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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 Mary, Mother of God 2022

Posted on 1st January, 2022

 

May the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, intercede for us all at the start of this New Year and World Day of Prayer for Peace.

 

Stained glass window of the Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus

Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord 2021

Posted on 25th December, 2021

Wishing you a very joyful & blessed Christmas, filled with all the peace, love & humility of our new-born Saviour. May God also grant you good health, safety & many graces in 2022. Be assured that, in spite of the Covid lockdowns, we’ve been holding you & all your intentions in our hearts & prayers & will continue to do so through the uncertainty of the months ahead. In particular, all our friends & benefactors will be remembered at Midnight Mass tonight & in a Novena of Christmas Masses.

Adoration of the Shepherds

 

 

St John of the Cross
"When evening comes, you will be examined in love.
Learn to love as God desires to be loved and abandon your own ways of acting."
 
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Holy Father, St John of the Cross. Please join us in thanksgiving to God for this wonderful saint, mystic and teacher of the spiritual life.

Feast of All Carmelite Saints 2021

Posted on 14th November, 2021

 

Some thoughts of a sister which might be applicable for today, which should've been the feast of all Carmelite Saints:
 
As Jesus went willingly and with full love to the Cross, must not we, in our poverty (with currently few young vocations to Carmel in this country), do the same?
 
Is this not an opportunity for practising just that same faith, hope and love that St Teresa practised, in the size and foolishness of our caring tasks, to thrill us in leaning on the Lord heavily, almost as if He does it all?
Some of our Carmelite Saints
To me, it certainly seems like that, as we continue our lives deeply immersed in prayer and community. The joy of this moment to stand back and say, 'Stop and consider the wonderful deeds of the Lord' and 'on this holy mountain the Lord provides'. Blessed be God!

 

St Teresa of Jesus, Mother Foundress of the Discalced Carmelites
     Today is the feast of St Teresa of Jesus, Mother Foundress of the Discalced Carmelites. The quote below is taken from the Book of her Life 22, 10.
     "We are not angels; we have a body. To want to be angels while we are on this earth - and as much on the earth as I was - is ridiculous! Normally the mind needs some support. Granted that sometimes the soul may go out of herself and often be so full of God that she needs nothing to help recollect her, this is not so normally.
     "When we are busy, or being treated badly, when life is hard, or when we cannot get that much quiet, and when prayer is dry, we have a very good friend in Christ.
     "We look at him as man, we see him in weakness and difficulties and he is company for us. Once we have acquired this habit, it is very easy to find him at our side."

 

Wishing all our friends, benefactors and followers a very happy and blessed feast of St Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. May she shower roses of graces upon you and all your loved ones and grant you an ever greater trust and confidence in the merciful love of God.

 

Amen.

 

 

O Mary, conceived without sin and today assumed into Heaven,

pray for us who have recourse to Thee!

 

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

 

Icon of the Transfiguration

Today is the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, the following being taken from the Gospel.

 

Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured: his clothes became dazzlingly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them. Elijah appeared to them with Moses; and they were talking with Jesus. Then Peter spoke to Jesus: 'Rabbi,' he said, 'it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.' He did not know what to say; they were so frightened. And a cloud came, covering them in shadow; and there came a voice from the cloud, 'This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.' Then suddenly, when they looked round, they saw no one with them any more but only Jesus. (Mark 9: 2-8)

Our Lady of Mount Carmel 2021

Posted on 16th July, 2021

 

 
 
 
Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,
we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks
as we honour the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother and Queen of Carmel.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Your Word filled her heart
and inspired all her actions,
making her constant in prayer with the Apostles,
and, through her share in our salvation,
constituting her the spiritual mother of all mankind.
She watches unceasingly with a mother’s loving care
over the brethren of her Son,
and lights us along our pilgrim way
to the Mount of your Glory,
our beacon of comfort,
and the embodiment of all our hopes
as members of the Church.
 
May her prayers protect us always,
help us to follow her example more faithfully and
conform us ever more closely to the image of her Son,
Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Father's Day 2021

Posted on 20th June, 2021

 

We give You thanks, Creator God, for the fathers in our lives.

Father reading to his children

Fatherhood does not come with a manual, and reality teaches us that some fathers excel while others fail. We ask, Lord, for Your blessings for them all and forgiveness where it is needed.

This Father's Day we remember the many sacrifices fathers make for their children and families, and the ways--both big and small--they lift children to achieve dreams thought beyond reach.

So too, we remember all those who have helped fill the void when fathers pass early or are absent; grandfathers and uncles, brothers and cousins, teachers, pastors and coaches and the women of our families.

For those who are fathers, we ask for wisdom and humility in the face of the task of parenting. Give them the strength to do well by their children and by You. In Your Holy name, O God, we pray.


Amen.