Greetings in Jesus and Mary....
Today is the Feast of Blessed Father Marie Eugene who started the Carmelite Secular Institute Notre Dame de Vie....Our Lady of Life. He was beatified on Nov. 19, 2016 and given a feast day of January 16th. There are over 200 secular institutes in the Church but only 6 with Carmelite spirituality in the world. They are a sort of Third Order but are not called such because they take on a certain charism along with the Rules of a particular Order.
Blessed Fr. Marie Eugene lived before the Second Vatican Council changes to the Catholic Church. His writings are very helpful to all those wanting to live the Carmelite Spirituality. I have a link on this website to go over his first book... "I Want to See God"....I have yet to write a synopsis of his second book..."I Am A Daughter of the Church". He is greatly recommended...may he pray for us during these trying times in history. Notre Dame de Vie is a combination of Carmelite spirituality and a charism for promoting life and is still alive in Europe but like so many religious communities....they are dwindling.....The world is growing COLD....with NO LOVE!
This Traditional Lay Carmelites of Fatima was intended to be a Secular Institute but after getting it prepared with the help of a diocesan priest, I never attempted to find a bishop to get it started. (I was reluctant to pursue this because of the nature of the Conciliar Church today and its attacks on Tradition...coupled with the attacks by the modernist Carmelite Friars.) We had a beginning group of about 40 people when I started this in Michigan in 2014. Father Don Brick, OCD, wrote a letter to all the Carmelite Third Orders in Ohio and Michigan condemning my group. He never had a meeting with me about my intent about this group to discover that IT IS NOT A THIRD ORDER but would be a Secular Institute. He only wrote a letter in retaliation against me for my criticisms of the current Carmelite Friars FOR NOT promoting enrollment in the small Brown Scapular....which IS TRUE. This was my primary motivation to live this charism of Carmelite/Fatima! I needed to leave my Third Order Carmelites in order to have the freedom to promote Mary's Brown Scapular and Rosary through the promotion of the Fatima message. Do you see a renewal in vigor over the enrollment in the Small Brown Scapular today by our Friars....by the Catholic Church? No promotion of the Scapular at a time when we are living in a satanic culture and the greatest temptations to our faith...at a time when IT IS GREATLY NEEDED? GOD HELP THESE FRIARS AND PRIESTS WITH HIS GRACE THROUGH MARY!
Please do all that you can in your parishes. Supply the Scapulars. Supply your priest with the proper enrollment prayers. Supply the laity with information sheets on it.
Ask that your pastor bring back enrollment for their First Holy Communion classes like the days of old!
I wanted to focus on the power of Mary's intercession with my title of this post. "They have no wine"....."No Love". Mary's intercession is so very powerful before the throne of God. The Carmelite Order belongs to her in a special way and yet with the new changes to the Carmelite Order after Vatican II.....She is hardly recognizable. I will have to devote an entire post on the changes to the Third Order Rule AFTER Vatican II. Here we will focus on the fact that TODAY more than ever do we need to hold the hand of Our Blessed Mother! She is the one appointed to crush the Head of the Serpent....Satan. In yesterday's Sunday Gospel, Our Lady turns to Jesus and says to Him....they have no wine. Now we can ask Her to say, "they have no love".....She can plead to His Most Sacred Heart to supply it! We must turn to Her in our Rosaries to beg Her to ask the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus to supply our needs and have confidence in our prayers. Below are a few videos to help us in this. There is a good one with Michael Matt but he FAILED in NOT ending this great video with Mary! She is our hope at this time and he presented this video on the day when the Miracle of Cana was our Gospel. (I think he wanted to emphasis action and not prayer but it still needs to be mentioned....we can not act without prayer)
May we as Carmelites pray to our Lady....turn to Her often and be confident that She will hear Her children.
As a post note.....I was asked about the Consecration To Jesus Through Mary.....I will post those articles for the end of February to March 25th. I will give an article beforehand of its importance today and how to live it. Try to get others involved with you if you decide to do this or renew this consecration. There is some time to gather the troops before we begin the 33 days in late February.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Fatima and the Most Holy Rosary....pray for us your children.
Below is the link to find I Want to See God chapter helps...You have to start in July 2017 to get to the beginning of the book and work up...I will soon get this worked out to be easier to use SOON....pray for me!! God bless!!
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!