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Since we see the way, let us run together! ~Saint Therese of the Child Jesus~
Scroll to the bottom of the page where you can be taken to “ArtForTheSorrowfulHeart” Etsy shop where you will find holy cards, stationary and prints!
Story behind Etsy:
In Carmel, I discovered a love for designing holy cards for the other sisters when their vows or clothing ceremonies were approaching; I would raid the convent art room and hunt for the most unique pictures and colors I could find that complimented one another. I will never forget my novice mistress’ answer when asked what her favorite color was: “I don’t have a favorite color, I just like colors that go well together.” This hobby carried over when I discovered a different calling to be a Carmelite Hermitess. After Our Lord’s Resurrection, Lazarus became a bishop, Martha started a community of holy virgins, but what did Mary Magdalene do? She became an Anchorite; she lived in a cave the rest of her days and in order to be faithful to her solitude with Our Lord, the angels brought her the Eucharist everyday. Providentially enough, by total accident, I started my Etsy shop on her feast day- July 22nd, 2020. All the proceeds will be part of my means for sustainable living, just as religious communities depend on donations with their vow of poverty and specializing in something in particular to bring in income for the monastery, that is my goal with a hermitage!
Do not let a day go by without some spiritual reading. ~Saint John Bosco~
Recommended books on Fatima:
1.) The Whole Truth About Fatima (3 volumes total, can be found in link documents for free below) written by Frere Michel de la Saints Trinite:
Volume 1: https://fatima.machado-family.com/vol1/
Volume 2: https://fatima.machado-family.com/vol2/
Volume 3: https://fatima.machado-family.com/vol3/
2.) Sister Lucia, Apostle of Mary’s Immaculate Heart by Mark Fellows (anything from the Fatima Center is the most reliable).
3.) The Fourth Secret of Fatima by Antonio Socci.
4.) The Secret of Benedict XVI by Antonio Socci (I promise this has to do with Fatima).
5.) Sign of Her Heart (also under the title The Scapular Promise). I read this shortly before receiving Our Lady’s Holy Habit and it was the best publication I have had the pleasure of reading with the link between Fatima and the scapular.
Recommended books on the spiritual life and prayer:
1.) The Practice of the Presence God by Carmelite Lay Brother, Lawrence of the Resurrection. When people ask me how to pray, I ALWAYS point to this simple and practical method; it not only changed my entire way of viewing prayer but when I embraced it, my soul was utterly transformed! Perfection can be reached in a short time with this practice.
2.) Hermitage Within by an anonymous monk. “Not all should or can live as a hermit, but all should develop an inner hermitage within where God is found in the center.”
3.) The works of Saint John of the Cross: Dark Night of the Soul, Ascent to Mount Carmel, Precautions and Counsels, Living Flame of Love and Spiritual Canticle poem (any of his poems).
4.) Etiquette by Emily Post. I found this book on the novitiate book shelf; my Mother Mistress underlined and highlighted more paragraphs than I can count. Post taught me that manners have EVERYTHING to do with perfection in the spiritual life, and most of the customs in her book actually came from early monastic life.
5.) Boundaries by Drs Henry Cloud and John Townsend. I promise you that setting boundaries in the spiritual life will lead to greater perfection. This book is taken from a biblical perspective:
Can I set limits and still be a loving person?
What are legitimate boundaries?
What if someone is upset or hurt by my boundaries?
How do I answer someone who wants my time, love, energy, or money?
Why do I feel guilty or afraid when I consider setting boundaries?
Aren’t boundaries selfish?
Books on Mary:
1.) The Glories of Mary by Saint Alphonsus Liguori.
2.) The Works of Saint Louis de Montfort: The Secret of Mary, True Devotion to Mary and The Secret of the Rosary.
3.) The Admirable Heart of Mary by Saint John Eudes.
4.) The Imitation of Mary by Alexander De Rouville.
5.) Mary Was Her Life; book based on the short but profound life of Carmelite Venerable Teresita Quevedo. “Every girl has an obsession and Teresita’s was the Mother of God”.
6.) Saint Maximilian Kolbe’s The Marian Vow, written by Father Stefani Manelli (the active “presence” of Mary).
7.) Mystical City of God– life in detail of the Glorious Blessed Virgin Mary.
1.) CS Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. “This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now…. come further up, come further in!” and “All world’s draw to an end, and a noble death is a treasure in which no one is too poor to buy.”
2.) J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Ring Series. “It is not the strength of the body, but the strength of the spirit.”
3.) Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. “There are few people in the world in whom I like, and even fewer whom I really love. The more I see of the world, the more I am disatisfied with it.”
4.) Jane Austen’s Emma. “Time will heal the wound”.
5.) Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Recommended favorites: The True Bride and King Thrushbeard.
6.) Jane Austen’s Persuasion. “Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death.”
7.) Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. A book on discipline of character and redemption.
Books on Theology, Life of Our Lord and proper translations of Scripture and Catechism:
1.) The Summa Theologica, St. Thomas Aquinas- Doctor of the Church.
2.) The Life of Jesus Christ. Mel Gibson used many of the visions from this volume for his film The Passion of the Christ.
“These four volumes record the visions of the famous 19th-century Catholic mystic: Ven. Anne Catherine Emmerich. A nun who was privileged to behold innumerable events of biblical times, going back all the way to the creation of the world. She witnessed the fall of the Angels, the sin of Adam, Noah and the Flood, the lives of St. John the Baptist, St. Anne, St. Joseph, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Mary Magdalen. Also includes the birth, life, public ministry, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ- as well as the founding of His Church.”
3.) Douay Rheims Holy Bible; Catholics should all have a copy of this most accurate translation of the Latin Vulgate.
4.) The Catechism of the Council of Trent.
“I tell you, my brothers, it is from Carmel that the brethren must climb to the Mountain–all those who deserve to be called “Carmelites,” in other words, who, on account of the excellence of their lives, will go from strength to strength in a steady ascent from the Mount of the Circumcision of Vices until they reach, as they surely will, the Mountain which is Christ.”~Saint Angelus of Sicily~