Saint Edith Stein writes, "The legend of the Order tells us that the Mother of God would have liked to remain with the hermit brothers on Mount Carmel. We can certainly understand that she felt drawn to the place where she had been venerated through the ages..."
In December 1915 St. Teresa of the Andes took a pivotal step toward her Carmelite vocation when she received permission to profess a private vow of chastity.
St. John of the Cross exclaims: "the Mother of God and all things are mine, and God himself in mine and for me, because Christ is mine and all for me."
Happy Birthday to Blessed Titus Brandsma! From his article on Mary's motherhood of God: "In his Explanation of “The Living Flame of Love”, St. John of the Cross draws the Holy Mother of God as clearly as possible into the circle of his metaphor clarifying the mystical life...."
Mary kept everything in the treasure chest of her heart: everything she experienced — the easy and the difficult, the joyful and the painful, what she understood and that which was difficult to accept.
We who are doubly the children of Mary should imitate her, to be enriched as faithful children with the fruits of her maternity
The image of the Mother of God demonstrates the basic spiritual attitude which corresponds to woman’s natural vocation
At the beginning of the Salve Regina, I saw the Mother of God descend with a great multitude of angels
The Father bending down to this beautiful creature, who was so unaware of her own beauty, willed that she be the Mother in time of Him whose Father He is in eternity.