Dear Members of the Mother Angeline Society,
I am happy to greet you within this first issue of the Mother Angeline Society Bulletin for 2023. We very much depend upon your prayerful and financial support as we continue to make known the Cause and Charism of Venerable Mother Angeline Teresa, O.Carm., Foundress of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. You are always in our prayers and remembered in Holy Mass each month as we lift up your intentions and well-being to the Lord. You are probably aware that Mother Angeline from her childhood was deeply in love with and had a tremendous devotion to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and of the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. The heart of the Rule of Saint Albert, which all Carmelites profess, notes the centrality of the chapel and the daily Eucharist in the religious life of Carmel. The constant witness of Mother Angeline and all of her writings and conferences, brought the Sisters back over and over again to the Eucharist, the great sacrament of Christ’s ongoing presence in our world and our Church, and how much joy Mother Angeline felt each time a new Carmelite Home was opened and “another tabernacle of the Lord” established to be the center of that facility. Venerable Mother Angeline always provided beautiful flowers, beautiful vestments, and saw that beautiful music was incorporated into the liturgy of the Mass, as beauty elevates the soul while at the same time glorifying the Savior who comes to His people at the altar as food, healing, and grace. The liturgy was vitally important to her, and as a true contemplative, she was known to spend many hours in silent prayer before the Eucharistic Lord, praying for the needs of her beloved old people, her dear Sisters, and her many priestly friends, family members and acquaintances who needed the Lord’s tender touch. As the Bishops of the United States have called for a three-year Eucharistic Revival beginning in June 2022, it is worthwhile to note that Mother Angeline was always stirring up devotion to the Holy Eucharist and never failed to emphasize the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar as the center, source and summit of Catholic life, in anticipation of that teaching of the Second Vatican Council. Each of us is called to renew our own devotion and appreciation of Christ present to us body and blood, soul and divinity in the Holy Eucharist, and join in reviving our Catholic devotion to the Lord really present in Holy Communion, the true source of holiness and strength for living a virtuous and faithful Christian life. Thank you so much for continuing to promote the Cause for the beatification and canonization of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa. Please continue to help us make Mother Angeline known to others. Please continue your prayerful and financial support of the Cause, and each time you share in the Holy Mass and Communion, possess that spirit of love for the Eucharist that Mother possessed, and share your devotion with others.
Very Reverend Mario Esposito, O.Carm.
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