In 1915, Titus Brandsma wrote an article that was published in the review 'Karmelrozen' that describes Saturday Marian devotions in Carmelite churches. "Simply by thinking of Mary's help," he wrote, "we feel ourselves strengthened in our weakness."
"The Apostle would have us keep silence, for in silence he tells us to work. As the Prophet also makes known to us: Silence is the way to foster holiness. Elsewhere he says: Your strength will lie in silence and hope."
How I love our evening rendezvous;
The joy of the Lord is your strength, after all
St. John of the Cross gives a reason for dryness in our prayer
Where does this strength come from? "God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us" (Romans 5:5)