Father Paul-Marie of the Cross explains the meaning of the Marian title, "Beauty of Carmel." For Carmelites, Mary is the brightness of eternal light...
When a smallpox epidemic broke out in Baltimore in the closing months of the year 1882, many persons begged the Discalced Carmelite nuns to pray for an end to the calamity. The nuns chanted the now-famous prayer, Stella Caeli Extirpavit to Our Lady, for help in time of pestilence.
It is hardly surprising to learn that the poet Jessica Powers was a great hymn writer, too. One of the hymns that she wrote for the Carmelite liturgies appears on the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. In it, she mentions the gift of the scapular.
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.
In 1915, Titus Brandsma wrote an article that was published in the review 'Karmelrozen' that describes Saturday Marian devotions in Carmelite churches. "Simply by thinking of Mary's help," he wrote, "we feel ourselves strengthened in our weakness."
From the Scheveningen prison, Titus Brandsma writes: "There was no holy card of the Virgin Mary in my breviary, yet her image is obligatory in the cell of every Carmelite; I had to find a solution for this..."
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..."
In all that I say in this book I submit to what our Mother the Holy Roman Church holds... If there should be anything good in this work, may it be for the honor and glory of God and the service of His most Blessed Mother, our Lady and Patroness, whose habit I wear despite my being very unworthy to do so.
St. Oscar Arnulfo Romero was martyred on 24 March 1980 as he celebrated Mass in the chapel of the Divina Providencia cancer hospital in San Salvador, El Salvador. We have the English translation of his homily from 16 July 1977, which he preached in the Church of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Santa Tecla El Salvador.
Only one thing will I ask of you, since the rest will be given to me and you will give it to me in addition: what I ask is for Love to be able to Love
To the filial promises of her loving children of Chile, the Virgin Queen answered with this single word, “Independence” and with it, she won their hearts forever.
As the soul is united to Christ, so Carmel is hidden in Mary. She is, par excellence, the contemplative soul.
Grant us grace to climb Mount Carmel and to learn that love is loss. Guide us still our ways outdistance all earth’s treasures save the cross.
Let us remember that it was Pope John XXII in the XIV century who promoted devotion to Mary under this title
... to commune with God within the recesses of our soul through abandonment. There lies the key to God’s love and peace.
How I wish I could fill you with these thoughts... so that there is nothing before you but God! Then, what peace, what joy we might experience