Wednesday, August 29, 2018

THE DARK NIGHT OF THE CHURCH


Dear Secular Carmelites,

The entire Church-the body of Christ- is experiencing a dark night of faith and of the spirit. Now is the time for us to remain faithful to our calling of prayer on behalf of the Church.

During this time of purgation, let us call upon Our Lady under the titles of Our Lady of Mount Carmel,Our Lady, Mother of the Church, and Our Lady, Star of the sea, to help us and guide us through this storm. 

Let us remain faithful to the charism of Carmel: to pray for priests and seminarians. Let us pray for our Holy Father, all bishops, and all those in leadership positions within the Church. May they keep their minds and hearts fixed on Jesus.

Come, Holy Spirit, enlighten us and guide us!


Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, OCDS

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Traditional Prayer to Our Lady, Star of the Sea

Ave Maris Stella
Hail bright star of ocean,
God's own Mother blest,
Ever sinless Virgin,
Gate of heavenly rest
Taking that sweet Ave
Which from Gabriel came,
Peace confirm within us,
Changing Eva's name.
Break the captives' fetters,
Light on blindness pour,
All our ills expelling,
Every bliss implore.
Show thyself a Mother;
May the Word Divine,
Born for us thy Infant,
Hear our prayers through thine
Virgin all excelling,
Mildest of the mild,
Freed from guilt, preserve us,
Pure and undefiled.
Keep our life all spotless,
Make our way secure,
Till we find in Jesus
Joy for evermore
Through the highest heaven
To the Almighty Three
Father, Son, and Sprit
One same glory be, Amen.
  

Saturday, June 23, 2018

CAUSE OF GREAT JOY: Another Carmelite Blessed!

Beatification of Venerable Marie Felice, OCD
June 23, 2018! Affectionately known as "Chiquitunga" was beatified today in Paraquay.
Contracting Hepatitis at the age of 34, her final words before dying: "How happy I am! … What a joy to meet my Jesus! … Jesus, I love you, what a sweet encounter! Virgin Mary!"

Read more about her:

Blessed Marie Felice, pray for us!


Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, OCDS

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary


O God, who prepared a fit dwelling place for the Holy Spirit in the Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, graciously grant that through her intercession we may be a worthy temple of your glory. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.


Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, OCDS

Sunday, June 3, 2018

CORPUS CHRISTI

CORPUS CHRISTI

As secular Carmelites, we can be witnesses in the world of God's love by being a witness to our charism of prayer.  In the quotes below, our Holy Mother, St. Teresa, teaches us to linger with the Lord after receiving Him in Holy Communion.

In our busy lives, are we guilty of running out of church as soon as Mass is over?  Is it "business as usual" just a few moments after we have just received Jesus, the Bread of Life?  Of course, sometimes it is necessary for us to leave immediately, but let us take to heart the teaching of St. Teresa and stay with Our Lord after Communion.  This is a wonderful time for mental prayer, and even if we only have fifteen minutes to stay with Jesus, it is fifteen minutes of heaven that will prepare us for the challenges of the day.  

Our charism is prayer.  Let us make every effort to receive Jesus daily, if possible. Let us make our heart a dwelling place for the Living God.

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Photo:  R. Massaro C)2018 Spirit Singing

The feast of Corpus Christi was one of St. John of the Cross' favorite feast days.  Here are a few lines of his poem The Song of the Soul that Rejoices in knowing God through Faith:

This eternal spring is hidden in this living bread for our life's sake,
although it is night.
It is here calling out to creatures; and they satisfy their thirst, although in darkness,
because it is night.

This living spring that I long for,
I see in this bread of life,
although it is night. 


From The Way of Perfection, Chapter 34:

No. 10:
...He has many methods of showing Himself to the soul, through great interior feelings and through other different ways. Be with Him willingly; don't lose so good an occasion for conversing with Him as is the hour after having received Communion. If obedience should command something, Sisters, strive to leave your soul with the Lord. If you immediately turn your thoughts to other things, if you pay no attention and take no account of the fact that He is within you, how will He be able to reveal Himself to you? This, then, is a good time for our Master to teach us, and for us to listen to Him, kiss His feet because He wanted to teach us, and beg Him not to leave.

No: 12:
But after having received the Lord, since you have the Person Himself present, strive to close the eyes of the body and open those of the soul and look into your own heart. For I tell you, and tell you again, and would like to tell you many times that you should acquire the habit of doing this every time you receive Communion and strive to have such a conscience that you will be allowed to enjoy this blessing frequently. 

St. John of the Cross, pray for us!
St.  Teresa of Jesus, pray for us!



Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, OCDS

Sunday, May 27, 2018





I have experienced this presence of the three Persons, which I mentioned at the beginning, up to this day which is the feast of the Commemoration of St. Paul. They are very habitually present in my soul. Since I was accustomed to experience only the presence of Jesus, it always seemed to me there was some obstacle to my
seeing three Persons, although I understand there is only one God. And the Lord told me today while I was reflecting upon this that I was mistaken in thinking of things of the soul through comparison with corporeal things, that I should know that these spiritual things are very different and that the soul is capable of great rejoicing. It seemed to me there came the thought of how a sponge absorbs and is saturated with water; so, I thought, was my soul which was overflowing with that divinity and in a certain way rejoicing within itself and possessing the three Persons.

I also heard the words: "Don't try to hold Me within yourself, but try to hold yourself within Me." It seemed to me that from within my soul--where I saw these three Persons present--these persons were communicating themselves to all creation without fail, nor did they fail to be with me.  
St. Teresa of Jesus, Spiritual Testimonies No. 14


Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, OCDS

Monday, April 30, 2018

Carmelite Quote

HAPPY FEAST OF ST. JOSEPH, THE WORKER!

Photo: R. Massaro St. Joseph Church Circleville, Ohio



St. Teresa of Avila
St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila):
One day after Communion, His Majesty earnestly commanded me to strive for this new monastery with all my powers, and He made great promises that it would be founded and that He would be highly served in it. He said it should be called St. Joseph and that this saint would keep watch over us at one door, and our Lady at the other, that Christ would remain with us, and that it would be a star shining with great splendor.






Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, OCDS

Sunday, April 15, 2018


Photo: R. Massaro Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church Buckeye Lake, Ohio


Christ is Risen!

Are you still sharing your Easter joy with family and friends?  I hope so.  This is also the time in the church year when we console the heart of Our Lady during Compline, or Night Prayer. Instead of singing the Salve Regina, we traditionally chant the Regina Coeli (From Easter until Pentecost).  It is short, but beautiful:

In English: Queen of Heaven

. Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia:
℟. The Son whom you merited to bear, alleluia.
℣. Has risen, as He said, alleluia.
℟. Pray for us to God, alleluia.
℣. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
℟. For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.
℣. Let us pray:

O God, who through the resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ gave rejoicing to the world grant, we pray, that through his Mother, the Virgin Mary, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through Christ our Lord.
℟. Amen.

Traditionally chanted in Latin by the Carmelites and all religious orders:


Regina caeli
V. Regina caeli, laetare, alleluia.
R. Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia.
V. Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia.
R. Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.
V. Gaude et laetare, Virgo Maria, alleluia.
R. Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia.
Oremus. Deus, qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi, mundum laetificare dignatus es: praesta, quaesumus; ut per eius Genetricem Virginem Mariam, perpetuae capiamus gaudia vitae. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.


From YouTube, the beautiful Gregorian chant of the Antiphon:
https://youtu.be/yzMa0qzwagA


Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, OCDS