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Mass of Thanksgiving for Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, O.Carm.

Sister Helena - Monday, December 10, 2012
Thanks be to God!  These words of gratitude were in the hearts and minds of everyone who participated in the Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception at St. Teresa’s Chapel at St. Teresa’s Motherhouse in Germantown, New York.  On this glorious feast of Mary Immaculate, we give glory to God for having raised in our midst a woman of heroic virtues, Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory, O.Carm., who by fidelity to her vocation and vision, made the care of the elderly and infirm with love, dignity, and professionalism, as deserving children of God, possible for many other generous people of faith. The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm wish to thank Most Reverend Howard J. Hubbard, Bishop of Albany, for his presence.  Having so many invited members of the Clergy, friends and family members of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, and those persons involved in the promotion of Mother Angeline’s Cause, added special solemnity and joy to this memorable event.  The Eucharistic celebration was shared with our Sisters and Residents in their respective facilities, along with the public at large, through the magic of technology - live streaming!  It truly made this special day an occasion for true praise by the Church at large!  Very Reverend Mario Esposito, O.Carm., Vice Postulator of the Cause,  captured the essence of what the celebration was all about in his homily, a part of which follows: “From the beginning of the Congregation’s history, Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa used the Feast of the Immaculate Conception as the time for retreat and renewal among her Sisters. During her formation as a Little Sister, of course, the Immaculate Conception was an object of their particular devotion because of the events at Lourdes, France in 1858, when Mary made herself  known to St. Bernadette with the words, “I am the Immaculate Conception.” Distinctive of Mother’s spirituality was, as well, an understanding of America, and American values and the needs of the American elderly, and Mary, under the title of the Immaculate Conception is the patroness of the United States and of the Diocese of Brooklyn where she worked for nine years as a Little Sister. It almost seems in the Foundress’ Circular Letters, that December 8th was like New Years. The Sisters, refreshed by their annual retreat which concluded with the renewal of vows, were now to begin a new year and redouble their efforts both spiritually and apostolically. Year after year, Mother Angeline encouraged her daughters to remember the lessons of their novitiate days, and to remain faithful to their Carmelite ideals of the spiritual and religious life. Always, Mary the Faithful Virgin, who gave herself obediently, chastely, and in the poverty of her life and work, was the ideal to imitate. And, the Venerable asked nothing of her Sisters, that she didn’t dedicate herself to as well, uniting herself to their joys and sorrows. The Investigation into the Life, Virtues and Reputation for Holiness conducted first at the Diocesan level here in Albany, and then in Rome, revealed that Mother Angeline’s life showed beyond question, that she manifested in the whole of her life, the practice of the Christian virtues. The grace of the baptism and confirmation that she received, developed into a mature and habitual living of the gospel values, particularly faith, shown in all of Mother’s dealings with others, in how she faced difficulties, and how she was a model of joyful acceptance of God’s will in all things. To be heroic, for me, means going the extra step. Heroism always implies a step forward, an action, or a response that calls for a “something more” than that which is ordinary. Where the ordinary response to insult or injury might be to strike back or withhold forgiveness, in the life of the Venerable we see ample forgiveness, and great love for the other shown over and over again. When the ordinary response to insurmountable difficulty might be to give up and quit, the response of the Venerable was to pray and trust that God will provide over and over again. When the ordinary response to a loss of power or control might be anger or to manifest pride, the response of the Venerable was extraordinary acceptance and peace over and over again. These are just some of the ways in which Mother Angeline showed the depth of her heroic holiness. As time moves forward, we will see and hear and read still more about her virtue, as we continue on a journey of discovery of who this woman of faith, who grew up in a certain context, culture and family, who received a particular formation and life experience, speaks from the well of her grace-filled life, a word that we must listen to and come to understand in a fresh way.” (Read Full Homily) The celebration concluded with a gathering in Carmel Hall for a luncheon.                                                         SPECIAL RECEPTION                        
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