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Mary & the Brown Scapular

Pontiff Praises Wearing the Scapular

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Asks Mother Mary to Wrap Us in Her Mantle

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, JULY 17, 2011- Benedict XVI today noted that the scapular is a "particular sign of union with Jesus and Mary."

The Pope commented on the use of this devotion when he addressed Polish-speaking pilgrims gathered at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo to pray the midday Angelus.

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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The early hermits on Mount Carmel quickly became known as "The Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel" because their little chapel was dedicated to her. The Marian title meant a great deal to the brothers and influenced the spirit by which they tried to live the Gospel message. Many of the older religious orders pick out a special facet of Our Lord's life or teaching, which they want to emphasise and keep alive.

Letter from Prior General

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Dear Brothers and friends of the Carmelite Family,
We are once again approaching the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. July is the Carmelite month par excellence and many things will remind us of our identity, our saints, our history and our spirituality.  Among all of these the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel has pride of place in the lives of Carmelites.

Names Given to Mary

Name Givien to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

With the passage of time the Carmelites thought up tender expressions with which to speak about and to Mary. Here follows a list, somewhat incomplete, of titles found in writings, songs and poetry from various periods and which make specific reference to the Order.

The titles which are common to the whole Church have been left out, those such as Star of the Sea, Splendor of Heaven etc.

Marian Devotion: A Call to the Interior Life

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Text from Gabriel of St. Maria Magdalena, OCD, Intimitd divina, 2nd‘, Roma 1956, pp. 1313-131

 

Devotion to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is a call to the interior life, which is in a very special way the life of Mary Our Lady wishes us to be like hen more in heart and in spirit, than by wearing an exterior habit. If we penetrate Mary’s soul, we see that grace flourished in her and that her interior life was immensely rich.

Day by Day with Mary

Day by Day with Mary

In the Directory for the formation of novices of the Touraine Reform (ed., Paris, 1650-1651), there is mention of customs for honouring Mary and offering one's daily actions to her. Among others, we can note the following:

 

• The one who is to take care of cleaning the convent, can pray while he is working:

Preaching about Mary

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On the feasts of Our Lady it was the custom, for the Fathers to preach sermons about Mary to the people. Apart from this custom, when they had to preach on another topic, they always made several references to Our Lady. This is a custom that reflected norms, which were confirmed several times.

 

Ninth Day : Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Mary, sister in the Christian community

Listening to the Word: With Mary, the Mother of Jesus (Acts 1: 12-14)

Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day's journey away; and when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. All these with one accord devoted themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

Eighth Day: Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Mary, mother at the foot of the cross

Listening to the Word: At the foot of the cross (Jn 19: 25-27)

So the soldiers did this. But standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son!" Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother!" And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

Reflection: John tells us that at the foot of the cross, stood Mary and John. Mary, the mother, John, the beloved disciple.

Seventh Day : Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Friday, July 13, 2018

Mary, listening virgin

Listening to the Word: Blessed are the breasts you sucked (Lk 11: 27-28)

As he said this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, "Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts that you sucked!" But he said, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!"

Reflection: It may seem that Jesus belittles Mary's part, preferring his disciples. But if we read the text carefully we will see that Jesus is really praising his mother. She is the woman who listens to the Word of God and keeps it all the time. She is an attentive disciple who keeps in her heart her Son's words and day after day keeps them. She points the way to us so that we too may imitate her if we wish to be truly her devotees.

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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." 

 



by Dr. Radut