Words of Wisdom - St Therese of Lisieux
What a mystery indeed! The creator of the universe awaits my prayer to save a multitude of souls’
‘Come Lord dwell in me Your beauty wins my heart Change me into yourself.’
‘We cannot have too much confidence in the good God - he is so mighty and so merciful.’
‘I have always remained little having no other occupation but to gather flowers the flowers of love and sacrifice.’
‘I feel my mission is about to begin my mission of making God loved as I love Him and teaching my way to others.’
‘No need to grow up but rather to remain little & become so more and more.’
‘Jesus has no need of books or teachers to instruct us: He the teacher of teachers instructs us without the noise of words.’
‘Show me the secrets hidden in the Gospel. For in this Golden book is my greatest treasure.’
‘It is much better to talk to God than to talk about him.’
‘My way is all trust and love. I don't understand those who fear so tender a Friend.’
‘I will let fall from heaven a shower of roses.’
‘Lord. what is the truth? Let me see things as they are. let me never be deceived.’
‘At last I have found my vocation …. My vocation is love.’
‘You know that our Lord does not look at the greatness or difficulty of our action, but at the love with which you do it. What, then, have you to fear?’
‘Prayer is a cry of gratitude and love, in the midst of trial as well as in joy.’
Words of Wisdom - St Edith Stein
‘Prayer is not merely a human achievement. It is a Jacob's ladder on which the human spirit ascends to God & God's grace descends to people.’
‘Prayer is the communication of the soul with God. God is love & love is goodness giving itself away.’
‘Prayer is the highest achievement of which the human spirit is capable.’
‘In order to be an image of God, the spirit must turn to what is eternal, hold it in spirit, keep it in memory, and by loving it, embrace it in the will.’
‘My longing for truth was a prayer in itself.’
Every true prayer is a prayer of the Church; by means of that prayer the Church prays, since it is the Holy Spirit living in the Church, Who in every single soul 'prays in us with unspeakable groanings'.
Those who join the Carmelite Order are not lost to their near and dear ones, but have been won for them, because it is our vocation to intercede to God for everyone.
‘God Himself teaches us to go forward with our hand in His by means of the Church's liturgy.’
‘One cannot desire freedom from the Cross when one is especially chosen for the Cross.’
Words of Wisdom - St Mary of Jesus Crucified
It is pleasant to hear Jesus spoken of, but more pleasant to hear Jesus speak.
It is pleasant to think of Jesus, but more pleasant to possess Him.
It is pleasant to listen to the words of Jesus, but more pleasant to do His will.
The soul that hopes in God will be changed by His mercy into a beautiful diamond.
Where there is charity, there is God. If you are attentive about doing good to your brother, God will be attentive about you. If you dig a hole for your brother, you will be digging it for yourself; it is you yourself who will fall into it. But if you make heaven for your brother, you will be making it for yourself.
Instead of trying to reopen a wound and pouring in vinegar, you should on the contrary try to soothe it and close it with the oil of charity, and then repair your neighbour's fault by your own greater love and fidelity to the Lord.
Love one another. Do not nurse bitter feelings.
Love is the only thing that can fill the heart of man.
Far better is it to have only a little suffering, humiliation, privation, by the will of God, than to have much by one's own will. THe essential is to accept with love all it pleases God to send, with complete conformity to His Will, always and in everything.
When a struggle comes upon you, kneel down and thank God for it, thank Him for making you suffer. Keep your heart raised up to Him, and pray only that He may not allow you to offend Him.
God allows temptation for the sole purpose of letting us grow. Let us run all the more towards God, the more tried we are.
Each time you wound charity, you wound Jesus who is charity itself.
The day of suffering is the day of the Lord.
God is ready to pardon a sinner who humbles himself. He looks with more love on a soul who returns to Him in Humility, than on a faithful soul who finds pleasure in its virtues.
The humble heart is the chalice holding God.
Those who accept affronts prepare diamonds for the drown. In hell there are all kinds of virtues, but no humility; in heaven all kinds of faults, but no pride.
Always remember: if Jesus forsook me I should be worse than Judas, but if Jesus protects me, I shall be John the Beloved.
Do not look at the neighbour without looking at the Lord, or you will fall into a very deep hole.
It is not sufficient to love. It must be completed by working. Loving is the seed; working is the germination, growth and fructifying of the seed.
Pay attention to small things. Everything is great in God's eyes. He does not want to see rapine in the holocaut. Give Him everything.
Make good use of time. Everything on earth passes, and time is so short. Practise perfection. Produce fruits for Jesus.
If you are looking for rest, you must first work. If you are looking for happiness, you must suffer.
There is a joy to be found in suffering when one thinks of eternal happiness.
Once you have given God something, you must never take it back.
The Lord has showen me everything. I have seen the Dove of Fire. Turn to the Dove of Fire, to the Holy Spirit, source of all good.
Everyone, in the world, or in religion, who has devotion to the Holy Spirit and who invokes Him, will not die in error. The custom must be introduced all through the Church that every priest say a Mass of the Holy Spirit once a month. All those asssting at it will receive very special grace and light.
I am a daughter of Holy Church, my Mother. How I wish to give my blook for the Church! I offer everything for her, for the unity, for the triumph of the Church.
I should like to have lips the purest to pronounce the name of Mary, and a pen of gold to write it.
How pleasing the faith of Our Lady was to the Heavenly Father! It was her faith that made Jesus grow more and more each day in her. If we have such faith it will make Jesus grow in our hearts.
(From the English translation of the book Pensees de Marie de Jesus Crucifie by Fr Denis Buzy, CSJ)
Spirituality Marian Character
The presence of our Lady pervades the whole history of the Order. This had its beginnings on Mount Carmel and got its name from a chapel dedicated to our Lady there. With the Church's approval it is committed to live in allegiance to Jesus Christ and to his Mother. Led by our Holy Parents, our Teresian Carmel treasured this commitment and strongly reaffirmed it. They acknowledge Mary as 'Lady' and 'Mother' of Carmel and propose her to us as a model of prayer and surrender of self on our pilgrimage of faith. They present her as she eagerly ponders God's word in her heart and with complete docility to the grace of the Holy Spirit, is inseparably united with her son in the joys and sorrows of his Paschal Mystery.
Our Lady, as portrayed in the Gospels, is thus put before us as the perfect embodiment of the ideal of our Order, and we are drwn to follow her closely. With the attitude of the 'poor of the Lord' we must ponder on God's word in faith and spend ourselves in a manifold service of love. Then our life will truly resemble hers and, under her guidance, we shall be made to share more fully in the mystery of Christ and his Church.
In this way our profession, which binds us in a special manner to our Lady, and which we have put in her hands, will become a reality in our life. That too is what the scapular we wear symbolises: that we belong to Mary and that we strive to be clothed in her virtues so as to mirror in the world the beauty of her holiness.
This presence of Our Lady characterises our apostolic mission too. Our filial love for her impels us to deepen our knowledge of her by careful study of the scriptures so that we can present her faithfully to others as a model and guide in their quest for union with Christ and his Church.
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