Quote of the day, 23 November: St. Teresa of the Andes

Mary still has children in exile, and her motherly heart continues to pour out in torrents upon them the dew of her incomparable tenderness. That is why the poor go to Her for consolation; the rich, looking for their treasure in Her Heart; the orphan and the innocent, to ask Her for her caresses; the old man, for her support; the virgin, for her purest lily; the priest, for souls; the soldier, for the victory for the flag he places at her feet. Ah! O’Higgins and San Martín understood well when they repeatedly gave their command staffs to Her, She who is terrible as an army drawn up in battle array.

In Her hands, they placed the power, the glory, and the flag. So, later, in the historical fields of Chacabuco and in the hills of Maipú, they knew, guided by Her, how to conquer with glory and die with honor. To the filial promises of her loving children of Chile, the Virgin Queen answered with this single word, “Independence” and with it, she won their hearts forever.

Saint Teresa of Jesus of the Andes

Literary Compositions: The Cloud of Carmel (excerpt)

The statue of the Virgin of Carmel is the central focus of the Votive Church of Maipú in Chilethe Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmelwhich was consecrated by St. Paul VI on 23 November 1974, nearly 70 years after the 1906 earthquake destroyed the original votive church built by the order of General Bernardo O’Higgins.

See the original photo on the Flickr account of the Municipalidad de Maipú (this image cropped to fit WordPress dimensions, used under a Creative Commons license, some rights reserved.).

In his message for the consecration of the Votive Church of Maipú, St. Paul VI wrote:

An authentic devotion to Mary will, therefore, bring as a natural fruit for you, the people of Chile, and for all who on this memorable date participate in your Marian fervor, a growing commitment to serve the Gospel with a true desire to bring the message of salvation to all men and to build together the kingdom of God among those who have been liberated in Christ. In this way, “while the Mother is honored, the Son. . . will be rightly known, loved and glorified.”

Read the full text of St. Paul VI’s message in the original Spanish here.

Enjoy these stunning hi-def video images of the Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the Votive Church of Maipú, shot from DJI Phantom drones thanks to Erwin Olmos on Vimeo.

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

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