Thursday, July 16, 2020

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

The title of the Mother of God as “Our Lady of Mt. Carmel” evokes the devotion of the brown scapular with its assurances of the grace of final perseverance, humility, and contrition that are promised to the wearer of the scapular at the moment of death.

But this title of Our Lady is deeper than this popular devotion.

The Mother of God is the patroness of the Order of Carmelites, professed men and women religious who trace their spiritual lineage to the prophet Elijah, who lived on Mt. Carmel in the Holy Land.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel shouts out tells us, as Elijah and the prophets did centuries ago, to repent and believe—for the Lord in his might is coming and he is coming to set this world right.