Quote of the day, 30 January: Pope Honorius III

On 30 January 1226, Pope Honorius III signed the bull "Ut vivendi normam," which approved St. Albert's Rule and guaranteed the existence of the Carmelites. Tradition indicates that the Virgin Mary herself appeared in a dream to the Pope, recommending the approval of the Order, and announcing the sudden death of two of its principal enemies.

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9 January: St. Andrew Corsini

St. Andrew Corsini was born at the beginning of the fourteenth century in Florence and entered the Carmelite Order there. He was elected provincial of Tuscany at the general chapter of Metz in 1348. He was made bishop of Fiesole on October 13th, 1349, and gave the Church a wonderful example of love, apostolic zeal, prudence, and love of the poor. He died on January 6th, 1374.

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8 January: St. Peter Thomas (not observed in 2023)

Born about 1305 in southern Perigord in France, Peter Thomas entered the Carmelites when he was twenty-one. He was chosen by the Order as its procurator general to the Papal Court at Avignon in 1345. After being made bishop of Patti and Lipari in 1354, he was entrusted with many papal missions to promote peace and unity with the Eastern Churches. He was translated to the see of Corone in the Peloponnesus in 1359 and made Papal Legate for the East. In 1363, he was appointed Archbishop of Crete and in 1364 Latin Patriarch of Constantinople. He won a reputation as an apostle of church unity before he died at Famagosta on Cyprus in 1366.

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St. Teresa of Avila Novena 2022 — Day 1

For St. Teresa, it was essential to her spiritual growth and to that of her sisters to be educated by knowledgeable people in the realm of the interior life. One way of preparing for her feast day is to prayerfully read and reflect on her writings.

20 July: OUR FATHER SAINT ELIJAH

The prophet Elijah appears in Scripture as a man of God who lived always in His presence and fought zealously for the worship of the one God. He defended God's law in a solemn contact on Mt. Carmel, and afterwards was given on Mt. Horeb an intimate experience of the living God. The hermits who instituted a form of monastic life in honor of Our Lady on Mt. Carmel in the twelfth century, followed monastic tradition in turning to Elijah as their Father and model.

Marie du jour 2022, 12 May: Titus Brandsma

In 1915, Titus Brandsma wrote an article that was published in the review 'Karmelrozen' that describes Saturday Marian devotions in Carmelite churches. "Simply by thinking of Mary's help," he wrote, "we feel ourselves strengthened in our weakness."

Quote of the day, 11 May: Titus Brandsma

Titus Brandsma writes to a formator many years later, "You came to my bedside [as a second-year philosophy student] and would not allow me to think about my studies, you wouldn’t even allow me to talk about philosophy... More than a professor, for me you were a father."

St. Joseph Novena 2022: Introduction

"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..."

Quote of the day, 17 February: St. Albert of Jerusalem

Pope Innocent III, on the 17th of February 1205, gave St. Albert of Jerusalem a pressing invitation to accept his postulation as Patriarch of Jerusalem, made by the canons of the Holy Sepulchre, by the suffragan bishops and by the King of Jerusalem, Almaricus II of Lusignano. On account of the esteem he had for Albert, the Pope appointed him Legate for the Holy Land, as well.

Advent IV, 2021 — Blessed

When I read in the Gospel “that Mary went in haste to the hill country of Judea” to perform her loving service for her cousin Elizabeth, I imagine her passing by so beautiful, so calm and so majestic

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