A Letter from Fr. John
Beautiful Flower of Mt. Carmel07-16-2017Fr. John Bonavitacola
Since today, July 16, is the feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, a little history may be helpful. (Most of this comes from the Carmelite Order itself.) Mount Carmel is a mountain in the Holy Land celebrated for its sheer beauty. Stretching out into the deep blue of the Mediterranean Sea, Mount Carmel in the springtime of the year is aglow with the vivacious coloring of flowering shrubs and plants - a symbol for the beauty of Mary. On that mountain, the first Carmelites, a unique group, came together. Most of them were laymen living as hermits in community. They took as their model one who appealed to many monks in the West, the Prophet Elijah. And with the passage of time, they took Mary as the companion on their journey to the Lord. Carmel stands for prayer and union with God on the holy mount. Every Carmelite house, even the smallest in the back street of some huge city, still manages to recapture something of that unique and beautiful spirit of Mount Carmel.READ MORE
Although all the time slots are now filled to have the statue of Our Lady of Fatima (blessed by Bishop Olmsted) in your home, you, your family and friends are encouraged to gather together to pray the rosary at any time. Praying is a wonderful way to grow together in Christ.
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