Triduum of prayer for the Discalced Carmelites, Day 1 — 27 August 2021


We draw near to the opening of the 92nd General Chapter of the Discalced Carmelites, which will be held in Rome from the 30th of August to the 14th of September. Celebrated every six years, friars from around the world gather at the the General Chapter to elect the new General Superior and his council and to evaluate the current status of the Order and plan for the future.

The Discalced Carmelite friars have asked us to “pray for this General Chapter and for the whole Order, that we may fully live out these words from the Acts of the Apostles”: “The churches… were now left in peace, building themselves up and living in the fear of the Lord; encouraged by the Holy Spirit, they continued to grow.” (Acts 9:31).


I still have many things to say to you but they would be too much for you to bear now. However, when the Spirit of truth comes he will lead you to the complete truth, since he will not be speaking of his own accord, but will say only what he has been told; and he will reveal to you the things to come. He will glorify me, since all he reveals to you will be taken from what is mine.

John 16:12-14


“If you want to seek me, to know me and to follow me, call upon the light, that is to say, the Holy Spirit who has enlightened my disciples, and who enlightens all those who call upon him. I tell you the truth, the truth, the truth: Whoever calls upon the Holy Spirit will seek me and find me, and through him he will find me. His conscience will be delicate as the flower of the field, and if he is a father or a mother of a family, peace will be in his family, and peace will be in his heart in this world and in the next; he will not die in darkness, but in peace. I ardently desire that you should say (but it is not yet the time) that all the priests who will celebrate once a month the Mass of the Holy Spirit, who will honor Him, and whoever will honor Him and hear this Mass, he will be honored by the Holy Spirit Himself because he will have light within him; peace will be in his soul. It is He who will come to heal the sick and awaken those who are sleeping.

“As a proof of this: All those who will say this Mass or hear it, and who will invoke the Holy Spirit will not leave it without experiencing this peace in the depths of their souls. They will not die in darkness.”

Message in ecstasy from Our Lord to St. Mary of Jesus Crucified
Cahiers Réservés, 5


Holy Spirit, inspire me;
Love of God, consume me;
On the true path, lead me;
Mary my mother, look upon me;
With Jesus, bless me;
From all evil, from all illusion,
from all danger, preserve me.

All scripture references are from The Jerusalem Bible Reader’s Edition, copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd and Doubleday & Company, Inc. as accessed from The Internet Archive website.

Access to the unpublished Cahiers Réservés courtesy of the Carmels of Bethlehem and Haifa.

Translation from the French text is the blogger’s own work product and may not be reproduced without permission.

3 thoughts on “Triduum of prayer for the Discalced Carmelites, Day 1 — 27 August 2021

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  1. “he will not die in darkness, but in peace….” That’s a promise and a half, that is!! Prayed in full.

      1. Many thanks! He already has done. Moved me to disengage from canned music and sit outside in the dawn chorus and crisp morning air. As I have mentioned before, Fr Matt Blake said this is my Chapel, out here.

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