On this feast day of St. Albert of Jerusalem, we recall that he gave the Rule of Life to Carmelite hermits who lived "near the spring on Mount Carmel." He urged them to clothe themselves with God's armor and to prepare for "the enemy's ambush". The enemy came in human form when the Mamluks who conquered the Crusader stronghold at Acre moved south unchallenged and massacred the hermits on Carmel.
On 18 May 1291 the Crusader stronghold of Acre fell after weeks of siege. We remember the Carmelite martyrs who perished in Acre and in the weeks that followed.
Pope Innocent III, on the 17th of February 1205, gave St. Albert of Jerusalem a pressing invitation to accept his postulation as Patriarch of Jerusalem, made by the canons of the Holy Sepulchre, by the suffragan bishops and by the King of Jerusalem, Almaricus II of Lusignano. On account of the esteem he had for Albert, the Pope appointed him Legate for the Holy Land, as well.
Hope obtains what it longs for: salvation; or rather, just as the shield of faith is faith itself, the helmet of salvation is salvation—Jesus Christ himself—for salvation is from the Lord, and we are to hope for salvation from our only Savior.
Since man's life on earth is a time of trial, and all who would live devotedly in Christ must undergo persecution...
On 18 May 1291 the Crusader stronghold of Acre fell after weeks of siege. We remember the Carmelite martyrs who perished that day.
Gregory IX frees the Carmelites from property to focus on prayer
It is to me, however, that you have come for a rule of life
We enjoin you and your successors to observe in the future the rule which was given to you...
Blessing to B. and the other hermits who live near the spring on Mount Carmel