Today we recall Blessed Maria Candida of the Eucharist, whose Optional Memorial is celebrated in Italy. In the Office of Readings we find this excerpt: "What mystery of love is this intimacy with our Beloved! I reflect on this, sometimes with emotion, and give praise to Him Who is Love!"
If you desire to possess profound peace in your soul... surrender your whole will to God so that it may thus be united with him
During this Lent, so divine in Carmel, my soul will be especially united to yours. I am asking God to show you the sweetness of His presence...
From the beginning of the Interior Castle, St. Teresa of Avila explains what it would mean for this "beautiful castle... to fall into mortal sin; there's no darker darkness nor anything more obscure and black...."
I am praying fervently for you, for I feel that the Master loves you so much, and I ask Him to take you, to draw you more and more to Himself so that through everything you will enjoy His presence.
A soul depends on grace in proportion to its desire for greater perfection. God's help is necessary at every moment because, without it, the soul can do nothing.
When all things are forgotten, nothing disturbs the peace or stirs the appetites. As the saying goes: What the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't want.
The soul here addresses its Bridegroom with deep love, esteeming him and thanking him... what overflows in it is its being tenderly and delicately inspired with love.
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
How truly wonderful you are, O Word of God, in the Holy Spirit; you cause him to infuse the soul with you
This indwelling of God in the soul of the just explains to us the extraordinary deeds in the lives of the saints
It does us much good to look into the soul of saints and then to follow them through faith right up to Heaven
A novena based on Poem 45, "My Joy!" written by St. Thérèse for her sister Pauline's feast day, 21 January 1897
If you desire to discover peace and consolation for your soul and to serve God truly, do not find your satisfaction in what you have left behind