Quote of the day, 28 September: Sr. Geneviève, o.c.d.

When Uncle Isidore Guérin died on this date in 1909, Céline was crushed in spirit, anguished that she could not be at her family’s side. She wrote to her cousin Jeanne, “if only you knew… how cruel the Rule seems at moments such as these...” But then she paused to reflect: “nothing of what we do for God is cruel” but sometimes it’s very painful, she added.

Quote of the day, 20 August: Blessed Georg Häfner

In Germany, the Discalced Carmelite family observes the memorial of Blessed Georg Häfner, priest of the Würzburg diocese who was martyred at Dachau on this date in 1942. His most famous quote, "We do not want to curse anyone..." comes from a letter to his parents three days before his transfer from Nazi detention in Würzburg to the concentration camp at Dachau. We have a translation of that tender letter in our quote of the day.

Quote of the day, 11 August: St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

In a tender letter to her mother, St. Elizabeth of the Trinity reassures her mother once again that her heroic sacrifice will be recorded "in the great book of life." But she also intimates that her health is failing: the prioress insists that Elizabeth should "spend time out in the fresh air."

Quote of the day, 12 July: Timothy Tierney, OCD

"Our age is not radically different from nineteenth-century France. The Martins would have been aware of the anti-Christian and anti-marriage ideas current in the France of their day. In the intervening 150 years, such attitudes have only hardened... In canonizing Zélie and Louis Martin the Church places before us the ideal of strong Christian family life."

Quote of the day, 28 May: St. Edith Stein

St. Edith Stein indicates that there is an inexhaustible source of power for women who are tested beyond their "strength of body and nerves", and "it depends only on knowing one's way and going to this source again and again."

Quote of the day, 24 May: Pauline Martin

In 1921 Pauline and Marie Martin - Sister Agnès of Jesus and Sr. Marie of the Sacred Heart - had the happy fortune to visit their childhood home in Lisieux, a rare privilege, although Pauline doesn't give the reasons for the honor. But she describes the visit in detail...

Quote of the day, 23 May: St. Zélie Martin

When St. Thérèse was still an infant on the farm with her wet nurse Rose, St. Zélie Martin describes one visit she made to the farm to visit little Thérèse. "She let out piercing screams when she didn't see the wet nurse anymore."

Quote of the day, 7 May: St. Teresa of the Andes

Saint Teresa of the Andes entered the Carmel of the Holy Spirit in the township of Los Andes, some 90 kilometers from her home in Santiago de Chile on Wednesday, 7 May 1919. The Prioress said that when Teresa said farewell to her oldest sister, she said, "Until heaven! Life is so short!"

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