Feastday of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

 

 

 

I praise you and invoke you today, dear Mother, as Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and wish to express all my thanks for the Carmelite saints and writers who have helped me so much on my journey.  I am deeply grateful.

Feastday of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

 

Brown Scapular

     Do you know:

  • what Our Lady has promised to those who are wearing the Brown Scapular at the moment of their death?
  • what Mother Mary has promised to those who are enrolled in the Confraternity of the Brown Scapular?
  • how to be clothed in the Blessed Virgin’s virtue?
  • how to be protected by Our Lady?
  • Father Angelo tells us in his homily, and it is well worth listening.  Then we can go beyond listening to taking action, and beyond taking action to living this devotion.  Our well-being on earth and the eternal life of our souls can truly be entrusted to Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

     

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):