Quote of the day, 18 May: Rule of St. Albert

Since man’s life on earth is a time of trial, and all who would live devotedly in Christ must undergo persecution, and the devil your foe is on the prowl like a roaring lion looking for prey to devour, you must use every care to clothe yourselves in God’s armour so that you may be ready to withstand the enemy’s ambush.

Saint Albert of Jerusalem

Rule of St. Albert
1995 publication, chapter 18

Quia vero tentatio est vita hominis Super terram, et omnes qui pie volunt vivere in Christo persecutionem patiuntur, adversarius quoque vester, diabolus, tamquam leo rugiens circuit quaerens quem devoret, omni solicitudine studeatis indui armatura Dei, ut possitis stare adversus insidias inimici.

On 18 May 1291 the Crusader stronghold of Acre fell to the Mamluks after weeks of siege. Carmelites living in the convent at St. John of Acre, in St. Berthold’s convent on Mount Carmel, and the remaining hermits who lived “near the spring on Mount Carmel” all were martyred that day.

Efemérides Carmelitanas
“Deus Vult” (God wills it) was the rallying cry associated with the Crusades, in particular the first crusade in the 11th century. The first Carmelite hermits, for whom St. Albert of Jerusalem wrote his Rule of Life, were believed to be crusaders who chose to lead a life of penance and prayer on the Mediterranean slope of Mount Carmel, rather than return to their homes in Europe. Ultimately, some of them gave their lives as witnesses to Christ when they were martyred at the hands of the Saracens in 1291.
Martyrdom of the Carmelites
Jörg Ratgeb (German, c. 1480–1526)
Wall painting, 1517
Carmelite Cloister, Frankfurt
Source: Web Gallery of Art (Public Domain)

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