15 February 2022

Praying with the Saints in Ordinary Time:
15 February 2022

The Augier Street entrance to the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Whitefriar Street … there has been a Carmelite presence in Dublin since the 1270s (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2021)

Patrick Comerford

I have a number of appointments in Dublin this afternoon, including one near the Carmelite Church in Whitefriar Street (Aungier Street), where Saint Valentine was remembered at his shrine yesterday by many young pilgrims and visitors. However, I wondered how many of them were aware of the spirituality of the Carmelites, who have been on this site for centuries.

But. before this busy day begins, I am taking some time early this morning for prayer, reflection and reading.

The Church Calendar is now in Ordinary Time until Ash Wednesday, 2 March 2022. During this month in Ordinary Time, I hope to continue this Prayer Diary on my blog each morning, reflecting in these ways:

1, Short reflections drawing on the writings of a great saint or spiritual writer;

2, the day’s Gospel reading;

3, a prayer from the USPG prayer diary (today is USPG Founder’s Day).

At present, I am exploring the writings of the great Carmelite mystic, Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), so my quotations over these few days are from her writings:

‘Let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you. Though all things pass, God does not change. Patience wins all things. But he lacks nothing who possesses God; for God alone suffices.’

Mark 8: 14-21 (NRSVA):

14 Now the disciples had forgotten to bring any bread; and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. 15 And he cautioned them, saying, ‘Watch out – beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod.’ 16 They said to one another, ‘It is because we have no bread.’ 17 And becoming aware of it, Jesus said to them, ‘Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18 Do you have eyes, and fail to see? Do you have ears, and fail to hear? And do you not remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you collect?’ They said to him, ‘Twelve.’ 20 ‘And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you collect?’ And they said to him, ‘Seven.’ 21 Then he said to them, ‘Do you not yet understand?’

The Prayer in the USPG Prayer Diary today (15 February 2022, USPG Founder’s Day) invites us to pray:

Let us pray for USPG, our overseas partners and our supporters in Britain and Ireland. May we continue to work together to spread the Gospel.

Yesterday’s reflection

Continued tomorrow

Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicised Edition copyright © 1989, 1995, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. http://nrsvbibles.org

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