15 Jul Our Lady of Mount Carmel
We greet all our visitors on this great feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. We will have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in our chapel from after Mass until 3pm and you will all be held in our prayer during Adoration.
1. In this July we celebrated the memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, so dear to Christian piety in the world, and linked in a special way to the life of the great Carmelite religious family.
Our thoughts go to the Holy Mountain, which in the biblical world is increasingly seen as a symbol of grace, blessing and beauty. On that mountain the Carmelites dedicated to the Virgin Mother of God, “Flos Carmeli”, in whom the beauty of all the virtues shone, their first church, thus expressing its willingness to rely completely on her and unite inextricably its service to Mary with that “in allegiance to Christ” (cf. “Carmelite Rule”, Prologue).
2. The great Carmelite mystics have understood the experience of God in their lives as a “way of perfection” (S. Teresa of Jesus) as an “ascent of Mount Carmel” (St. John of the Cross). In this journey Mary is present. Invoked by the Carmelites as a mother, patron and sister she becomes, as the Virgin most pure, the contemplative model, sensitively listening and meditating on the Word of God and obedient to the Father through Christ in the Holy Spirit. In Carmel, and in any deeply Carmelite soul there is formed a communion life and familiarity with the Blessed Virgin, as a new way of living for God and of continuing here on earth the love of Jesus the Son for his mother, Mary.
3. A special grace of the Blessed Virgin to the Carmelites, remembered by a venerable tradition linked to St. Simon Stock, has spread among the Christian people with many spiritual fruits. It is the Brown Scapular, a means of affiliation to the Carmelite Order for the purpose of participating in its spiritual benefits, and a sign of tender and filial devotion to Mary .
By the scapular people devoted to Our Lady of Mount Carmel express their desire to shape their lives in accordance with Mary’s example – mother, patroness, sister, and Virgin Most Pure – by receiving with purified hearts the Word of God and by devoting themselves to the service of their brothers and sisters.
I now invite all those who are devoted to the Blessed Virgin to pray to her fervently, so that by her intercession, she may obtain of reach one the grace to safely continue the journey of life and “come happily to the holy mountain, Jesus Christ our Lord” (cf. “Collecta Missae in hon. BMV Carm.”, die 16 iul.).