Saturday, November 24, 2012


Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine-Euclid, Ohio
(C) Spirit Singing, 2012
Mary presents our good works to Jesus. She does not keep anything we offer for herself, as if she were our last end., but unfailingly gives everything to Jesus. So by the very fact we give anything to her, we are giving it to Jesus. whenever we praise and glorify her, she immediately praises and glorifies Jesus. When anyone praises and blessed her, she sings today as she did on the day Elizabeth praised her, " My soul glorifies the Lord."

At Mary's request, Jesus accepts the gift of our good works, not matter how poor and insignificant they may be for one who is the King of kings, the holiest of the holy,. When we present anything to Jesus by ourselves, relying on our own dispositions and efforts, he examines our gift and often rejects it because it is stained with self-love, imbued with selfish motives.

But when we present something to him by the pure, virginal hands of his beloved Mother, we take him by his weak side, in a manner of speaking. He does not consider so much the present itself as the person who offers it. Thus Mary, who is never slighted by her Son but is always well received, prevails upon him to accept with pleasure everything she offers him...

True Devotion to Mary #148-149

Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Fr. Greg Homeming, OCD
Homily on the Cross according to Carmelite spirituality
speaks of the cross in the life of St. Therese.

Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Discalced Carmelite Friars
Tanzania Mission

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Rosemarie, ocds

Monday, November 19, 2012

Carmelite Saint of the Day: St. Raphael Kalinowski, priest

Happy Feast Day to all Carmelites!

St. Raphael was canonized in 1991 by Pope John Paul II.  The first Discalced Carmelite friar canonized since St. John of the Cross! 
He died in 1907 at the Carmelite Monastery he had founded in Wadowice, Poland, the same city in which Pope John Paul II was born.

Visit these websites to learn more about this Carmelite Saint:

Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Carmelite Monasteries

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Rosemarie, ocds

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Saturday of Our Lady

(C) Photo: R. Massaro
Mary "was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory when her earthly life was over, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things."Lumen Gentium, 59

If the winds of temptation arise,
if you are driven upon the rocks of tribulation,
look to the star, call on Mary.
If you are tossed upon the waves of pride,
of ambition, of envy, of rivalry,
look to the star, call on Mary.
St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Carmelite Saint of the Day

Bl. Francis Palau y Quer
Born in Aytona, Lerida, on December 29, 1811, Blessed Francis Palau y Quer entered the Carmelite Order in 1832 and was ordained priest in 1836. Civil turmoil forced him to live in exile and outside his community. On his return to Spain in 1851, he founded his "School of Virtue" -- which was a model of catechetical teaching -- at Barcelona. The school was suppressed and he was unjustly exiled to Ibiza (1854-1860) where he lived at El Vedra in solitude and experienced mystically the vicissitudes of the Church. While in the Balearic Islands he founded the Congregations of Carmelite Brothers and Carmelite Sisters (1860-1861). He preached popular missions and spread love of Our Lady wherever he went. He died at Tarragona on March, 1872, and was beatified by Pope John Paul II on April 24, 1980.

Visit the Carmelite Monastery in Little Rock, Arkansas

Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Saturday of Our Lady

Photo: R. Massaro
Shrine at Lourdes, France


Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary of Guadalupe, that in thy celestial apparitions on the mount of Tepeyac, thou didst promise to show thy compassion and pity towards all who, loving and trusting thee, seek thy help and call upon thee in their necessities and afflictions.

Thou didst promise to hearken to our supplications, to dry our tears and to give us consolation and relief. 
Never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession,
 either for the common welfare, or in personal anxieties, was left unaided.

Inspired with this confidence, we fly unto thee, O Mary, ever Virgin Mother of the True God! Though 
grieving under the weight of our sins, we come to prostrate ourselves in thy august presence, certain that thou 
wilt deign to fulfill thy merciful promises. We are full of hope that, standing beneath thy shadow and 
protection, nothing will trouble or afflict us, nor need we fear illness, or misfortune, or any other sorrow.
Thou hast decided to remain with us through thy admirable image, thou who art our Mother, our health and
 our life. Placing ourselves beneath thy maternal gaze and having recourse to thee in all our necessities we 
need do nothing more. O Holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer us. 

(Here mention your petition.)

Five Hail gratitude for the four apparitions to Juan Diego and the one to Juan Bernardino.


Photo: R. Massaro
Shrine at Lourdes, France

Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds

Friday, November 2, 2012


May all the souls of the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds