Saturday, March 8, 2014


Our Lady's words to St. Bernadette: "I am the Immaculate Conception."
Photo: Church of the Sacred Heart Lourdes, France

When Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta received permission to start her Order, the Missionaries of Charity, she began to experience a great spiritual darkness.

Here is an excerpt from 33 Day to Morning Glory ( A Do-It-Yourself Retreat In Preparation for Marian Consecration)
by Michael E. Gaitley, MIC:

From the beginning of this new congregation, Mother Teresa began to experience "such terrible darkness" in her soul "as if everything was dead." At times, it seemed unbearable, and she frequently found herself on the brink of despair. In 1961, she received a light in this darkness. After a conversation with a holy priest, she realized that her painful longing was actually a share in the thirst of Jesus: "For the first time in this 11 years--I have come to love the darkness.--For I believe now that it is a part, a very, very small part of Jesus' darkness and pain on earth. Teresa's experience of darkness and painful longing continued to the end of her life. She found the strength to persevere because, as her spiritual director put it, she realized that the darkness was actually a "mysterious link" that united her to the Heart of Jesus.

If you would like to prepare to make the total consecration to Mary Immaculate, here is a link to order the book on Amazon:

Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds

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