Mother Clare Joseph Dickinson, one of the foundresses of the Teresian Carmel in North America, kept a journal of their journey from Holland to New York and Maryland. They set sail on 25 April 1790 from Texel, Holland bound for New York.
St. John of the Cross states that "God is not inclined to work miracles. When he works them he does so, as they say, out of necessity." St. John offers the Journey to Emmaus and other resurrection appearances to prove his point.
Safe sped I through that night, By the secret stair, disguised and unseen, -O moment of delight!- Wrapt in that night serene, New-hush'd to rest the house where I had been.
Even when His Majesty desires to raise it to very lofty contemplation, as I have said, it is aware of its unworthiness, saying with St. Peter: Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.
"[I]t should be understood that people ought not rejoice except in walking along the path that leads to life and in doing works with charity."
As we observe the 450th anniversary of St. Teresa's return to Avila under obedience to the Apostolic Visitor, we meditate on her teaching concerning obedience: "there is no path that leads more quickly to the highest perfection than obedience"
I left Paris the day following the anniversary of the death of the Saint. Although I had no desire to go to Flanders, I took this journey...
“After all, this love is the end for which we were created”