Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites
Community of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and St. Teresa of Jesus
Cincinnati, Ohio
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NEW CARMELITE SAINT AND BLESSED!












St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, the newest Discalced Carmelite saint,  was raised to the altar of sainthood on October 16, 2016.  Rejoice in the Lord!
















Pere Marie-Eugene of the Child Jesus was declared blessed on November 19, 2016.  May God be praised!



100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE APPARITIONS OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA

     There are connections between the apparitions of Our Blessed Mother at Fatima and our Carmelite Order.  On the day of the last apparition and the Miracle of the Sun, the Virgin Mary wondrously appeared to Jacinta, Francisco, and Lucia as Our Lady of Mount Carmel with the Child Jesus in her arms.  Years later, Lucia, the only surviving seer, entered a Discalced Carmelite monastery where she spent the rest of her life as a cloistered nun.  Below is a prayer written by our Holy Father Pope Francis to commemorate this anniversary.  The English  translation is by the Catholic News Service.


     Pope Francis:  Hail Queen, Blessed Virgin of Fatima, lady of the Immaculate Heart, refuge and path that leads to God!  Pilgrim of the Light that radiates from your hands, I give thanks to God the Father who, at all times and in all places, acts within human history; pilgrim of the peace that you announce in this place, I praise Christ, our peace, and I pray for harmony among all peoples in this world; pilgrim of the hope that the Spirit encourages, I want to be a prophet and messenger to wash the feet of all, at the same table that unites us.

     Assembly:  Hail o clement, hail o loving!  Hail Queen of the Rosary of Fatima.  Hail o clement, o loving, o sweet Virgin Mary!

     Pope Francis:  Hail Mother of Mercy, lady dressed in white!  In this place where, 100 years ago, you showed us all the plans of mercy of our God, I look at your garment of light and, as a bishop dressed in white, I remember all those who, dressed in their white baptismal robes, want to live in God and pray the mysteries of Christ to achieve peace.

     Assembly:  Hail o clement, hail o loving!  Hail Queen of the Rosary of Fatima.  Hail o clement, o loving, o sweet Virgin Mary!

     Pope Francis:  Hail, our life and sweetness, Hail, our hope, o pilgrim Virgin, o universal Queen!  From the depths of your being, in your immaculate heart, you see the joys of human beings when they journey toward the heavenly homeland.  From the depths of your being, in your immaculate heart, you see the sorrow of the human family that mourns and weeps in this valley of tears.  From the depths of your being, in your immaculate heart, adorn us with the radiance of all the jewels in your crown and make us pilgrims as you were a pilgrim.  With your virginal smile, strengthen the joy of Christ's church.  With your sweet gaze, strengthen the hope of God's children.  With your prayerful hands that you raise to the Lord, unite us all into one human family.

     Assembly:  Hail o clement, hail o loving!  Hail Queen of the Rosary of Fatima.  Hail o clement, o loving, o sweet Virgin Mary!

     Pope Francis:  O clement, o loving, o sweet Virgin Mary, Queen of the Rosary of Fatima!  Help us follow the example of Blessed Francisco and Blessed Jacinta, and all those who give themselves for the Gospel message.  Thus we will travel all the roads, we will be pilgrims on all paths, we will tear down walls and overcome all boundaries, going to all peripheries, there revealing God's justice and peace.  We will be, in the joy of the Gospel, a church dressed in white, in whitened robes washed in the blood of the Lamb still pouring out in all the wars that destroy the world in which we live.  And thus, we will be like you, the image of the luminous pillar that lights the paths of the world, showing to all that God exists, that God is here, that God dwells in the midst of the poor yesterday, today, and for all eternity.

     Assembly:  Hail o clement, hail o loving!  Hail Queen of the Rosary of Fatima.  Hail o clement, o loving, o sweet Virgin Mary!

     Pope Francis:  Hail, Mother of the Lord, Virgin Mary, Queen of the Rosary of Fatima!  Blessed among all women, you are the image of the church dressed in Easter light, you are the honor of our people, you are the triumph over the mark of evil.  Prophecy of the Father's merciful love, teacher of the son's Good News, sign of the Holy Spirit's burning fire, teach us, in this valley of joys and sorrows, the eternal truths that the Father revealed to the little ones.  Show us the strength of your protective mantle.  In your immaculate heart, be the refuge of sinners and the path that leads to God.  United with my brothers and sisters in faith, hope, and love, I give myself to you.  United with my brothers and sisters, I consecrate myself to God, O Virgin of the Rosary of Fatima.  And finally, wrapped in the light that comes from your hands, I will give glory to the Lord for ever and ever.  Amen.

     Assembly:  Hail o clement, hail o loving!  Hail Queen of the Rosary of Fatima.  Hail o clement, o loving, o sweet Virgin Mary!