Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Pray for Us!

Today is the feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, patroness of the Carmelite Order and patron saint of Chile.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is popularly associated with the Brown Scapular, a sacramental worn as a sign and a pledge to emulate Mary, who is a perfect model of the interior life of prayer and contemplation, a model of virtue, and the person who was closest in life to Jesus Christ.  Mary always points Christians to Christ, as she did at the wedding at Cana with the words, "Do whatever he (Jesus) tells you."

Any Marian feast day is worth noting, because to honor Mary is to honor Jesus. It was her simple "yes" to God that began Jesus' mission of Salvation.

How many times does God speak to us, but we're so busy with schedules and lists and "important" tasks that we put Him off or ignore Him completely?

We must first learn to listen, and we do that through the study of His Word in the Scriptures and by taking the time to speak with Him. There is time enough in the day to eat, to work, to socialize, to watch television. There's also enough time to pray.

"Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, help us to imitate you in your love for Jesus. Help us to listen for God throughout our day, and give us the strength and integrity to say yes to Him."

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