Carmelite Conversations

Introduction to the Virtuous Life and Spiritual Insight of Madame Barbara Acarie/Blessed Mary of the Incarnation, OCD

April 18, 2016

What a difference one soul can make! If it weren’t for Madame Barbara Acarie, who later in life became Blessed Mary of the Incarnation, we might not have had the likes of St. Therese of Lisiuex, St. Mary of Jesus Crucified, or Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, all of whom were Discalced Carmelites in France. This daughter, wife, mother, mystic, and Discalced Carmelite Nun, gives an example of how to live the “interior life” at all stages of life. Through her openness to God’s call in her life and her receptivity to His gifts, she was a “light” shining in the dark to all those around her. She was gifted with prophecy, the reading of hearts, the gift of healing, discernment of spirits, as well as having the invisible stigmata. How did Madame Acarie become a foundress for the Carmelites in France? How did she handle the many trials and tribulations of her life? The insights given will help us live the interior life with greater charity and clarity.


Scripture: John 3:30 “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

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