Quote of the day, 6 October: St. Teresa of Avila

On 6 October 1571 St Teresa left the Carmel of Medina del Campo to return to Avila as prioress of the Monastery of the Incarnation, where she was once a member. Fr Kieran Kavanaugh explains this trying situation, including the reasons why an Apostolic Visitation was needed and the concrete human and financial challenges facing Teresa.

Quote of the day, 3 October: St. Teresa of Avila

St. Teresa of Avila received Viaticum on the evening of 3 October 1582 in Alba de Tormes. Her confessor and first biographer, Francisco de Ribera, S.J., captured her words: “Oh my Lord and my Spouse, now the desired hour is come.” Learn more about those moments.

Quote of the day, 2 October: St. Raphael Kalinowski

St Raphael Kalinowski was aware of the news, even as he aged. We note that he greatly distrusted the Russian Church: "From Moscow with caution! You cannot trust her sincerity." And when delinquents attacked a Carmelite procession in Rome, he wrote, "how long, O Lord?!"

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 September: Hermann Cohen

The Servant of God Herman Cohen was the first to lead a pilgrimage to Lourdes on 20 September 1858. Hundreds of people joined him in front of the grotto, although it was still blocked off by barricades and the civil authorities forbade close access to the site. He made quite an impression on St. Bernadette.

Quote of the day, 23 August: Céline Martin

We recall the liberation of Lisieux on this date as we share a quote from Céline about her experiences during the summer of 1944: "After fifty years of eremitic life, suddenly to find myself displaced and thrown into the middle of the world, veil raised, is so savage for me, a real martyrdom..."

Quote of the day, 18 July: Conrad de Meester, OCD

We recall the birth of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity on 18 July 1880: biographer Father Conrad de Meester describes the labor and delivery as "dramatic". Madame Catez was almost 34 years old; Elizabeth was her first baby. Two doctors were constantly at her side during labor and delivery, foreseeing a fatal outcome, since they could no longer detect a fetal pulse...

Quote of the day, 6 July: St. John of the Cross

By the 6th of July 1591, St. John of the Cross had been relieved of responsibility in the governance of the Discalced Carmelite friars and among those who were disturbed by the news were two nuns in Segovia. On the 6th, St. John wrote from Madrid to assuage their fears and concerns. Those letters contain two of his most famous quotes.

Quote of the day, 5 July: Carmel of Le Pâquier

On the 4th of July 1942, the Prioress of the Carmel of Le Pâquier, Switzerland proposed to the voting members of the monastic community that St. Edith Stein should transfer and be received as a member of the community. On July 5, the nuns gathered once again and held a secret vote...

Quote of the day, 1 July: St. Edith Stein

St. Edith Stein writes an old friend in Switzerland to ask if she could assist to obtain entry permits and visas for herself and her older sister Rosa, who has been an extern sister and outside sacristan at the Carmel of Echt since 1 July 1939.

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