Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Today is a Marian “optional memorial” wherein we commemorate several things:  Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the Marian spirituality of the Carmelites, the scapular and consecration of oneself to Mary.

Picking up on the theme from my previous post, I would like to share a little bit from the Dictionary of Mary :

“The commemoration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel calls for a rediscovery of the contemplative dimension of life. Nothing indeed is more foreign to Carmel and to Mary than an exteriority bereft of any intimate union of love with God….There is no more profound and urgent need for people today – who are in danger of losing themselves in a frenetic chaos without a definitive meaning – than the need to experience God in their own lives.

The great mystical Carmelite authors have had an acute sense of the spiritual life as a ‘way of perfection’…On this journey Mary is present as Mother and Model of contemplatives, that is, of Christians attuned to the filial listening to the Father through Christ in the Spirit.” [Dictionary of Mary, pg. 58]

 

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An excellent video about Our Lady of Mount Carmel produced by Catholic Radio Dramas (many thanks to YouTube Channel andresgran53):

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3 Responses

  1. “intimate union of love with God” — how we minimize that. Judging by what I’ve read of t(T)raditional Catholics, it would seem we don’t believe He wants our intimate union while we are captive in this life.

    But He does. Even the Baltimore Catechisms says it.

  2. You always have the most beautiful reflections and pictures! Thank you.

  3. Indeed He does, Hush; but you’re right, I don’t think enough people know it – or believe it.

    Cathy, thank you so much. We’ve been very busy with company lately, so I haven’t had much time for updates here, but I hope to get back here more consistently soon.

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