Quote of the day, 26 May: St. Teresa of Avila

On the vigil of the Ascension in 1578, St Teresa writes to Padre Jerónimo Gracián and tells him about the "woman from Medina" who was sent to reset her broken left arm. "The cure involved a real struggle both for the woman and for me..."

Quote of the day, 24 May: Pauline Martin

In 1921 Pauline and Marie Martin - Sister Agnès of Jesus and Sr. Marie of the Sacred Heart - had the happy fortune to visit their childhood home in Lisieux, a rare privilege, although Pauline doesn't give the reasons for the honor. But she describes the visit in detail...

25 May: St. Mary Magdalen of the Incarnate Word de’ Pazzi

St Mary Magdalen of the Incarnate Word 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.

Quote of the day, 23 May: St. Zélie Martin

When St. Thérèse was still an infant on the farm with her wet nurse Rose, St. Zélie Martin describes one visit she made to the farm to visit little Thérèse. "She let out piercing screams when she didn't see the wet nurse anymore."

Marie du jour 2022, 22 May: St. Teresa Margaret Redi

St. Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart was heroic in her charity and compassion, especially for the sick in the infirmary of the Discalced Carmelite monastery of Florence. When one of the nuns who was mentally infirm became quite insane, St. Teresa Margaret asked to be allowed to care for the nun, although it was terrifying. The Saint would kneel and pray before a statue of the Blessed Mother every time she would need to enter the patient's locked room.

Marie du jour 2022, 21 May: Carmel in America

When a smallpox epidemic broke out in Baltimore in the closing months of the year 1882, many persons begged the Discalced Carmelite nuns to pray for an end to the calamity. The nuns chanted the now-famous prayer, Stella Caeli Extirpavit to Our Lady, for help in time of pestilence.

22 May: St. Joachina de Vedruna

In 1826, Saint Joachina de Vedruna was prompted by God's Spirit to found the Congregation of Carmelite Sisters of Charity (Vedruna Sisters), which spread throughout Catalonia, establishing houses for the care of the sick and the education of children, especially the poor.

Marie du jour 2022, 20 May: Sr. Maria Lucia

When Sister Maria Lucia, the Fatima visionary entered the Carmel of Coimbra, the Prioress showed Lucia to her cell after the morning Mass. Above the door she saw the name of the cell: "Immaculate Heart of Mary". There was a verse addressed to its inhabitant: "My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge."

Quote of the day, 19 May: Sr. Rachel, O.C.D.

Sr. Rachel of the Quidenham Carmel in England gently cautions us to examine how we do penance: are we enthusiastic, engaging in night vigils and severe fasts, or do we choose moderate, sustained ascetical practices? Sister describes the risks and benefits to both approaches.

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