In the first post-resurrection encounter, Jesus appears to Mary of Magdala in the garden who does not recognize Him until, hearing Him speak the name, Mary, her eyes are opened and she turns to Him. Look at the beautiful space between their outstretched hands. Reminiscent of Michaelangelo's painting of the Creation of Adam in the Garden of Eden, the space is filled with Life and Love. The work of our return to Life begins when, like the Penitent, each of us who has recognized the Risen Lord as our personal Savior turns to Him and receives Eternal Life through the action of the Holy Spirit. Sent by the Father into the disorder of our lives, He begins the work of our sanctification and, through us, the restoration of paradise. Through the metaphor of the garden, we can picture the Divine Gardener as He asks us to wait in expectation for the action of the Spirit whose work and whose joy it is to restore within the seeming isolation and disorder of the human condition, the true image of the Triune God. By divine grace, it is here in the heart that we are being healed, put into right relationship with God and with one another. As the Penitent runs to tell the others, so we bring Christ to one another and to the whole of creation.
The Holy Prophet of God Elias, Leader and Father of the Carmelite Order
Inscription in cave where, according to Carmelite tradition, Elijah stayed: "Hanc aliquando speluncam incoluit Maguns illa Prophetarum Dux et Pater Elias Thesbites". Latin for "in this cave stayed occasionally the great leader and father of the prophets Elijah the Tishbite ".
Carmelite Series III no.33
The Blood of Christ
hand colored Lejeune
Sunday, July 19, 2015
May your Precious Blood purify my soul.
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Blood of Jesus!
Friday, July 17, 2015
The Lamb conducts to the fountains of Living Water
References to La Bruna on the internet often link to The Marian Library at Dayton Universiy.Unfortunately, the author of the article cites no sources to support his subjective interpretationof La Bruna.
Fr. Lawrence reminded us to leave all and enter the monastery of the heart.
Formed there, one is made ready to take Christ into the world. "The message is the messenger," he said. But only through prayer and meditation does this become possible.