July 7-15th Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.....Intentions......Prayers for the Church and Its Leaders!
Greetings in Jesus and Mary....
Tomorrow starts the Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel....unless you like to finish your novena on the day of the feast...July 8th can be your start date. We are already into July and there is so much to pray for and so much to prepare for.
I have steered clear of the news from the Synod of Synodality and all the news of what Pope Francis is sharing with the world.... mainly because it seems to be ongoing and I would have to comment on it almost daily. Today, I have included a video below from Return to Tradition because it helps us to remember what St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila) has stressed about Carmelites and their duty to pray for the Church and its needs with great love and devotion. It is through the prayers of the religious and the faithful that priests, bishops, cardinals and popes will receive necessary graces of holiness for their duty in life.
The below video also points out a quote from St. Anthony Mary Claret that God chastises a lukewarm or sinful people with BAD priests. We can not expect that we will be supplied with good priests if we are a people that does not pray nor seeks God's assistance.
We must humble ourselves in prayer to seek God's assistance. We must remember that God wants our intimate friendship in prayer....not lip service. We must be careful to pray our vocal prayers (such as our rosaries and novenas) with great tenderness of heart as though Our Lord and Our Lady are standing right before us (because they are). It would be helpful to add sacrifices and fasts to these prayers in order to increase their efficacy before God in demonstrating to Him our seriousness of prayer.
A few quotes from St. Teresa of Avila...
"What I have come to understand is that this whole groundwork of prayer is based on humility and that the more a soul lowers itself in prayer the more God raises it up".
“Prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God.”
"Mental prayer in my opinion is nothing else than an intimate sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with Him who we know loves us. The important thing is not to think much but to love much and so do that which best stirs you to love. Love is not great delight but desire to please God in everything."
"Before prayer, endeavor to realize Whose Presence you are approaching and to Whom you are about to speak, keeping in mind Whom you are addressing. If our lives were a thousand times as long as they are we should never fully understand how we ought to behave towards God, before Whom the very Angels tremble, Who can do all He wills, and with Whom to wish is to accomplish."
"We need no wings to go in search of Him, but have only to look upon Him present within us".
May Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, pray for us to be true Carmelites.
May St. Joseph pray for us!
May all the Carmelite saints, pray for us!
Bonus Videos on Treason in this Country that needs Prayer
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!