Sunday, January 22, 2012

Carmelite Quote


I tried to make a copy of the sketch our Holy Father John made on a piece of paper about 5cm. in size, after the vision he had of the Crucified at the Monastery of the Incarnation. The reproduction of it in P. Bruno's book is not exactly sharp, and I am anything but an artist. But I made it with great reverence and love.

Because of the work I am doing I live almost constantly immersed in thoughts about our Holy Father John. That is a great grace.  A scientia crucis (knowledge of the Cross) can be gained only when one comes to feel the Cross radically. I have been convinced of that from the first moment and have said, from my heart: Ave, Crux, spes unica! (Hail Cross, our only Hope!)

Drawing by St. John of the Cross
 Only those who are saved, only children of grace, can in fact be bearers of Christ's cross.  Only in union with the divine Head does human suffering take on expiatory power. To suffer and to be happy although suffering, to have one's feet on the earth, to walk on the dirty and rough paths of this earth and yet to be enthroned with Christ at the Father's right hand, to laugh and cry with the children of this world and ceaselessly sing the praises of God with the choirs of angels-this is the life of the Christian until the morning of eternity breaks forth.


Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds

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