Nine Day Novena Before The Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross - Promise Renewal Date for Old Carmelite Rule
I pray all is well with all of you. Summer is for the most part over. Fall begins on Sept. 23rd. My husband came home yesterday sad that the days are getting shorter and it starts to get dark earlier. We take for granted many things and one is the sunshine. What a difference a day makes when we see the sun shining! Do you know that in the revelations made to St. Frances of Rome by Our Dear Lord - He gave descriptions of Hell because too many were going there - especially children. One of the many descriptions that would scare me out of Hell is the fact that there will for all eternity be no sunshine! That would be enough for any of us to want to avoid Hell.
Well - on to my article. As I have informed all of you, my dear Dad has passed away and I consumed many of my days in the last two years taking care of him after Mom passed away in 2017. I will have more time for my Carmelite studies now and will try to bring back a physical group as well as maintain my website. We need true prayer warriors and warriors that will not live in compromise.
September 14th is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross and the day designated in the Old Carmelite Rule in which we renew our promises to the Order and to the Rule. This falls on a Saturday - a great day to have this and a great day to start again with a physical group. There are not many places that offer a Latin Mass. Therefore, I propose that we meet after the Saturday 9 AM Low Mass at the back of the St. Joseph Oratory Church in Detroit to read our promises together. I will supply the sheets. I am not sure we can actually have a meeting but I will look into it. Still have not designated a place to meet - possibly my home for monthly meetings and we will have to find our own Latin Mass. St. Joseph Oratory has many events and it may not be convenient for us to ask them for a monthly space but I will.
Until Sept. 14th -- I will be posting a meditation and a prayer for each of the nine days leading up to the Exaltation of the Cross. These will be taken from the Spiritual Exercises to serve on the Annual Retreat of a Carmelite, copyright 1920. This book has three meditations per day but I will choose one and post it daily - the night before the day so you can access it as early as possible. It will not be under "Talks" but under "Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary"under the Formation heading. I will post September 5th - the first day, sometime today so that it will be ready for all tomorrow morning.
I hope you can join in this even if you do not want to physically be a part of our group.
May Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and all the Carmelite Saints be with us as we pray and meditate these coming nine days. God bless!!
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 41 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!