In March 1899, St. Elizabeth of the Trinity was a fervent participant in the citywide preached retreat. Here’s her journal entry for 23 March, which stresses the importance of praying the Rosary: "It is the chain that unites us to Mary... Mary takes us by the hand..."
As we remember Blessed Isidore Bakanja on his feast day, this "martyr of the Scapular" calls us to follow his example of fidelity to the Blessed Virgin. We share excerpts from the homily of St. John Paul II and a brief biography from the Carmelite Order's website.
Excerpts from the diary of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity for 23 March 1899: "There are three principal devotions to Mary: the scapular, pictures, the rosary..."
What is the Discalced Carmelite experience in Ukraine at the moment? Provincial Delegate Father Józef Kucharczyk explains: "This is what I feel: spiritual warfare! I don’t feel like a hero... The priests and the faithful don’t feel like heroes, but we are really fighting with the devil!"
If you look closely, you might notice that the rosary worn by many Discalced Carmelite friars and nuns is a little different than other rosaries...
On 15 February 1934, Edith Stein asked to receive the habit of Our Blessed Lady of Mount Carmel
“Janua coeli,” will lead me into the heavenly courts
The two hermits recited the rosary together, using their fingers in order to screen their devotion from the inquisitive public