October 1, 2023
Our Lady with the rosary

October: Dedicated to the Holy Rosary

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By Mary O'Boyle OCDS,
Christchurch President

“With Open Hands”

Dear brothers and sisters in Carmel,

A few weeks ago, in a conversation with Barbara H., our talk turned to Father Miguel’s recent letter, our Constitutions and how we live them. I was very moved by Barbara’s words and asked her to put them in a document to me so I could share them with everyone (p.2). I have prayed and pondered much on all she has said – two thoughts came very strongly to mind for me…

“With open hands” (trust and faith in the Holy Spirit), and…

“With zeal have I been zealous for the Lord God of Hosts.”

In conclusion, I think of the quotation Megan gave us recently:

Christ does not force our will, he takes only what we give Him. But He does not give Himself entirely until He sees that we yield ourselves entirely to Him.

Please bring your retreat money to our October meeting, if you have not already paid (cash or online payment). Note: OCDS members pay a reduced rate.

Also, please bring a plate for afternoon tea, following Ann-Marie, Catherine and Therese’s Admission to Formation.

Blessings in Carmel,

Mary O'Boyle, OCDS

Christchurch's Peace of Christ Community President