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SEPTEMBER

 

Every feast of Our Lady is particularly dear to Carmelites and September has no less than three such feasts:

8th:   The Birthday of Mary;

12th: The Holy Name of Mary;

15th: Our Lady of Sorrows.

 

Two other important Feasts occurring in September are:


     14th:   The Exaltation of the Holy Cross;

29th:  Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.

 

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8th:

The Birthday of Mary:


This feast
has extra significance for us here in Tranquilla, as our Chapel is dedicated under the patronage of Mary and her motherly protection is a constant in our lives.


Our Lady's parents:
Sts. Joachim & Anne

 

12th:

The Holy Name

of Mary:

According to St. Bernard Mary's name signifies, Star of the Sea. "Look to the Star, call upon Mary," sings Bernard. "Calling on her, you will not despair, clinging to her you will not fall. Blessed be the holy Virgin Mary, and most worthy of all praise; through her has risen the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, by Whom we are saved and redeemed."

 

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15th: Our Lady of Sorrows:


Mary is standing at the Cross of Jesus, and we praise her Son for upholding her in that dreadful hour. Like a true mother, she is with us also in our times of suffering.

 

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14th: The Exaltation
of the Holy Cross
:


The splendour from the Cross is what lights up the month of September when, on the 14th, the Triumph of the Cross is celebrated.

In the Mass of the day we read from the Book of Numbers that, when the Israelites were bitten by fiery serpents in the desert, they besought Moses to plead for them. God told him to make a bronze serpent and put it on a standard so that whoever looked at it would be healed. The serpent, or snake, was a symbol of evil. The bronze serpent on the standard was a fore-shadowing of Jesus on the Cross. In Scripture it was written that whoever hung upon a tree was accursed (cf Deut. 21:23). Paul tells us that 'Jesus was made sin for us' - a strong way of saying that He took upon Himself all our sins, (cf.2 Cor.5:21).

Salvation for us is looking upon Jesus Crucified. In every difficulty, even sin, we should look at the Crucifix with repentant hearts and say:
"Jesus Crucified, we are one."

The 14th September has particular significance for us, Carmelites, as it has for most of the Monastic Orders.

On that day commences the great Monastic Fast, both in the Eastern as well as the Western Church. However St. Teresa was not one for severe penance. She put simplicity of life ahead of austerity, in order to have a mind and heart free for God. Everything in the way of life she established was at the service of friendship with Jesus, the raison d'etre of Carmelite life.

 

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September 29th:

Archangels

Michael, Gabriel

and Raphael

In the letter to the Hebrews the angels are referred to as "ministering spirits, sent out to serve the heirs of salvation", meaning us. In the Old Testament some of these spiritual beings were given names, such as Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, whose feast is commemorated today in the Catholic Church.

St. Michael the Archangel is the most popular of these three great spirits. "Michael, the great prince who mounts guard over your own people." Daniel 12:1.

The Archangel Michael was Guardian Angel of Israel.

He is also guardian of the New Israel, the Church.
A number of Churches have been dedicated to him.

In Ireland he has been venerated from earliest times, many holy wells being under his patronage and also the historic monastic site off the coast of Kerry, Skellig Michael.

Michael and the holy angels never fail to help us when we call on them. They are part of God's loving care for us. We must never disregard them.

"All you holy angels, singers and servants,
come and surround us as with a wall of fire."

 

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