St. Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi offers this reflection on the Virgin Mary's place at Our Lord's ascension to heaven: "Mary sees the Humanity, taken from herself, formed by her most precious blood, and nourished with her milk, arrive in heaven..."
Father Paul-Marie of the Cross explains the meaning of the Marian title, "Beauty of Carmel." For Carmelites, Mary is the brightness of eternal light...
St. Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart was heroic in her charity and compassion, especially for the sick in the infirmary of the Discalced Carmelite monastery of Florence. When one of the nuns who was mentally infirm became quite insane, St. Teresa Margaret asked to be allowed to care for the nun, although it was terrifying. The Saint would kneel and pray before a statue of the Blessed Mother every time she would need to enter the patient's locked room.
Cardinal Arborelius leads us on a brief meditation on the responsiveness of Our Lady: "With all her soul and with all her personality, Mary wants to be an answer to God and His will."
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."
Titus Brandsma's love for Mary was contagious. He had learned to live "with Mary, for Mary, and in Mary", according to the teachings of Carmel's Marian spirituality and he explained this to his students, directees, and friends.
Today we share a simple, beautiful little prayer to "little mother Mary" the "Virgin of the stars" that was written by Chiquitunga and could easily be memorized.
After the healing of St. Thérèse on 13 May, her sister Pauline wrote to Thérèse to offer words of gratitude, compassion, and encouragement. "What a joy to see you well! How good the Blessed Virgin really is!"
In her autobiographical manuscripts, St. Thérèse describes her healing on this date at age 10: "All of a sudden the Blessed Virgin appeared beautiful to me... then all of my pains faded away..."
In December 1915 St. Teresa of the Andes took a pivotal step toward her Carmelite vocation when she received permission to profess a private vow of chastity.
St. John Paul II reflects on the Gospel account of the woman in the crowd who raised her voice and cried out to Jesus, "Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts that you sucked!"
After many attempts in the 17th and 18th centuries, the Servant of God Hermann Cohen was the Discalced Carmelite friar sent by Pope Pius IX to convert England in 1862.
Bishop Silvio José Báez says that when we make room for God's love and trust him, the impossible begins to become a reality.
Excerpts from the diary of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity for 23 March 1899: "There are three principal devotions to Mary: the scapular, pictures, the rosary..."
Happy Birthday to Blessed Titus Brandsma! From his article on Mary's motherhood of God: "In his Explanation of “The Living Flame of Love”, St. John of the Cross draws the Holy Mother of God as clearly as possible into the circle of his metaphor clarifying the mystical life...."
If we obey the pope, we obey the Lord Jesus, according to his own words addressed to Peter and the other apostles
In an excerpt from the new English biography of Blessed Titus Brandsma, he talks about the great joy he experiences when he wears his Carmelite habit "because it is the symbol of Mary’s protection."
O most glorious Virgin Mary, most sweet mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, my good Advocate, have mercy on me...
At Cana, seeing the married couple's anxiety which they cannot hide, for they have run out of wine, in your concern you tell the Savior, hoping for the help of his divine power.