Blessed Elia of Saint Clement

Novena 2017 | Saturday, July 8th - Sunday, July 16

This year's theme:

The Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Temple of the Holy Spirit

Marian Musical Prelude at 6:45 

Rosary and Benediction at 7:15 

Holy Mass at 8:00

 

Saturday, July 8th:  Fr. Tim Elliott

Sunday, July 9th:  Fr. Conor Sullivan

Monday, July 10th: Fr. Andrew Burkemper

Tuesday, July 11th: Fr. Charles Samson

Wednesday, July 12th: Fr. Thomas Vordtriede

Thursday, July 13th:  Fr. David Skillman

Friday, July 14th: Fr. John Schneier

Saturday, July 15th:  Fr. Michael Lampe

Sunday, July 16: Bishop Mark Rivituso

 

 

Date: 
May 29, 2016
May 29, 2017
May 29, 2018
May 29, 2019
May 29, 2020
OCD commemoration: 
Optional Memorial
Classification: 
Virgin

Blessed Elia of St. Clement was born in Bari, 17th January 1901, to deeply Christian parents. At her baptism she was given the name Theodora, gift of God. In the brief course of her life on earth she lived up to her name. On 8th April 1920 (then Feast of St. Albert, author of the Carmelite Rule), she entered the Carmel of St. Joseph in Bari. She received the habit on 24th November of the same year, the feast of St John of the Cross. On 8th December 1924 she wrote in her own blood her act of total and definitive offering to the Lord with the vow to embrace the "most perfect". She died on Christmas day 1927. On 19th December 2005 Pope Benedict XVI signed the Decree of Beatification. She was proclaimed Blessed in Bari Cathedral on 18th March 2006.

From the Writings of Blessed Elia of Saint Clement

(Ed. O.C.D. 2001: pp. 282, 295, 322).

The desire to lose herself in God and her apostolic zeal O sweet hiddenness, I love to pass my days in your shadow and to consume thus my existence, for love of my sweet Lord. At times, thinking of those eternal rewards, so great as compared to the slight sacrifices of this life, my soul remains in wonder, and seized by an ardent longing, it throws itself on God, exclaiming: “Oh my good Jesus, I want to reach my goal, the gates of salvation, no matter what the cost. Do not deny me anything; give me suffering. May this be the most intimate martyrdom of my poor heart, hidden from every human glance: a rugged cross is what I ask of you. I want to pass my days here below hanging from this cross.”

When we suffer with Jesus, the suffering is delightful; I long to suffer with all my heart, beyond this I no longer want anything.

My Delight, who could ever separate me from You? Who could be capable of breaking these strong chains that keep my heart attached to yours? Perhaps the abandonment of creatures? It is precisely this that unites the soul to its Creator. Perhaps tribulations, suffering, crosses? It is in these thorns that the canticle of the soul that loves you is freest and lightest. Perhaps death? But this will be nothing other than the beginning of true happiness for the soul. Nothing, nothing can separate this soul from You, not even for a brief moment. It was created for You and is lost if it does not abandon itself to You.

My life is love: this sweet nectar surrounds me, this merciful love penetrates me, purifies me, renews me, and I feel it consuming me. The cry of my heart is: “Love of my God, my soul searches for You alone. My soul, suffer and be quiet; love and hope; offer yourself but hide your suffering behind a smile, and always move on. I want to spend my life in deep silence, in the depths of my heart, in order to listen to the gentle voice of my sweet Jesus.

“Souls, I will search for a way to cast you into the sea of Merciful Love: souls of sinners, but above all souls of priests and religious. To this end my existence is slowly disappearing, consumed like the oil of a lamp that watches near the Tabernacle.”

I sense the vastness of my soul, its infinite greatness that the immensity of this world cannot contain: it was created to lose itself in You, my God, because you alone are great, infinite and thus You alone can make it completely happy.

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Carmelite Prayer: 
O Lord, who were pleased to accept the self-offering of Blessed Elia of Saint Clement, virgin; grant through her intercession, that, sustained by the Eucharist we may be able faithfully to do your will. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you, and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.