Keenly aware of Europe's urgent situation, in 1939 God prompted St. Edith Stein to offer herself to "the Heart of Jesus as a sacrifice of propitiation for true peace." We examine her request in the light of Carmelite spirituality and the examples of Discalced Carmelite martyrs who made similar offerings in centuries past.
For our ninth meditation in this novena, we read St. Edith Stein's letter to her prioress requesting permission to offer herself "to the Heart of Jesus as a sacrifice of propitiation for true peace." She is insistent "because it is the twelfth hour. I know that I am a nothing, but Jesus desires it." Thank you for joining us in prayer for this novena.
St. John of the Cross' exquisite Poem 7 about the "lone young shepherd" with the pierced heart, is our canticle for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus: "his heart an open wound with love".
Writing to Madame Hallo, St. Elizabeth of the Trinity expresses gratitude for greetings received and for "the beautiful consecration to the Sacred Heart".
In the Gospel, Jesus describes a desperate situation and asks his disciples: “What would you do?” St. John of the Cross answers, describing the wounded heart of Christ, the Good Shepherd.
At the foot of the cross, seeing its savior drink the bitter chalice to the very dregs, solely out of love for her, seeing him immolate himself for her sins, the soul dissolves with love for him
My tearful eyes began to fix themselves on a picture of the Sacred Heart, and I heard a very sweet voice say to me...
Read the story of how St. Elizabeth of the Trinity was originally destined to enter the Carmel of Paray-le-Monial