Episodes I, II and III behind the writing of Mary’s book, life in Carmel and the vocation of a Carmelite Hermitess:
David, filmmaker and fervent Catholic podcaster, all the way from his home in Florence, recorded our conversation for his marvelous podcast The Way is Love (made into a mini-series since we covered several different topics) about Our Lady’s current book, available on Amazon, The Practice of the Presence of Mary: To Live and Die with Mary. Please take a moment to check out his blog and follow or subscribe because every time one goes live you will be notified. I highly encourage to see his websites; David was such a joy to work with and is a natural when it comes to asking all the right questions and making the conversation flow. Our Lady was involved in every detail of the making of this.
When David and I were beginning the recording session, it was the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. I have this vintage French holy card gifted to me from a dear friend of mine over in Canada and it depicts Bernadette as shepherdess herding animals. During the recording I was living in a glorious town with my mom with a beach view during my “limbo” (many have seen the stunning photos) and right when the conversation was about to begin this giant trailer of goats, shepherd dogs and a sheepherder come down the hill and began building a fence for his herd. What are the odds that on Our Lady’s feast, Whose chosen visionary was a shepherdess, would come here? Have you ever seen goats next to an ocean in CALIFORNIA? I certainly have not. But it felt like a true blessing from none other than Our Lady of Lourdes; I like to think she was blessing the podcast…
As many of you already know I was formerly Sister Rosa Maria of the Sorrowful Heart, was Jade during the waiting period, and hoped to soon be Sister Jade Mary of the Sorrowful Heart. I told David that I am not “sister” yet as he very well knew, but he said something along the lines of “it is done”… Our Lord living outside of time “already sees you as Sister Jade, so I don’t believe I am called to refer to you as anything else.” My heart melted; I was recalling an instance in Carmel -which now almost seemed to have been a foreshadowment- of making a visit to the dentist and as I was filling out my paperwork, the question asked for my “name and preferred name”. For name I wrote: Jade Banks. For preferred name I wrote Sister Rosa Maria of the Sorrowful Heart… the dental assistant walks out and says: “Sister Jade?”
Here are the links to the podcast episodes:
Check out more of David’s work:
These are links to my Documentary film work
WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME
Innocents of Florence
Watch my films on VIMEO here!
The Innocents of Florence
George Tatge : Light & Silver
George Tatge : Light & Color
Light and Spirit: Don Alessandro Pacchia
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