🤦🏻♂️Parable Of The Lost Son🤦🏻♂️17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate. 💕📖🙏🏻From this parable we can draw a number of spiritual lessons:•••
We can be a genuine son of the Father who is spiritually alive and be lost through sin. We can turn our backs on our heavenly Father and leave him of our own free will. Mortal sin is a real possibility. sin lands us in a far worse state than we were in originally.
We can, however, return to the Father and be accepted by him with great joy. In fact, he is ready to accept us back and forgive us, no matter what we've done.🙏🏻😍 #Jesus#Christ#JesusChrist#Love#Joy#happiness#holyspirit#church#bible#jesusislove#copticorthodox#reallove#Orthodox#saintmary#virginmary#pray#prayer#lost#lostson#wealth#world#Christian#Christianity
Today is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel ❤
Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as patroness of the Carmelite Order. The first Carmelites were Christian hermits living on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land during the late 12th and early to mid-13th century. They built in the midst of their hermitages a chapel which they dedicated to the Blessed Virgin.
Since the 15th century, popular devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel has centered on the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, also known as the Brown Scapular, a sacramental associated with promises of Mary's special aid for the salvation of the devoted wearer. Mary is said to have given the Scapular to an early Carmelite named Saint Simon Stock.
St. Simon Stock was a Carmelite monk who founded many Carmelite Communities. Simon received a private revelation about the Brown Scapular, a monastic garment worn by Carmelites.
The Blessed Virgin Mary with a multitude of angels appeared to Simon holding the Scapular of the Order in her hands, and said, "Receive, my beloved son, this scapular of thy Order; it is the special sign of my favor, which I have obtained for thee and for thy children of Mount Carmel. He who dies clothed with this habit shall be preserved from eternal fire. It is the badge of salvation, a shield in time of danger, and a pledge of special peace and protection." This vision was the source of the Brown Scapular devotion – a tradition which involves the wearing of an adapted version of the garment, along with certain spiritual commitments, by lay Catholics as well as priests and religious. Through Simon Stock the devotion of the scapular spread throughout the world, not only among the people, but also among kings and princes who found themselves very honoured to wear the sign of the servants of the Blessed Virgin.
July 16th | Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.
This feast was instituted by the Carmelites between 1376 and 1386 under the title "Commemoratio B. Mariae Virg. duplex" to celebrate the victory of their order over its enemies in obtaining the approbation of its name and constitution from Honorius III on January 30, 1226. The feast was assigned to July 16, because on that date in 1251, according to the Carmelite traditions, the scapular was given by the Blessed Virgin to St. Simon Stock; it was first approved by Sixtus V in1587.
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Pope: Our Lady of Carmel leads us to the Mount of God
Today, Monday, July 16, throughout the world the Church celebrates the Madonna del Carmelo: devotion among the oldest of Christendom. #Tweet of the Pope "The #VirginMary , Mother and Queen of Carmel, accompany your steps on the daily journey to the Mount of God"
It is the tweet of #PopeFrancis for today's solemnity dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, a devotion as old as it is loved throughout the Christian world.
In 2013, on the occasion of the General Chapter of the Order of the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, the Pontiff highlighted the fruits of this spiritual tradition: "The testimony of Carmel in the past belongs to the profound spiritual tradition that grew up in one of the great schools of prayer. It also aroused the courage of men and women who faced danger and even death.
We only remember the two great contemporary martyrs: Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross and Blessed Titus Brandsma. "
Bring Christ to the world
The Church's mission to bring Christ to the world is not for Pope Francis the exclusive "prerogative" of the consecrated but, as he himself affirmed on several occasions, a vocation to which we are all called, including young people.
In the Pope, the reference to great Carmelite saints as Teresa of Lisieux or Teresa d'Avila is always fervent and present, and in a message to the bishop of Avila he recalled his last words as a precious inheritance for all:
"'It's time to walk!'. These words of Saint Teresa of Avila, spoken shortly before her death, are the synthesis of her life and become for us (...) a precious heritage to be preserved and enriched. "
By Emanuela Campanile
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To Jesus through Mary
The scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, also known as the Brown scapular, is one of the most popular and celebrated of Roman Catholic devotions. The sacramental as the lay faithful commonly use it is a miniature derivative of the actual brown scapular used by the Carmelites -the sleeveless outer garment falling from the shoulders which is worn as a sign of their vocation and devotion.
As was mentioned, Our Lady gave St. Simon a scapular for the Carmelites with the following promise, saying : "Receive, My beloved son, this habit of thy order: this shall be to thee and to all Carmelites a privilege, that whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire …. It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace."
According to Pope John XXII, the Blessed Virgin gave him the following message in a vision related to those who wear the Brown Scapular: "I, the Mother of Grace, shall descend on the Saturday (Sabbath) after their death and whomsoever I shall find in Purgatory, I shall free, so that I may lead them to the holy mountain of life everlasting."
Based on Church tradition, three conditions need to be fulfilled to obtain the benefits of this Privilege and the Scapular:
1. Wear the Brown Scapular,
2. Observe chastity according to one’s state in life,
3. And pray the Rosary.
In order to receive the spiritual blessings associated with the Scapular, it is necessary to be formally enrolled in the Brown Scapular by either a priest or a lay person who has been given this faculty. Once enrolled, no other Scapular need be blessed before wearing. The blessing and imposition are attached to the wearer for life.
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Hoy celebramos la fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen, conocida como la más bella flor del jardín de Dios. Según la tradición, un 16 de julio de 1251, San Simón Stock, superior en ese entonces de los Carmelitas, se encontraba en profunda oración rogando por sus religiosos perseguidos cuando la Virgen se le apareció con el hábito de la Orden en la mano y le entregó el escapulario.
Tiempo después la devoción a la Virgen del Carmen fue floreciendo y la espiritualidad carmelita se extendió por varios lugares del mundo.
Canal project threatens ancient Ephesus in western Turkey
The ancient city of Ephesus, one of the pearls of Turkey in the Aegean province of İzmir’s Selçuk district, is currently at risk from a projected new "canal" project.
The construction of a so-called “antique canal,” a 6,130-meter long canal that will link the ancient site to the sea, has raised eyebrows among historians and experts.
Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) İzmir deputy Mahmut Atilla Kaya has announced that the “geotechnical drilling works" - the first phase of the project - have been completed. On Oct. 19 they reached the contract tendering process “with a value of approximately 30 million Turkish Liras,” Kaya said. “Ephesus owed its importance as a trade center to being a harbor city. But alluvial deposits carried by the Marnas Streamlet and the Cayster River [Küçük Menderes] have cut the harbor’s connection to the sea,” said Kaya, stating that the ‘Ephesus Antique Canal Project’ plans to revive the port. “In order to provide yachts with a sea entrance, a 600-meter-long entrance channel, pier structure, short-term yacht anchor area and vehicle and pedestrian bridges will be built in the coast of Pamucak,” he also said. “The entrance channel will be constructed on a concrete foundation and a wall will be built from square-cut blocks of local stone. The geotechnical drilling work has been completed. The mud will be cleaned up to four meters deep by amphibious vehicles. This way, tourism in Ephesus will increase,” said Kaya.
Ephesus, being a harbor city on the shores of the Aegean Sea, has moved nine kilometers away from the sea by alluvium carried by streams over the last 2,500 years.
The second regional director of State Hydraulic Works (DSİ), Ali Fuat Eker, also said they have received a positive report from the Directorate General of Environmental Impact Assessment (ÇED) by the Environment and Urban Planning Ministry and that “the first phase of the 30-meter-wide entrance channel would cost 30 million Turkish Liras.” “Construction will start in either February or March. The first phase of the project will be completed in March 2019.