Titus Brandsma, Dutch priest, educator, journalist and modern mystic, has much to say to Twenty-first Century Christians. His joyful countenance in the face of chronic illness and finally, at the torturous hands of the Nazi’s, is a study in humankind’s sharing of its portion of the Cross of Christ.
The names of the parents of Mary are known from the apocryphal “Proto-Gospel of James” (II century). The cult to Saint Anne is documented in the East in the VI century, in the West in the X century;
Some pilgrims, coming from the west to the Holy Land, chose Mount Carmel as the place in which to live as hermits in community. They settled near the spring known as 'Elijah's spring',
In the Hebrew Bible, Elijah is a solitary figure. On Mount Carmel, he challenged his people to choose one God for Israel — Yahweh or Baal. According to the First Book of Kings, chapter 18, Elijah’s sacrifice was consumed by fire, which proved to the people that Yahweh was the true God.
The choice of our Marian patronage is traced to the early Carmelites first church on Mount Carmel, which was dedicated to her.
Sacred Scripture exalts the beauty of Mount Carmel, there where Prophet Elisha defended the purity of the faith of Israel in the living God. In those places, at the beginning of the XIII century the Carmelite Order
As we prepare for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in a few days I'm reminded of another Carmelite feast we will be celebrating in two weeks time on July 27.
During the month of July, Carmelites everywhere prepare to celebrate the feast of the Mother of God of Mount Carmel on July 16th. This solemn commemoration holds a very special place in the lives of Carmelites as it highlights what is distinctive about the Carmelite order and our ministry.