Individual men began to assemble on Mount Carmel during the Crusades, largely because that place was associated with the great prophet Elijah. We know that most of these individuals were Europeans who had come east with the crusaders, but there is no evidence how many may have been knights, hermits, pilgrims, merchants, sailors, or ordinary soldiers.
Immediately after her conversion she wanted to join a Carmelite convent. However, her spiritual mentors, Vicar-General Schwind of Speyer, and Erich Przywara SJ, stopped her from doing so. Until Easter 1931 she held a position teaching German and history at the Dominican Sisters' school and teacher training college of St. Magdalen's Convent in Speyer.
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.
In honor of today's Feast of the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel we have created a series of eight excerpts/prayer cards from the sequence read during the liturgy before today's gospel.
On a busier-than-usual Tuesday morning recently, I find myself loading my car with cases of bulky camera equipment before driving to an important event