A voice from heaven: Miraculous voice of St. Clelia Barbieri (1847-1870) is still heard (on earth) today.

Clelia died of tuberculosis on July 13, 1870 when she was only 23 years old.

Her last words were prophetic: “Be brave because I am going to Paradise; but I shall always remain with you, too; I shall never abandon you!”

This prophecy was also realized, since she soon proved her presence by the sounding of her voice. The miraculous phenomenon of her voice first took place during the evening of July 13, 1871, exactly one year after Clelia’s death, while the sisters were at prayer in the chapel. The Sisters declared that:

“Suddenly there was the sound of a high-pitched, harmonious and heavenly voice that accompanied the singing in the choir; at times it sang solo, at other times it harmonized with us in the choir, moving across from right to left; sometimes it passed close by the ears of one or other of the sisters. The joy which it brought filled our hearts with a happiness impossible to put into words. This wasn’t of this world. We lived that day in paradise. From time to time, one had to leave the room … The emotion that we experienced was so strong that it left you breathless until one had to call out: “Enough, dear Lord, enough!”

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The Nun’s Story

MOBILE, Alabama — In her teen years, in Catholic school in Philadelphia, Mary Theresa Casey felt she wanted to pursue a religious vocation, but neither teaching nor nursing appealed to her.

When she heard about the Order of the Blessed Virgin of Mount Carmel — a contemplative order devoted to prayer — she says she “felt something stir in me.”

She read about the devout members of the order who had helped shape it, including St. Teresa of Avila of Spain and St. Therese of Lisieux, “the Little Flower” of 19th century France.

After hiding a book on the Carmelites “under my pillow,” she recalls, she let her desires be known.

“I needed to be close to God,” she says.

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