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BLESSED MARY OF THE INCARNATION
Also known as Madame Barbe Acrie. 1566 – 1618 Beatified June 5th 1791.
Her Feast Day April 18 is kept in Paris and in the Carmelite order.
She was born Barbe Avrillot on February 1st 1566 and baptised the next day. Her father, Nicholas Avrillot, was accountant general in the Chamber of Paris and chancellor to Queen Margaret of Valois. Her mother, Marie Lhuillier was also from the upper class of Parisian society. Barbe was educated by the Franciscan nuns of Longchamp. The girls were taught to read and to sing and they joined in most of the Divine Office with the nuns. Barbe always felt drawn to religious life but in obedience to her parents' wishes she married Pierre Acarie in 1582. He was a rich young man from Parisian high society but he was also a committed Catholic. They had six children and Barbe proved to be an excellent wife and mother.
After the birth of her second child Barbe read some words of St. Augustine which made a great impression on her, ‘He is indeed a miser to whom God is not enough’. It was after this that she began to have mystical experiences, which worried her a great deal at first, but gradually she gained more control and could be resting in God at the same time as she was involved with her family or her other works.
Congratulations to Sr. Cora Marie who made her Solemn Profession at Loughrea Carmel on October 1, Feast of St. Therese. We wish her every blessing in the years ahead.
Congratulations to Sr. Eleanor of New Ross Carmel, who made her First Profession on August 15 We wish her well on her Carmelite journey