March 1, 2023
St Joseph playing with Baby Jesus

March: Dedicated to St Joseph, Husband of Mary, Patron of Carmel (Feast Day 19 March)

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By Mary O'Boyle OCDS,
Christchurch President

Dear brothers and sisters in Carmel,

Lent is upon us, a time of seeking Our Lord in prayer, in consoling Him. A time of growing ever closer to Our Lord and Saviour.

We will probably join a Lenten retreat programme as we journey to Calvary and Easter.

Our March Newsletter will carry the Theresian Anniversaries Study guide 2: “The smile of the Virgin”, for you to bring to our Community Meeting on Sunday March 5th. Megan will be encouraging us to read, absorb and meditate on this BEFORE our meeting, where the graces received can be shared amongst us.

“Lord grant that I may always allow myself to be guided by You, always follow Your plans, and perfectly accomplish Your Holy Will.

Grant that in all things, great and small, today and all the days of my life, I may do whatever You require of me.

Help me respond to the slightest prompting of Your Grace, so that I may be Your trustworthy instrument for Your honour.

May Your Will be done in time and in eternity by me, in me, and through me. Amen.”

In prayer,

Mary O'Boyle, OCDS

Christchurch's Peace of Christ Community President