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'The progress of the soul consists

not in thinking much of God

but in loving Him ardently.'

~ St. Teresa of Jesus

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Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Posted on 16th June, 2019

 

Two short poems for Trinity Sunday written by one of the Sisters from our community.

 

Icon of the Trinity by Andrei Rublev - 15th century Russian

 

The Great Reality

 

O Most Holy Trinity,

Infinite, eternal joy,

You are our longed-for happiness,

Our resting place on high.

Father, Son and Spirit blest,

Fountain of felicity,

'Neath Your gaze we spend our days,

This the great reality.

 

 

Father, Son and Spirit

 

Father, Son and Spirit,

Lover, Beloved, Love,

Trinity most blessed

Look down from Heav'n above.

With Your gaze enthral us,

That gaze with love replete,

Heavenward let it draw us

When exile here's complete.

 

 

Pentecost

Benediction on the Solemnity of Pentecost

 

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.

 

Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created

And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

 

O God, Who didst instruct the hearts of Thy faithful by the light of Thy Holy Spirit,

grant that by the gift of the same Spirit, they may be always truly wise

and ever rejoice in His consolation.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

Pentecost Novena from the Ascension of the Lord until Pentecost

 

 

Please join us in our preparation for the

coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

 

We are singing the hymn on the right every

day at the end of Mass but, alternatively,

you may say it as a prayer.

 

 

Detail of the dove on an altar frontal for Pentecost

 

 

 

 

 

1. Holy Spirit, Lord of Light,

From Thy clear celestial height,

Thy pure beaming radiance give:

Come, Thou Father of the poor!

Come, with treasures which endure!

Come, Thou Light of all that live!

 

2. Thou, of all consolers best,

Visiting the troubled breast,

Dost refreshing peace bestow;

Thou in toil art comfort sweet,

Pleasant coolness in the heat,

Solace in the midst of woe.

 

3. Light immortal! Light divine!

Visit Thou these hearts of Thine,

And our inmost being fill;

If Thou take Thy grace away,

Nothing pure in man will stay,

All his good is turned to ill.

 

4. Heal our wounds, our strength renew;

On our dryness pour Thy dew;

Wash the stains of guilt away;

Bend the stubborn heart and will;

Melt the frozen, warm the chill;

Guide the steps that go astray.

 

5. Thou, on those who evermore

Thee confess and Thee adore,

In Thy sevenfold gifts, descend:

Give them comfort when they die,

Give them life with Thee on high,

Give them joys that never end.

Then say in conclusion:

 

The love of God is poured forth in our hearts by His Spirit Who dwells in us, alleluia!

 

The Carmel of the Magnificat and the Holy Name was founded on 25th May 1922, which was the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord that year. Below are photographs of our beloved Mother Foundress, Mother Mary of Jesus (left), and the first Prioress, Mother Mary of St. John the Baptist (right).

 

Our Beloved Mother Mary of JesusMother Mary of St. John the Baptist

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Posted on 19th May, 2019

 

Cemetery Crucifix

New Cemetery Crucifix

 

We have recently installed this beautiful crucifix as the centrepiece for our new cemetery inside the monastery enclosure.

 

The corpus came from St. Helen's Carmel, where some of our sisters were before joining our community.

Prayer for Vocations

 

Vocations Sunday

 

Today, the Fourth Sunday of Easter, as well as being Good Shepherd Sunday, is also the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

 

"When the Lord awakens a vocation, He thinks not only of what you already are, but of what you will one day be."

~ Pope Francis

 

Please join us in praying the dedicated prayer here for vocations to the priesthood and religious life in our Archdiocese, and particularly to our own Carmelite community:

 

Today we had our annual procession around the monastery grounds with the blessing of the crops, trees and flower gardens. The sister leading the procession carried the procession crucifix in the front, while the others followed in pairs, chanting the special litany that was led by two cantors. Mother Prioress brought up the rear with an assistant holding the holy water stoop for her. As she went, she sprinkled holy water on the vegetable patches, fruit trees, flower beds, seedlings and young plants in pots and asked for God's blessing upon them. The older sisters met us at the end in the conservatory where we said the final prayer.

 

Procession passing the orchardProcession passing St. Joseph's house

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feast of Divine Mercy

 

Since today is the beautiful Feast of Divine Mercy, I thought I would post a picture of the Divine Mercy Image and instructions for praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet on a set of five-decade rosary beads. Our Lord promised St. Faustina that all souls who go to Confession and receive Him in Holy Communion on this day will obtain complete forgiveness of their sins. He also said that all who publicly venerate the Divine Mercy Image will not perish.

 

Divine Mercy ImageDivine Mercy Chaplet

 

 

Gospel John 20:1-9

 

The Empty TombIt was very early on the first day of the week and still dark, when Mary of Magdala came to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been moved away from the tomb and came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved. ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb’ she said ‘and we don’t know where they have put him.’ So Peter set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb. They ran together, but the other disciple, running faster than Peter, reached the tomb first; he bent down and saw the linen cloths lying on the ground, but did not go in. Simon Peter who was following now came up, went right into the tomb, saw the linen cloths on the ground, and also the cloth that had been over his head; this was not with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in; he saw and he believed. Till this moment they had failed to understand the teaching of scripture, that he must rise from the dead.

 

 

Alleluia! The Lord has truly risen! Wishing all our friends and followers a very happy and blessed Easter, filled with the grace and joy of the Holy Spirit!

 

"This is the day that the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in  it!"

(Psalm 118:24)

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Posted on 14th April, 2019

 

Pope Francis - Palm Sunday in St. Peter's Square

 

Pope Palm Sunday: Jesus destroys triumphalism by his Passion

Pope Francis during Mass on Palm Sunday tells the faithful, “there is no negotiating with the cross: one either embraces it or rejects it. By his self-abasement, Jesus wanted to open up to us the path of faith and to precede us on that path.”

 

Following the Gospel, which was read by three deacons and recounts Christ’s Passion, Pope Francis in his homily recalled how Jesus in his entry into Jerusalem shows us the way with his humility in the face of triumphalism.

 

Abandonment and obedience

With this entrance into Holy Week, the Pope explained, “Jesus shows us how to face moments of difficulty and the most insidious of temptations by preserving in our hearts a peace that is neither detachment nor superhuman impassivity, but confident abandonment to the Father and to his saving will, which bestows life and mercy.”

 

“He shows us this kind of abandonment, Pope Francis said, “by spurning, at every point in his earthly ministry, the temptation to do things his way and not in complete obedience to the Father.”

 

Humility over triumphalism

Today, too, remarked the Pontiff, “by his entrance into Jerusalem, he shows us the way. For in that event, the evil one, the prince of this world, had a card up his sleeve: the card of triumphalism. Yet, the Lord responded by holding fast to his own way, the way of humility.”

 

The Pope emphasized that “triumphalism tries to make it to the goal by shortcuts and false compromises… It lives off gestures and words that are not forged in the crucible of the cross; Jesus destroyed triumphalism by his Passion.” "One subtle form of triumphalism is spiritual worldliness, which represents the greatest danger, the most treacherous temptation threatening the Church”, he said, quoting from French Cardinal and Theologian Henri De Lubac.

 

The power of silence

Pope Francis remarked, that Jesus “knows that true triumph involves making room for God and that the only way to do that is by stripping oneself, by self-emptying. “There is no negotiating with the cross: one either embraces it or rejects it,” said the Pope. By his self-abasement, Jesus wanted to open up to us the path of faith and to precede us on that path.”

 

Addressing the young people present for this diocesan World Youth Day, the Pontiff told them not to be ashamed to show their enthusiasm for Jesus, to shout out that he is alive and that he is in their lives.

 

During his Homily, Pope Francis also noted the “profoundly impressive” silence of Jesus throughout his Passion.

 

The Pope added that, “he also overcomes the temptation to answer back, to act like a “superstar”. Pope Francis said that “in moments of darkness and great tribulation, we need to keep silent, to find the courage not to speak, as long as our silence is meek and not full of anger.” The Pope stressed that “at the hour that God comes forth to fight, we have to let him take over.  Our place of safety will be beneath the mantle of the holy Mother of God."