March 1, 2024
St Joseph carrying infant 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 – a time of contemplating the betrayal, suffering, and crucifixion of our beloved Lord and Master.

The following prayer, from our holy mother St Teresa of Jesus, you may find helpful as we join Jesus in His journey to Calvary:

Most glorious King, You made me in Your divine image and desire that my soul shine brightly like a diamond, gleaming in the bright Sun which radiates from within. Grant me the grac e to look inwardly and to see You dwelling within. Help me, as I begin this journey, to look beyond my sin so that I may see myself as You created me. As I do, help me to also see the sin that darkens the brightness of this castle of my soul.

Indwelling of the Most Holy Trinity, I love You, I trust You, I surrender my life to you.

The Friars who brought us the “Our Father” series now offer us

“Journey Towards Easter With the Psalms”, online Lenten retreat on:

I recommend this highly.

Jesus carrying the cross next to St Teresa in her vision
In 1554, St Teresa of Jesus had her second conversion. In a vision she saw Christ in his passion and was moved and asked: "what can I do for the Lord?"
Dorothea's 95th birthday celebrations - Feb 2024
Congratulations to two of our members who celebrated special birthdays last month: Dorothea celebrated her 95th birthday (photo above), and Eddie celebrated his 90th birthday!

Blessings in Carmel,

Mary O'Boyle, OCDS

Christchurch's Peace of Christ Community President