Friday, July 12, 2013

St. Teresa of the Andes Prayer to Our Lady

JMJT! Praise be Jesus Christ! Now and Forever!

Tomorrow is the Feast Day of St. Teresa of the Andes, the Patron Saint of Chile, South America, and the upcoming World Youth Day being held in Rio de Janeiro. She is a great saint for the youth, and is also a mystic of the Eucharist and the Crucified Christ. She died at the young age of 19 having truly conformed herself to Our Lord and reaching the heights of Carmel by practicing perfection in the virtues. St. Teresa was given mystical gifts of prayer at an early age. The gifts and insights she received in prayer, especially during Holy Communion and in Adoration are recorded in numerous diaries and journals.  Here is a beautiful diary entry consisting of a prayer to Our Lady after going on pilgrimage. May she inspire you and interceded for you, our children and grandchildren, our youth, and our priests. Amen.

In February of 1917 Juanita went with her mother in pilgrimage to the shrine of the Lourdes Grotto in Santiago. She wrote in her Diary the following meditation as a prayer to Mary.
Yes, Mother, you are the celestial Madonna who guides us. You allow heavenly rays to fall from your maternal hands. I didn't believe such happiness could exist on earth; yesterday my heart, while thirsting for it, found it. My soul was ecstatic at your virginal feet, listening to you. You were speaking and your maternal language was so tender. It was from heaven, almost divine.
In seeing You so pure, so tender, and so compassionate, who would not be encouraged to unburden his intimate sufferings to you? Who would not ask you to be his star on this stormy see? Who is there who would not cry in your arms without instantly receiving your immaculate kisses of love and comfort? If he be a sinner, your caresses will soften him. If one of your devoted ones, your presence would enkindle the living flame of divine love. If he be poor, you with your powerful hand will aid him and show him his true homeland. If rich, you will sustain him with your breath against the dangers of his very agitated life. If one is in affliction, you with your tearful gaze will show him the cross and on it your Divine Son. Who will not find balm for his pains by considering the torments of Jesus and Mary? The sick man finds in your maternal heart the water of salvation that allows your enchanting smile to blossom forth, and makes him smile with love and happiness.
Yes, Mary, you are Mother of the entire universe. Your heart is filled with sweetness. At your feet let the priest prostrate himself with the same confidence as the virgin in order to find in your arms the fullness of your love. The rich as well as the poor can find in your heart their heaven. The afflicted as well as the happy can find on your mouth a celestial smile. The sick as well as the healthy can find caresses from your sweet hands. And, finally, sinners like myself find in you a protecting Mother who can crush beneath her immaculate feet the head of the dragon. And in your eyes I see mercy, pardon and a shining lamp to keep me from falling into the muddy waters of sin.
(Diary, §19, trans. Michael D. Griffin, Teresian Charism Press, 1989).

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Three Carmelite saints named as Patrons and Intercessors for World Youth Day- 2013 in Brazil

JMJT! Praise be Jesus Christ! Now and Forever!

We know how precious children and young people are to Our Lord, as we are commanded by Jesus to become like them. We also know how the youth and their innocence is being attacked on all sides. As World Youth Day approaches, let us especially pray to the following three holy exemplars who have been chosen from our order for these momentous event to help strengthen our children and bring them closer to Our Lord as they "Go and make disciples of all nations" (Mt 28: 19).

The three are as follows:

Blessed Isidore Bakanja

Martyr of the scapular!

Isidore was born approximately in 1890, in Bokendela, Congo. He has had a very poor life and he worked as a farmer in the field. His baptism in 1986, was from his meeting with Carmelite missionaries who gave him a Rosary and the scapular of Our Lady of Carmelo. Very devoted of the Virgin Mary, he merrily prayed and sang while working. Once, unable to do so, he decides to leave his post, but without accepting the order to leave the visible signs of his faith. He was wounded on his back with whips and died, because he didn't resist to the wounds. We invoke him as a martyr of the scapular.
That with the example of your faith we will be strengthened against the adversities of life and be protected by Mary, our Mother. Amen.

Saint Therese of Lisieux

Patroness of the Missions!

St Therese of Jesus was born in France in 1873. At 15 she went into a Carmelite monastery, where she lived with humility and simplicity her total trust in God. She was proclaimed Patroness of the Missions in 1927, by her deep desire to be a missionay and by her willingness to give everything for the good of others. The WDY invokes her as the Missions Patroness!
Grant me your missionary spirit to bring Jesus to all the villages! Amen.

Saint Teresa of the Andes

Contemplative Christ!

Born in Chile in 1900. Since the age of 6 she participated almost daily at the Holy Mass. Her constancy in the Eucharist reveals her inner thirst to meet Christ. Many people say that before entering to the Carmel, at 17, she lived a holy life, which attracted souls to God. She was always aware that her prayer and sacrifice were able to improve and purify the world. Currently on her tomb we see her words: "Love is stronger." We pray for her intercession for us to learn to be contemplatives of Christ!
May I find in my soul, with your intercession, the desire to worship and glorify Jesus without pause. Amen!