Saturday, March 31, 2012

Saturday of Our Lady

The Church never tires of singing with joy of the "Admirable Exchange"  through which God stooped down man so that man might become God. At the very heart of this mystery is Mary. In her, the Word found a home so that man might recover  the joy of a lost paradise.

When she became the mother of the Savior her mission was only beginning; for the work of salvation is an organic unity.  Her mission as Mother of the Church is to keep on giving humanity to Jesus for the many for the many brethren  of whom he was the first-born(Rom. 8,9). She is part of an unending cycle of birth, growth, formation of her children to the likeness of her Son. She has much to do, her maternal love is ever aglow.  She "cooperates with Him in the birth and development of the faithful."(Vat. C.II)  Thus the servant of the Lord serves the mystery of redemption through a virginity and motherhood that are ever fruitful.

From Pilgrims with Mary by John Moloney, PP

Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sunday with the Saints

Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity

Elizabeth Catez of the Trinity was born in 1880 in the diocese of Bourges. In 1901 she entered the Discalced Carmleite monastery of Dijon. There she made her profession of vows in 1903 and from there she was called "to light, to love and to life" by the Divine Spouse in 1906. A faithful adorer in spirit and in truth, her life was a "praise of glory" of the Most Blessed Trinity present in her soul and loved amidst interior darkness and exruciating illness. In the mystery of divine inhabitation she found her "heaven on earth," her special charism and her mission for the church.
(From the Carmelite Proper)

Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Saturday of Our Lady

Holy Mother of God and of the Church, our Lady of Guadalupe, you were chosen by the Father for the Son through the Holy Spirit. You are the Woman clothed with the sun who labors to give birth to Christ while Satan, the Red Dragon, waits to voraciously devour your child.

So too did Herod seek to destroy your Son, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and massacred many innocent children in the process. So today does abortion killing many innocent unborn children and exploiting many mothers in its attack upon human life and upon the Church, the Body of Christ.

Mother of the Innocents, we praise God in you for His gifts to you of your Immaculate Conception, your freedom from actual sin; your fullness of grace, your Motherhood of God and the Church, your Perpetual Virginity and your Assumption in body and soul into heaven.

O Help of Christians, we beg you to protect all mothers of the unborn and the children within their wombs. We plead with you for your help to end the holocaust of abortion. Melt hearts so that life may be revered!

Holy Mother, we pray to your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart for all mothers and all unborn children that they may have life here on earth and by the most Precious Blood shed by your Son that they may have eternal life with Him in heaven. We also pray to your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart for all abortionists and all abortion supporters that they may be converted and accept your Son, Jesus Christ, as their Lord and Savior. Defend all of your children in the battle against Satan and all of the evil spirits in this present darkness.

We desire that the innocent unborn children who die without Baptism should be baptized and saved. We ask that you obtain this grace for them and repentance, reconciliation and pardon from God for their parents and their killers.

Let there be revealed, once more, in the history of the world the infinite power of merciful love. May it put an end to evil. May it transform consciences. May your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart reveal for all the light of hope. May Christ the King reign over us, our families, cities, states, nations and the whole of humanity.

O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary, hear our pleas and accept this cry from our hearts!

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Protectress of the Unborn, Pray for us!

Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds

Friday, March 23, 2012

Carmelite Movie

After ten years of correspondence, filmmaker Michael Whyte was given unprecedented access to the monastery of the Most Holy Trinity, in London's Notting Hill. The monastery, founded in 1878, is home to the nuns of the Discalced Order of Carmelites, who lead a cloistered life dedicated to prayer, work and contemplation, rarely leaving the monastery except to visit a doctor or dentist. Silence is maintained throughout the day with the exception of two periods of recreation.

A highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning documentary, No Greater Love follows in the wake of the great success of a similar film, Into Great Silence, as it gives a unique insight into this closed world of these nuns where the modern world's materialism is rejected; they have no television, radio or newspapers. The film interweaves a year in the life of the monastery with the daily rhythms of Divine Office and work. Centered on Holy Week, it follows a year in which a novice is professed and one of the older nuns dies. Though mainly a meditational film, there are several interviews with the nuns, which offer insights into their lives, faith, moments of doubt and their belief in the power of prayer in the heart of the community. A beautifully filmed and deeply inspiring production.
(Description from You Tube Movie Trailer)

Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sunday with the Saints

St. Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi, OCD

This Carmelite virgin was born in Florence in 1566, she had a religious upbringing and entered the monastery of the Carmelite nuns there. She led a hidden life of prayer and self-denial, praying particularly for the renewal of the Church and encouraging the sisters in holiness. Her life was marked by many extraordinary graces. She died in 1607.

Her prayer:

...Come, Holy Spirit. May the union of the Father and the will of the Son come to us. You, Spirit of truth are the reward of the saints, the refreshment of souls, light in darkness, the riches of the poor, the treasure of lovers, the satisfaction of the hungry, the consolation of the pilgrim Church; you are he in whom all treasures are contained.

Come, you who, descending into Mary, caused the Word to take flesh: effect in us by grace what you accomplished in her by grace and nature.

Come, you who are the nourishment of all chaste thoughts, the fountain of all clemency, the summit of all purity.

Come, and take away from us all that hinders us from being absorbed in you.

Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Saturday of Our Lady


(Click on Photo)

To Our Lady of Fatima

Queen of the Rosary, sweet Virgin of Fatima, who hast deigned to appear in the land of Portugal and hast brought peace, both interior and exterior, to that once so troubled country, we beg of thee to watch over our dear homeland and to assure its moral and spiritual revival.

Bring back peace to all nations of the world, so that all, and our own nation in particular, may be happy to call thee their Queen and the Queen of Peace.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for our country. Our Lady of Fatima, obtain for all humanity a durable peace. Amen.

Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds

Thursday, March 15, 2012



Are you able to keep a confidence?  Do you see this as a special virtue? It is my opinion that this "virtue" is becoming extinct in our world, especially in the light of social networking.  People want to tell the whole world what is going on in their lives, revealing personal details about themselves and their friends.

What about living this virtue in the workplace? Are we in a position that requires us to keep information confidential?  Do we abide by this policy?  Do we manipulate people to get information in the workplace for our benefit? These are all questions that can serve as an examination of conscience.

I'm sure we have all experienced the person who has approached us saying, " Don't tell anyone, but..."  Or, " I'm not supposed to say anything, but..." When this statement shows its ugly head, we should stop the person in their tracks before we give them permission to reveal a confidence.  We should do this charitably, of course, by simply saying, "I'm sorry, please don't tell me, I don't need to know this." (Please note, I am not speaking of things that must be reported, such as abuse, etc.)

St. Bernadette is an example of heroic virtue in keeping a confidence. In her apparitions, she was given three secrets from our Lady that she never revealed her entire life.  People tried to get her to reveal the secrets.  They tried to figure it out by asking her certain questions. She would simply reply, "they concern only me." Some people may argue that she had special help from Our Lady to keep the secrets.  I respond that this same grace from the Holy Spirit is available to us, as well. 

When we think of heroic virtue in a saint, we don't usually think of the virtue of being able to keep hidden the secrets of the Lord. Human nature usually cries out for us to reveal to all who will listen what special favors the Lord has given us.  In the spiritual life, people can get caught up in "journaling," writing down every experience that takes place and analyzing and record keeping...this can be a form of vanity and spiritual pride. One needs a spiritual director to understand the motivation to write down his or her experiences.

What about the virtue of keeping silent about our spiritual woks and good deeds? Do we tell people we are fasting?  Do we tell people we are keeping a prayer vigil?  Do we tell people we get up early or stay up late to pray?  Do we account all we have done in charity in the past week?  Do we tell people about our every ache and pain and family problem and work problem and so on... Can we not suffer these things in silence to mortify ourselves and foster the virtue of humility? Can we not keep hidden these sufferings so that they go unnoticed in the world, but pleasing in the Lord's eyes? Let us challenge ourselves to live like the saints.  When reading a saint's biography, consider that there was so much more about the person that was left unsaid. May God be praised!

St. Therese of the Child Jesus' charism in the spiritual life was to keep favors hidden. She wanted to keep hidden her sacrifices and sufferings, her works of mercy and works of charity for the other sisters.  She had a pure heart that was motivated to please God alone. 

There are exceptions to this hidden spirituality of St. Therese and we can see this in the Order of Carmel in our Carmelite Doctors of the Church: St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila). St. Teresa wrote about her mystical experiences under obedience. She was not one to keep lengthy journals about these experiences, for she writes that if we have a true experience of God it will be impressed upon our heart and we will remember it forever.  She even stated that she had experiences of which the memory never faded, even after 20 or more years had passed.

It takes another virtue, humility, to keep a confidence entrusted to us by the Lord and by our friends.  Secrets of the hearts between lovers are intimate details that should be kept between lovers.  In the spiritual life, when God favors us with experiences of his great love for us, it is impossible to put these encounters  into words, a "built-in" mystical help from the Holy Spirit to help us to remain humble.

Let us pray for each other.

"But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. (Matthew 6:6)

Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Saturday of Our lady

Prayer to Our Lady of La Salette

Remember, our Lady of La Salette, true Mother of sorrows, the tears which thou didst shed for me on Calvary; be mindful also of the unceasing care which thou dost exercise to screen me from the justice of God; and consider whether thou canst now abandon thy child, for whom thou hast done so much. Inspired by this consoling thought, I come to cast myself at thy feet, in spite of my infidelity and ingratitude. Reject not my prayer, O Virgin of reconciliation, convert me, obtain for me the grace to love Jesus Christ above all things and to console thee too by living a holy life, in order that one day I may be able to see thee in Heaven. Amen.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


It is true that, however strong you may think yourselves, you cannot enter all the Mansions by your own efforts: the Lord of the Castle Himself must admit you to them. So, if you meet with any resistance, I advise you not to make any effort to get in, for if you do you will displease Him so much that He will never admit you.  He is a great Lover of humility. If you consider yourselves unworthy of entering even the third Mansions, He will more quickly give you the the will to reach the fifth, and thenceforward you may serve Him by going to these Mansions again and again.
(Interior Castle, Seventh Mansion)

Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Saturday of Our Lady

Our Lady of the Scapular

For centuries, devotion to Mary through the wearing of the Brown Scapular has been the cornerstone of the Discalced Carmelite Order's dedication to Mary and to a life of prayer lived in imitation of Mary.

Tradition tells us that the Scapular was presented by Mary to the English Carmelite, Saint  Simon Stock, in the year 1251, as a sign of Mary's special love and protection for all Carmelites. Ever since that date, the Brown Scapular has come to symbolize Carmel's unlimited confidence in Mary's prayerful intercession with her Divine Son.

Dedication to Mary and to a life of prayer are the two distinctive characteristics of the Carmelite Order.

The Scapular, in its monastic apron form, is an integral part of the habit of Carmelites. The miniaturized version of this sacramental consists of two panels of cloth, joined by a cord and worn over the shoulders.

May the Scapular of Carmel be for all its wearers a constant and visible reminder of Our Lady's prayers and protection.

(Information taken from Discalced Carmelite Friars of HOLY HILL)

Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds