St. Teresa of the Andes meditates on the Carmelite call to a life of perfection: "Perfection of life consists in drawing close to God... What is the life of a Carmelite if not one of contemplating, adoring, and loving God incessantly?"
In his canticles "For the Love of Jesus Christ", which were published in 1851, the Servant of God Hermann Cohen wrote a summary of his vocation in the dedication pages of the book, closing with a hymn of praise to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament: "Throw yourselves at His Feet; give Him your heart, and He will bless you."
"Whoever is imbued with a lively faith in Christ present in the tabernacle, whoever knows that a friend awaits here constantly—always with the time, patience, and sympathy to listen to complaints, petitions, and problems—this person cannot remain desolate..."
Brother Lawrence reasons with a woman in spiritual direction: "You would consider it rude to leave a friend who is visiting you by himself; then why abandon God and leave him alone? Do not forget him..."
During this Lent, so divine in Carmel, my soul will be especially united to yours. I am asking God to show you the sweetness of His presence...
Each one of us is invited to a personal friendship with Jesus. Teresa of Avila speaks about prayer as friendship. We can always remain with our friend Jesus and find our joy in Him, because He rejoices in us.
God is spirit and we must adore him in spirit and in truth, that is, with humble, authentic adoration of spirit in the depths and center of our souls.
My soul was united very profoundly, I assure you, to the divine joys which flooded yours in those two great days of your ordination and first Mass [28–29 May 1904]. I would have wished that this brief note, which tells you of my entire union with you, might have reached you sooner; that wasn't possible... Continue Reading →
He is present to us in the Most Blessed Sacrament
Think what must have been in the soul of the Virgin