“Out of love for the Divine Heart and our dear Lady of Mt. Carmel, our most sweet Mother, do everything, until the end of your life, to give joy to God, to render reparation for many souls who refuse Him their love…” (Bl. Mother Maria Teresa of St. Joseph)
In the Heart of Jesus the love of God is physically manifested, a love which is oftentimes refused by man. In the words of our Lord to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, “Behold this Heart, which has so loved mankind that it has spared itself nothing, even to being spent and consumed to prove its love for men. And yet it has received in return from the majority of mankind only ingratitude, coldness, and the neglect of me in the sacrament of my love.” As Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus, we seek to make reparation for these offenses against Love by offering Him our love. Whether we are at prayer or at work, inside or outside the convent, joyful or sorrowful, all is offered to Jesus as we strive to make our whole life one continuous act of reparation, a holocaust of love for the consolation of His Heart.
Therefore, in reparation, the Sisters practice self-denial and offer sacrifice. We keep adoration before the exposed Blessed Sacrament once a week (usually on Sundays), on First Fridays of the month (a day especially dedicated to the Sacred Heart) and on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Each Sister, too, prays the Stations of the Cross daily, reflecting on the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ and His pierced Heart.
“If the many hundreds of millions of people were kept before our eyes, and we saw the small number of those who love God and of these an even more diminished number who love God with ‘all their heart and all their might’, then certainly our Carmelite souls would be enflamed to make reparation to God for the so many million lukewarm and cold souls! Remind yourselves often, dear Sisters, ‘to make reparation to God for all the souls who do not love Him.’ This enkindles our love and zeal.”