Today is the Memoria of Bl. Mary of Jesus, Carmelite

Born in 1560 at Tartanedo, Spain, she took the Discalced Carmelite habit at Toledo in 1577 and made her profession the following year.  She spent the rest of her life serving God in that Carmel, except for a brief period in 1585 when she helped with a foundation at Cuerva.  She died at Toledo on September 13, 1640.  St. Teresa of Avila thought extremely highly of her.  he was a great contemplative, intensely devoted to our Lord, and often drawing inspiration from the liturgy.

Prayer

Lord, you enabled Bl. Mary of Jesus to contemplate the mysteries of your Son and become a living image of His love.  Give us through her prayers the burning faith to seek Jesus in all things and the love to prove by our actions the presence within us of Him who lives, and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

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