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Lenten Meditation


Monica Traynor, TOCarm.

It is St. John who tells us that Our Lady was present at the Crucifixion. (How she bore herself, what she said — if, indeed, she spoke at all, is not recorded. We are free, therefore, to meditate on what may have been her thoughts...
“My Son, my Son, hast Thou forsaken me?
Bone, blood and soul formed from out of me, Grew then in time with me to perfect Prime,
Now broken hangs, dishonoured and despised-
Long have I prepared for this, since aged Simeon spoke;
Often witnessed death, assisted those who died. But never, until this,
The leaden weight within my limbs,
The deep disturbance and dismay of soul I cherish now.
Fiat, I said, Fiat still I say;
This precious wound I bear,
I will not seek to cure,
So do not offer me relief.
But give me John,
And Peter and the rest,
And each and every one who sins,
Who by his sins disfigures you afresh,
That I may clothe all these my sons As I have clothed You.
My Son, my Son, depart from me,
Fulfil with me Your Father’s Will.’

Monica Traynor, TOCarm.


As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister."