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..."
"Do whatever he tells you" (Jn 2:5), were the instructions from the Mother of the Lord to the servants at the wedding banquet. Bishop Silvio José Báez reminds us that if we put his gospel into practice, our lives will be transformed in unexpected ways...
The Servant of God Père Jacques de Jésus offers a reflection on John 19:27, "This is your mother". Père Jacques writes, "While the other apostles traveled across the then known world on their missionary journeys, John’s unique apostolate was to remain close to the Virgin Mary, whom Christ had entrusted to him."
During her most active apostolic years with Catholic Action, Blessed Chiquitunga wrote, "I want everything to be saturated with Christ, and, wherever I am, I can leave a little ray of His light"...
We have translated an excerpt from St. John Paul II's homily at the beatification of Josefa Naval Girbés in 1988, where he praises her heroic virtues and her status as a lay woman in the local church.
From the hand of Teresa of Jesus, Henry de Ossó understands that love for Christ has to be the center of his work: a love of Christ that captivates and attracts people, winning them to the Gospel.
So there is no opposition of the contemplative life to the active. The former is the great support of the latter.
Père Jacques of Jesus died on this date, 2 June 1945 in St. Elizabeth Hospital in Linz, Austria following 70 weeks in Nazi prison camps
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Carmelite spirituality is not contemplative and apostolic. It is apostolic because it is contemplative
Apostolate and love dwell in perfect harmony
I am asking Him that you may be not only a good missionary but a saint
A singular characteristic of Josefa was her secular status
Wherever the soul is enkindled, that soul itself longs for action