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!"
Life is so short! What happiness it is to think of that, to tell ourselves that tomorrow we shall be in Heaven, near Jesus Who loved us enough to die for us, near Mary who loved us...
In a letter written for Céline's 22nd birthday, St. Thérèse explains why God didn't create her sister to be an angel in heaven: "it is because He wants you to be an angel on earth... He wants angel-apostles, and He has created an unknown little flower, who is named Céline, with this intention in mind...."
You must try to maintain a deep peace in yourself and not allow yourself to become troubled. Ask Jesus to command the winds and the storms and bring about calm and tranquility in [your] inner life.
In the world's great hour of need, Carmelites can follow the example of Blessed Anne of St. Bartholomew: "I was seized about midnight with a great fear and I commenced to pray, my arms extended towards heaven."
St. Edith Stein made some enduring friendships as a teacher at St. Magdalena's School in Speyer. To one Sister she writes: "I know there is no one in St. Magdalena who more truly shared my joys and sorrows than you. Only do not think of the sorrow as too great and the joys too meager."
Six days before Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection died on 12 February 1691 at the monastery on Rue de Vaugirard in Paris, he wrote to a Blessed Sacrament Nun: “I hope for the merciful grace of seeing him in a few days.”
Don't you understand what love is when it concerns Him who has so loved us? If only you knew how He loves you, and how I love you too!…
In a cosmic embrace that in Christ unites heaven and earth, John of the Cross was able to express the fullness of Christian life
Pray for me, help me prepare for the wedding feast of the Lamb... My Master urges me on, He speaks to me of nothing but the eternity of love.
For the blinder love is the more it gives such life, holding the soul surrendered, living without light in darkness.
Christian life here on earth, which is called “the way” in the Acts of the Apostles, is directed toward a transcendent goal which is represented by the heavenly and glorious city of Jerusalem.
I cannot stand this life any longer; my weakened soul cannot stand it any longer!... Farewell blessed earth; it is to you that I owe my life!...