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