A Celtic Journey with St. John of the Cross

We would like to share with you two beautiful musical reflections in honour of Our Lady and St John of the Cross recorded by Kerrie O’Connor and friends in our Chapel. We vacated the Chapel one afternoon while they did all the hard work!!  The first one is available on youtube and the second will be available for the feast of St John of the Cross on 14th December. We hope you will enjoy. https://youtu.be/R2YGDeZ0haE

 

A Celtic journey 

 

 

 Prayer & Reflection
for Women

From time to time we host days of prayer and reflection for women interested in exploring a vocation to Religious life. For further information please contact us at: carmel@roebuckcarmel.com

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Christmas Newsletter 2021

Dear Friends

Advent 2021 has arrived and we are looking forward to Christmas and reflecting on the year past. What have we been doing and what has been keeping us busy, you may be wondering? Life we know has been very difficult for everyone this year. Covid has been uppermost in most people’s minds as we all struggle to live as normal a life as we can. While we are always enclosed and life hasn’t changed too much for us, we are acutely aware of the pain and suffering it has imposed on so many people. Several times daily we make intercession in our communal prayer for all affected by covid in one way or another. While working from home has been a relief to some it has been a big burden on others. Death has taken its toll on so many, the pain of not being with loved ones at the end and then the restrictions around funerals. Financial worries, restrictions on social life, access to vaccines and all manner of things have also taken their toll. We continue to hear of people we know and don’t know having Covid. We are praying continuously for an end to the virus and for the recovery of people who have contracted it.

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Advent New 

About this series.....

Each week, during the season of Advent, we provide a snapshot of the ways that member congregations of AMRI are living out Pope Francis 2015 Encyclical, Laudato Si. We explore the concept of an integral ecological journey - animating how we understand the interconnectedness between ourselves, our ‘common home’ and humanity.

 

Week 1 Link https://bit.ly/3lJ6Lae 

Week 2 Link https://bit.ly/31Gmtfa

Week 3 Link https://bit.ly/3yrb7Ic

Week 4 Link https://bit.ly/3EDGP6F

 

Sunday Reflections 

 

 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Praying hands

 

Wisdom 18:6-9,  

Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19,  

Luke 12:32-48

 

The words spoken by God in the parable recounted in last Sunday’s Gospel reading are perhaps ringing in our ears still: “Fool!” for having so  much concern for and attaching so much value to material things and security for your own personal future.

In today’s gospel reading Jesus is taking a much gentler approach to the future; “be ready and dressed for action, waiting for your master to arrive”.  The teaching is all about the balance that we need to strike between living in this material world with all its cares and worries and preparing for the world to come, the eternal life that the Lord so often promises us.  There is also a contrast drawn for us between the ‘darkness’ of the world and the ‘light’ of the Kingdom of Heaven. 

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COVID-19 Notice

Regretfully we have had to close our Chapel to the public.  Given the small size of our Chapel it is no longer a safe space for people to attend Mass while Covid–19 is around. We have not taken the decision lightly, knowing how much it means to the people who attend Mass in the mornings. We will be keeping you all in our prayers at this worrying time and of course we will be open again as soon as it is safe to do so. 

Please feel free to contact us:
          carmel@roebuckcarmel.com

 

Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross OCD

(Edith Stein)  Feastday, 9th August

Edith SteinAt her canonisation in 1998, Pope John Paul II said “Edith Stein liked freedom.  She broke away from her family ties.  She even “consciously and deliberately stopped praying” at the age of 14.  She always wanted to make her own decisions; … family, school, college, career, working as a nurse, friends ….  And yet, at the end of a long journey, she came to the surprising realization: only those who commit themselves to the love of Christ become truly free”

Edith Stein was born in Breslau on 12th October 1891, the youngest of 11 in a Jewish family.  Her father died when she was 2 years old.  Her mother, who had to work very hard to bring up the family, did not succeed in keeping up the faith of the children.  Edith lost her Faith in God and, as Pope John Paul quoted from her, “I consciously decided, of my own volition to give up praying”

At University she studied Philosophy and women’s issues.  She became a renowned philosopher and associated with a very academic set of people and, as she wrote later, during her first years at University, she was a radical suffragette.  On several occasions during her studies she unwittingly came upon evidence of the value of Christian Philosophy but carefully avoided becoming involved.

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel 

(16th July)

Our Lady of Mount CarmelCarmelites originated and took their name from mountain  Carmel in Israel. The great prophet Elijah defended the true faith from Mount Carmel and it was there that he slayed the false prophets of Baal.  It was understood to be a holy place, a place of pilgrimage, and in the 12th century pilgrims came again and stayed as faithful followers of Elijah.  They built a chapel there dedicated to Mary the Mother of God and soon afterwards they called themselves ‘Brothers of Mary of Mount Carmel’. 

It was a fitting place to form such a community.  Mountains are the places where God speaks, where people become aware of God, where people get to know God.

Moses climbed Mount Sinai in order to encounter God and learn what God required of people who wished to be faithful.  Abraham committed himself unreservedly to God on the mountain before God promised to make him our father in Faith.  Jesus himself went up on a mountain when he wanted to teach his disciples the important principles of Christian living.  He took his close disciples up the mountain so that he could be revealed to them as the beloved Son of the Father.  And, of course it was on the mountain of Calvary that Jesus died for our salvation.

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Saint Teresa of the Andes

(13th July)

St Teresa of Jesus of the AndesSpeaking of the virtue of humility, the great Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, said that the practice of humility entailed not being ignorant of your own Greatness.  Mary the Mother of God, in her song of praise, praises God for how great God had made her; “My soul magnifies the Lord … all generations will call me blessed … He who is mighty has done great things for me and holy is His name.”

I think that these words of the Magnificat must have been engrained in the soul of Saint Teresa of Jesus of the Andes.  From her earliest years she had a wonderful sense of how God had created her, called her and made her holy.

Juanita Fernandez was born on 13th July 1900 in Santiago, Chile into a family of three boys and two girls.  She grew up surrounded by her extended family and attended the local College which was run by the Sisters of the Sacred Heart.  She later went to boarding school where she excelled although she was not particularly fond of school. 

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The Canonization of Blessed TITUS BRANDSMA

15th of May 2022

 BLESSED TITUS BRANDSMA

If you would like to know more about Blessed Titus Brandsma who will be canonized on 15th of May by Pope Francis in Rome we invite you to visit the CURIA GENERALIZIA DEL CARMELITANI IN ROME. Fr. Míceál O’Neill, Prior General O. Carm. has addressed a message to all our Carmelite Family across the world on the occasion of the canonization of Blessed TITUS BRANDSMA. Visit the following link.

http://ocarm.org/

More information about Blessed TITUS BRANDSMA can be found in the Whitefriars street weekly newsletter https://bit.ly/3LeoG2v  (page 3)

 

 

 Easter Blessings

As we journey through Holy Week and meditate on the sufferings our Saviour endured for us we are even more conscious of the great suffering of so many people all over the world. While Ukraine is central in the news these days and we certainly pray for an end to the violence we also remember all those suffering in every country of the world. We often ask ourselves why do people suffer so much. The answer is that most suffering is man and woman’s inhumanity to our fellow brothers and sisters. We pray that through reflecting these days on the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus we come to share his message that we are all brothers and sisters, sons and daughters of the same Father and will live in peace with each other.

We pray the Lord will shower His abundant blessings on each one this Easter and know that we hold you in our prayers and thoughts.

 

 

Palm Sunday

  

 5th Sunday of Lent

 

 

 Mother’s Day
Mothers Day

We Carmelite Sisters at Roebuck are remembering all Mothers at this time. May you have a joy filled day. All are in our prayers especially Mothers fleeing Ukraine, leaving family behind to protect others, and all Mothers throughout the world who are in pain and suffering. Our prayers are with you. May you experience God’s loving presence and the closeness of Our Lady.

 

 4th Sunday of Lent

 

  3rd Sunday of Lent

Saint Patrick

 …Before dawn I used to arouse myself to prayer in snow and frost and rain… (Confessions)

Saint PatrickLike some other notable persons in the history of Ireland, Patrick was not a native by birth nor by descent. Indeed, he had no natural motive to love the country, since he had passed his youth there as a slave in cold and hunger. In later life he wrote of himself as an exile among aliens and barbarians.

But in those years of privation, he was saved from religious indifference; he learned patience, and through prayer came to the love of God. In retrospect he understood this period was a mark of divine mercy and protection.

After his escape, he knew he was being led along a way of wider significance than his personal holiness, and that his vocation was to bring the gospel to the land of his captivity. The overriding inspiration in leaving his kin and all he held dear and come among a foreign people to make them his own, was the love of God and a grateful desire to serve the divine Master; God, he said in a striking metaphor, had found him as a stone in the mire, had raised him aloft, and set him atop the wall. He felt he must return thanks for so great a favour.

In his life Patrick had to endure disappointment, humiliations, opposition and threats; he was always aware of his inadequacy and lack of education. Yet, one who could win over rulers and maintain good relations with both sides of warring factions needs wisdom and prudence together with an ease of manner among traits of character. With a single-minded pursuit of his aim, he was ready for any toil and to bear all difficulties and hardships.

Patrick's mission reminds us that we owe our faith and most cherished ideals to the labours of others, the care and example of parents and the dedication of teachers.

Our Christian calling has not been through influence or position in society. To bring Christ to the world God can choose weak and defective agents without obvious reason for self-confidence. We may catch an echo of Paul's thought on the role of preachers in Patrick's words: “...if I did or said anything, however small, according to God's good pleasure...let this be your conclusion, and let it be so thought that it was the gift of God.”

 

 2nd Sunday of Lent

 

 1st Sunday of Lent

 

 

Lenten Reflection

 

Pope Francis Appeal

Pope FrancisAnd now I would like to appeal to everyone, believers and non-believers alike. Jesus taught us that the diabolical senselessness of violence is answered with God’s weapons, with prayer and fasting. I invite everyone to make next 2nd March, Ash Wednesday, a Day of Fasting for Peace. I encourage believers in a special way to dedicate themselves intensely to prayer and fasting on that day. May the Queen of Peace preserve the world from the madness of war.

 


Lá Fhéile Bríde


St Bridig

Saint Brigid (454-524) religious, secondary Patron of Ireland 

St Brigid, who is known as ‘Mary of the Gael’, is renowned for her hospitality, almsgiving and care of the sick. When she was young her father wished to make a very suitable marriage for her but she insisted in consecrating her virginity to God. She received the veil and spiritual formation probably from St Mel and stayed for a period under his direction in Ardagh. Others followed her example and this led her to found a monastery in Kildare with the assistance of Bishop Conleth. She was the first abbess of a religious community in Ireland and had a very special place in the Irish Church of her time. She died in 524 and her cult is widespread not only throughout Ireland but in several European lands.

 

Saint Brigids cross

St Brigid’s Cross

May the blessing of God 

The blessings of Our Lady 

The blessing of St Brigid 

Be upon everyone 

       Who looks upon this Cross.      

 

 



Feast of Saint John of the Cross  (Dec 14th)

(Extract from The Spiritual Canticle by St John of the Cross)

St John

God created all things with remarkable ease and brevity, and in them he left some trace of who he is, not only in giving all things being from nothing, but even by endowing them with innumerable graces and qualities, making them beautiful in a wonderful order and unfailing dependence on one another. All of this he did through his own Wisdom, the Word, his only begotten Son by whom he created them.

Saint Paul says, ‘The Son of God is the splendour of his glory and the countenance of his substance’. It should be known that only with this countenance, his Son, did God look at all things, that is, he communicated to them their natural being and many natural graces and gifts, and made them complete and perfect, as is said in Genesis: ‘God looked at all things that he made, and they were very good’. To look and behold that they were very good was to make them very good in the Word, his Son.

Not only by looking at them did he communicate natural being and graces, as we said, but also with this countenance of his Son alone, he clothed them in beauty by imparting to them supernatural being. This he did when he became man and elevated human nature into the beauty of God and consequently all creatures, since in human nature he was united with them all.  

  

 

St Elizabeth of the Trinity

St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

(Feast day, 8th November)

Teacher of Prayer

Elizabeth can rightly be called a “teacher of prayer”, but not in the sense that she spells out for us a method or way of praying. Rather, she shares her own experience with us and invites us to open ourselves to the gift of the Spirit present in our heart. She challenges and encourages: “Let us live with God as with a friend, let us make our faith a living faith in order to be in communion with Him through everything, for that is what makes saints.”

 


World Mission Sunday 24th October 2021

Mission Sunday

This year the Month of Mission has as it’s theme:

We Cannot Remain Silent --- We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard. (Acts 4:20)

It is a message of hope that challenges all of us. To read more about Mission Sunday please visit   www.missio.ie


 
Feast of Saint Teresa of Jesus (Avila) - 15th October
 

Saint Teresa of Avila a reflection

St Teresa of AvilaSaints are put before us by the Church for various reasons: to give to praise to God because by honouring the merits of the saints we are honouring what God has created; to give us examples in our way of living our own spiritual lives: to give us companionship – in the communion saints: as assurance of their constant intercession for us before the throne of God.

Saint Teresa has been thus for over five hundred years now and we look to her life and her legacy to the Church with awe and gratitude.  What she has to give us is no less relevant today than it was five hundred years ago.

Like all those whom we honour as saints, she did not start out life as a saint.  Yes, she was created in the image and likeness of God, but it was the way that she responded to God’s call and God’s grace that made her a saint.

Her life’s work was not at all easy.  The vision she had for the reform of her congregation met with such opposition that it almost cut her off in her relationship with God.  But she was drawn back by her God, and ironically it was in her realisation of Christ’s love for her through his suffering and cross that helped her understand how Christ can transform our lives.

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Feast of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus (Little Flower) - 1st October

 

The eyes are the window to the soul

Saints during my childhood years; St Anthony, Blessed Martin and the Little Flower.  We had statues, holy pictures of the saints, but of the Little Flower there was a photograph!  Somehow that made her more real, more like one of ourselves.  Since then I and all of us have seen several photos of St Therese of Lisieux. 

The one of her dressed in her Carmelite habit is the most familiar.  She is perhaps the most famous Carmelite of all time.  The Carmelites take their name from the Holy Mountain of Carmel in Israel.  It is a beautiful place, the word Carmel means ‘GARDEN LAND’: a place of beauty, order, colour where things grow and blossom.  It is a place where God can seem so near and it is a place where Carmelites feel at home and can blossom – like flowers – little flowers!

So, when we see Therese in her Carmelite habit we are assured once more that she is praying for us, for the Church and the World.  The vocation of the Carmelites is to support us by their prayers.

There is another photo of Therese which shows her as a little girl of about four years of age.  It is an image of innocence and beauty and lovability.  It is all the more poignant when we learn that it was taken around the time of her mother’s death.  Her childish innocence comes through when we hear from her that when her mother died she asked her big sister would she be her mother from then on.  This innocence and simplicity was to be the hallmark of her character throughout her short life.  “I rejoice to be little because only children and those who are like them will be admitted to the heavenly banquet.”

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A father in the shadows

Saint JosephThe Polish writer Jan Dobraczyński, in his book The Shadow of the Father, tells the story of Saint Joseph’s life in the form of a novel. He uses the evocative image of a shadow to define Joseph. In his relationship to Jesus, Joseph was the earthly shadow of the heavenly Father: he watched over him and protected him, never leaving him to go his own way. We can think of Moses’ words to Israel: “In the wilderness… you saw how the Lord your God carried you, just as one carries a child, all the way that you travelled” (Deut 1:31). In a similar way, Joseph acted as a father for his whole life.

Fathers are not born, but made. A man does not become a father simply by bringing a child into the world, but by taking up the responsibility to care for that child. Whenever a man accepts responsibility for the life of another, in some way he becomes a father to that person. 

Children today often seem orphans, lacking fathers. The Church too needs fathers. Saint Paul’s words to the Corinthians remain timely: “Though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers” (1 Cor 4:15). Every priest or bishop should be able to add, with the Apostle: “I became your father in Christ Jesus through the Gospel” (ibid.). Paul likewise calls the Galatians: “My little children, with whom I am again in travail until Christ be formed in you!” (4:19).

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A Christian prayer in

union with creation

by Pope Francis*

 

Father, we praise you with all your creatures.

They came forth from your all-powerful hand,.

they are yours, filled with your presence and

your tender love. Praise be to you!

Son of God, Jesus, through you all things

were made. You were formed in the womb

of Mary our Mother, you became part of this

earth, and you gazed upon this world with

human eyes. Today you are alive in every

creature in your risen glory. Praise be to you!

Holy Spirit, by your light you guide

this world towards the Father's love and

accompany creation as it groans in travail.

Yo u also dwell in our hearts and you inspire

us to do what is good. Praise be to you!

Triune Lord, wondrous community

of infinite love, ...

*Excerpt from Laudato Si' encyclic 

 

A Novena Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

 

Welcome to the Carmelite Monastery of the Immaculate Conception
Roebuck, Dublin 14    D14 T1H9

We are a community of Carmelite Sisters called by God, to live a life of prayer for the Church and for the world.

Our Rule tells us to ‘meditate day and night on the law of the Lord’.  In other words to ponder the scriptures as we go about our daily tasks.

The heart of our day is the celebration of the Eucharist and we say the full Divine Office.  We also spend two hours in personal prayer each day, one in the morning and one in the evening. 

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