Today, July 16, is the feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
In the introduction of this feast found in The Divine Office, vol III, it says that: “the Sacred Scriptures speak of the beauty of Mount Carmel where the prophet Elijah defended the faith of the people of Israel in the living GOd. In the twelfth century a group of hermits settled there and afterwards set up the Carmelite Order to lead a contemplative life under the patronage of the Holy Mother of God.
Looking at the serene face of Mary holding the Child Jesus, always leaves an impression on me about Mary. She is just a humble, caring and a loving mother. She undoubtedly knew that she is going to bear the pain of being a mother of the Son of God, as evident in the Cross, but still, it doesn’t stop her to love Jesus, to take care of him when he was a child. And this is evident in the image of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus.
Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen…