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Comment to Mary

Posted by Cathleen Brock on November 14, 2018 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)
Mary, you continue to lift me in His Spirit. You joyfully awaken my faith as I rediscover everything through your eyes.

Comment from Mary

Posted by Mary Capobianco on November 13, 2018 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Our Formation class had a wonderful conversation addressing how we felt about viewing Mary as "Sister" since the official title of the Carmelite Order is The Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel.  Being a practicing Protestant for nearly two decades, and not being educated in the full Catholic way as a child, I loved this entire Chapter!  I have longed to delve into Mary and receive her into my heart as ALL she can be!  My own mother called out to her during my dangerous birth, vowing to name me Mary if my life was spared.  Well, here I am, and I want nothing more than to know her fully so that I can ultimately know her Son in an even deeper way through her eyes.  

Coming back home to the Church has offered me such an opportunity to know her as Mother, Intercessor, Untier of Knots, Mother of Sorrows, Lady of Carmel, BUT to view of her as Sister, well that was amazing to ponder!  I feel closer to her, with the addition of this perspective, because this allows me to see myself as a little sister, holding her hand, watching her invite me to look UP to Jesus with her with God as our Father. I can imagine walking by her side, wanting to emulate her as Christ's finest follower.  I feel like my older sister wants to walk with me showing me how to keep a keen eye on Jesus, pondering everything through God's eyes rather than man's eyes. The richness of knowing her and knowing Jesus grows with this viewpoint, for me, and does not detract.  She is His Mother, our Mother, but also she was His disciple and her salvation comes from her Son as well as His birth came through her obedience.  WHAT a God we have to create such an intricate tapestry of depth of relationship with Jesus and His Mother!

Comment to Gery

Posted by Cathleen Brock on November 13, 2018 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Thank you Gery for beginning this blog on formation with Mary. You have.truly been inspired by the Holy Spirit!

I am presently praying the 33 day Consecration to Our Lady which will end on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Thank you to Sandra for this grace. Whenever I pray the consecration I replace the word "slave" with "daughter" which is the Carmelite way.in honor of St. Michael of Augustine (Carmelite} who wrote similarly of Mary 100 years before DeMontfort. Cathy



Posted by Cathleen Brock on November 12, 2018 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

First of all I would like to thank Gery for her wonderful inspiration in adding a blog page to share information regarding Formation I, II and Ongoing. In between meetings I have often wanted to share certain insights or readings I have come upon with you all and now this is possible for all of us.

This is a quote from James Finley in his Introduction to the book, Merton Place of Nowhere.

"We can only hope to create that empty space, that context for insight in which the unexpected everything can rise mysteriously and effortlessly out of the nothingness in which we wait for God. Reading in this way brings us to the heart of what is traditionally known as spiritual reading. Spiritual reading has the potential of becoming itself a prayer, a kind of event in which a true transformation of consciousness takes place. At times like these the reading takes on a sacramental force that transforms the silence of a room, the wind, a flower, the ticking of a clock into sudden subtle, and unexpected manifestations of God, silently calling from the midst of things to "be still and know that I am God."    In the readers simple humble desire for God. the words are empowered to reveal a fleeting glimpse of life's most secret meaning. One's own innermost, unspoken insights and desires are suddenly encountered on the printed page. The response is the deepening of those desires and a renewed courage to set out for still deeper waters."

Our present Book/Bible Study definitely has that "sacramental force." God's word is sacred, a sacramental in that when we are reading, discussing or praying his word, Jesus becomes truly present to us. For 2 hours of our meeting he is sacramentally present in our Lectio, Bible Study and evening prayer.  This is transforming our community and unifying us in his joy!


Phase 2, Year 1 Formation

Posted by Gery on November 8, 2018 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)
November, 2018 - "Climbing the Mountain" Chapter 5: "Mary" This is a beautiful chapter on Mary, filled with many thoughts for us to contemplate. It goes over some of the Carmelite titles for Mary - "Lady of the Place", "Elijah's Little Cloud", and "Mary the Contemplative" to name a few. We were challenged to consider the different ways that we view our Holy Mother; and I, for one, was reminded again of how devotion to her can only bring us so much closer to her son, Jesus. Through Carmel I have begun a new relationship with her, and I thank God for this blessing! There is a beautiful quote on page 107 from Edith Stein: "Only a few words from the Virgin Mary have come down to us in the Gospels. But these few words are like heavy grains of pure gold. When they melt in the ardour of loving meditation, they more than suffice to bathe our entire lives in a luminous golden glow."