Dominus Illuminatio Mea

"...the gaze of the Church is constantly turned to her Lord, present in the Sacrament of the Altar, in which she discovers the FULL manifestantion of His boundless love." Ecclesia de Eucharistia

Friday, June 10, 2005

Sorry, last post for the day...

I got an email this morning stating that the diocese has decided to sponsor me for World Youth Day!!! They'll be paying $17,000 out of 22,000 because some anonymous donor has given enough money to send more than 40 young people to Cologne. GOD BE PRAISED!!!!!!!!
Oh, and, my older sister told me yesterday that she has discovered my blog, so everyone say "hi!" to Maggie and her two beautiful little ones!
Well, the visit to Carmel was amazing! Thank you for any and all prayers! Since a "full-report" has been requested, here goes...

Usually I spend 1-2 weeks at the end of summer with the Sisters, but Mother asked me to come up for a few days to help them out with a special project. As it turns out, a convention of Carmelites from the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Assosciation had gathered near Holy Annunciation Monastery, and Mother had invited about 44 Sisters to come to the Monastery for Mass and festivities at the end of the conference. My job was everything from gardening to table setting to prepare for the arrival of a herd of Carmelites, some of whom had come from as far away as Hawaii and Texas!
The Sisters, several priest, and Father General arrived on Sunday morning, and we began with a truly beautiful Liturgy. Liturgy is always glorious, but at this Mass you could see 60 contemplatives smiling at their divine Spouse, waiting with joyful expectation to receive Him, and He pouring out His heart with such love on His little brides. The closing hymn was written by one of the Sisters based on the message of Our Lady at Guadalupe:

Listen and let it penetrate into your heart. . . . Do not be troubled or weighed down with greif. So not fear any illness or vexation, anxiety or pain. Am I not here who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not your fountain of life? Are you not in the folds of my mantle? In the crossing of my arms? Is there anything else that you need?

Then, we moved everyone to the homeschooler's hall to serve dinner. The Monastery has received several Indian Sisters in the past few years, so dinner was a wide variety of Indian cuisine. A good time was had by all! The Sisters enjoyed each others company immensely, and the atmosphere was truly familial. As I served each table, the Sisters talked with me (I was rather conspicuous, being the only one dressed in teal amidst a see of brown scapulars and black veils!) and promised their prayers, told their vocation stories, and shared some laughs. Mother had asked them to pray for my "intentions," and they rather guessed what those intentions were!
It was a truly blessed visit, an experience of the Scripture, "Where two or more are gathered, there I am present..."

Let nothing disturb thee; Let nothing dismay thee; All things pass; God never changes. Patience attains all that it strives for. He who has God finds he lacks nothing: God alone suffices. -St. Teresa of Avila