Sunday, November 29, 2015

Advent & Christmas Meditation

By St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)

When the days grow shorter and shorter, when --in a normal winter--the first snowflakes fall, then quietly and softly thoughts of Christmas begin to surface, and from the mere word a certain magic exudes that affects every heart. Even those of other faiths, or of no faith at all, to whom the story of the Child of Bethlehem has no meaning, prepare for the feast and even make plans to convey its joy here or there. Months and weeks in advance, there flows a warmth like a stream of love over the whole world. A festival of love and joy--that is the star which beckons all mankind in the first winter months.
Photo: R. Massaro

For the Christian, and especially for the Catholic Christian, it is yet something else. Him the star leads to the manger with the little Child who brings peace to earth. In countless endearing pictures, artists have created the scene for our eyes; ancient legends, replete with all the magic of childhood, sing to us about it. Whoever lives along with the Church hears the ancient chants and feels the longing of the spirit in the Advent hymns; and whoever is familiar with the inexhaustible fount of sacred liturgy is daily confronted by the great prophet of the Incarnation with his powerful words of warning and promise.

             Drop down dew from above and let the clouds rain
             the Just One! The Lord is near! Let us adore Him!
             Come, Lord, and do not delay! Jerusalem, rejoice
             with great joy, for your Savior comes to you!

From 17 to 24 December, the great O Antiphons to the Magnificat call out with ever greater longing and fervor their 'Come, to set us free.' And with still more promise (on the last Advent Sunday), 'Behold, all is fulfilled:' then, finally, 'Today you shall know that the Lord is coming and tomorrow you shall see His splendor.'

Photo: R. Massaro-St. Augustine Church Barberton, Ohio

Yes, on that evening when the lights on the tree are lit and the gifts are being exchanged, that unfulfilled longing is still there groping for another ray of Light until the bells for Midnight Mass ring out, and the miracle of that Holy Night is renewed upon altars bedecked with lights and flowers: 'And the Word was made flesh.' Now the moment of the blessed fulfillment has arrived.

Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds

Sunday, September 13, 2015

St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila)
Virgin and Doctor of the Church

The Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCDS), Akron Community of the Holy Family, celebrate with great joy the 5th centenary of the birth of our Holy Mother, St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila)

Please join us for a Mass in honor of St. Teresa and to witness the Clothing and Profession of our members on Sunday, October 11, at 3:00pm at St. Paul Catholic Church, 433 Brown St. Akron, Ohio. A reception will follow the Mass. All are welcome, however, please R.S.V.P. to:

Sunday, June 22, 2014


St. Teresa was born on March 28, 1515. The Carmelite Order is preparing to celebrate the centenary of her birth in 2015.  Enjoy this virtual tour of three important sites in the life of St. Teresa:

1.  The monastery that has been erected on the site of the house of her birth.

2.  St. Joseph Monastery, St. Teresa's first foundation in 1562.

3.  Carmelite Monastery at Alba de Tormes-Teresa died here in 1582.

Monday, May 26, 2014


From the writings of St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila):

There come days in which I recall an infinite number of times what St. Paul says--although assuredly not present in me to the degree it was in him--for it seems to me I neither live, nor speak, nor have any desire but that He who strengthens and governs me might live in me. I go about as though outside myself, and so life is the severest pain for me. And the greatest thing I offer  God as principal service to Him is that, since it is so painful for me to live separated from Him, I desire to live, but out of love for Him. I should like to live with great trials and persecutions. Since I am no good for being of any help to anyone, I should like to be good for suffering so that all who are in the world might receive a little more merit, I mean by a better fulfillment of His will. 

I haven't experienced any promise in prayer that I haven't seen fulfilled, even though the promise may have come many years previously. There are so many things I see and understand about the grandeur of God, and of His providence, that almost any time I begin to think about it my intellect fails me, as when one sees things that are far beyond one's ability to understand; and I remain in recollection.
St. Teresa of Jesus,Spiritual Testimonies, No 3, 10-11.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

March News Items





St. Teresa's Interior Castle-New Video Game

Play the game for free online:

 Pope Francis has approved the heroic virtue of the Servant of God, 
Zechariah Santa Teresa The Servant of God, Zechariah Santa Teresa 
(Salterian Vizcarra), was born in 1887 in AbadiƱo, a province of 
Vizcaya in Spain. I Entered the Teresian Carmel on 10th September 
1903 and after being ordained priest in 1912...Read more


Friday, January 3, 2014

The Virtue of Obedience

St. Luke Church-Danville, Ohio

At our next community meeting, we will be studying the letters of St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila). I will be focusing on her teaching on the virtue of obedience.  St. Teresa doesn't mince words, even with prioresses who are disobedient. In 1582, St. Teresa sent a scathing letter to Anne of Jesus during the foundation at Granada. This letter has been given the title the "Terrible Letter."  I will post that letter later, for now, please visit Spirit Singing in which I discuss the virtue of obedience and the point of our Rule, No. 15 that speaks of our promise of obedience to the local council and the superiors of the order.

Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds