Carmelite Quotes Novenas to Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the Carmelite Saints
Since 2018 we have published unique novenas to seek the intercession of Our Lady and the Saints and Blesseds of Carmel. Our novenas feature scripture and quotes from our Carmelite saints and authors. Here you can browse through various novenas by category; and, you can always use our powerful search engine at any time.
“The volume of the breviary I have with me has a beautiful picture of Our Lady of Mount Carmel… I simply opened the breviary on a little corner shelf above my bed to the left. When I am sitting at the table I only have to glance up in order to see her, and when I am in bed my glance falls directly on the Virgin with the star, ‘The Hope of All Carmelites’.”
“Especially during Lent try to have periods of solitude, silence, and recollection alone with Jesus in the desert. Minister to him with the angels, work for him after the example of St. Joseph in the home of Nazareth…”
As we observe the 450th anniversary of St. Teresa’s return to Avila under obedience to the Apostolic Visitor, we meditate on her teaching concerning obedience: “there is no path that leads more quickly to the highest perfection than obedience”
In our 2021 Novena to Saint John of the Cross, we will journey along the path of self-denial and love of the cross as he did with one goal in mind: to grow in the union of love with God who is Love.
In this year’s novena, our reflections will focus on St. Thérèse’s mission to help us love God as she did. Our readings will come from Letter 197, written 17 September 1896 to her sister Marie of the Sacred Heart.
In this novena, we will ponder nine of her personal messages that reflect her last words: “I am going to light, to life, to love!”
Author Melissa Presser prayerfully composed this year’s St. Edith Stein Novena. Melissa Presser is a Jewish girl who was led home to the Catholic Church by St. Edith Stein. The theme that she has chosen for this year’s novena is “Waiting.” Melissa writes in her introduction: “It is so hard to wait. Yet, Edith Stein waited patiently while discerning her vocation to religious life. Through this novena, we will learn from Saint Edith Stein how to wait well. Let us make this a beautiful time of waiting with God!”
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