St. Mary of Jesus Crucified never forgot her intimate relationship with the Blessed Virgin; in this prayer, she reminds Our Lady of their special bond.
St. Mary of Jesus Crucified experienced a phenomenon during prayer that seems to be common to us all at one point in our lives: she would fall asleep. "Without doubt, I am not distracted, but I cannot finish my brief prayer. Even if I want to say the Hail Mary, I stop at the first words: “I salute you Mary”... and I lose myself and I fall asleep."
Saint Mary (Mariam) of Jesus Crucified was born of the Baouardy family, Catholics of the Greek Melkite Rite, at Abellin in Galilee in 1846. In 1867 Mariam entered the Discalced Carmelites at Pau in France and was sent with the founding group to the Carmel of Mangalore in India where, in 1870, she made her profession. Mariam returned to France in 1872. In 1875 she went to the Holy Land where she built a monastery in Bethlehem and began planning for another at Nazareth. Noted for her supernatural gifts, especially for humility, for her devotion to the Holy Spirit, and her great love for the Church and the Pope, Mariam died at Bethlehem in 1878.
St. Mary of Jesus Crucified, whose life had been saved through a miraculous intervention of the Blessed Virgin after her throat was slit and she was left for dead, always considered herself to be an orphaned child who was adopted by the Virgin Mary.
Mariam probably was thinking of home remedies from Galilee when she offered practical advice on how to mend wounded relationships: first, don't throw vinegar on the wound!
"He made a document, I saw the writing: it is in all languages... A founder!… my heart leaps with gladness. [The Carmel of Nazareth] is endowed!"
"Especially during Lent try to have periods of solitude, silence, and recollection alone with Jesus in the desert. Minister to him with the angels, work for him after the example of St. Joseph in the home of Nazareth..."
Lord, nothing here below can comfort me, neither creation, nor Heaven, nor earth, nor men, nor angels, nothing can give me the joy, the peace that I have lost in losing you, my God.
The beatification of Sister Mary of Jesus Crucified, which has gathered you here in Rome from all the countries of the Near East, has surely been for all of you a great moment of joy
I cannot stand this life any longer; my weakened soul cannot stand it any longer!... Farewell blessed earth; it is to you that I owe my life!...
The saint was noted for her supernatural gifts, especially for humility, for her devotion to the Holy Spirit, and her great love for the Church and the Pope.
Sister Mariam Baouardy's docility to the Holy Spirit made her also a means of encounter and fellowship with the Muslim world
For three days, especially until yesterday evening, I have been in a dreadful state with abominable temptations.