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Ms A 56r

[56r°] of the Imitation “Be not solicitous for the shadow of a great name, nor for acquaintance with many, nor for the particular love of individuals.”

I understood true greatness is to be found in the soul, not in a name, since as Isaiah says: “The Lord will call his servants by ANOTHER NAME,” and [5] St. John says: “To him that overcomes I will give a white stone, and on the stone a NEW NAME written that no man knows but the one who receives it.”  It is in heaven, then, that we shall know our titles of nobility. Then shall every man have praise from God and the one who on earth wanted to be the poorest, the most forgotten out of love of Jesus, will be the first, [10] the noblest, and the richest!

The second experience I had relates to priests. Having never lived close to them, I was not able to understand the principal aim of the Reform of Carmel. To pray for sinners attracted me, but to pray for the souls of priests whom I believed to be as pure as crystal seemed puzzling to me!

[15] I understood my vocation in Italy and that’s not going too far in search of such useful knowledge. I lived in the company of many saintly priests for a month and I learned that, though their dignity raises them above the angels, they are nevertheless weak and fragile men. If holy priests, whom Jesus in His Gospel calls the “salt [20] of the earth,” show in their conduct their extreme need for prayers, what is to be said of those who are tepid? Didn’t Jesus say too: “If the salt loses its savor, wherewith will it be salted?”

How beautiful is the vocation, O Mother, which has as its aim the preservation of the salt destined for souls! This is Carmel’s vocation since the sole purpose of our prayers and sacrifices is to be the apostle of the apostles. We are to pray for them while they are preaching to souls through their words and especially their example.

 

 

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