23 Nov HOLY SOULS – Day 21
Sr Mary of the Blessed Trinity (Kathleen Angela McMahon) was born in Dublin on 20th August 1920, the seventh of eight children. It was a warm and happy family and deeply Catholic. Two of her aunts were Passionist nuns and Angela was educated at a Passionist boarding school. Sensing God’s call very early, her first thought was to join the Passionist Order when she left school, but visiting one of her sisters who had entered Carmel in England she recognised that Carmel in fact answered her own deepest aspirations for God. She entered Notting Hill in 1939, just after her 19th birthday. Her entire novitiate was spent during the war years, which meant that none of her family was able to travel from Ireland to visit her or attend any of her ceremonies of clothing or profession, and only the depth of their mutual love made the mutual sacrifice possible.
As a Carmelite, Sr Mary of the Blessed Trinity gave herself generously and is especially remembered for her tireless devotion in caring for the sick. She was always a little bit shy, preferring to follow rather than to lead. Against the background of a frequently heavy workload she was unobtrusively and profoundly prayerful and seemed to live in a very simple intimacy with God. A series of accidents later in life increased the disabilities of age and finally she developed a dementia-causing illness which caused her to become like a little child again – a joyful and affectionate little child who became the very heart of our community life, radiating love and gratitude to all around her. In her final months she spoke little ,but a few weeks before her death she called her infirmarian to her bedside in the middle of the night and told her, “Oh sister, God is so wonderful!” She died in 2003, just after Mass on the feast of Corpus Christi, with a drop of the Precious Blood on her tongue.