In her article for the Augsburg Post in March 1935, St Edith Stein mentioned the origin of the brown scapular of Carmel: "the Blessed Virgin appeared to the general of the Order, Simon Stock, an Englishman, and gave him the scapular." Edith takes this piece of Carmelite tradition and firmly plants it within the Order's Marian spirituality.
Saint Edith Stein writes, "The legend of the Order tells us that the Mother of God would have liked to remain with the hermit brothers on Mount Carmel. We can certainly understand that she felt drawn to the place where she had been venerated through the ages..."
Carmelites [...] feel constrained to undertake this persevering march toward the mountain of God where fire burns but does not consume.
The offense that the misguided people give to the Lord by their manner of worship hurts Elijah so much that he wants to die.
"This prophet whom God commanded to go forth into the desert... is to be the model of all who withdraw into solitude"
Elijah stands before God’s face because all of his love belongs to the Lord. He lives outside all natural human relationships.
Ambrosius of St. Arsenius, the first Carmelite to die on Mount Carmel in a letter to his General (1634), he tells how he saw the very first church in the world erected in honour of the Mother of God. Behind the altar was the cave where Elijah hid...
He trudged across the country, proclaiming truth to those who needed to hear it