I believe this is a painting of St. Teresa of Avila, Carmelite Reformer and Doctor of the Church. I have to ask a friend who had this picture if this is correct but given the woman is a Carmelite nun, has the dove as the Holy Spirit and the book and writing quill (usual added depictions in paintings of St. Teresa), it is probably her. I really love this painting.
(Praying to be on one soon to Carmel in Sheffield, England!)
Added since Part 1: I changed the amount needed on the top right of this blog, I had forgot to do that before. There is a good chance I would need less but as we get closer to summer, the air fares go up exponentially.
Besides my impending entrance date of early May my Carmel and I was planning on, it is now an emergency as where I am I really can’t stay for much longer as I am costing the family members more money than I can put towards my stay as they are retired.
Some have suggested I try known places like the Laboure Foundation and others like it. They are good foundations that help people with debt to pay it off for vocations but they only help people with student loans and there are just as many or more men and women with vocations who do NOT have student loan debt but “life” or other debt that there is no help for. I was told to try places like local Knights of Columbus – which I tried a few in the area but they don’t do this either I was told. I am still trying all I can and this is just another way.
I had put off posting the last post like this and especially this one as it is very pride crushing to do so – asking for money, help after always being independent my whole life. While it is very hard to do this, it is good practice for the religious life as pride and doing what is so hard and what goes against your grain is a biggie as a nun. God smashes the pride of His servants – He expects US to smash our own pride as He did the same suffering and dying the way He did during the scourging and the crucifixion.
I have an email from my Mother Prioress to forward to anyone interested in helping. I was all ready to go to Carmel: I sold my house, sold my car, sold or gave away all my belongings and ONLY keeping what is in my suitcase needed as a postulant in Carmel and very few clothes to be worn here now and then got hit with the skin cancer surgery.
Where I am now with family, I have no transportation to look for, go to or keep a job and am barely making enough money from Ebay sales to pay my way here, never mind saving for these expenses and as I wrote above, my time here is going to be limited.
God bless and thanks to all who read this.
Part 1: I am selling many items on Ebay (and add more items very often) for raise money for my transportation expenses to Carmel. Several months ago I had skin cancer removal surgery on my left shoulder – very strange as I am NEVER in the, never suffered sun burn to this shoulder, etc. I stay out of the sun here in Texas as it is brutal – other than very short forays that don’t last long and my shoulders are covered by t-shirts, etc. but I am obviously the rare one who DIDN’T get this form of cancer that usually is only the result of direct and prolonged sunlight! Figures.
At any rate, being uninsured and laid off, I had to use what money I had saved for travel fees to pay for the medical bills (along with some family members help they could give). So I am slowly trying to build up my travel account again so I can finally LEAVE for Carmel!
I have NO problem emailing any one who asks that donates my confirmation email from the airlines or have the Mother Prioress from this monastery send confirmation that they are eagerly awaiting my arrive to enter with them.
Please stop buy, bid and win to help me out plus get some great things! I have books related to Carmel, the Franciscan and Visitation order plus other catholic books and other items.
On ebay, my member name is “carmel-bound”. This link MAY bring you to my page that lists my items – I hope! : http://www.ebay.com/sch/carmel-bound/m.html?item=321382922780&ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562
Thanks for looking or any buyers I may get!
Here is another meditation on how we can avoid being scandalized in the Passion of the Church… by way of devotion to (always looking at, as it were) the Holy Face of Jesus. For more please visit http://www.audiosancto.org & remember to say 3 Hail Marys for the priest.
Sermon on Monday of Holy Week. If the Church is following Her Lord by entering into a Passion, there will be no shortage of devils and stumbling blocks attempting to scandalize us… In this sermon we look at a way to avoid being scandalized from the writings of St. John of the Cross, namely his Precautions. For more please visit http://www.audiosancto.org & please say 3 Hail Marys for the priest