Greetings in Jesus and Mary...
Blessed Feast Day of the Exultation of the Cross...the profound expression of the LOVE OF GOD! This is a day chosen by the Carmelites to offer a renewal of their commitment to the Carmelite Rule. A reminder that we are to embrace the cross with LOVE and follow Jesus and Mary.....always remembering that only those in the company of Mary stood at the foot of the cross....all the rest hid in fear. Love is the opposite of fear. Let us always remain in the company of Mary and in Her love for the cross!
"We must remember that if all the manifestly good men were on one side and all the manifestly bad men on the other, there would be no danger of anyone, least of all the elect, being deceived by lying wonders. It is the good men, good once, we must hope good still, who are to do the work of Anti-Christ and so sadly to crucify the Lord afresh…. Bear in mind this feature of the last days, that this deceitfulness arises from good men being on the wrong side."
--Fr. Frederick Faber, Sermon for Pentecost Sunday, 1861
Another good quote to confront the mess in the world and in the Church which we are witnessing is this....taken from Blessed Father Marie Eugene (also a video below)
"You are not in the world to see evil, nor for you to be aware of its enormity, not even, properly speaking, to fight against it and to vanquish it. You are in the world to render witness to God, to the life of God, to render witness to His existence and to His strength, and become thusly, God's joy, a light for those who want to remain faithful." ......Blessed Fr. Marie Eugene of the Child Jesus
Based on what we are witnessing before our eyes today, we need to focus on God and His greatness and not on the evil that abounds or we will not have the strength to endure WHAT IS TO COME!
Let us remember, we are here for eternal life and therefore we need to prepare for that eternal life. As a Carmelite, we are to make reparation for the sins we see around us but to do it with great love for God and for His souls. As St. Therese stated.....we are to be the heart....the Love.....that the world so DESPERATELY NEEDS!
May we live for God alone and love Him above all things by embracing the cross in order to win for God many many souls!
May our Blessed Mother lead us to the Heart of Jesus WHO IS LOVE!
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 42 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 6 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!