"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Solemn Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel

Queen, beauty of Carmel!

O most beautiful flower of Carmel, 
fruitful vine, splendor of heaven, 
Blessed Mother of the Son of God, 
Immaculate Virgin, assist us in our necessity. 
O star of the sea, help us and show us the way. 
O Mary conceived without sin, 
pray for us who have recourse to you.

In the Ascent of Mount Carmel, St. John of the Cross wrote: “Oh that someone might show us how to understand, practice and experience what this counsel is which our Saviour here gives us concerning the denial of ourselves, so that spiritual persons might see in how different a way they should conduct themselves upon this road than that which many of them think proper.... Oh that someone would tell us how far Our Lord desires this self-denial to be carried!” This lament is addressed to us “spiritual persons,” who claim to be Christ’s friends. - Sr. Ruth Burrows ocd

In thanksgiving for the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel.

Happy feast day! 


  1. Happy feast "Carmel" day Terry!

  2. Ah ! Thanks for the wonderful picture, Terry ! Our Lady.....so swift to answer prayer - often (!) I do not realize until after the solution/healing/love that she has responded in a most delicate, quiet, subtle way....she remains peacefully hidden, so generously giving of herself. Thank you so, Blessed Mother, for your attentive care of us all....we who are so deeply undeserving....Lou


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