Carmel Quotes

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“I understood that every flower created by Him is beautiful, that the brilliance of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not lessen the perfume of the violet or the sweet simplicity of the daisy. I understood that if all the lowly flowers wished to be roses, nature would no longer be enamelled with lovely hues. And so it is in the world of souls, Our lord’s living garden.”
~ St. Thérèse de Lisieux, O.C.D. (1873-1897)


“Contemplation is nothing else but a secret, peaceful, and loving infusion of God, which if admitted, will set the soul on fire with the Spirit of love.”
~ St. John of the Cross, O.C.D. (1542-1591)


“Prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God.”
~ St. Teresa of Ávila, O.C.D. (1515-1582)


“It seems to me that I have found my heaven on earth, because my heaven is you, my God, and you are in my soul. You in me, and I in you – may this be my motto.”
~ St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, O.C.D .(1880-1906)


“My longing for truth was a single prayer.”
~ St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, O.C.D. – Edith Stein (1891-1942)


“It is not sufficient to love souls in the secret of our heart, working and sacrificing ourselves for them; this love must also be manifested exteriorly by an agreeable and pleasant manner, in such a way that those who approach us may feel themselves loved.”
~ Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene, O.C.D. 


“I am in God, and God is in me. I feel that all creatures, the trees, the flowers belong to God and also to me. I no longer have a will, it belongs to God. And all that is God´s is mine.”
~ St. Mariam of Jesus Crucified, The Lily of Palestine, O.C.D. (1847-1848)


“There is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families, of the families of the world, or of the religious communities, or even the life of peoples and nations, that can not be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we can not resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary. With the Holy Rosary, we will save ourselves. We will sanctify ourselves. We will console Our Lord and obtain the salvation of many souls.”
~ Sister Maria Lúcia of Jesus and of the Immaculate Heart, O.C.D. – Lúcia of Fátima (1907-2005)


“When God’s love takes possession of a heart, it transforms it, it makes human love divine, so to speak.”
~ St. Teresa of Jesus of the Andes, O.C.D. (1900 – 1920)


“We are not in Carmel for trifling things; we are here for God.”
~ St. Raphael Kalinowski, O.C.D. (1835-1907)


“Silence is precious; by keeping silence and knowing how to listen to God,
the soul grows in wisdom and God teaches it what it cannot learn from men.”
~ Bl. Anne of St. Bartholomew, O.C.D. (1550-1626)


“Here in Carmel, there is nothing, nothing but God. He is all, He suffices, and one lives for Him alone and for His glory… this life of prayer and contemplation, interceding always for His people before the Face of God…”
~ Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity, O.C.D.