July 16 – Our Lady of Mount Carmel

elijah mount carmel foot sea

  • You remember how Elijah stopped up the heavens from raining for years.
  • You remember how Elijah brought Israel back to the faith all of Israel with the great sacrifice on Mount Carmel.
  • You remember how Elijah took proper care of the necks of the 450 henchmen of Jezebel / prophets of Baal (not to mention the 400 fake prophets of Asherah[?]).
  • You remember how Elijah prayed for rain, and it did rain. He saw from his cave facing the Mediterranean Sea (above which I lived) a cloud in the form of a foot rising from the sea, bringing the rain. This is the foot which reaches out, taking the initiative, to crush the head of the serpent back in Genesis 3:15.

brown scapular of our lady of mount carmel

  • You remember how the crusaders preached by the greatest of saints in those bygone centuries, who fought defensive wars against the Islamicist slaughters of the faithful in the Holy Land.
  • You remember how some of the crusaders then removed themselves off to Mount Carmel not far from the cave of Elijah. They took what is actually the Dominican habit, just brown, with the scapular, the tiny version of which is pictured above. I hope you wear it. I do. And pray the Rosary. Daily!
  • You remember how the new Carmelites moved into the wadi, right were I’m standing to take the picture below, looking down to the Mediterranean. They wanted to become prayer warriors in the same spirit as they were crusaders. How embarrassing the mosque you see to the upper right of the picture. Sigh.

flores - mount carmel wadi

We gotta remember the history of Mount Carmel whilst we live our own lives today whilst we wear the scapular and whilst we pray the rosary.

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  1. Aussie Mum

    There is also a Bahai shrine (Shrine of the Báb) on Mt Carmel today and that “religion”, a schismatic offshoot of Islam, wants to swallow up the Church. Apparently “the Bab” (Alí Muhammad, 1819-1850) is seen by members of the Bahai community as the Islamic Mahdi and also as another Elijah, having paved the way for Baháʼu’lláh (Mírzá Ḥusayn-ʻAlí Núrí). In 1863 Baháʼu’lláh claimed to be the “Manifestation of God” promised by the Bab and thereby, supposedly, the fulfilment of the different monotheistic faiths. Wacky, I know, but I once knew a woman who believed the spiel and joined the Bahai false religion. I don’t know if she was strange before joining them but she certainly was afterward. I wish the mosque and the Bahai Centre weren’t on Mt Carmel or anywhere else for that matter.

    The Carmelite Order is also linked with Fatima. Sister Lucia was a Carmelite and as a child, during the Miracle of the Sun, she saw Our Lady of Mt Carmel:
    “After Our Lady had disappeared into the immense distance of
    the firmament, we beheld St. Joseph with the Child Jesus and Our
    Lady robed in white with a blue mantle, beside the sun. St. Joseph
    and the Child Jesus appeared to bless the world, for they traced
    the Sign of the Cross with their hands. When, a little later, this apparition disappeared, I saw Our Lord and Our Lady; it seemed to
    me that it was Our Lady of Dolours. Our Lord appeared to bless the
    world in the same manner as St. Joseph had done. This apparition
    also vanished, and I saw Our Lady once more, this time resembling Our Lady of Carmel.” (p. 183 at the link below)

    Click to access MemoriasI_en.pdf

    As the introduction at the above link explains: “This edition of the Memoirs of Sister Lucia is a true and faithful translation of the Portuguese text of the original letters, which are kept in the Episcopal archives in Leiria. We are indebted to His Excellency the Bishop, Most Reverend Dom Serafim Ferreira e Silva, for his permission for its publication.” (p.7)
    There is a 2nd volume as well but I have not been able to buy a copy and it doesn’t seem to be online yet.

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