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Our Lady of Mount Carmel: Garden of God, Star of the Sea

Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Flower of Carmel
Vine blossom-laden,
splendour of heaven,
Child-bearing yet maiden,
None equals thee.
Mother so tender,
whom no man didst know,
On Carmel’s children
thy favours bestow,
Star of the sea.

Two of my favorite titles of our Lady are: the Garden of God and star of the sea. They come together under the title of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.

A little background info:

Mt. Carmel is a fertile mountain range in northern Israel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Carm-el means valley or garden of God in Hebrew. It is the area where the prophet of God, Elijah, had a showdown with the 450 prophets of baal (1 Kings 18). Mount Carmel is also where Elijah anticipated the Lord bringing an end to the three year long drought. From the mountain’s height a rain cloud was seen coming from the sea.

The order of Carmelites began on Mount Carmel when a group of crusaders or pilgrims came to live there as hermits in imitation of the prophet Elijah (sometime after the year 1190). The order moved and spread out into places such as England, where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Simon Stock, the sixth General of the Carmelites. She gave him the brown scapular as a sign of her mantle of protection over all who would wear it devoutly.

The physical Mount Carmel is a symbol of the Blessed Virgin. She is the fertile garden of God where he took up residence for nine months. She is where the word of God took root and bore much fruit… the Word became flesh in her. Our Blessed Lady is also typified by the rain cloud. It is she who gave birth to the source of Living Waters to quench our parched earth. God has seen fit to grant us the rain of grace through his cloud.

Insofar as it hovered above the sea, the cloud reminds us that Our Lady is the Star of the Sea, Stella Maris… she is always guiding us to her son and directing us on the path of salvation. The Blessed Virgin leads us safely to shore. Again I reminded how I desperately need her… I would be already lost if it wasn’t for my Star of the Sea.

The wearing of the Brown Scapular is a practice that I want to return to… Mother Mary has given me a piece of her cloth to wear as I engage in battle, to remind me of how much she loves me and wants me to go to heaven. I should wear it proudly as her knight. The scapular is a sacramental brings actual graces down upon the wearer.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel leads us ever closer to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit til we reach safely to shore. And having arrived there after bearing much fruit on earth, may we praise God with her forever.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us!

Madonna of the Month – April 2009

virgin mary holding our savior jesus

Readers of this blog— I would greatly appreciate if somebody could tell me (please leave a comment) the name of the artist who painted this beautiful picture! this image reminds me of the Resurrection—Our Lady seems to have a glowing look in her eyes as if she’s saying “i got my Son back” and “he lives in you!”

Our–yours and mine–Lady of Lourdes

The weather today was just beautiful–a refreshingly unseasonable 70 degrees. Perfect weather for the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes! I was happy to make it to Mass today.

Lourdes will always be, for me, synonymous with love–God’s great love for us and the love He desires from us. The Immaculate Virgin is Heaven’s “bait”! Lourdes is a place of healing and hope, a place where God gets our attention through Our Lady.

It began in a cave in a little town in Southern France where the Virgin Mary appeared to a poor uneducated little girl named Bernadette. She addressed her as no one ever had: “will you do me the favor of coming here for 15 days?” followed by the heartfelt words, “i do not promise you happiness in this world but in the next”. Bernadette suffered much throughout her life in this world especially from asthma and tb.

In the course of these apparitions, “the beautiful girl” asked Bernadette to unearth a miraculous healing spring of water there. She also asked for the local priest to receive a message: have a chapel built at the site and let people come in procession to it. it was only when the

tell the priest that she wished for a chapel to be built at that spot and for people to come there in procession.

a miraculously healing spring wells up. Our Lady asked for a chapel to be built there with people coming to it in procession..ventually she revealed herself

All Marian devotion is Christocentric because Mary herself is Christocentric. The realization of this fact makes her incredibly lovable: She is seeking Christ’s glory and nor her own. This attractive humility on her part can be reflected

-Our Lady

-She

[edited 2/12-13, a work in progress]

Marian apparition in utero!

Since January is pro-life month (specially dedicated as such) i wanted to get this story in:

Every morning I like to hear EWTN’s daily broadcast of he Holy Mass. Today’s homily really grabbed my attention. Father Joseph shared an amazing true story that he received from a deacon:

There was a woman at the church one day, weeping. The deacon approached her and asked her what was wrong. She said the she was pregnant with twins, a girl and a boy: there was a problem with the girl that would cause her to be naturally aborted which would cause the healthy boy twin to die as well. The mother of course wanted her babies to live. And so the deacon asked if he could pray over her. He also got some of the women in the church who were there, to pray for her.  Two years later he got a letter from the mother who joyfully informed him that the babies were born healthy and are now 2 ½ years old. The mother went on to speak of an incident that had just occurred:

The little boy, Kevin, goes around with a statue of our Lady much like most kids with a blanket or a teddy bear. One day as he is watching cartoons, his sister takes the statue… their mother tells her to put it back, “that is your brother’s statue”. Kevin responds “oh that’s okay, Mary said she wanted to watch TV with us”. To this the little girl, Colleen, says,  “She can’t talk to you”.” Yes she can”. Colin asks, “When did she talk to you?”. “Remember when you were really sick she used to hold us and sing to us?” And the mother overhearing this conversation asks, “ How did she hold you? Did she hold you as your sister is holding the statue now?” Kevin responds “No she held us in her fingers”. Than their mother asked, “What did she sing?” Kevin says, “Alleluia, alleluia”. “What was she wearing? “. “She was beautiful, dressed in white and covered with tiny lights”.

The mother, who had been journaling the entire pregnancy, upon hearing these things ran to the journal and immediately opened it to the entry of the day that the deacon prayed with her. She realized that she had spoken these words to the Blessed Virgin–I’m paraphrasing here: “if it is God’s will that these children live, may it be done! if it is God’s will to take them, i ask you to keep them for them for me until we are reunited in heaven”