The “Rule” of Our Lady and the Scapular Confraternity – VII


Seventh Day of Novena to the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel

Teresian Carmel

Attend to My law… To resolve to love God alone with complete generosity, “it was imperative then… [to] practice a radical renunciation” (Fr. Francis, C.D., ibid.). However, “when renunciation is mentioned,” notes Fr. Francis, “many people immediately picture to themselves a most unpleasant series of mortifications. They are frightened by such a prospect and the sight of the many deprivations they will have to impose on themselves. Now, this is not what is meant by renunciation. No doubt its practice implies a succession of privations, but renunciation is, above all, an interior disposition, a spiritual attitude. Renunciation consists principally in mortifying that self-love which makes us seek our own pleasure and satisfaction in everything we do. It means that we practice self-forgetulness. Again, renunciation is not an end in itself [that is, it is not a goal to which everything else is subordinated], but as self-seeking is incompatible with love [nay with charity], we must practice renunciation and self-forgetfulness before love can reign in our hearts.”



About Ignis Dei

The Teresian Order of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel - the (traditional) Discalced Carmelites of Catholic Resistance who adhere to the true God Whom generations of holy Catholics throughout the ages past have known, loved, served, and worshipped only in the Traditional Latin Mass - "the NORM [of the Roman Rite] IN PERPETUITY" (Pope St. Pius V, "Quo Primum") and upon which is built the Traditional Catholic Order constituted by God and ruled by the Sovereign Roman Pontiff "for obedience to the Faith" (Rom. 1.5). On our position, see our blogposts "Our 'Great Reversal'" and "The Ultimate Delusion of Vatican II 'Catholicism'."
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