"It is...Our will that Catholics should abstain from certain appellations which have recently been brought into use to distinguish one group of Catholics from another. They are to be avoided not only as 'profane novelties of words,' out of harmony with both truth and justice, but also because they give rise to great trouble and confusion among Catholics. Such is the nature of Catholicism that it does not admit of more or less, but must be held as a whole or as a whole rejected: 'This is the Catholic faith, which unless a man believe faithfully and firmly; he cannot be saved' (Athanasian Creed). There is no need of adding any qualifying terms to the profession of Catholicism: it is quite enough for each one to proclaim 'Christian is my name and Catholic my surname,' only let him endeavour to be in reality what he calls himself." -- Pope Benedict XV, Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum 24 (1914)

Monday, July 16, 2012

July 16: Feast Day Our Lady Of Mount Carmel

Feast Day for Carmelites: Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Today is a special day for all who wear the scapular, and especially for members of the Carmelites. It is thefeast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.

Assumption Grotto is the home base for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Secular Carmelites (discalced) which meet at the parish on First Saturday's starting with an added Mass time of 8:30am and ending around Noon following refreshments, business meeting, and formation. Scrolling here will offer some info and good Carmelite articles.

From the Catholic Encyclopedia:

This feast was instituted by the Carmelites between 1376 and 1386 under the title"Commemoratio B. Marif Virg. duplex" to celebrate the victory of their order over its enemiesEWTN's page on the Brown Scapular
on obtaining the approbation of its name and constitution from Honorius III on 30 Jan., 1226 (see Colvenerius, "Kal. Mar.", 30 Jan. "Summa Aurea", III, 737). The feast was assigned to 16 July, because on that date in 1251, according to Carmelite traditions, the scapular was given by the Blessed Virgin to St. Simon Stock; it was first approved by Sixtus V in 1587. After Cardinal Bellarmine had examined the Carmelite traditions in 1609, it was declared the patronal feast of the order.........
it was extended to the entire Latin Church by Benedict XIII. The lessons contain the legend of the scapular; the promise of theSabbatine privilege was inserted into the lessons by Paul Vabout 1614. The Greeks of southern Italy and the CatholicChaldeans have adopted this feast of the "Vestment of theBlessed Virgin Mary". The object of the feast is the special predilection of Mary for those who profess themselves her servants by wearing her scapular

Other good reads:

The most extraordinary event in English history (Rorate Caeli)
The Brown Scapular turns 760 years old today (Canterbury Tales)
Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Catholic Seeking)
Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Blessed John Paul II (Dr. Lilles)
Fr. Bonaventure - Mt. Carmel Spirituality Podcast (Air Maria)

EWTN's page on the brown scapular
St. Simon Stock and the Brown Scapular (Theotokos)
A Brief Catechism on the Brown Scapular

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