Venerable Fr. Marie-Eugene's whole life was marked by the powerful influence of the Holy Ghost and Our Lady. He started the Secular Institute, Notre Dame de
Vie in 1932. He died on Easter Monday, March 27, 1967, the very day on which he loved to celebrate the Easter joy of Mary, Mother of Life.
Fr. Marie-Eugene, we beg your intercession to ask Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to bless The Traditional Lay Carmelites of Fatima for the glory of God and the
salvation of souls.
Every Friday, I will post chapter summaries of his first book which he wrote for the lay people who were in his Secular Institute. This book is called, "I Want to See God". It was written pre-Vatican II but has been put back into print in 1998 and is available on Amazon.
The summary of the first chapter is:
I WANT TO SEE GOD – Chapter 1 Notes
The Book of Mansions
She was then 62 years old.
15 years earlier, she had founded the first convent of the reformed
Carmelites, St. Joseph’s in Avila.
10 years earlier – she had extended the reform to the friars.
In 1571 – She was appointed the Prioress of the convent of the Incarnation
Where she had been for 28 years prior to the reform. She met opposition but
re-established regularity and won their hearts. She was freed of this charge in 1574
and returned to founding more foundations.
The non-reformed Spanish Carmelites presented their grievances against the
Teresian Reform to the friars. The chapter declared that the reformed groups must be
treated as rebels; that the reformer, Teresa of Jesus, must stop her foundations and
remain in one convent of her choice.
She chose the convent in Toledo for retirement.
In 1577, the Calced friars took into custody St. John of the Cross.
In 1577-1578, the Carmelite Reform went through hours of agony.
She was asked to write on prayer but felt she could not as she thought she said it all.
With God’s grace, the Interior Castle was written June 2 – Nov. 29, 1577 – six months.
Breakdown of the Interior Castle Book (Not in this book but FYI)
The First Mansions
Chapter I. Description of the Castle
Chapter II. The Human Soul
The Second Mansions
Chapter I. War
The Third Mansions
Chapter I. Fear of God
Chapter II. Aridity in Prayer
The Fourth Mansions
Chapter I. Sweetness in Prayer
Chapter II. Divine Consolations
Chapter III. Prayer of Quiet
The Fifth Mansions
Chapter I. Prayer of Union
Chapter II. Effects of Union
Chapter III. Cause of Union
Chapter IV. Spiritual Espousals
The Sixth Mansions
Chapter I. Preparation for Spiritual Marriage
Chapter II. The Wound of Love
Chapter III. Locutions
Chapter IV. Raptures
Chapter V. The Flight of the Spirit
Chapter VI. Spiritual Jubilation
Chapter VII. The Humanity of Our Lord
Chapter VIII. Intellectual Visions
Chapter IX. Imaginary Visions
Chapter X. Intellectual Visions Continued
Chapter XI. The Dart of Love
The Seventh Mansions
Chapter I. God's Presence Chamber
Chapter II. Spiritual Marriage
Chapter III. Its Effects
Chapter IV. Martha and Mary
It was under the influence of her double grace as spouse of Christ and mother of souls that she gave to Christian literature one of its masterpieces among the treatises on spirituality.
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