Other Carmelite Saints

There are many other Carmelite Saints whose lives of holiness and love give courage and inspiration to all who walk the desert path of Carmel.

The Feast of All Carmelite Saints is celebrated on 15 November. The following prayer is from the Discaled Carmelite Proper Office:

Lord,
may the patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Mother,
and the prayers of all the saints of Carmel
help us to walk steadfastly in their footsteps,
And by our prayers and good works
ever further the cause of your Church.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen

Here just a few of our Carmelite saints and beati speak for themselves:

Simon Stock

St Simon Stock
(13th century)

Flower of Carmel
Vine blossom laden
Joy of Heaven
Who yet a maiden
Bore God’s Holy One
Becoming mother
Without the aid of man
Bless Carmel’s children
As you alone can
Star of Ocean

Blessed Anne of St Bartholomew
(1550-1626)

If Jesus kept silent, it was not because he hated anyone. He was simply saying to his eternal Father what he said on the cross: ‘Lord, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’ What infinite love burned in that sacred heart of yours, Lord Jesus! Without saying a single word, you spoke to us: without a word you worked the mysteries you came to accomplish...Blessed silence! In it you cry out and preach to the whole world by your example. Volumes could be written about your silence, Lord! There is more wisdom to be learned from it by those who love you than from books or study.
Meditations on the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ

St Mary Magdalene de Pazzi
(1566-1607)

And just as two streams which rise separately mingle together so that the lesser loses its own name and takes the name of the greater, this divine Spirit acts in the same way when he enters the soul in order to join himself to it. The soul must lose its own name, which is the lesser, and relinquish it to the Spirit; it will do this if it so turns towards the Spirit that it becomes one with him.
On Revelation and On Temptation

St Teresa Margaret Redi of the Sacred Heart
(1747-1770)

I desire to enclose myself henceforth within your most loving Heart as in a desert, so that I may live in you, and with you, and for you, this hidden life of love and sacrifice. O my Lord, you know my great desire to become a victim of your Sacred Heart wholly consumed by the fire of your holy love. May your Heart be the altar upon which my holocaust will be made, and you be the priest who will consume this victim by the flames of your burning Love.

The Martyrs of Compiègne
(d.1794)

Let our hearts be giv’n to joyfulness
The day of glory now is here!
Let us banish all of our weakness,
We can see that the cross now is near!
Let’s prepare ourselves for the victory!
Let us each as a conqueror go forth!
Under the cross, God’s great banner,
Let’s all run, let’s all fly toward glory!
Let our ardour be enflamed!
Let’s give our bodies in his Name!
Let’s climb, let’s climb, the scaffold high!
We’ll give God the victory!

St Mary of Jesus Crucified
(1846-1978)

Holy Spirit, inspire me.
Love of God, consume me.
Along the true road lead me.
Mary, my mother, look upon me.
With Jesus bless me.
From all evil, from all illusion,
from all danger, preserve me.

Blessed Titus Brandsma
(1881-1942) martyr in Dachau

We object when he hands us the chalice of his suffering. It is so difficult for us to resign ourselves to suffering. To rejoice in it strikes us as heroic. What is the value of our offering of self if we unite ourselves each morning only in word and gesture, rather than in thought and will, to that offering which we, together with the Church, make of him with whom we are in the one body.
The Mysticism of the Passion

St Teresa of Jesus of the Andes
(1900-1920)

Jesus alone is beautiful; he is my only joy. I call for him, I cry after him, I search for him within my heart. I long for Jesus to grind me interiorly so that I may become a pure host where he can find his rest. I want to be athirst with love so that other souls may possess this love. I would die to creatures and myself, so that he may live in me.
Spiritual Writings

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