Quote of the day, 29 April: St. Raphael Kalinowski

[Saint Raphael] Kalinowski wanted people to be always busy with some useful work for the glory of God, for the Virgin Mary, for other people, and for Carmel. This reflects the requirements of the Carmelite Rule.

To encourage people to work seriously, he would recall the words of Blessed Mary of the Incarnation: “All our actions are eternal; when you work with love for God and neighbor, our actions deserve an eternal reward.” And he insisted:

“Idleness is the poison of life, it tires our faculties, introduces anxiety into our lives and disturbs us.” #StRaphaelKalinowski

Timothy Tierney, O.C.D.

Chapter 10, Pastoral Care: Christian Unity and Growth


We remember with gratitude the life of Kalinowski’s biographer, Father Tadgh (Timothy) Tierney, O.C.D. Father Tadgh passed away unexpectedly on Monday 28 March 2022. Our readers will recall that Father Tierney also published the magnificent biography of the Servant of God, Hermann Cohen.

The Discalced Carmelite parish of the Infant Jesus in Morley, Western Australia, published the news on their Facebook page and noted that “Fr Tadgh Tierney has been part [of] our parish family for more than 20 years and will be greatly missed by his brother Carmelites, and all of us here in Morley.”

A local obituary in Western Australia offered the following details concerning Father Tadgh’s life and ministry:

Born in Borrisokane, Tipperary, Ireland [8 September 1941], Tadgh was always a proud Irishman, a professed Carmelite friar for 61 years and a Catholic priest for 55 years. With his relaxed style and gift for friendship, he was a much-loved priest and a dedicated teacher who brought Scriptural scholarship and Carmelite spirituality to life throughout his years in Infant Jesus Parish, Morley. His 80th birthday in September was a joyful celebration of his life. Deepest sympathy to his family, confreres and friends.

In Ireland, an obituary in Tipperary listed his next of kin down through his siblings, nieces, nephews, and “the extended Tierney family.”

We join in offering our condolences to the Discalced Carmelites of Australia-Oceania as we give thanks to God for the gift of Father Tadgh and his Teresian vocation freely shared with all of us. May he rest in peace and see God face to face.

Tierney, T  2016,  Saint Raphael Kalinowski: Apprenticed to Sainthood in SiberiaBalboa Press,  Bloomington, IN

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