You cannot imagine how dear to my heart you are. Come, make haste, you are still in time. We shall welcome you most tenderly; we shall cure your wounds with the oil and wine of the good Samaritan.
I beg you for the love of Mary, Mother of God, whom you taught us to love so tenderly; yes, in the name of the most clement Virgin Mary, Queen of Carmel, I beg you to return to this dear home where you were so happy and where you have vowed to live and die.
Servant of God Hermann Cohen
(Augustine of the Most Blessed Sacrament)
Letter to Hyacinthe Loyson (excerpt)
27 September 1869
Note: We recall that St. Thérèse of Lisieux prayed for many years for this intention expressed by Hermann Cohen, that the former Discalced Carmelite priest Hyacinthe Loyson would return and be reconciled with the Roman Catholic Church. In fact, Thérèse offered her final Holy Communion on 19 August 1897—the feast day of Saint Hyacinth—for the return and reconciliation of Hyacinthe Loyson. Mother Agnès indicates that “this conversion has preoccupied her all through her life” [cf. Carnets Verts]. Cohen’s letter to Loyson was written one week after he formally broke with the Discalced Carmelite Order on 20 September 1869, opposing the teachings of Pius IX and the doctrine of papal infallibility.
Tierney, T 2017, A Life of Hermann Cohen: From Franz Liszt to John of the Cross, Balboa Press, Bloomington, IN
Featured image: The centerpiece of Stella Maris Church on the promontory of Mount Carmel is the miraculous statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen and Beauty of Carmel. The statue of the Virgin Mary and Infant Jesus enthroned, placed at the center of the main altar, standing on a pedestal carved from a cedar of Lebanon, is devoutly venerated by the local Christians. Our thanks to Father Lawrence Lew, O.P. for making his beautiful photo available through a Creative Commons license.
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