January 29, 2018
A community of cloistered, contemplative Nuns, the Discalced Carmelites (OCD) of Tiruvalla, striving to center their lives and activity on continual prayer to God for the Church and for the salvation and transformation of the world opened a new community of 8 sisters at Kolayad in the diocese and district of Kannur, Kerala. This is to be written in the Golden History of the Discalced Carmelites since this Convent, namely Avilaram, is the first of its kind in the Malabar (northern Kerala) region. It was blessed by Rt. Rev. Dr. Alex Vadakumthala, Bishop of Kannur, on 29th January 2018, followed by a con-celebrated Mass, in the presence of Rev Dr. Johannes Gorantla OCD, Definitor General, Rev. Dr. Augustine Mulloor OCD, Provincial of Manjummel Province and many priests, religious and faithful. This Carmelite Community would constitute a centre of spiritual power in the Malabar Region especially in the diocese of Kannur.
“Trials are nothing else but the forge that purifies the soul of all its imperfections.”
“May my life be a continual prayer, a long act of love.”
“God gives me courage in proportion to my sufferings. I feel at this moment I couldn’t suffer any more, but I’m not afraid, since if they increase, He will increase my courage at the same time.
“Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing make you afraid. All things are passing. God alone never changes. Patience gains all things. If you have God, you will want for nothing. God alone suffices.”
Faith “is like the feet wherewith the soul journeys to God, and love is the guide that directs it.”
“The endurance of darkness is the preparation for great light.”
“Strive to preserve your heart in peace; let no event of this world disturb it.”
“don’t wait until tomorrow to begin becoming a saint.”
“Let us love, since that is what our hearts were made for.”
“Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.”