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Mary & the Brown Scapular

The Scapular Devotion of Pope John Paul II

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Pope John Paul II had a great devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and as such faithfully wore a scapular (notice him wearing his scapular in the above photo).

He is reported to have worn a brown scapular since he was a boy, and he insisted that doctors not remove it during surgery following the assassination attempt on his life in May of 1981.

Homily for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel July 16, 2009

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by Fr. Peter West

IIn the 9th Century B.C., Israel was divided into the Northern Kingdom and the Southern Kingdom of Judah. The Northern Kingdom was threatened by constant war with the Philistines. King Omri arranged a marriage between

Homily on Our Lady of Mount Carmel by Fr. Robert Altier 3

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Fr. Robert Altier

In the Gospel reading today, Our Lord tells us that Mary is our mother. Thanks be to Him, He has also pointed out to Our Lady that we are her children. And the disciple, we are told, took her into his home.

The Contemplation of Mary’s Beauty in the Spirituality of Saint Mary Magdalene de’Pazzi

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This article is an adaptation from: Charlo Camilleri, O.Carm., Carmel: A Spirituality of Beauty, Dissertation presented in part fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of Licentiate in Sacred Theology, University of Malta, Malta 2002, 88-91.

Homily on Our Lady of Mount Carmel by Fr. Robert Altier 2

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In the Gospel reading today, Our Lord tells us that Mary is our mother. Thanks be to Him, He has also pointed out to Our Lady that we are her children. And the disciple, we are told, took her into his home. That is precisely what is required of each one of us. Now we can ask ourselves,

Homily on Our Lady of Mount Carmel by Fr. Robert Altier

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Reading I (1 Kings 18:42b-45a) Reading II (Galatians 4:4-7)
Gospel (St. John 19:25-27)

Today we celebrate the most wonderful feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. One might wonder why Our Blessed Lady would be named after a mountain. If we think about some of the apparitions of Our Lady,

Homily on Our Lady of Mount Carmel - Fr. Ernest Larkin, O.Carm.

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Fr. Ernest Larkin, O.Carm.

At outdoor Mass in St. Mary’s Carmelite Abbey Ruyins on Thursday Evening, July 24th, 1994 Claremorris, Co. Mayo

Last Saturday, July 16th, we celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. This feast is the solemn commemoration of Out Lady of Mount Carmel. The phrase “the solemn commemoration” means that this is the time when we thank

Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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This feast was instituted by the Carmelites between 1376 and 1386 under the title "Commemoratio B. Marif Virg. duplex" to celebrate the victory of their order over its enemies on obtaining the approbation of its name and constitution from Honorius III on 30 Jan., 1226 (see Colvenerius, "Kal. Mar.", 30 Jan. "Summa Aurea", III, 737).

Homily on Our Lady of Mount Carmel - Mary’s Promise of Salvation

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Our Lady of Carmel Santa Tecla July 16, 1977
Zachariah 2:14-17 Luke 2:15b-19

.. .today, July 16th, the Church of Santa Tecla is a grace of God;1 for this place, like so many other popular places of the Republic that have the name Carmel, are gifts from God that enable us, the pastors of El Salvador,

Letter of the Prior General on the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel 2016

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Dear brothers and sisters in Carmel,

As we do every year, we get ready to celebrate the feasts in honour of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, our Mother and Sister as we like to call her among Carmelites, following the ancient tradition that comes down to us from the Middle Ages. First of all, I want to offer you my best wishes for the feast.

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As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister." 

 



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