Carmelite Chronicles
The Eremetical Life in Palestine

March 21, 2019 |


Elijah’s Well

De Vitry makes special mention of the eremitical life in Palestine: “Holy men renounced the world, and, according to their various affections and wishes and their religious fervor, chose places to dwell in suitable to their object and devotion. Some, especially attracted by the Lord’s example, chose that desirable wilderness called Quarantena, wherein our Lord fasted for forty days after his baptism (Mt. 4), therein to dwell as hermits and served God most valiantly in humble cells. Others, in imitation of the holy anchorite, the prophet Elijah, led solitary lives on Mount Carmel, especially on that part thereof which overhangs the city of Porphyria, now called Haifa, near the well called Elijah’s Well, not far from the Convent of St. Margaret the Virgin, where in little comb-like cells, those bees of the Lord laid up sweet spiritual honey.

From The Mirror of Carmel by Joachim Smet, O. Carm.

Fr. Joachim Smet O. Carm.
Fr. Joachim Smet, O.Carm. (1915-2011) was one of the leading historians of the Carmelite Order. In addition to being a founding member and President of the Institutum Carmelitanum in Rome and editor of Carmelus, a journal of Carmelite Studies, Fr. Joachim was a gifted writer. he is well-known for his four-volume work The Carmelites and his Life of Saint Peter Thomas. Among his other works: Familiar Matter of Today-Poems (2007), The Mirror of Carmel: A Brief History of the Carmelite Order, (2011), various publications on Carmelite Nuns, Carmelite Liturgy, Carmelite Libraries of Spain and Portugal and the Carmelites of Medieval England.
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