St. Teresa of the Andes had a lively devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In this prayer from 1917, she writes, "may your Heart be my refuge, my hope, my consolation, my solitude."
Blessed Mary Josephine of Jesus Crucified Catanea was a Discalced Carmelite nun from Naples who had experienced a miraculous healing and had great trust in God's will. We share one of her many famous quotes: "God's will is a kiss of His love..."
We recall the death of the "holy nuncio" Nicolás Ormaneto on this date, 18 June 1577 in Madrid. He was the nuncio who favored the Teresian reform and helped it to flourish in the first fifteen years of Teresa's tireless efforts to establish the discalced friars and nuns in Castile. When she mentions her first meeting with Fray Jerónimo Gracián in Beas, she writes that Ormaneto :sent to see him and then gave him authority over the discalced friars and nuns of Castile.:
Bishop Silvio José Báez mentions one of the greatest temptations of the Church: "to forget about the Holy Spirit, not to listen to the Spirit, and not to let ourselves be guided and strengthened by the Spirit."
Come Holy Spirit. [...] Come, you who, descending into Mary, caused the Word to take flesh: effect in us by grace what you accomplished in her by grace and nature.
Brother Lawrence gives us a lesson in Easter faith when he writes, "What consoles me in this life is that I see God by faith..."
St. Elizabeth of the Trinity conveys to a friend the consolation that she finds in knowing that the judge of the living and the dead is the savior who always dwells within her and within each one of us, loving and forgiving.
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...
For God’s sake they are able to suffer a little oppression and dryness without yearning to return to those better times
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
When you are sorrowful and feeling down and cannot find anyone to whom you can unburden yourself, run to her presence
If you desire to discover peace and consolation for your soul and to serve God truly, do not find your satisfaction in what you have left behind
The reason why our master does not always allow us to hear his voice is because he wishes to be sought after