My Spring Reading List!

After the heavier reading of Lent, I thought I'd like to continue some inspirational spiritual reading through the Easter season as well. 

Here's my book list!

Private and Pithy lessons from Scripture - Mother Angelica
Little Book of Life Lessons - Mother Angelica
Three to Get Married - Fulton Sheen
The Little Oratory
Diary Sister Faustina
Getting Past Perfect - Kate Wicker
The Words We Pray - Amy Welborn
Perfectly Yourself - Matthew Kelly 
Crossing the Threshold of Hope - Pope John Paul II

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Today is the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. On July 16, 1251, our Lady appeared to St. Simon Stock, in Kent, England. She gave him a scapular for the monks to wear all the time and told them that "Those wearing this scapular shall not suffer eternal fire."

So why is this the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel instead of Our Lady of Kent England?

Well, there's a story to that.

Mount Carmel is a real place in Palestine. Carmel or "Karmel" means garden. This region was considered a lush garden and a place of beauty.

In the Old Testament, this is the place where the priests of Baal challenged the power of God and the Prophet Elijah called down fire from heaven,

In the book of Judith,  King Nabuchodonosor sent his general to "bring all the earth under his empire." The inhabitants of Carmel were able to resist this invasion. Judith eventually kills the general in his own camp.

The prophet Elijah on Mount Carmel; the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice

The Prophet Elijah lived on Mount Carmel and attracted other men to come and live a life of prayer and sacrifice. In the 12th century, many men came from England to live as Elijah and to honor the Blessed Mother.

Mt. Carmel

Chapels to the Blessed Mother have been built on Mount Carmel, and this is where the Carmelites lived.  Around 1235, the Carmelite Order had to move back to Europe after persecution and incursions by the Saracens. 

 Later, St. Simon Stock, born in England in the mid 1100's, joined the Carmelite Order in England, where there was great devotion to the Blessed Mother. He became the general of the Carmelite Order, and spent several years in the monastery on Mount Carmel. The Order spread through Europe, and on January 13, 1252 Pope Innocent IV gave official recognition to the Carmelite Order.

From the Carmelite Web site:
 after moving back to Europe, the hermits found difficult to adapt to new lifestyle. St. Simon Stock instituted reforms to best suit Western conditions and the cenobitical rather than the eremitical way of life. However, the order had difficulty gaining general acceptance and suffered much persecution and oppression from secular clergy.
Tradition says that Our Lady responded to their call through an apparition to Simon Stock on Sunday July 16th, 1251 as he knelt in prayer. She appeared holding the Child Jesus in one arm and the brown scapular in the other hand while uttering the following words: “Hoc erit tibi et cunctis Carmelitis privilegium, in hoc habitu moriens salvabitur” (This shall be the privilege for you and for all the Carmelites, that anyone dying in this habit shall be saved.) 
Aylesford, England (1251) - Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Since then, the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel has become a favorite with Catholics all over the world, many popes and saints wearing it daily. The Church has granted many spiritual benefits to the wearing of the Brown Scapular.

Another prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the Flos Carmeli (Flower of Carmel) composed by Saint Simon Stock.

O Beautiful Flower of Carmel, most fruitful vine,splendor of heaven, holy and singular, who brought forth the Son of God, still ever remaining a pure virgin, assist us in our necessity! O Star of the Sea, help and protect us! Show us that you are our Mother! Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, pray for us!

Conditions for Receiving the Graces of the Scapular

The promise and the following conditions are typically associated with a vision and Bull of Pope John XXII. The Bull that has been handed down since the 1400's was never mentioned for over 100 years after its supposed promulgation in 1322 and no record of such a document exists in the writings of Pope John XXII. It has been generally assumed that the extant text of the Bull is not an authentic document but the promises and conditions are valid and several popes have given the Carmelites permission to preach them.

Here are the conditions:

1) Wear the Brown Scapular continuously -
(Catechesis of the Brown Scapular)

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Brown Scapular

2) Observe chastity according to one's state in life.

3) Recite daily the "Little Office of the Blessed Virgin."
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3a) Observe the required fast of the Church as well as abstaining for meat on Wednesday and Saturday


3b) Recite the Rosary daily


3c) With permission, substitute some other good work.

Obviously, the Scapular is not a get out of Hell or Purgatory Free Card.

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