The Mysterious Role of the Prophet Elijah: — Mary’s Secretary

Since Carmel dates back far beyond that of Our Holy Parents, Saint Teresa of Avila and Saint John of the Cross, one would ask: where did it all begin? In 1321, Our Lady had revealed to Saint Peter Thomas that The order of Carmel is destined to exist until the end of the world. This […]

The Mysterious Role of the Prophet Elijah: — Mary’s Secretary


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The Mysterious Role of the Prophet Elijah:

Since Carmel dates back far beyond that of Our Holy Parents, Saint Teresa of Avila and Saint John of the Cross, one would ask: where did it all begin? In 1321, Our Lady had revealed to Saint Peter Thomas that

The order of Carmel is destined to exist until the end of the world.

Elijah's Cave
Grotto_of_Elijah,_Mt_Carmel

This would be fitting because in theory the very first monastic order to take form was under our original Carmelite (Desert) Holy Father, Elijah, who began his intense eremitical life on Mount Carmel where his original cell was that of a cave. This prophet who scripture tells us will also come back down to earth to prepare the world for the Second Coming of Christ, still has an important part to play.  Many secrets have been revealed on mountaintops: Abraham went to such a place to sacrifice his son, Issac to God; Moses also received the Ten Commandments from God while on top of a mountain. Was it not Elijah who was next to Our Lord on a similar summit during His transfiguration? Finally, Elijah’s mysterious vision (described below) was seen on  Mount Carmel. Now that we know the meaning of Our Lady’s mysterious prophecy of Carmel “destined” to exist until the end of the world, it would be only fitting that it’s father and founder would come back as Carmel’s commander-in-chief for the decisive and final battle ahead. So what makes Carmel, the desert  – or mountain – destined for greatness?

Transfiguration

Transfiguration of Our Lord

It has been demonstrated that the renewal of contemplative-monastic life brings revitalization to the Church. The effects of Protestantism, Secularism and the synthesis of all heresies which is Modernism, have all penetrated religious life. Thus, we must look back to Elijah where it all began; he was the prophet who was chosen to foresee the glorious foot of Our Lady predicting this future war between the seed of Satan and the seed of Her own:

Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel (the mount(tain), crouched down to earth and put his head between his knees. Six times he looked out to the seas and saw nothing. And the seventh time the youth reported, ‘there is a cloud as small as a foot rising from the sea.’ In Genesis, God the Father said to the serpent: ‘She will crush your head and you will strike Her Heel.’ (1 Kings 18:43)

Are Carmelite souls destined to form Her Heel? After all, it was Elijah on the top of Carmel who saw this Heel take shape. Only time will tell. However, at Fatima on October 13th, 1917 – the same day as the miracle of the sun – did not Our Lady also appear as Our Lady of Mount Carmel?

Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Miracle of the sun witnessed by 70,000

Carmel seems to be the key ingredient in proclaiming victory over Satan. Carmel was in a very real sense, the first monastic order to exist with Elijah; the first-ever founder and according to Our Lady, will it also be the last? The Blessed Virgin Mary has revealed extraordinary secrets of Her Heart through the holy prophets and order of Carmel: The gift of Her Scapular to Saint Simon Stock and the intense and disciplined rule of Saint Albert of Jerusalem.  In no other apparition does Our Lady appear in a different habit, only the Holy Habit of Carmel. If we reread all that was written in regards to Fatima, the “Carmel destiny” and the future role of Elijah, we are  reminded that Carmel is truly Our Lady’s order. Consequently, we do not limit ourselves to strictly looking back at Our Holy Parents Teresa and John, but to the very beginning where it all began on the mountain of Mount Carmel. As Scripture has shown us, it began with Elijah and it must end with him.

I want to share a story. After reflecting on this particular event today,  I was utterly taken aback how God LED me to Carmel through it’s founder: Elijah. Three years ago I had actually found this story so moving that I wrote about it in one of my earlier blogs during 2017. At the time, I was briefly living in California and decided to fly to Colorado for Our Lady’s Centennial Anniversary of Fatima in May of that year. I theorized that since I had discovered my vocation to religious life in Colorado, it was only fitting to pay homage to Our Lady where my love for Her was cultivated. Although only a weekend trip, I was anticipating much excitement, but was disappointed when the three short days I was there were filled with confusion and truly odd sufferings. Just four days prior to May 13th , I had received my acceptance into the cloistered Poor Clare’s of the Immaculate in Acquapendente, Italy.  At long last, I was finally ready to be a cloistered nun – something I had been running from for years (the desert!) Yet, why was I filled with anxiety, sadness and experiencing a lack of sleep and no appetite – especially on the day I have been waiting for, the feast day of Our Lady of Fatima.

Acquapendente, Italy
Poor Clare Monastary

I was about to get coffee with one of my closest friends and had a few minutes to spare, so I called my spiritual director to spill my heart, hoping to receive answers through him. I was a mess on the phone. I remember two things from that conversation. He had absolute confidence in my vocation, but he said,

Maybe you are not called to enter the Poor Clare’s of the Immaculate?

He proceeded to tell me about the life Teresa of Avila, my future “Holy Mother” led. He said she was so faithful to her vocation in the desert (being alone with Our Lord) that when she started making new foundations, she was so “done” with the world and it’s “affairs” that she kept her eyes cast down to keep her mind focused on her Divine Spouse. But, you know what this did for the people around her? My director said she converted people on the spot by her very presence, she didn’t preach; she didn’t need to.  I felt instant consolation and a profound connection to this saint; for obvious reasons,  now I know why. Saint Clare had never felt like a “mother” to me and I couldn’t figure that out. There was something about the desert of Carmel that I couldn’t shake.

When I entered Carmel we do not even call Teresa by her name, it’s always tenderly “Our Holy Mother”. Something about my spiritual director’s words regarding this saint just felt right. After I hung up from him and met with my friend, the exchange that followed only grew more intense for me. We sat down and I explained my situation and she said my predicament reminded her of the prophet Elijah growing tired on his journey and resting under a tree. It was the first time I heard the story so she pulled it up on google and read it to me. I was touched beyond words as she recited the following:

O Lord, take away my life; for I am no better than my fathers. And he lay down and slept under a broom tree; and behold an angel touched him, and said to him, arise and eat. (1 Kings 19:5)

The angel and Elijah

The angel gave Elijah bread to eat and told him he still had a long way to go. My soul felt strengthened and revived from that story. It felt like my friend was that angel telling me to “arise and eat”; as if by filling the shoes of Elijah, I was simply feeling worn out myself. When the weekend came to an end, I was at the airport waiting for my flight and leaning against one of the airport pillars (might as well have been a “broom tree”). A family sat on the floor a few feet away and they pulled out various food items and a bag of bread sticks. I looked over at their impromptu meal and was reflecting on my poor appetite from the weekend;  I remember telling God something along the lines of “I wonder when mine will return?” At the time when I had one of those “smart” phones, I pulled it out to open the “Divine Mercy App” and opened the part where Our Lord told Faustina,

In the evening, the Lord said to me, My child, rest on My Heart; I see that you have worked hard in My vineyard.

After reading that, I put the phone down and let those words sink in.  At that moment, the mother of the family was still sitting on the floor;  she turned, looked at me and held out the bag of bread sticks to give to me. For some reason, I do not remember having had any type of conversation with her; I only thanked her. I think I was too shocked. I had an image of Elijah being administered to by an angel and felt a wave of consolation wash over my soul. I took a bite and I smiled with some tears because I suddenly realized that my appetite had returned. Like my Holy Desert Father, I was given bread, too;  modern-day pizza bread sticks from the airport to be sure, but symbolic, nonetheless!

Fast-forward three years later and it’s crystal clear, now. On the one-hundred year anniversary of Fatima I did in fact receive the greatest grace of my life: a call to Carmel through none other than Our Lady, “Our Holy Mother” and the one who started it all,  Elijah. I received a foretaste of the “desert life” that weekend and looking back now, I see how more than ever that creating this new Carmel for Our Lady, shrouded in Our Lady of Fatima is truly not of my own will, but something willed by heaven. The great saints who called me to Carmel will never cease in telling me to “arise and eat; you have yet a long way to go”.Carmel of JMJ

The Sisters I will never forget and who taught me so much.

Just twelve days prior to my departure from Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph we performed a play on the prophet Elijah for mother superior’s feast day; I was cast as the angel who appeared to Saint Elijah. I felt honored and it was a little comical to be cast in the opposite role of the one whose story I just shared with you. It was a musical and the angel (me) had a solo; the words the angel spoke were changed into an alto tone and the lyrics were filled with even more prophecy for what seemed to hint at my own life, yet again:

Oh rest in the Lord, wait patiently for Him and He shall give thee thy hearts desires. And He shall give thee thy hearts desires. Commit thy way unto Him and trust in Him; fret not thyself because of evil doers.

These were the gist of the words, but they were repeated over and over in different notes for two minutes or more. When I was rehearsing the music by myself with our novitiate piano player, something about the lyrics seemed to be directed at me, even though I was playing the part of the messenger to Elijah in the skit.  It was like the meaning was the same one I had experienced years earlier on that memorable May 13th. Starting a new community was definitely not on my mind at that point, but my heart was telling me that no matter what the future held, Our Lord would fulfill all my desires and send His angels to assist me.  As I stated in the beginning, Elijah still has a part to play; he will come back and prepare the way of the Lord before He returns – not as a Child, but an all-powerful King. This great “Desert Father” will never cease to give strength, courage and zeal to all his Carmelite sons and daughters. It started with Elijah and it must end with him. Elijah left on a chariot of fire; perhaps this is how he will return?

Elijah

The vocation to Carmel – to the “mountain”- is not an easy one. It takes the strength of a man, Our Holy Mother Teresa was so adamant with this ideal that she told her daughters, “we must have no women in this house; we must be like strong men”. When she wrote this in her native tongue the Spanish translation was actually “we must be like bearded men”! The nuns always laughed at this; it shows what a sense of humor Teresa had, but her words were spot on. In a culture of feminism many might take offense to this, but from experience I have found how important this statement is. A bride of Christ must have a tender, motherly and feminine heart, but she must be strong and be able to stand, like Our Lady at the foot of the cross. Feminism is a great evil in the world and in the Church; Satan thrives off of it.

After many years of searching for my home, I have finally found it on the summit of Mount Carmel; the place where it all began. I went through much purification to get to this point, but my love for Carmel and the saints that it produces has instilled in me a purer love for this priceless vocation than I ever could have imagined possible:

The greater the suffering, the purer the love. ~Saint Faustina~

I always felt called to the most intense way of life possible. Earthly marriage between a man and a woman never seemed to fulfill my own desires and the role of a missionary sister also just wasn’t enough. However, when I imagined how the original Desert Fathers lived by leaving everything to be alone with God even if it meant living in a cave, there is something so utterly fascinating about that: to leave ALL for pure love of God.  Ah, that is the love my heart desires! An intense way of life and a intense love of God and Our Lady. Truly, Carmel is Mary’s order and I can’t wait to see how it’s destiny is fulfilled through it’s Carmelite Father: Elijah.

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In new biography, Benedict XVI laments modern ‘anti-Christian creed’

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Benedict XVI holds his final general audience, Feb. 27, 2013. Credit: Mazur/www.thepapalvisit.org.uk (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

CNA Staff, May 4, 2020 / 11:45 am MT (CNA).- Modern society is formulating an “anti-Christian creed” and punishing those who resist it with “social excommunication,” Benedict XVI has said in a new biography, published in Germany May 4.

In a wide-ranging interview at the end of the 1,184-page book, written by German author Peter Seewald, the pope emeritus said the greatest threat facing the Church was a “worldwide dictatorship of seemingly humanistic ideologies.”

Benedict XVI, who resigned as pope in 2013, made the comment in response to a question about what he had meant at his 2005 inauguration, when he urged Catholics to pray for him “that I may not flee for fear of the wolves.”

He told Seewald that he was not referring to internal Church matters, such as the “Vatileaks” scandal, which led to the conviction of his personal butler, Paolo Gabriele, for stealing confidential Vatican documents. 

In an advanced copy of “Benedikt XVI – Ein Leben” (A Life), seen by CNA, the pope emeritus said: “Of course, issues such as ‘Vatileaks’ are exasperating and, above all, incomprehensible and highly disturbing to people in the world at large.”

“But the real threat to the Church and thus to the ministry of St. Peter consists not in these things, but in the worldwide dictatorship of seemingly humanistic ideologies, and to contradict them constitutes exclusion from the basic social consensus.”

He continued: “A hundred years ago, everyone would have thought it absurd to speak of homosexual marriage. Today whoever opposes it is socially excommunicated. The same applies to abortion and the production of human beings in the laboratory.”

“Modern society is in the process of formulating an ‘anti-Christian creed,’ and resisting it is punishable by social excommunication. The fear of this spiritual power of the Antichrist is therefore only too natural, and it truly takes the prayers of a whole diocese and the universal Church to resist it.”

The biography, issued by Munich-based publisher Droemer Knaur, is available only in German. An English translation, “Benedict XVI, The Biography: Volume One,” will be published in the U.S. on Nov. 17.

In the interview, the 93-year-old former pope confirmed that he had written a spiritual testament, which could be published after his death, as did Pope St. John Paul II.

Benedict said that he had fast-tracked the cause of John Paul II because of “the obvious desire of the faithful” as well as the example of the Polish pope, with whom he had worked closely for more than two decades in Rome.

He insisted that his resignation had “absolutely nothing” to do with the episode involving Paolo Gabriele, and explained that his 2010 visit to the tomb of Celestine V, the last pope to resign before Benedict XVI, was “rather coincidental.” He also defended the title “emeritus” for a retired pope.

Benedict XVI lamented the reaction to his various public comments since his resignation, citing criticism of his tribute read at the funeral of Cardinal Joachim Meisner in 2017, in which he said that God would prevent the ship of the Church from capsizing. He explained that his words were “taken almost literally from the sermons of St. Gregory the Great.”

Seewald asked the pope emeritus to comment on the “dubia” submitted by four cardinals, including Cardinal Meisner, to Pope Francis in 2016 regarding the interpretation of his apostolic exhortation Amoris laetitia.

Benedict said that he did not want to comment directly, but referred to his last general audience, on Feb. 27, 2013.

Summing up his message that day, he  said: “In the Church, amid all the toils of humanity and the confusing power of the evil spirit, one will always be able to discern the subtle power of God’s goodness.”

“But the darkness of successive historical periods will never allow the unadulterated joy of being a Christian … There are always moments in the Church and in the life of the individual Christian in which one feels profoundly that the Lord loves us, and this love is joy, is ‘happiness’.”

Benedict said that he treasured the memory of his first meeting with the newly elected Pope Francis at Castel Gandolfo and that his personal friendship with his successor has continued to grow.

Author Peter Seewald has conducted four book-length interviews with Benedict XVI. The first, “Salt of the Earth,” was published in 1997, when the future pope was prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. It was followed by “God and the World” in 2002, and “Light of the World” in 2010.

In 2016, Seewald published “Last Testament,” in which Benedict XVI reflected on his decision to step down as pope.

Publisher Droemer Knaur said that Seewald had spent many hours talking to Benedict for the new book, as well as speaking to his brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger and his personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein.

In an interview with Die Tagespost April 30, Seewald said that he had shown the Pope Emeritus a few chapters of the book before publication. Benedict XVI, he added, had praised the chapter on Pope Pius XI’s 1937 encyclical Mit brennender Sorge.

 
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  1. In new biography, Benedict XVI laments modern ‘anti-Christian creed’
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    Benedict XVI holds his final general audience, Feb. 27, 2013. Credit: Mazur/www.thepapalvisit.org.uk (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).
    CNA Staff, May 4, 2020 / 11:45 am MT (CNA).- Modern society is formulating an “anti-Christian creed” and punishing those who resist it with “social excommunication,” Benedict XVI has said in a new biography, published in Germany May 4.
    In a wide-ranging interview at the end of the 1,184-page book, written by German author Peter Seewald, the pope emeritus said the greatest threat facing the Church was a “worldwide dictatorship of seemingly humanistic ideologies.”
    Benedict XVI, who resigned as pope in 2013, made the comment in response to a question about what he had meant at his 2005 inauguration, when he urged Catholics to pray for him “that I may not flee for fear of the wolves.”
    He told Seewald that he was not referring to internal Church matters, such as the “Vatileaks” scandal, which led to the conviction of his personal butler, Paolo Gabriele, for stealing confidential Vatican documents.
    In an advanced copy of “Benedikt XVI – Ein Leben” (A Life), seen by CNA, the pope emeritus said: “Of course, issues such as ‘Vatileaks’ are exasperating and, above all, incomprehensible and highly disturbing to people in the world at large.”
    “But the real threat to the Church and thus to the ministry of St. Peter consists not in these things, but in the worldwide dictatorship of seemingly humanistic ideologies, and to contradict them constitutes exclusion from the basic social consensus.”
    He continued: “A hundred years ago, everyone would have thought it absurd to speak of homosexual marriage. Today whoever opposes it is socially excommunicated. The same applies to abortion and the production of human beings in the laboratory.”
    “Modern society is in the process of formulating an ‘anti-Christian creed,’ and resisting it is punishable by social excommunication. The fear of this spiritual power of the Antichrist is therefore only too natural, and it truly takes the prayers of a whole diocese and the universal Church to resist it.”
    The biography, issued by Munich-based publisher Droemer Knaur, is available only in German. An English translation, “Benedict XVI, The Biography: Volume One,” will be published in the U.S. on Nov. 17.
    In the interview, the 93-year-old former pope confirmed that he had written a spiritual testament, which could be published after his death, as did Pope St. John Paul II.
    Benedict said that he had fast-tracked the cause of John Paul II because of “the obvious desire of the faithful” as well as the example of the Polish pope, with whom he had worked closely for more than two decades in Rome.
    He insisted that his resignation had “absolutely nothing” to do with the episode involving Paolo Gabriele, and explained that his 2010 visit to the tomb of Celestine V, the last pope to resign before Benedict XVI, was “rather coincidental.” He also defended the title “emeritus” for a retired pope.
    Benedict XVI lamented the reaction to his various public comments since his resignation, citing criticism of his tribute read at the funeral of Cardinal Joachim Meisner in 2017, in which he said that God would prevent the ship of the Church from capsizing. He explained that his words were “taken almost literally from the sermons of St. Gregory the Great.”
    Seewald asked the pope emeritus to comment on the “dubia” submitted by four cardinals, including Cardinal Meisner, to Pope Francis in 2016 regarding the interpretation of his apostolic exhortation Amoris laetitia.
    Benedict said that he did not want to comment directly, but referred to his last general audience, on Feb. 27, 2013.
    Summing up his message that day, he said: “In the Church, amid all the toils of humanity and the confusing power of the evil spirit, one will always be able to discern the subtle power of God’s goodness.”
    “But the darkness of successive historical periods will never allow the unadulterated joy of being a Christian … There are always moments in the Church and in the life of the individual Christian in which one feels profoundly that the Lord loves us, and this love is joy, is ‘happiness’.”
    Benedict said that he treasured the memory of his first meeting with the newly elected Pope Francis at Castel Gandolfo and that his personal friendship with his successor has continued to grow.
    Author Peter Seewald has conducted four book-length interviews with Benedict XVI. The first, “Salt of the Earth,” was published in 1997, when the future pope was prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. It was followed by “God and the World” in 2002, and “Light of the World” in 2010.
    In 2016, Seewald published “Last Testament,” in which Benedict XVI reflected on his decision to step down as pope.
    Publisher Droemer Knaur said that Seewald had spent many hours talking to Benedict for the new book, as well as speaking to his brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger and his personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein.
    In an interview with Die Tagespost April 30, Seewald said that he had shown the Pope Emeritus a few chapters of the book before publication. Benedict XVI, he added, had praised the chapter on Pope Pius XI’s 1937 encyclical Mit brennender Sorge.

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    St. Teresa of Avila Speaks on Mental Prayer
    Ernest E. Larkin, O.Carm.

    Ernest E. Larkin
    O.Carm.
    Teresa Avila
    Prayer and Practices
    Lent
    “We need no wings to go in search of God, but have only to find a place where we can be alone and look upon Him present within us.” These words were written by St. Teresa of Avila in her book The Way of Perfection.

    St. Teresa of Avila learned as a small child that one had to die in order to see God. Little Teresa wanted to see God. Practical and courageous by temperament she devised a scheme. She and her brother, Rodrigo, would go to the land of the Moors. There they would surely be martyred and Heaven would receive them. Very early one morning the two children stole away from their home and crossed the bridge leading out of Avila. But the plan soon ran into trouble. An uncle who happened to be entering Avila at the time, met the children, heard their fantastic plan and unceremoniously returned them to their parental dwelling.

    Later on in life St. Teresa realized that one does not have to die to see God. “We need no wings to go in search of Him,” she wrote, “but have only to find a place where we can be alone and look upon Him present within us.”

    These words of the saint contain three essential steps for fruitful mental prayer.

    First, we must be searching for God; second, we must be willing to be alone with Him, and third, we need but look upon Our Lord Who is present within us.

    At first sight, this advice might seem too general or too obvious to be of practical help in mental prayer, but the three steps go to the heart of the matter. St. Teresa is the antidote for those who can’t see the forest for the trees. With a woman’s intuition she cuts through the accidental and points out the essential conditions for mental prayer. Let us look at each of these principles in some detail.

    First, we must be searching for God.

    If God is just a name, if His love for us is an abstract truth which we believe but do not realize, we will hardly search for Him.

    Mental prayer is too difficult for that. It will lack appeal. If, on the other hand, we are convinced that God is in Teresa’s words “a better prize than any earthly love,” if we realize that we actually have within us something incomparably more precious than anything we see outside, then we will desire to enter within ourselves and to seek God. When we are convinced that He cares for us and waits for us, we will have the security and the courage to love Him in return.

    Mental prayer makes no sense to the loveless soul. Other prayers, for example, petitions or thanksgiving, even liturgical worship, can be said with little or no conscious love of God. Not so mental prayer. It is by definition in Teresa’s view nothing but friendly conversation with Him Who we know loves us. “The important thing in mental prayer,” she says, “is not to think much but to love much.” Mental prayer becomes passable when we realize the gift of God dwelling within our soul. Referring to her earlier years in religious life, St. Teresa wrote these regretful words, “I think that if I had understood then as I do now that this great King really dwells within a little palace of my soul, I should not have left Him alone so often and never allowed his dwelling place to get so dirty.” Mental prayer, you see, is nothing but our side of friendship with God—our “yes” to God’s call and invitation

    This leads us to the second principle of St. Teresa’s advice. The willingness to spend time alone with God. For this saint, prayer is the way of perfection, the door to God’s great favors. “Once this door is closed,” she writes, “I do not see how He will bestow His favors

    for though He may wish to take His delight in the soul and give the soul delight, there is no way for Him to do so since He must have it alone and pure and desirous of receiving His favors.” Teresa herself closed this door for one year of her life, during the long 18-year period of mediocrity which she describes as a struggle to reconcile these two contradictory things: the life of the spirit and the pleasures of the senses.

    Teresa wanted God, but at the same time she was unwilling to give up certain little selfish habits, petty attachments that were displeasing to God. Giving up mental prayer was not the answer to this problem. It was almost a fatal mistake because this way is the only way to victory over ourselves and surrender to God. At the time she excused herself from prayer on the plea of ill health, but in her heart she knew the dishonesty of this reason. “One needs no bodily strength for mental prayer,” she wrote later, “but only love and the formation of a habit.”

    Love, as we have seen, is the root. But let us be sure we know what this love is. Too many confuse being loved with love itself. Love is outgoing, unselfish, active. It means giving rather than self-seeking. It strives to please rather than be pleased. Listen again to St. Teresa: “Perhaps we do not know what love is. It would not surprise me, for love consists not in the extent of our own happiness, but in the firmness of our determination to please God in everything.” This kind of love moves us to spend time alone with God, not for what we get out of it, but for what we can put into it. We don’t go to mental prayer to feel good or enjoy a spiritual experience. These are secondary aspects at best. We go to protest our desire to accept God’s love, to allow Him to take over in our lives.

    It is accidental whether we are delighted with consolation or tortured by dryness and desolation, whether holy thoughts and affections pour out of our hearts, or our minds are dull, sterile and unproductive.

    Some of the best prayers are said when we don’t feel like praying, when we are tired and sluggish or burdened with self-pity and depression. When we are heavy, so opaque, so closed in on ourselves that only a heroic effort of our will keeps us kneeling at our prayer. It is this will to be alone with God and to talk with Him that distinguishes true prayer from delusion, because this will is the love of God.

    Such love forms the habit of prayer. It makes us faithful to mental prayer day in and day out, in times of fervor as in times of coldness. It makes us choose God rather than ourselves outside prayer as well as in prayer, a choice that will be evident in our acts of fraternal charity, generosity, humility. This attachment to God and detachment from ourselves will measure the perfection of our prayer. As our life goes, so goes our prayer, and as our prayers, our life. We pray as well as we live and we live as well as we pray.

    If we would improve then, where do we begin? Where shall we start? St. Teresa gives us the answer. It is the same answer that Our Lord gave in the Gospels: Perseverance, faithfulness, the formation of a habit. She would heartily endorse, I am sure, this thought of Dom Chapman: “If you want to pray well, then pray much. If you don’t pray much at least pray regularly and you will pray well.”

    But one practical question remains. How? How shall I go about making mental prayer?

    St. Teresa’s third principle is the answer. Simply look upon God present within your soul. The saint repeats this suggestion in many different ways. We are to fix our mind on the person of God, cultivate the sense of His Presence, have the realization of Whom we are addressing. This is her secret. You will find no new method of mental prayer in St. Teresa, no structuring of preludes and points. She is silent on these matters not because she is against them, but because she

    reduces mental prayer to its simplest terms.

    To certain nuns of her convent who objected that mental prayer was beyond their ability she wrote: “I am not asking you now to think of Him or to form numerous conceptions of Him, or to make long and subtle meditations with your understanding. I am asking only to look at Him.” It is as simple as that.

    “Beginners,” she says, “do well to form an appealing image of Christ in His Sacred Humanity. They should picture Him within themselves in some mystery of His life, for example, the Christ of the agony or the Risen Savior in His glorified Body. Once they are conscious of Our Lord’s presence within their souls they need only look upon Him and conversation will follow. This friendly conversation will not be much thinking but much loving, not a torrent of words, much less a strained prepared speech, but rather a relaxed conversation with moments of silence as there must be between friends.”

    This is the way St. Teresa prayed from the beginning. She simply gave her full attention to the Divine Guest within her soul and let her thoughts and sentiments take their course. At times she would console Our Lord for His suffering. At other times rejoice with Him in His Resurrection Sometimes her prayer would be affective, that is, made up of numerous acts of faith and hope and charity, humility and the other virtues. Other times it was contemplative. It was a simple lingering look of love that had the very feminine quality of blissful admiration.

    But perhaps this way of prayer does not appeal to you. Such prayer, you may say, is all well and good for contemplatives, but I need a more active prayer, a more busy prayer. I must think through a mystery of Faith, make certain definite acts of my mind, work up concrete resolutions. I must follow a methodical meditation or I am doomed at prayer. To this I say well and good. Each one of us must pray the way God gives him to pray, but does not this simplified method of

    St. Teresa meet the real needs of many? Are there not many among you who cannot meditate but who can pray?

    In any case, St. Teresa’s teaching reminds all of us of what is truly essential in prayer, especially that it is a person-to-person contact between intimate loving friends. St. Teresa did in fact envy those who could meditate. She saw the value of extended reflections and dynamic dramatization on events of Our Lord’s life. She well knew that thoughts and images rouse up the will and incite lively sentiments of the virtues, but at the same time she knew that the essence of mental prayer lies on a deeper level than our own reflections and thinking, that real prayer exists when one strives to make contact with God whatever success is had, and that the measure of prayer’s perfection is the love that inspires it. And so St. Teresa prayed the only way she could, suffering the increased difficulties that were bound to come from the fact that the imagination, the memory and the intellect were not given a methodical plan of action.

    She would use supports wherever she could find them. In books, for example, or in the beauties of nature, even in holy cards. Books were her standby. She never began mental prayer without some reading to collect her thoughts and put herself in the atmosphere of prayer. She returned to the book as often as needed in the course of the prayer. Daily spiritual reading assumed special importance because of the relative lack of reflection at prayer itself. Vocal prayers, like the Our Father, said slowly and with an effort to “taste” each phrase were also employed to express her love of God. But the starting point and the way to her whole system lay simply in looking at the Lord present in her soul.

    In the beginning His Presence would be recognized by an act of faith expressed and made graphic in the dress of a picture of Our Lord. With growth in the spiritual life, in faithand hope and charity, and hence in prayer itself, the sense of His Presence would become more profound, more realized, more experiential. At all times this loving union with the Indwelling God was the immediate goal of her prayer. It should be your goal at

    prayer, and you will more quickly~ and more surely attain this union with God if you take to heart the discovery of St. Teresa of Avila:

    “We need no wings to go in search of Him, but have only to find a place where we can be alone and look upon Him present within us.”

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  3. —Jednog dana sveti Ivan Zlatousti propovijedajući u carigradskoj katedrali i razmatrajući o ovim razmjerima nije mogao nego naježiti se u užasu i upitati: „Od ovog velikog mnoštva, što mislite koliko će biti spašenih?“ I ne čekajući odgovor odao je: „Među tolikim tisućama ljudi ne bismo našli niti stotinu spašenih, a čak sumnjam i za stotinu.“ Koje li strahovite stvari! Veliki je svetac vjerovao da će od toliko mnogo ljudi jedva stotina biti spašena; a čak ni tad nije bio siguran o brojci. Što će pak biti s vama što me slušate? Veliki Bože, ne mogu zamisliti to bez jeze! Braćo, pitanje spasenja je jedna vrlo teška stvar, jer prema učenjima teologa, kada cilj zahtijeva velike napore, rijetki ga dostignu.

    Zboga toga sveti Toma, anđeoski naučitelj, usporedivši sva objašnjenja za i protiv u svojoj golemoj učenosti konačno zaključuje da je veći broj odraslih katolika osuđen. On kaže: „Budući da vječno blaženstvo nadmašuje prirodno stanje, pogotovo otkad je lišeno izvorne milosti, malen je broj spašenih.“ Stoga skinite povez sa svojih očiju što vas zasljepljuje sebeljubljem koje vas sprečava da povjerujete u tako očitu istinu dajući vam baš lažne ideje u vezi Božje pravednosti. „Oče pravedni, svijet te nije upoznao“ (Iv 17,25)
    Koja je korist znati hoće li malo ili mnogo biti spašenih? Sveti Petar nam kaže: „To revnije uznastojte učvrstiti svoj poziv i izabranje.“ (2 Pt 1,10a) Kad je sestra svetog Tome Akvinskog njega upitala što mora činiti da ode u raj, rekao je: „Bit ćeš spašena ako to budeš htjela.“ Kažem vam istu stvar, a evo vam dokaza moje izjave. Nitko nije proklet osim ako je počinio smrtni grijeh: to je od vjere. A nitko ne čini smrtni grijeh osim ako to želi: to je neporeciva teološka tvrdnja. Stoga, nitko ne ide u pakao osim ako želi; posljedica je očita. Zar vam to nije dovoljno da vas utješi? Oplakujte svoje prijašnje grijehe, dobro se ispovjedite, ne griješite više ubuduće i svi ćete biti spašeni. Zašto se toliko mučite? Jer sigurno je da morate počiniti smrtni grijeh da odete u pakao i da počinete smrtni grijeh, morate to htjeti, i, prema tome, nitko ne ide u pakao osim ako to želi. To nije samo mišljenje, to je nesporna i vrlo utješna istina; dao vam Bog da razumijete i blagoslovio vas sve. Amen.Ova se propovijed svetog Leonarda iz Porto Maurizija često propovijedala tijekom vladavine pape Benedikta XIV. (1675.–1758.) koji je iznimno mnogo volio ovog velikog misionara

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  4. Mark 2:1-12
    New International Version
    Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man
    2 A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. 2 They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. 3 Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 4 Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 6 Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, 7 “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 8 Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? 9 Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? 10 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, 11 “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 12 He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”

    SVEDA TVRDI DA LIJEK. POMORE; OVAJ LIJEK : https://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/a/K3ow9X/professor-svart-sjuka-kan-behandlas-redan-i-dag

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  5. Sveti, jaki, besmrtni Bože, Tebi hvalospjev, poklon, i slava! Tvojom snagom odričem se nepovjerenja i prigovaranja Tebi. U Tvoje ime odričem se Sotone, svih njegovih djela, njegove oholosti i njegove zamamljivosti. Vjerujem u Tebe, Trojedinoga Boga: Oca, Sina i Duha Svetoga. Abba, Oče, u Tvoje ruke stavljam svoj život: svu svoju krivnju i tjeskobu, svoju prošlost, svoju sadašnjost, današnji dan, sve koji su mi blizu, sve za koje snosim odgovornost… Crkvu i cijeli svijet. Darujem ti svoju budućnost, a već sada i svoju smrt. U svemu neka se vrši ne moja, nego Tvoja volja. Gospodine Isuse Kriste, prihvaćam Tvoju živu prisutnost u meni. Ti si moj Gospodar, moj Otkupitelj, moj Brat i moj Bog. Više ne živim ja, nego Ti Kriste, živiš u meni. Daruj mi pozorno i poslušno srce. Daruj mi ponizno, čisto, odvažno i mudro srce, srce koje ljubi. Učini srce moje po Tvorne srcu, i unatoč mnogim mojim grijesima i slabostima, vodi me do one svetosti što si je odvijeka za mene predvidio. Posvećujem sebe, svoju obitelj, svoje prijatelje i ljude koje volim tvojoj predragocjenoj Krvi, Tvojim presvetim ranama, Tvome probodenom Srcu. Duše Sveti, Ti dušo moje duše, sasvim se povjeravam Tvome vodstvu. Obnovi i produbi u meni milost Božjeg posinjenja i misionarskog poslanja koju sam primio po svetim sakramentima (krštenja, potvrde, ženidbe, svetog reda) i razvij u meni sve darove i plodove Duha Svetoga koji su mi potrebni da mogu s Isusom vršiti Očeva djela u Crkvi i u svijetu.

    Sveta Marijo, Majko Božja, Ti Majko svih vjernika i Kraljice mira, posvećujem sebe i sve ljude Tvome neokaljanom Srcu. Sveti anđele čuvaru, sveti arkanđeli Gabrijele, Mihaele i Rafaele, vi nebeske čete i svi sveci, vi zaštitnici mojega života i moje duše, izbavite me od svakoga zla i vodite me na putu svetoga Evanđelja, da se istrošim za spasenje svoje braće. Milostivi i dobrostivi Bože, daj da svaki kucaj moga srca i svaki moj dah bude poklon, hvalospjev, zahvala i znak ljubavi prema Tebi. Amen. Gospodine moj i Bože moj, uzmi sve od mene – što me rastavlja od Tebe. Gospodine moj i Bože moj, sve mi podaj – što me požuruje k Tebi. Gospodine moj i Bože moj, uzmi me meni – i daj me sasvim u posjed Tebi.

    sveti brat Klaus, XV. st.

    Mjesto pomirenja (predanja)Hoš 2, 14-22: Opustošit ću joj čokote i smokve za koje je govorila: `To je plaća što mi je dadoše moji milosnici.` Obratit ću ih u šikarje, i životinje će…
    Mjesto izazovaPostanak 21,8 Dijete je raslo i bilo od sise odbijeno. A u dan u koji Izak bijaše od sise odbijen Abraham priredi veliku gozbu. Postanak 21,9 Jednom opazi…
    Amen https://www.facebook.com/sisackabiskupija/videos/2049548941740041/
    SRCU MARIJINU ZA OBRAĆENJE GREŠNIKA
    ______________________________________
    O preblaga Marijo, utočište grešnika zbog boli tvoga Srca puna milosrđa i zbog smrti tvoga ljubljenoga Sina Isusa molim te izmoli svim grešnicima svijeta milost iskrenog obraćenja, pogotovu onima koji lošim primjerom i krivim naukama druge navode na grijeh. Srce Marijino puno sućiti pomozi grešnicima.
    _____
    (Iz molitvenika Srce Marijino od p. Hattlera)
    Gospina poruka preko Mirjane, 02.03.2018. :
    “Draga djeco, velika je djela u meni učinio Nebeski Otac kao što ih čini u svima onima koji Ga nježno ljube i vjerno i odano služe.
    Djeco moja, Nebeski Otac vas ljubi pa po njegovoj ljubavi ja sam tu s vama.
    Govorim vam, zašto ne želite vidjeti znakove?
    Uz njega je sve lakše i bol življena s njim je lakša jer postoji vjera.
    Vjera pomaže u boli, a bol bez vjere vodi u očaj.
    Bol življena i Bogu prinesena, uzdiže.
    Pa zar nije moj Sin po svojoj bolnoj žrtvi otkupio svijet?
    Ja sam kao njegova majka bila s Njim u boli i patnji kao što sam sa svima vama.
    Djeco moja, s vama sam u životu, u boli, u patnji, u radosti i ljubavi.
    Zato imajte nadu.
    Nada čini da se shvati da je tu život.
    Djeco moja, ja vam govorim, moj glas govori vašoj duši, moje srce govori vašem srcu.
    Apostoli moje ljubavi, o koliko vas moje majčinsko srce ljubi.
    Kolikim vas mnogim stvarima želim naučiti.
    Koliko moje majčinsko srce želi da ste potpuni, a to možete biti samo kada u vama budu ujedinjeni duša, tijelo i ljubav.
    Molim vas, kao svoju djecu, mnogo molite za crkvu i za njene službenike, vaše pastire, da Crkva bude onakva kakvu je moj Sin želi, bistra kao izvorska voda i puna ljubavi!
    Hvala vam!”
    LODE A MARIA
    3 marzo – Mistero di Maria
    O Madre mia Maria!
    O benedetta fra tutte le donne, io ho una calda confidenza in Te, percio’ come il prodigo della parabola, io mi getto nelle tue braccia, io mi rifugio nel tuo cuore a piangere la mia miseria e i miei peccati, a cercar il tuo materno soccorso.
    Non mi rigettare dal tuo cospetto, o Vergine tenerissima, ma soccorrimi perche’ spero di ottenere tutto dal tuo materno Cuore Immacolato. Dammi la grazia e la forza, la virtu’ e la vita, la luce e la pace, la misericordia e il perdono, la purezza e la gloria del paradiso, o dolcissima Santa Maria.

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