Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel as Patroness of Israel and the Middle East

Pope Pius XII made her patroness of Arabia - insofar as the image dedicated as Our Lady of Arabia was a copy of the famous statue of Our Lady on Mt. Carmel.  For several reasons I consider Our Lady of Mt. Carmel as the bridge between the East and the West, as well as the source of peace between Muslims and Christians and Jews.  She is also Our Lady of Victory over the apostasy that encroaches upon the Church - foreshadowed in the Old Testament accounts of the Prophet Elijah.

The Blessed Virgin has many titles, Our Lady of Jerusalem, Our Lady of Palestine, Our Lady of Bethlehem.  During the miracle at Fatima she showed herself within that apocalyptic tableau as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, as if to indicate her patronage for the troubled times that lay ahead and are threatening the world today.

Our Lady of Jerusalem

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.  Today rockets have once again fallen upon Israel.  Story here.

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