Dear Members of Mother Angeline Society,
I am happy to greet you in this New Year of 2022. I pray you are well, and that you enjoyed Christmas and New Year’s very much. As members of the Mother Angeline Society, you are important to us. Your prayerful and financial support of the Cause for the Beatification and Canonization of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, O.Carm. is invaluable in making Mother Angeline known and appreciated. You and your intentions are remembered in two Masses each month and in the daily prayers of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. Life has been challenging for everyone and only with God’s help can we find the strength and positive spirit that we need.
This year, we are honoring Mother Angeline Teresa as a Companion in Care, which served as the theme of our annual celebration of her birth and death on January 21st. Throughout the pandemic, in an even more intense way, the Carmelite Sisters and those who minister with them in the service of the aged and infirm have faced, and continue to face, enormous challenges because of Covid-19 and all the issues related to it in the world of health care. The staff in our Carmelite homes have been heroic in their service of the elderly entrusted to their care, and the Sisters have been there with them step by step. And Mother Angeline – her spirit and dedication – remains present in the love, compassion and spirit of sacrifice they have demonstrated in the ministry. Venerable Mother Angeline is always their companion, unseen, but felt. As they care for the elderly in her spirit and according to her core values, she is a partner in the work, as her spirit animates each aspect of life in the various nursing homes. In the communion of saints, she is with us in God’s family, as an inspiration and guide. We say that in a Carmelite Home, though the care of the elderly may be similar to what is provided in other places, with us “the difference is love” and this motivates and shapes every aspect of the services provided. Mother Angeline taught her Carmelite daughters this value, to take the extra step, so that the residents always get the top priority, treated as family in a home-like setting with gentleness and reverence as
Christ wills it.
Thank you for your ongoing financial and spiritual support of the mission of the Mother Angeline Society that seeks to make the Venerable better known, and to advance her Cause in the Church. Her spirit of compassion and generosity in the care for and protection of the elderly are needed now more than ever before. We seek the support of her prayers, and her companionship in this mission. God bless you and may Our Lady watch over you always.
Very Rev. Mario Esposito, O.Carm.