FEAST of Our Lady of
The Carmelites see in the Blessed Virgin Mary a perfect model of the interior life of prayer and contemplation to which Carmelites aspire, a model of virtue, as well as the person who was closest in life to Jesus Christ. She is seen as the one who points Christians most surely to Christ, saying to all what she says to the servants at the wedding at
Cana, "Do whatever He [Jesus] tells you." Carmelites look to Mary as spiritually their mother and sister.
“Contemplating Mary, we will understand better
the transforming force that the Eucharist possesses.
Listening to her, we will find in the Eucharistic
mystery the courage and strength to follow Christ
the Good Shepherd and to serve Him in our brothers.”
Pope Bl. John Paul II
June 10, 2004
Upon arrival at Castel Gondolfo - July 14, 2013 - Pope Francis
Dear brothers and sisters,
I entrust you to the maternal protection of the Virgin Mary – whom we will honor as Virgin of Mount Carmel in two days – that you might be able to carry out your duties in a profitable and serene manner. May Our Lady always watch over you and your families! Pray for me too – I need it – and for my service. I renew to all of you and I bless you from my heart. Thank you!
Devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is expressed through the scapular.
“The scapular is an external sign of the filial relationship established between the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother and Queen of Mount Carmel, and the faithful who entrust themselves totally to her protection, who have recourse to her maternal intercession, and who are mindful of the primacy of the spiritual life and the need for prayer” (Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy, 205).
Click here: Devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel - YouTube (CNA - 2 mins)
Click here: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel - YouTube (Apostleship of Prayer - 2 mins)
More info on scapulars and use, incl where to obtain one for yourself: http://www.fisheaters.com/scapulars.html
Contact my blog friend, Barbara, for very BEAUTIFUL scapulars/rosaries
~ made-to-order. Click here: Praying for Grace
Our Lady of Mt Carmel, pray for us
and lead us to your Son!
Blessed Feast Day to all Carmelites and scapular wearers!