Saint Mary Magdalene’s Cave of Concealment. — Mary’s Secretary

I have spent many years pondering Our Lord’s words to Martha in defense to the Magdalene of Leave her alone, Mary has chosen the better portion which will not be taken from her. What is this “better portion?” I recently read more in depth of what became of Martha, Mary and Lazarus after the Resurrection […]

Saint Mary Magdalene’s Cave of Concealment. — Mary’s Secretary

Lord wants the Cathedral of our souls to last a life time and to remain standing even amidst the earthquakes (the temptations). I have been so astounded, so amazed in how Our Lady has laid the groundwork in my own life to lead me to Her Son. I will end with the “process” Our Lord has designed for me that led me to desire a true life of solitude. I once had a conversation with a priest where he said

You know when God closes a door? Then He closes another door, then another door, then a another door…before He opens the right one.

These constant closed doors have been my greatest battles, but I suspect they have all been a part of Divine Providence and to expand my heart to embrace the cross, the life of the Magdalene.

One of the beautiful works of art found by Mary’s Cave in France.

I was accepted into the Franciscans of the Immaculate, a missionary order and right when I was going to enter, this poor community came under attack by the Holy See and was closed down. Door closed. Missionary life opened my heart to the very idea of religious life and ultimately led me to the Poor Clare’s of the Immaculate, a cloistered order in Italy. I was accepted and just as I was set to enter- my Spiritual Director at the time strongly believed it was not God’s will to enter THAT particular cloister, so believing God spoke through him, I obeyed. Door closed. The Poor Clare’s prepared me for the Carmel of Jesus, Mary And Joseph. I received my acceptance into Carmel and I entered; I fell in love with the Carmelite customs, but community life was what truly prepared me for the call I never dreamed possible- at least not in these “modern times”. But then again, I have always been traditional in just about every way possible.

The door closed with community life. These frequent opened and closed doors are a beautiful symbol, because as soon as I departed Carmel, my current Spiritual Director and Carmelite Confessor sent me a Novena to the Sacred Heart. This Novena is specifically made for:

I beg Thee to open every door which will allow me to find the precious pearl of my own calling in life and to embrace it with a generous heart; please steer me away from any path which would lead me away from my true vocation, and if necessary, close those doors before me.

We always hear about that simple and easy to understand concept of Our Lord living outside of time (I am being sarcastic in case you missed that) and all these doors with different religious orders closed before I even began this Novena. I believe firmly that Jesus and Mary began closing these doors because living outside of time, They knew one day I would make this Novena. The part I love the most is how I started this nine day series of prayers not at all knowing what feast day I would finish it on: my all time favorite Carmelite Saint and Father, John of the Cross. He himself drew the famous map that would lead to the very top of the mountain of Carmel. Sometimes God works in very mysterious ways, other times He makes things pretty obvious.

Of course after all these years it only makes sense why Christ and His Mother have taken Their time with me because I never would have believed without all those experiences and unexpected “closed doors” that living like the Magdalene (minus the cave, hopefully a secluded hermitage with indoor plumbing in my case) is still a vocation loved, needed and desired to be had in the very heart of the Catholic Church by Christ Our Lord. It almost seems like a fairy tale, but this process overtime has taught me the most valuable lesson of all: once a soul becomes accustomed to conversing with Jesus and Mary alone, conversing with men pales in comparison. I think in this society of noise we have been the ones to drown out the sweet voice of God (which often comes in a whisper). Our Lord doesn’t shout, He is not going to compete with the chaos of the world to get our attention. It’s not that He doesn’t want to, but Our Lord is a Gentleman; He doesn’t force Himself upon us. Even if not all are called in the literal sense to live like Mary Magdalene, let us all strive to at least live in the spirit of her and seek this “better portion” in the very center of our souls and create a hermitage or cave within for Christ the King and Mary the Queen. Let us learn to love silence, for everything lies in that!

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. “Let us strive in constant competition to be the most hidden in the Heart of Christ. Yes! When He sees we belong to no one else He completely takes us as His own.”

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http://glasnik-sim.hr/prvi-dan-devetnice/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeKuqtTT1H PRESVETO TIJELO I KRV KRISTOVA. TIJELOVO Svetkovina (četvrtak nakon Presv. Trojstva) VEČERNJA MOLITVA Isuse, ostavio si nam Sebe u sakramentu svoga Tijela i Krvi. Dao si nam neizreciv dar. Dar bogat ljubavlju. Darovao si nam čitavog Sebe. Hvala Ti, Isuse. Hvala Ti, Isuse, što si oduvijek bio čovjek blizine. Uz Tebe se svatko osjećao prihvaćen i ljubljen. Nitko nije imao dojam da si ga olako shvatio ili površno slušao. I danas je tako, Isuse. Utaži, Gospodine, moju glad za osobom povjerenja, osobom koja ima vremena i ljubavi za drugoga. Osobom koja ne važe, koja ne mjeri, koja nije zaokupljena prvenstveno sobom. Koja zna čuti nečije teškoće i onda kada samo šutnja progovara. Osobom koja će bez uvrijeđenosti saslušati ono što možda i ne želi čuti. Pomozi mi da tu osobu tražim jedino u Tebi. Znaš i sam koliko sam puta ranjena zbog neprisutnosti osoba koje bi mi trebale biti blizu. Razočarana jer se netko od najbližih ne sjeti da mi je potreban ili se ne sjeti nečega što nije trebao previdjeti. Boli me kada primijetim da me netko uopće ne sluša ili me potpuno ignorira. Gospodine, pomozi mi ispuniti te praznine. Pomozi mi drugome biti poput Tebe. Biti netko tko zna drugome biti blizak, tko zna biti bližnji. Biti netko tko ima vremena i ljubavi za drugoga. Isuse, održao si svoje obećanje da ćeš biti s nama u sve dane do svršetka svijeta. Dao si nam sebe u Kruhu života. Na Tebe više nitko ne mora čekati, Isuse, u svakom času si sama prisutnost. Na svakoj Misi, u svakoj Pričesti. Hvala Ti, Isuse, na tom daru. Hvala ti što se i meni daruješ svojim Tijelom i svojom Krvlju. Više nisam sama, nisam prepuštena samoj sebi. Hvala Ti, Isuse …Suzana Monika Suzana Monika IL SORRISO DI MARIA 7 mtSptoniuhsaceormed · Santa Madre di Lourdes, madre degli infermi, poni sotto il tuo manto i malati terminali. Accoglili sotto il tuo Santo Manto e dona pace e Serenità alle loro famiglie. Heliga Lourdes moder, sjuka moder, sätt dödssjuk under din mantel. Välkomna dem under din Heliga Manto och ge fred och stillhet till deras familjer. Redigera eller ta bort detta Gilla · Svara · 1m Suzana Monika Suzana Monika Fani Kovač‎ till Jezus te ljubi ♥ Jesus loves you 5tS Stponcsoreigdocfmf · Tolaži Oče žalostne otroke! Tolaži Oče žalostne otroke, ki v stiskah in nemiru trepetamo, priznanja in ljubezni ne poznamo, slabotne nam in vklenjene so roke. Trplenje reže rane nam globoke in križ težak nam upogiba ramo. Srce je v najbritkejših urah samo: suh list na sredi reke je široke. Tolaži Oče žalostne otroke: poslal je Sina ,da za nas trpi. Poslal Edinca,da za nas umre! Objele so nas prebodene roke in dvigajo nas tja,kjer angeli nas venčajo,se z nami vesele. Kristus je Bog z nami. in sicer je navzoč in deluje v Cerkvi in po Cerkvi. Cerkev je po Kristusovi in po Božji volji orodje odrešenjskega Božjega delovanja. *Pod tvoje varstvo pribežimo,o sveta Božja Porodnica*. * O Marija,Ti vedno siješ na naši poti kot znamenje odrešenja in upanja.* AMEN! Bekväm far till ledsna barn! Bekväm far ledsna barn, som vi darrar av problem och ångest, Vi vet inte igenkänning och kärlek, Våra händer är svaga och handbojor. Att lida skär ner våra sår djupt och ett tungt kors böjer vår axel. Hjärtat är bara i snabbaste timmarna: Torrlövet mitt i älven är brett. Bekväm far till ledsna barn: han skickade sin son för att lida för oss. Skickat en Edinburgh för att dö för oss! Vi blev kramade av de piercade händerna och de lyfter upp oss där änglar är de gifter sig med oss, de är nöjda med oss. Kristus är Gud med oss. och det är närvarande och fungerar i kyrkan och efter kyrkan. Kyrkan är ute efter Kristus och enligt Guds vilja, verktyg frälsningen av Guds agerande. * Vi springer under din vård, åh Guds fosterland *. * O Mary, du skiner alltid på vår väg som ett tecken på frälsning och hopp.* ÄNDRA! · Betygsätt den här översättningen La Luce Di Maria È Nei Nostri Cuori. har lagt till ett 3D-foto Isgånarutc mkolgaScf.fgpo 0in7Ss:4oitredd8 · ‼️⚜️✨‼️⚜️✨‼️⚜️✨‼️⚜️✨ ‼️⚜️‼️Gesù all'anima:‼️⚜️‼️ Abbracciati alla mia Croce e cerca conforto e la forza nelle tue pene da me, crocifisso per te. Abbi fede nel mio amore che non ti abbandona e nella protezione di Maria, che ti è Mamma amorosissima. Tu soffri nel tuo interno e non sai manifestare le tue pene, ma io le vedo e ti consolo con grazie speciali di amore. Ti benedico con la tua famiglia. ‼️⚜️✨‼️⚜️✨‼️⚜️✨‼️⚜️✨ ‼️⚜️!! ️ Jesus till själen :‼ ️!! ️ Omfamna dig till mitt kors och sök tröst och styrka i dina sorger från mig, korsfäst för dig. Tro på min kärlek som inte överger dig och på skyddet av Mary, som är underbar mamma. Du lider inuti och du vet inte hur du ska visa dina sorger, men jag ser dem och trösta dig med ett speciellt tack av kärlek. Jag välsignar dig med din familj. Redigera eller ta bort detta Gilla · Svara · 1 min. Suzana Monika Suzana Monika amen https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=407414197090353&set=gm.3643338919056069&type=1&theater

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  1. It’s both shocking and inspiring to see so many non-Catholics visiting this page.

    Yes there are some that act like “trolls”, but they might actually be seeking the TRUTH.

    I acted like a troll when I was exploring Catholicism. I did not want to believe.

    When we see someone on here dismissing our beliefs, know that it might be his or her “last hurrah” before submitting to God.

    St Augustine fought hard with all he had but could not resist God’s LOVE.

    So let’s not turn them away by responding in kind, even if they provoke anger.

    Instead, let’s respond to so-called trolls with Truth in Charity.
    ————-
    Prayer for the strength to defend our faith
    https://bit.ly/2Tq9M0F

    Bilden kan innehålla: 1 person, sitter, text där det står ”O God, grant that whatever good things have, may share generously with those who have not and whatever good things I do not have, I may request humbly from those who do. St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) Doctor anglicus Anastpaut/20”
    pray f m Lord wants the Cathedral of our souls to last a life time and to remain standing even amidst the earthquakes (the temptations). I have been so astounded, so amazed in how Our Lady has laid the groundwork in my own life to lead me to Her Son. I will end with the “process” Our Lord has designed for me that led me to desire a true life of solitude. I once had a conversation with a priest where he said
    You know when God closes a door? Then He closes another door, then another door, then a another door…before He opens the right one.
    These constant closed doors have been my greatest battles, but I suspect they have all been a part of Divine Providence and to expand my heart to embrace the cross, the life of the Magdalene.
    One of the beautiful works of art found by Mary’s Cave in France.
    I was accepted into the Franciscans of the Immaculate, a missionary order and right when I was going to enter, this poor community came under attack by the Holy See and was closed down. Door closed. Missionary life opened my heart to the very idea of religious life and ultimately led me to the Poor Clare’s of the Immaculate, a cloistered order in Italy. I was accepted and just as I was set to enter- my Spiritual Director at the time strongly believed it was not God’s will to enter THAT particular cloister, so believing God spoke through him, I obeyed. Door closed. The Poor Clare’s prepared me for the Carmel of Jesus, Mary And Joseph. I received my acceptance into Carmel and I entered; I fell in love with the Carmelite customs, but community life was what truly prepared me for the call I never dreamed possible- at least not in these “modern times”. But then again, I have always been traditional in just about every way possible.
    The door closed with community life. These frequent opened and closed doors are a beautiful symbol, because as soon as I departed Carmel, my current Spiritual Director and Carmelite Confessor sent me a Novena to the Sacred Heart. This Novena is specifically made for:
    I beg Thee to open every door which will allow me to find the precious pearl of my own calling in life and to embrace it with a generous heart; please steer me away from any path which would lead me away from my true vocation, and if necessary, close those doors before me.
    We always hear about that simple and easy to understand concept of Our Lord living outside of time (I am being sarcastic in case you missed that) and all these doors with different religious orders closed before I even began this Novena. I believe firmly that Jesus and Mary began closing these doors because living outside of time, They knew one day I would make this Novena. The part I love the most is how I started this nine day series of prayers not at all knowing what feast day I would finish it on: my all time favorite Carmelite Saint and Father, John of the Cross. He himself drew the famous map that would lead to the very top of the mountain of Carmel. Sometimes God works in very mysterious ways, other times He makes things pretty obvious.
    Of course after all these years it only makes sense why Christ and His Mother have taken Their time with me because I never would have believed without all those experiences and unexpected “closed doors” that living like the Magdalene (minus the cave, hopefully a secluded hermitage with indoor plumbing in my case) is still a vocation loved, needed and desired to be had in the very heart of the Catholic Church by Christ Our Lord. It almost seems like a fairy tale, but this process overtime has taught me the most valuable lesson of all: once a soul becomes accustomed to conversing with Jesus and Mary alone, conversing with men pales in comparison. I think in this society of noise we have been the ones to drown out the sweet voice of God (which often comes in a whisper). Our Lord doesn’t shout, He is not going to compete with the chaos of the world to get our attention. It’s not that He doesn’t want to, but Our Lord is a Gentleman; He doesn’t force Himself upon us. Even if not all are called in the literal sense to live like Mary Magdalene, let us all strive to at least live in the spirit of her and seek this “better portion” in the very center of our souls and create a hermitage or cave within for Christ the King and Mary the Queen. Let us learn to love silence, for everything lies in that!
    Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. “Let us strive in constant competition to be the most hidden in the Heart of Christ. Yes! When He sees we belong to no one else He completely takes us as His own.”

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  2. Prayer to Saint Blaise for the Strength to Defend Our Faith
    BeautySoAncient February 3, 2020 No Commentson Prayer to Saint Blaise for the Strength to Defend Our Faith
    prayer to st blaise
    Saint Blaise, a 4th century bishop and physician who lived in what was historically considered Armenia, is rarely mentioned except in association with the blessing of throats.

    The blessing of throats is a sacramental in which a pair of crossed candles is placed at the throat of the faithful and the blessing is conferred.

    Yet what is often forgotten is that in 316 A.D., St Blaise became a martyr for defending his faith.

    This makes him a great intercessor when we need fortitude in order to defend out faith.

    In this time, where people of faith are stigmatized and censored, we should look to Saint Blaise for the strength that we need to live our lives boldly!

    Pray this prayer to Saint Blaise for the strength to defend our faith, not just on his feast day, but anytime we need his intercession so that we might persevere.

    St. Blaise: Patron for Children with Sore Throats

    Prayer to Saint Blaise for the Strength to Defend Our Faith
    O Glorious Saint Blaise,
    who by thy martyrdom
    has left to the Church a precious witness to the faith,
    obtain for us the grace to
    preserve within ourselves this divine gift,
    and to defend, without human respect,
    both by word and example,
    the truth of that same faith,
    which is so wickedly attacked
    and slandered in these our times.

    You who miraculously cured
    a little child when it was at the point of death
    by reason of an affliction of the throat,
    grant us your powerful protection in like misfortunes;
    and, above all, obtain for us
    the grace of repentance,
    together with a faithful observance of our Church,
    and avoidance from offending Almighty God.

    Amen

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    Amen.

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  3. Tomislav Ivančić
    13 tim ·
    Svaki čovjek stoji na raskrsnici. On se treba opredijeliti ili da ima sve na ovom svijetu, a izgubi sebe, ili se mora odlučiti da ovdje bude spreman sve izgubiti, a da sačuva život te sa životom dobije sve što je ovdje htio imati.
    Samo neki ljudi to shvaćaju. Koliko je naivnih ljudi, koliki grabe ovdje slavu, novac, imanje, druge gaze, okradaju i varaju, da bi ovdje imali. Oni su slijepi te ne zapažaju da su time sebe ubili, onesposobili da na zemlji uživaju ono što su dobili. Oni gube perspektivu vječnosti i čovjekoljubivosti. Takve ljude možemo žaliti i nastojati im pomoći da se izvuku iz zamke u koju su upali.

    Isplati se samo voljeti čovjeka. Isplati se i od onoga malo što imamo dati drugima, ako ništa drugo, pokloniti im molitvu, smiješak, dobru riječ, ohrabrenje. Svatko može činiti dobro, jer se dobro koje činimo ne mjeri prema hrpi blaga nego prema srcu iz kojega dajemo.

    (Oaze života)

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