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How beautiful is our vocation! It is for us, it is for us, it is for Carmel to preserve "the salt of the earth" (Matthew 5:13). We offer our prayers and sacrifices for the apostles of the Lord; we ought ourselves to be their apostles while by word and example they preach the Gospel to our brethren.
Story of A Soul, Chapter VI
Prayer of Elizabeth of the Trinity
O my God, O Trinity Whom I adore, help me to become completely forgetful of myself, that I may make my home in You forever, changeless and calm, as though my soul were already in eternity.. May nothing disturb my peace or cause me to leave You, O my Unchanging Lord, but may I be carried off, each moment, further and further in the depths of Your Mystery.
Establish my soul in peace, make it Your heaven, Your cherished home, the place where You rest. May I never leave You there alone. Keep me there, all of me, wholly vigilant in living faith, adoring You with all my being and wholly yielded up to Your creative action.
O my Christ, beloved Christ, driven by love—even to the cross, gladly would I be a spouse of Your Heart; gladly would I live for the resounding praise of Your glory; gladly would I love you ...until I die of love! Yet I feel so helpless.
I beg You: ‘clothe me with Yourself’’, make my soul one with every movement of Your own, flow over me, invade me, substitute Yourself for me, so that my life may be but a radiance of Your own. Come within me, adoring, healing, saving.
O Eternal Word, utterance of my God, I will spend my life listening to You. I will become utterly docile, that I may learn everything from You. Then, through all the ‘nights’, when I feel empty and helpless, I will gaze upon You always, You alone, and remain in Your resplendent light .
O my beloved Star, so fascinate me that I may no longer be able to stray from Your light. O consuming Fire, Spirit of Love, ‘come upon me’, so that the Word may take flesh again, as it were, in my soul: may I be for Him a humanity, an extension of His own, where He can live once more all His Mystery.
And You, O Father, bend lovingly over Your frail and weak creature. ‘Cover me with our glory-cloud’. Behold in me only Your ‘Beloved Son in whom You have placed all your delight’.
O my Three, my All, my Beatitude, infinite Solitude, Immensity wherein I lose myself, I yield myself entirely to You. Take me captive. Hide yourself in me, as in a tomb, so that I, as in a tomb, may hide myself in You. Awaiting the hour when I can depart, to contemplate, in your Light, the limitless mystery of Your glory.
“How great is your name, O Lord our God, through all the earth!” Psalm 8
On the evening of Sunday, 27th August, we were privileged to witness from our inner courtyard a most spectacular sight – the convergence of two planets: Jupiter and Venus. This orbit of celestial bodies around the sun is known as the “Dance of the Planets”. This extraordinary event will next occur in about 24 years’ time.
“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.”
Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be canonized on 4th September, 2016 by Pope Francis in Rome. We rejoice with the Missionaries of Charity Sisters all over the world, and particularly those working in South Africa on this wonderful occasion. Mother Teresa’s life is an inspiration, we all are aware of her great compassion for the sick and the dying, her tireless work on behalf of the poor and rejected, but also her concern for those suffering from spiritual poverty – loneliness and alienation, or from a lack of purpose in life. Mother Teresa’s passion for humanity sprang from her deep passion for and union with God, and her fidelity to her life of prayer, even when experiencing the deep suffering of a dark night of faith which coloured almost fifty years of her life. Here in her own words she speaks about SILENCE ... so necessary in our noisy world to help us find our true centre and meaning.
“We must improve our prayer and, flowing from that, our charity toward others. It can be difficult to pray when we don’t know how, but we can help ourselves through the use of silence. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence. This silence takes a lot of sacrifice, but if we really want to pray, we must be ready to take that step now. Without this first step toward silence, we will not be able to reach our goal, which is union with God. We forget that in the silence of the heart God speaks, and from the fullness of the heart we speak. Only when we have heard him in the silence of our hearts, only when we have learned to listen to God in the silence of our hearts, only then can we say: I pray. There is no either/or about prayer and love. We can’t say we have either prayer or love: There is no prayer without love and no love without prayer.
The fruit of silence is prayer.
The fruit of prayer is faith.
The fruit of faith is love.
The fruit of love is service.
The fruit of service is peace.
Let us provide each other an atmosphere of peace and quiet which will facilitate prayer, work, study, and rest.”
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POPE FRANCIS HAS DECLARED A YEAR OF MERCY FROM 8th DECEMBER 2015 UNTIL THE FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING 2016
You can never have too much confidence in God,
who is so powerful and so merciful.
St Therese of Lisieux
Our CD continues to be appreciated and recently reached friends in England. Now available from Amazon and iTunes.
Here are their comments:
“I was given the CD 'Let Nothing Trouble you' and I wanted to say how wonderful it is. I put it on in the morning instead of the news....sets me straight at the start of each day, anchors me in Jesus, my Savior. God bless you all”
“Magnificent. Beautiful. Inspirational, Peaceful. Amazing. Such lovely voices and instrumentation.”