We are coming up on the Memorial of Bl. Mariam of Jesus Crucified who founded the Carmels in Nazareth and Bethlehem. She is a beautiful saint who showed great devotion to Our Lady as well as Our Crucified Lord and the Holy Spirit, and overcame a myriad of obstacles to fulfill the Divine Will of Our Heavenly Father. Let us look to her to inspire and strengthen us on our spiritual journeys in Carmel, towards union with the Holy Three. Amen.
BLESSED MARY OF JESUS CRUCIFIED
Mariam had returned to the Carmel of Pau in November 1872. Three years later she went to the Holy Land where she was instrumental in founding the Carmel at Bethlehem, Berthe Dartigaux, a young aristocrat from Pau made this possible by investing her entire fortune in the foundation. She went to Bethlehem herself with the seven nuns from Pau who set out to make the Foundation. Mariam was already planning to found another Carmel in Nazareth when she became ill. As the only sister who spoke Arabic, Mariam oversaw the workmen who were building the Carmel at Bethlehem and it was when she was carrying water to them that she fell and badly injured her arm. Very soon the wound became gangrenous and the infection affected her lungs and respiratory tract. Mariam knew she was dying.
She is buried in the Carmel that she founded in Bethlehem and the inscription on her tomb reads:
‘Here in the peace of the Lord reposes Sister Mary of Jesus Crucified, professed religious of the white veil. A soul of singular graces, she was conspicuous for her humility, her obedience and her charity. Jesus, the sole love of her heart called her to Himself in the 33rd year of her age and the 12th year of her religious life at Bethlehem, 26 August 1878.’
Pope John Paul II declared Sister Mary of Jesus Crucified Blessed on November 13th 1983.
Her feast day is celebrated on August 25th.
Sr. Mary of Jesus Crucified
(second from the left in the back row)
with the other foundresses of
the Carmel at Bethlehem.
It was taken before they left
the Carmel of Pau, near
the Pyrenees in France.