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Sunday, October 28, 2012

St. Joseph and the Child Jesus Statue in Carmel of Armstrong

This beautiful statue of the Child Jesus and St. Joseph is in the lobby of the Carmelite monastery, Carmel of St. Joseph, in Armstrong, British Columbia.  The statue is old and came from a church, I believe trying to go on memory!, from Lourdes in France for the this new monastery that was built for the Armstrong Carmelites.  A benefactor of the monastery built the stone square structure it sits on.  It is a beautiful site to see right away when you come in their front doors!

St. Therese's "Canticle to the Holy Face"

Canticle to the Holy Face

Dear Jesus! ‘tis Thy Holy Face
Is here the start that guides my way;
They countenance, so full of grace,
Is heaven on earth, for me, to-day.
And love finds holy charms for me
In Thy sweet eyes with tear-drops wet;
Through mine own tears I smile at Thee,
And in Thy griefs my pains forget.
How gladly would I live unknown,
Thus to console Thy aching heart.
Thy veiled beauty, it is shown
To those who live from earth apart.
I long to fly to Thee alone!
Thy Face is now my fatherland, —
The radiant sunshine of my days, —
My realm of love, my sunlit land,
Where, all life long, I sing Thy praise;
It is the lily of the vale,
Whose mystic perfume, freely given,
Brings comfort, when I faint and fail,
And makes me taste the peace of heaven.
Thy face, in its unearthly grace,
Is like the divinest myrrh to me,
That on my heart I gladly place;
It is my lyre of melody;
My rest — my comfort — is Thy Face.
My only wealth, Lord! is thy Face;
I ask naught else than this from Thee;
Hid in the secret of that Face,
The more I shall resemble Thee!
Oh, leave on me some impress faint
Of Thy sweet, humble, patient Face,
And soon I shall become a saint,
And draw men to Thy saving grace.
So, in the secret of Thy Face,
Oh! hide me, hide me, Jesus blest!
There let me find its hidden grace,
Its holy fires, and, in heaven’s rest,
Its rapturous kiss, in Thy embrace!
August 12, 1895

               Holy Face of Jesus
     ("...and His Love is forgotten.")