Roman Catholic Church:
We are in St Joseph’s Church (El Saladillo), near Camposol and Mazarrón Country Club urbanizations (exit 17, RM3 motorway).
Schedule of Masses:
Saturday: Mass at 4:30 PM (in English).
Schedule of Confessions: Saturday from 3.15pm-4.20pm. (Also on request).
The Autobiography of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux (The Little Flower); a Carmelite sister.
Dear Mother: I have no longer any desire save to love Him until I die. I am free. I fear nothing now, not even what I dreaded more than anything else; a long illness that would make me a burden to the Community. Should it please the Good God, I am quite content to have my bodily and mental sufferings prolonged for years. I do not fear a long life; I do not shrink from the struggle. The Lord is the Rock upon which I stand—“Who teaches my hands to fight and my fingers to war. He is my Protector and I have hoped in Him.” (cf. Psalms 144:1-2).
You know also that Jesus has offered me more than one bitter chalice through my dearly loved sisters. King David was right when he sang: “Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.” (Psalms 133), but such unity can only exist upon earth in the midst of sacrifice. It was not in order to be with my sisters that I came to this holy Carmel; on the contrary, I knew well that in curbing my natural affection I should have much to suffer.
How can it be said that it is more perfect to separate oneself from home and friends? Has anyone ever reproached brothers who fight side by side, or together win the martyr’s palm? It is true, no doubt, they encourage each other, but it is also true that the martyrdom of each is martyrdom to them all.
A heart given to God loses nothing of its natural affection—on the contrary, this affection grows stronger by becoming purer and more spiritual. It is with this love, dear Mother, that I love you and my sisters.
(to be continued)