Blessed Chiquitunga led an active apostolic life in Paraguay's Catholic Action movement prior to entering Carmel. In this prayer, she pleads with God: "let this ardor of my heart change into an intense life of union with You, beloved Master, of intense apostolate for Your glory..."
Blessed Anne of St. Bartholomew was beatified on this date in 1917. Pope Benedict XV invoked her as a "defender of the peace" in the midst of World War I
With gratitude for the life of biographer Father Timothy Tierney, OCD (1941-2022) he quotes Kalinowski saying, "All our actions are eternal; when you work with love for God and neighbor, our actions deserve an eternal reward."
You must try to maintain a deep peace in yourself and not allow yourself to become troubled. Ask Jesus to command the winds and the storms and bring about calm and tranquility in [your] inner life.
St. Zélie Martin, pregnant with Céline, is tortured with fear that she will lose the pregnancy or the child will die in infancy like her last two babies: "you can't imagine how frightened I am of the future... The best thing to do is to put everything in the hands of God..."
St. Zélie Martin confides in her sister-in-law that she is worried about Léonie's future. "If it only took the sacrifice of my life for her to become a saint, I would give it willingly."
Be courageous, my daughter, and give yourself greatly to prayer, forgetting this thing and that, for after all we have no other good or security or comfort than this
The reading of sacred scripture is a great and powerful remedy against bodily suffering and depression of mind
I would ask our Father for an indult that in all of our monasteries of the discalced nuns this feast could be celebrated with solemnity
It is our anxiety that creates our needs. Cast your care on the Lord, daughter