Dear Child of Mary,
In his homily dedicating this Year of Faith to the Mother of God, His Holiness Benedict XVI invited us to “attend the school of Mary who was ‘blessed’ because she ‘believed’ (Lk 1:45).” He told us that she “offered her very body; she placed her entire being at the disposal of God’s will, becoming the ‘place of his presence,’ a ‘place’ of dwelling for the Son of God.” He said we must ask ourselves “if we too wish to be open to the Lord, if we wish to offer our life as his dwelling place.”
This is our desire for you as we invite you “home” for the 65th Annual Solemn Novena of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. This year’s theme is Living the Lord’s Prayer. Over nine evenings, Father Albert Haase, OFM, , will walk us through the words of the Our Father and show how it offers us a pattern for living.
As the one who perfectly embodied The Lord’s Prayer, we look to the Virgin Mary as our example and model of faith. “We must recognize that where God dwells, all are ‘at home’; wherever Christ dwells, his brothers and sisters are no longer strangers. Mary, who is Mother of Christ, is also our mother; and she opens to us the door to her home, she helps us enter into the will of her Son. So it is faith which gives us a home in this world, which brings us together in one family and which makes all of us brothers and sisters.” In the words of our Pope Emeritus, we pray to the Mother of God:
"You who hear Jesus, speak to us of him; tell us of your journey, that we may follow him on the path of faith; Help us to proclaim him, that each person may welcome him and become the dwelling place of God. Amen!"
Through the Heart of Mary,
Mother Mary Joseph and the Discalced Carmelite Nuns
P.S. We also want to share the good news that this year we are celebrating our Sesquicentennial! Save the date for the 150th Anniversary of the Founding of the Carmel of Saint Joseph on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson at 7:00pm in our Chapel of the Precious Blood.
You can download and print a flyer at the Nun's website here.