I am a member of the Secular Order of the Discalced Carmelites.
Here you see me with another Secular Discalced Carmelite on the day
when we were "clothed" in the Habit of our order.
Here is a Slideshow that I have put together:
July 16th is the Carmelite Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. For those of you
who are not Carmelites, I imagine that the question you might have in the back of your
minds might be this: “How did the Blessed Virgin Mary become associated with Mount
Carmel in Palestine?” In homily that I gave on July 16, 2016, I tried to answer that
question for you:
July 16th is also a special day for those who wear the Brown Scapular of the Carmelite Order. Legend has it that it was on this day in 1251 that Our Lady appeared to Saint Simon Stock and gave him the Brown scapular:
July 20th- traditionally marks the day when Elijah was taken up to heaven in a fiery chariot. On that day, On Mount Carmel in Israel they have a special celebration commemorating the ascension of Elijah; this celebration takes place in a cave which is believed to be his secret hideout when he was on the run from Queen Jezebel.
Elijah defended God's law in a solemn contest on Mt. Carmel. In the 12 century AD, there were hermits who instituted a form of monastic life in honor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. They followed monastic tradition in turning to Elijah as their spiritual father and model. For that reason, today is an important feast day for the Carmelite Order, an order to which I belong. For more information on that subject, you could go here:
Here is the homily that I gave for the occasion:
Here is more information about St. Elijah:
This is an image of St. Teresa of Avila, the founder of the Discalced Carmelites. I'm a member of their secular order. For more information on this religious order you can go here:
My Community belongs to the Washington province:
In 2015 Discalced Carmelites all over the world celebrated the 500th birthday of St. Teresa of Avila our founder. For more information on that topic you can go here: