeling or knowledge, it should not be thought that the experiences are similiar to the clear and essential vision or possession of God, or that the communication, no matter how remarkable it is, signifies a more notable possession of God  or union with him. It should be know too that if all these sensible and spiritual communications are

wanting  and individuals live in dryness, darkness, and dereliction, they must not thereby think that God is any more absent than in the former case. People, actually, cannot have certain knowledge from the one state that they are in God's grace or from the other than they are not. As the Wise Man says, We do not know if we are worthy of love or abhorrence before God (Eccl. 9:1).
(Spiritual  Canticle, Stanza 1, No. 4)

Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds
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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Feast of Saint Juan Diego

Our Lady of Guadalupe: an ancient title of Mary, given to her shrine on Tepeyac Hill, about three miles northeast of Mexico City, after her appearance there in 1531 to Juan Diego. At that time she asked that a church be built on the spot. For proof of her presence, which the Bishop requested, she had Juan pick roses which bloomed miraculously in mid-winter. After arranging them in his mantle, she imprinted her portrait on the inside of the coarse cloak, which is still preserved in the Shrine of Guadalupe. Pope Benedict XIV named Our Lady of Guadalupe the Patroness of America and made her Feast, December 12, a holy day of obligation in Mexico.




Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds
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