Quote of the day, 4 December: Carmel in America

Sister Stanislaus of the Infant Jesus had, through life, been remarkable for her sweet and gentle disposition, her quiet unobtrusive manners, and her kind and thoughtful charity.

She was sometimes called by Bishop Fenwick “the little mouse.” in allusion to this name he once wrote for her in verse an allegorical history of a mouse, to which a spiritual meaning was attached.

Sister Stanislaus had a tender, delicate conscience, and such a lowly opinion of herself, that she often needed the encouragement of her spiritual directors.

One of these, the Rev. Father J. A. Coombs, S.J., wrote to her in the year 1829: “As you are so fond of being called child, and consequently of having a father, I have sent you a few lines addressed to “Our Father in heaven:”

Art Thou my Father?
Then no more my sins shall tempt me to despair,
My Father pities and forgives and hears a child’s repenting prayer.

Art Thou my Father?

Then let me strive with all my power to do Thy Holy Will,
To make Thy service all my care and all Thy wise commands fulfill.

Art Thou my Father?
Then I know when pain or want, or griefs oppress,
They come but from a Father’s hand, who wounds to heal, afflicts to bless.

Art Thou my Father?
Then in doubt and darkness, when I grope my way
Thy light shall shine upon my darkness and make my darkness like Thy day.

Art Thou my Father?
Then no more tremble, my soul, at death’s alarms,
He comes a messenger of love to bear me to a Father’s arms.

Pray for J.A.C., January 10th, 1829

Charles Currier

Chapter XXIX, Death of Sisters Ambrosia and Stanislaus (excerpts)
Discalced Carmelite nuns of Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Girl Praying in Church
Milly Childers (British, 1866–1922)
Oil on canvas, 1904
Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds, England
Image © Leeds Museums and Galleries (book); Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Currier, C 1890, Carmel in America: a centennial history of the Discalced Carmelites in the United States, J. Murphy, Baltimore.

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