Very Rev. Mario Esposito, O.Carm.

Dear Members of  Mother Angeline Society,

Greetings to you and peace during this summer of 2021. I pray that life for you is getting more settled, and that you are able to go about your business more freely. As members of the Mother Angeline Society, you and your intentions were remembered in a solemn Novena of Masses in preparation for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in July. During this month when we remember both Our Lady and the Holy Prophet Elijah, the Father of Carmel, Carmelites around the world unite in prayer and celebration in honor of these holy ones who teach us the meaning of the Carmelite vocation, and how to be Christian believers, men and women of the Word of God, of service to God and neighbor, and people of charity who always seek union with the Lord and a more Christ-like presence in our world.

Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, O.Carm. had a demonstrable devotion to Our Lady, of this we are sure. But Mother Angeline was also devoted to Saint Elias, the Father of Carmel as well. What are the virtues of this Old Testament prophet, who is venerated as the Leader and Father of Carmelites, that were relevant to Mother and can teach us as well? First of all, Elijah was the man of God, a man of deep faith. Elijah lived in a very difficult time when the true God was abandoned in favor of more attractive pagan gods. His faith and devotion to the true God touched every part of his life and ministry, and his was a total giving. Mother Angeline frequently counseled her Sisters to total giving as well, and she herself held nothing back in God’s service. Faith was the outstanding virtue of Mother Angeline and she found in Elijah, the man of God, a man who live totally by faith.

Above all, Elijah’s virtue was zeal, and his words “I have been filled with a zealous zeal for God” are the motto of the Carmelite Order, the motto which Mother Angeline adopted for her new Congregation. Often she exhorted the Sisters to a deeper zeal for God, demonstrated both in their life of prayer and in the apostolate for the Aged. The Carmelite way is never the relaxed way, the easy way. It is always the zealous way that strives to give all for God and neighbor, with energy and devotion. The zeal of Elijah led him to confront injustice and restore life which is part of the timeless inheritance which the Carmelite Sisters mirror in their advocacy for the Aged and marginalized elderly of our society.

Finally, Elijah was the man who blended prayer and action in a marvelous way, never one without the other. Mother Angeline never tired of teaching her Sisters to remain faithful to the life of prayer because that will always be the true basis of their ministry. To keep these elements in balance is not easy, yet it is the Elian gift to his Carmelite sons and daughters.

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 for Beatification and Canonization. As a daughter of the Prophet of Carmel, Mother Angeline herself was prophetic in her life and holiness. May her prayers support us, and help us to remain zealous in the service of God and neighbor. God bless you always.

In Christ,


Very Rev. Mario Esposito, O.Carm.

Vice Postulator

Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory
National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Middletown, NY

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