By Rita L. Malsch, O.C.D.S.
Mary, my mother, Queen Beauty of Carmel,
My teacher, my model of excellence;
you instruct me to suffer quietly and lovingly,
To keep inner silence amidst noisy gongs,
To listen to my heart’s whisper,
To die to my false self.
How can I thank you?
How can I love you more?
You wish to remain just a mother,
Pointing toward your precious Son,
My Brother, my Lord and Savior.
Lady of Mount Carmel,
Stay with me always and everywhere;
Paralyze the evil on at the hour of My last breath
That no injury befalls my eternal soul.
Lead me safely into the heavenly Jerusalem
The home of the Holy Trinity and my home.
Mother, for these I thank you
From the bottom of my heart. Amen.