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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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.
“The Scapular becomes a ‘sign of the covenant’ - and the reciprocal communion between Mary and the faithful: indeed, it concretely translates the gift of his Mother, which Jesus gave on the Cross to John and, through him, to all of us, and the entrustment of the beloved Apostle and of us to her, who became our spiritual Mother.” (Pope St. John Paul II)
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.