Friday, July 16, 2010

July 16-- Our Lady of Mount Carmel

A blessed feast day to the entire Carmelite family.

“The sign of the Scapular nourishes the devotion of believers and makes them sensitive to the Virgin Mother's loving presence in their lives. The Scapular is essentially a 'habit'. Those who receive it are associated with the Order of Carmel and dedicate themselves to the service of Our Lady for the good of the whole Church.

“Therefore two truths are evoked by the sign of the Scapular:

- the constant protection of the Blessed Virgin, not only on life's journey but also at the moment of passing into the fullness of eternal glory

- the awareness that devotion to Mary cannot be limited to prayers and tributes in her honor on certain occasions, but must become a 'habit', that is, a permanent orientation of one's own Christian conduct, woven of prayer and interior life, through frequent reception of the sacraments and the concrete practice of the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.”

(from the message of John Paul II
to the Carmelite Family
on the 750th anniversary
of the bestowal of the Scapular)

Via the Savannah Carmel.

1 comment:

Anne said...

In the morning homily today, I learned that in 1981 when Pope John Paul II had been shot by that fateful bullet and taken to the hospital for surgery, he refused to let them remove his scapular that he had worn ever since he was ten. What a lovely story!

Thanks for this post-the picture is beautiful!