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, 17 September: St. Albert of Jerusalem

On this feast day of St. Albert of Jerusalem, we recall that he gave the Rule of Life to Carmelite hermits who lived "near the spring on Mount Carmel." He urged them to clothe themselves with God's armor and to prepare for "the enemy's ambush". The enemy came in human form when the Mamluks who conquered the Crusader stronghold at Acre moved south unchallenged and massacred the hermits on Carmel.

Quote of the day, 15 September: Jessica Powers

In her 1939 poem "The Valley of the Cat-tails" Jessica Powers writes: “My valley is a woman unconsoled. Her bluffs are amethyst, the tinge of grief; her tamarack swamps are sad. There is no dark tale that she was not told; there is no sorrow that she has not had.”

Quote of the day, 11 September: St. Teresa of Avila

Here St. Teresa explains her image of the well-watered garden, irrigated by "the water flowing from a river or spring." She compares the soul's joy to the woman who called her neighbors when she found her lost coin, one of the parables in our Gospel for Sunday, 11 September.

Quote of the day, 7 September: Père Jacques de Jésus

On the morning of the second day of his retreat in Pontoise, Père Jacques stresses this point: “we must truly see Christ.” He continues that our knowledge of the Lord must be vital, not verbal: “we must strive to love Christ passionately and prepare to see him face to face, when we die.”

Quote of the day, 5 September: Silvio José Báez, o.c.d.

Bishop Silvio José Báez, o.c.d. reflects on the Jesus' admonition that we must carry our own cross and follow him to be his disciple. The bishop says that "when Jesus speaks of the cross, he isn't simply talking about suffering. The cross is synonymous with extreme love, like that of Jesus."

Quote of the day, 1 September: St. Teresa Margaret

St. Teresa Margaret made a private retreat in February 1768, only eight months after she experienced the contemplative intuition of the mystery of divine love. We share her principal resolution from the retreat; does it remind you of other Carmelite saints or authors?

Quote of the day, 29 August: St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity, always a spiritual director to her own mother, offers this word of wisdom in a letter written on this date in 1906: “The Master called the hour of his Passion ‘His hour’... When faced with great suffering or a tiny sacrifice, oh, let’s think right away that ‘this is our hour’...” Elizabeth faced great suffering in that moment of her life; was she encouraging herself, too?

Quote of the day, 27 August: Brother Lawrence

Monsignor Joseph de Beaufort was the first biographer of Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection. In 1692 he published a Eulogy testifying to the virtues of the humble Carmelite. One example: "He had singular affection for the Blessed Virgin Mary and was especially devoted to her..."

Quote of the day, 22 August: St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

St. Elizabeth of the Trinity writes a letter to her younger sister Guite, which has become of the masterpieces of her correspondence. Writing on the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the months before her death, St. Elizabeth describes how deep is her love for the Queen of Heaven, her Mother.

Through the Narrow Door — Silvio José Báez, o.c.d.

Bishop Silvio José Báez, o.c.d. reflects on Jesus's teaching about entering through the "narrow door". The Bishop reminds us that "it's necessary to make a daily effort to go through "the narrow door", which is nothing other than to shape our lives and orient our hearts to love with a love like that of the Father in Heaven."

Quote of the day, 15 August: Père Jacques de Jésus

In his retreat for the Carmel of Pontoise in 1943, the Servant of God Père Jacques de Jésus, OCD offered a meditation on The Divine Preparation in Mary and in Us. His essential point was this: "Divine preparations are always and above all spiritual rather than material."

Quote of the day, 8 August: St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity writes for the last time to Père Gonsalve Vallée, her Dominican spiritual father, that “next year I will celebrate your feast with St Dominic in 'the inheritance of the saints in light'.” This letter is a testament to his spiritual guidance over the course of six years.

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