Greetings from Father Mario

Very Rev. Mario Esposito, O.Carm.

Spring 2020

Dear Members of the Mother Angeline Society,

Peace be with you during these winter months. We pray for you always, and truly depend upon your ongoing prayerful and financial support of the Cause for the Beatification and Canonization of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, O.Carm.  Each month you and your intentions are remembered in the Mass and we ask God’s blessings for you always.

I was reflecting recently on Mother Angeline and what she might have thought about the Right to Life Movement in our country, the continuing groundswell of people of all different faiths, colors, ethnic origins and ages and how they simply will not let this vital social and cultural issue go away: the right to life for all, from natural birth to natural death. Life is precious, and it is precarious, and it needs men and women of good will to stand up in its defense as well as for the protection most particularly, of those who are truly vulnerable. Morality has changed so much in the last fifty years and, sadly, not always for the better. Economics and yes, even selfishness has weakened the regard and respect that was granted to all people, including the unborn and the elderly. In one generation, the two ends of life’s spectrum began to be seen more as burden than as blessing.

Mother Angeline was not political, but she was very conscious of society and its trends and its needs. From the beginning of the Congregation in 1929, Mother Angeline was concerned about the middle class and the lonely, and the dignity and preservation of families and married couples. She treated fragile old people with loving and gentle care, and taught her Sisters and their coworkers to do the same. Every resident was precious and every life valuable and each person who came into a Carmelite Home was to be received as Christ Himself would be received. This produced a culture and atmosphere of life and optimism. I am sure she would have stood with all the efforts of the Carmelite Sisters to preserve the quality of life for the residents in the Homes, and to provide palliative care and excellent end of life care for all residents. In every possible way, the whole person’s physical, spiritual, psychological and social welfare were to be attended to with compassion and dignity. I’m sure Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa would have stood up with the Right to Life movement and seen it as a blessed way to speak up for God’s children today.

Please continue to keep the Cause of Mother Angeline in your prayers. She who was a Model of Fidelity, will certainly pray for all of you. Your financial sacrifices for the Cause and your spreading of the message of Mother Angeline to others make all the difference.

God bless you and Our Lady of Mount Carmel watch over you always.

In Christ,

 

Very Rev. Mario Esposito, O.Carm.

Vice Postulator