Titus Brandsma's love for Mary was contagious. He had learned to live "with Mary, for Mary, and in Mary", according to the teachings of Carmel's Marian spirituality and he explained this to his students, directees, and friends.
We remember and celebrate the anniversary of the day Pauline Martin was clothed in the Discalced Carmelite habit, Friday 6 April 1883 in the Carmel of Lisieux
Bishop Silvio José Báez says that when we make room for God's love and trust him, the impossible begins to become a reality.
Right now, various ones are trying to find some way for me to be interned in a German priory of our Order... I have put the entire matter into the hands of St. Joseph who took the Virgin...
The Discalced Carmelites who remain in Ukraine look to the martyr Saint Edith Stein for inspiration and discernment because she was willing “to live and die in the hands of the Lord, as God wills and when God wills.” Father Józef Kucharczyk, OCD gives us an update and thanks us for our prayer and financial support.
Bishop Báez explores the two strong words that Simon uses to describe his failure on a fishing expedition: "night" and "nothing", words that are familiar to Carmelites. The bishop explains that "Jesus doesn't want us to be failures, victims of the Night and of the Nothing."
In an excerpt from the new English biography of Blessed Titus Brandsma, he talks about the great joy he experiences when he wears his Carmelite habit "because it is the symbol of Mary’s protection."
"You do a great injury to God in believing you're going to Purgatory. When we love, we can't go there."
‘Let yourself be loved more than these’ is your vocation. It is in being faithful to it that you will make Me happy for you will magnify the power of My love.
St. John of the Cross says that "faith lies beyond all this understanding, taste, feeling, and imagining." Bishop Báez explains that it's the loving and welcoming presence of Jesus that gives us the faith we need to live: not only faith in God but faith in life, in ourselves, and others.
We moved on the eve of St. Michael, a little before dawn [28 September 1573]. The news had already been spread that the Blessed Sacrament would be reserved on the feast of St. Michael
Our Lady said "yes" to the Lord without knowing what awaited her... La Virgen dijo «sí» al Señor sin saber lo que le esperaba.
It is our anxiety that creates our needs; cast your care on the Lord, daughter, and he will sustain you
The Kingdom of God grows with a power of its own, which isn't dependent upon us; it is a call to trust in the loving power of God
We must learn to trust and confide in the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We must learn “the way of confidence and total trust”....