Blessed Anne of St. Bartholomew was beatified on this date in 1917. Pope Benedict XV invoked her as a "defender of the peace" in the midst of World War I
Père Jacques commented on evil during a preached retreat in the fall of 1943: "The profound problem of evil is a scandal that keeps many people far from God and drives many others away from him... Take war, for example, with its deliberate destruction of cities and its unjustifiable slaughter of the elderly and the innocent, of women and children..."
What is the Discalced Carmelite experience in Ukraine at the moment? Provincial Delegate Father Józef Kucharczyk explains: "This is what I feel: spiritual warfare! I don’t feel like a hero... The priests and the faithful don’t feel like heroes, but we are really fighting with the devil!"
In the world's great hour of need, Carmelites can follow the example of Blessed Anne of St. Bartholomew: "I was seized about midnight with a great fear and I commenced to pray, my arms extended towards heaven."
In a poem that St. Teresa wrote for the profession of a Carmelite nun, she encourages the young religious to prepare for spiritual combat: "Sleep no longer, sleep no more, for now, there is no earthly peace."
St. Raphael Kalinowski understands the struggle of a people to defend their homeland against an occupying power. “Can I remain passive when so many people have sacrificed everything for this cause, undoubtedly a national cause?” A prisoner of war condemned to Siberia, he took the Gospels, his crucifix, and The Imitation of Christ.
In a 1932 presentation, St. Edith Stein said, "The people of Europe who struggled in a life-and-death combat during the World War were plunged into misery together, and all the hard facts of life furthered the recognition that a recovery is possible only through joint effort."
Take war, for example... “Do you think that, if God existed and were omnipotent, he would allow such slaughter?"
Although he was an excellent soldier and a great leader, he never permitted these personal talents to prevail over the supreme action that comes from God
"In any situation, even military or in wartime, it is possible to act and to put into practice the values and principles of Christian life"