Thursday, August 25, 2016

St. Teresa's Transverberation


August 26th

“I saw an angel beside me toward the left side, in bodily form. He was not very large, but small, very beautiful, his face so blazing with light that he seemed to be one of the very highest angels, who appear all on fire. They must be those they call Cherubim…I saw in his hands a long dart of gold, and at the end of the iron there seemed to me to be a little fire. This I thought he thrust through my heart several times, and that it reached my very entrails. As he withdrew it, I thought it brought them with it, and left me all burning with a great love of God. So great was the pain, that it made me give those moans; and so utter the sweetness that this sharpest of pains gave me, that there was no wanting it to stop, nor is there any contenting of the soul with less than God”. (St. Teresa, Life…Chapter 19).

The transverberation is commonly referred to as St. Teresa's entrance into the state of Spiritual Marriage. This state is described in the Saint's 7th mansion in her book The interior Castle. It is interesting to note that when St. Teresa's incorruptible heart was preserved, a small puncture site was discovered thus confirming this precise experience.

The state of spiritual marriage is the lot of the very few in the spiritual life.  But this is so because according to both St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross, we are the ones who put limits to the gifts of God.  Even though it is equally true that it is pure gift and therefore unmerited, God is willing to grant it to those who dispose themselves to it by acts of total surrender and abandonment to the will of God, which can take the form of spiritual darkness and sufferings.  The journey to the different mansions of our soul entails a journey of transformation, of leaving the familiar for the unfamiliar, of following unknown paths, and even complete surrender of reason to the darkness of faith.  Even though we may never reach this high state of union, it still does us good to realize what God prepares for those who love Him.  No eye has seen, no ear has heard, or has it even dawned on man, what is in store for us, if we only allow God to work His miracle in us.  This is the lesson we glean from the lives of the Saints.  May God help us.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel: First Day

O beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, most fruitful vine, splendor of heaven, holy and singular, who brought forth the Son of God, still ever remaining a pure virgin, assist us in our necessity!  O Star of the Sea, help and protect us!  Show us that you are our Mother! (pause and mention petitions).
Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory Be..

Prayer for Everyday of Novena:
Immaculate Virgin and Queen of Carmel, you are the hope of the sufferer and the consolation of the afflicted.  Look not upon my sins, but remember only that I m a poor soul redeemed by the precious Blood of your Son, and that my heart is sealed with your holy scapular.  Hear my prayer and if it be for the glory of God, your honor, and for the salvation of my soul, grant what I ask in this novena.  Amen.

Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel: Second Day


Most Holy Mary, our Mother, in your great love for us you gave us the holy Scapular of Mount Carmel, having heard the prayers of your chosen son Saint Simon Stock.  Help us now to wear it faithfully and with devotion.  May it be a sign to us of our desire to grow in holiness. (pause and mention petitions)
Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory Be..
Loving Mother, I place this cause in your hands!
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us!


Prayer for Everyday of Novena:
Immaculate Virgin and Queen of Carmel, you are the hope of the sufferer and the consolation of the afflicted.  Look not upon my sins, but remember only that I m a poor soul redeemed by the precious Blood of your Son, and that my heart is sealed with your holy scapular.  Hear my prayer and if it be for the glory of God, your honor, and for the salvation of my soul, grant what I ask in this novena.  Amen.

Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel: Third Day


O Queen of Heaven, you gave us the Scapular as an outward sign by which we might be known as your faithful children.  May we always wear it with honor by avoiding sin and imitating your virtues.  Help us to be faithful to this desire of ours.  (pause and mention petitions)
Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory Be..
Loving Mother, I place this cause in your hands!
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us!

Prayer for Everyday of Novena:
Immaculate Virgin and Queen of Carmel, you are the hope of the sufferer and the consolation of the afflicted.  Look not upon my sins, but remember only that I m a poor soul redeemed by the precious Blood of your Son, and that my heart is sealed with your holy scapular.  Hear my prayer and if it be for the glory of God, your honor, and for the salvation of my soul, grant what I ask in this novena.  Amen.

Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel: Fourth Day


When you gave us, Gracious Lady, the Scapular as our Habit, you called us to be not only servants, but also your own children.  We ask you to gain for us from your Son the grace to live as your children in joy, peace and love.  (pause and mention petitions)

Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory Be..
Loving Mother, I place this cause in your hands!
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us!
Prayer for Everyday of Novena:
Immaculate Virgin and Queen of Carmel, you are the hope of the sufferer and the consolation of the afflicted.  Look not upon my sins, but remember only that I m a poor soul redeemed by the precious Blood of your Son, and that my heart is sealed with your holy scapular.  Hear my prayer and if it be for the glory of God, your honor, and for the salvation of my soul, grant what I ask in this novena.  Amen.


Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel: Fifth Day

                                                      
O Mother of Fair Love, through your goodness, as your children , we are called to live in the spirit of Carmel.  Help us to live in charity with one another, prayerful as Elijah of old, and mindful of our call to minister to God's people.  (pause and mention petitions)
Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory Be..
Loving Mother, I place this cause in your hands!
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us!

Prayer for Everyday of Novena:
Immaculate Virgin and Queen of Carmel, you are the hope of the sufferer and the consolation of the afflicted.  Look not upon my sins, but remember only that I m a poor soul redeemed by the precious Blood of your Son, and that my heart is sealed with your holy scapular.  Hear my prayer and if it be for the glory of God, your honor, and for the salvation of my soul, grant what I ask in this novena.  Amen.

Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel: Sixth Day


With loving provident care, O Mother Most Amiable, you covered us with your Scapular as a shield of defense against the Evil One.  Through your assistance, may we bravely struggle against the powers of evil, always open to your Son Jesus Christ.   (pause and mention petitions)

Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory Be..
Loving Mother, I place this cause in your hands!
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us!

Prayer for Everyday of Novena:
Immaculate Virgin and Queen of Carmel, you are the hope of the sufferer and the consolation of the afflicted.  Look not upon my sins, but remember only that I m a poor soul redeemed by the precious Blood of your Son, and that my heart is sealed with your holy scapular.  Hear my prayer and if it be for the glory of God, your honor, and for the salvation of my soul, grant what I ask in this novena.  Amen.

Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel: Seventh Day


 O Mary, Help of Christians, you assured us that wearing your Scapular worthily will keep us safe from harm.  Protect us in both body and soul with your continual aid.  May all that we do be pleasing to your Son and to you.  ( pause and mention petitions)
Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory Be..
Loving Mother, I place this cause in your hands!
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us!
Prayer for Everyday of Novena:
Immaculate Virgin and Queen of Carmel, you are the hope of the sufferer and the consolation of the afflicted.  Look not upon my sins, but remember only that I m a poor soul redeemed by the precious Blood of your Son, and that my heart is sealed with your holy scapular.  Hear my prayer and if it be for the glory of God, your honor, and for the salvation of my soul, grant what I ask in this novena.  Amen.

Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel: Eight Day


You give us hope, O Mother of Mercy, that through your Scapular promise we might quickly pass through the fires of purgatory to the Kingdom of your Son.  Be our comfort and our hope.  Grant that our hope may not be in vain but that, ever faithful to your Son and to you, we may speedily enjoy after the death the blessed company of Jesus and the Saints.
(Pause and mention petitions)

Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory Be..
Loving Mother, I place this cause in your hands!
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us!
Prayer for Everyday of Novena:
Immaculate Virgin and Queen of Carmel, you are the hope of the sufferer and the consolation of the afflicted.  Look not upon my sins, but remember only that I m a poor soul redeemed by the precious Blood of your Son, and that my heart is sealed with your holy scapular.  Hear my prayer and if it be for the glory of God, your honor, and for the salvation of my soul, grant what I ask in this novena.  Amen.