Very Rev. Mario Esposito, O.Carm.
Dear Members of Mother Angeline Society,
Greetings to you and peace as we share with you, once again, the Bulletin of the Mother Angeline Society. These summer days have been warm for sure, but also blessed by many feast days and celebrations that remind of us of God’s love and Mary’s care for us. In preparation for the Solemn Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, each of you as members of the Mother Angeline Society, and your intentions, were remembered in a novena of Masses in preparation for Mary’s Feast. Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the Lady of the Scapular, the beautiful symbol of her protection and care for her children and our desire to live as her faithful children. Your membership in the Society is deeply appreciated, and your support invaluable, as together we continue to work for and promote the charism of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa and her cause for beatification and canonization.
It’s been my personal privilege to be associated with the Cause of Mother Angeline for thirty years this year, and 2022 also marks ten years since Mother was declared Venerable by Pope Benedict XVI. The years move forward, and the Cause does not stand still. More and more people have come to know about the life and legacy of Mother Angeline, a Mother to the Aged as well as a model of virtue and religious living. Around the world through the miracle of modern social media, new people have come to know about both Mother Angeline and the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, and new articles and favors have appeared month by month. People find the story of Mother Angeline consoling, and her love for the elderly, continued by the ministry of her Sisters and their lay collaborators, touches people and gives them hope.
Mother Angeline wanted to provide modern, up-to-date and home-like care for the aged and infirm. We all know how hard that is to do today because health care is under such stress, especially in terms of personnel and resources. Mother desired the residents in the Carmelite facilities to be treated with dignity, and the whole person served, physically, socially and spiritually. The Sisters by their day-to-day presence and work, the Carmelite System which helps to manage the homes, and every person associated in this endeavor of charity are necessary to create the right atmosphere especially in difficult times. I have no doubt that the prayers of the Sisters and old people, and the support of heavenly aid alone keeps the vision and mission of Mother Angeline and her first companion Sisters alive and well.
Please continue to support both financially and spiritually the Cause for the beatification and canonization of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, O.Carm. As the years pass, we depend upon you to make Mother known to others, and to reach out to her in prayer so that blessings may be received that will move the Cause forward. May God bless you, and Our Lady of Mount Carmel watch over and protect you always.
National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Middletown, NY