Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Solemnity for all Discalced Carmelites
Photo: R. Massaro-Carmelite Monastery Cleveland, Oh

It was through the blessed Virgin Mary that Jesus Christ came into the world, and it is also through her that he must reign in the world.                                                        St. Louis de Montfort

From the Carmelite Proper:

The sacred scriptures speak of the beauty of Mount Carmel where the prophet Elijah defended the faith of Israel in the living God. There, at the beginning of the thirteenth century, under the title of "Saint Mary of Mount Carmel, " the Order of Carmelites had its formal beginning. From the fourteenth century this title, recalling the countless blessings of its patroness, began to be celebrated solemnly, first in  England and then gradually throughout the whole Order. It attained its supreme place from the beginning of the seventeenth century, when the General Chapter declared it to be the principal feast of the Order, and Paul V recognized it as the feast of the Scapular Confraternity.

From the Mystical Institutions of Michael of Saint Augustine:

...Put yourself completely in her care; acknowledge her your best teacher, call upon her, the truly wise virgin; make every effort to prepare for and celebrate her different feasts worthily, in a word, act always as becomes a worthy son. In return you will learn how truly she is the mother of fair love and godly hope, overflowing with every grace of life and truth for you, radiating every hope of life and holiness. She never ceases to entreat for you those graces necessary for your perseverance in true holiness. At all times she acts as your well of living waters.
At the hour of your death she will not hesitate to proclaim herself your sister--indeed, your mother--so that she will be your greatest help at that hour. Then indeed will her assistance secure your salvation. Your life of devotion and attachment to her will gain for you a holy peaceful death in her love. She will carry you in her gentle motherly arms to the gate of Heaven. Truly those who love Mary will be blessed at their last hour.

Peace be with you!
Rosemarie of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, ocds

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