Am penning this November newsletter (dedicated to the Holy Souls), with a few thoughts around our upcoming retreat, and some thoughts as your Formator.
We joyfully received Catherine, Ann-Marie and Therese into Formation with a Liturgy at our October meeting.
Let us continue to pray for vocations to our Community and reflect on how we can examine the quality of our response to our Christian and Carmelite vocation…
Please continue to keep our November Retreat and Fr Michael-Thérèse in your prayers to ensure a truly blessed spiritual time. Here’s a thought from St Mother Teresa of Calcutta…
Let us also reflect on the quote from St Thérèse for our Retreat…
How much our world needs to take that thought to heart in these increasingly troubled times. His Mother Mary, as a humble daughter of the Father, Mother of the Son, and Spouse of the Holy Spirit entrusted a great gift to all the world in Bethlehem… let us continue to await His coming again… Deo gratias!
Our group study Formation continues with “Story of a Soul” and am including these recent words from Pope Francis as his letter on St Thérèse also arrived on our Feast Day of St Teresa of Avila. Pope Francis says that St Thérèse is a “Doctor of synthesis”, leading the Church to an understanding of the essentials of the Gospel to what is “essential and indispensable”. And the first line quotes the little Saint: “C’est la confiance et rien que la confiance qui doit nous conduire à l’Amour.” (“It is confidence and nothing but confidence that must lead us to Love.”)
The bishop of Rome stressed that St Thérèse “lived devoted to God, forgetting about herself, loving and consoling Jesus, and interceding for the salvation of all.” The 150th anniversary of her birth and the 100th anniversary of her beatification are celebrated this year.
For the occasion, the Holy Father has granted a Jubilee Year in honour of St Thérèse of the Child Jesus that will last until Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024, and has the theme “For trust and love”, the last words of her autobiography, Story of a Soul.