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The Scapular Devotion of Pope John Paul II

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.

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The Carmelite Spirituality of John Paul II

It seems everyone has his own John Paul II. Even among highly committed Catholics there are many views on the lessons of his papacy. Indeed, he was pope for so long, and did so much in so many spheres, that a full account of his activities is perhaps nearly impossible, especially for those who were his contemporaries and have not the advantage of distance in perspective. I intend therefore not so much to describe the legacy of Bl. John Paul II in general,

Message of His Holiness Benedict XVI to The Bishop of Avila (Spain) on The Occasion of The 450th Anniversary of The Monastery of San José In Avila And The Beginning of The Reform of Carmel

To my Venerable Brother
Bishop Jesús García Burillo of Avila

1. Resplendens stella: “a star shining in great splendour” (Libro de la Vida, [The Book of My Life] 32, 11). With these words the Lord encouraged St Teresa of Jesús to found the Monastery of San José in Avila. This was the beginning of the Reform of Carmel which will be celebrating its 450th anniversary next 24 August.

Message of Pope John Paul II to the Carmelite Family on the 750th Anniversary of the Bestowal of the Scapular

To the Most Reverend Fathers 
Joseph Chalmers,
Prior General of the Order of Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel (O.Carm.)
Camilo Maccise,
Superior General of the Order of Discalced Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel (O.C.D.) 

1. The providential event of grace, which the Jubilee Year has been for the Church, prompts her to look with trust and hope to the journey we have just begun in the new millennium. "At the beginning of this new century",

Message of Pope John Paul II to the Order of Carmelite on her General Chapter 2001

To the Most Reverend Father


Prior General of the Order of the Brothers
of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel

1. It is with great joy that I learnt that the ancient Order of the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel is celebrating its General Chapter and is animated by the desire to continue to serve Christ and the Church in complete fidelity to its charism and to the directives of the pontifical Magisterium.



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."