Carmelites and the Devotion to Our Lady
October 1st...The Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux
To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing
In 1685, the vast vicariate of Brazil was divided in two.
The Brazilian vicariate began to press for independence.
The provincial chapter of Portugal of 1595, presided over by the prior general, John Stephen Chizzola, erected the vice-province of Brazil and drew up statutes for its proper administration.
The Carmelites had no difficulty establishing themselves in Brazil, the Cinderella to Portugal’s India. They were preceded there only by the Friars Minor and the Jesuits.
Although the Spanish crown did not permit the Carmelites to go to America as missionaries, it sometimes nominated them as bishops there.
The geographic Mount Carmel that we take our Carmelite name from is a mountain range along the Mediterranean in Israel. It is a green oasis surrounded by desert; hence, its name “Carmel,” which means “the Garden of God” in Hebrew. The metaphorical Carmel is a way of life, our disposition as we make our spiritual path up Mount Carmel.
In spite of the fact that the Order was not permitted to make a permanent foundation in Spanish America, individual Carmelites continued to make their way there.