Solemn Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel
As the vine I have brought forth a pleasant odor, and my flowers are the fruit of honor and riches. I am the Mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge, and of holy hope. IN ME IS ALL GRACE OF THE WAY AND OF THE TRUTH, IN ME IS ALL HOPE OF LIFE AND OF VIRTUE. Come over to me... and be filled with my fruits.... He that hearkeneth to me shall not be confounded, and they that work by me shall not sin (from the Epistle of the Mass, Ecclesiasticus 24.23-31).
At Fatima in Portugal, the "Woman" of the Apocalypse (Ch. XII; cf., our post "The Great Sign in Heaven") appeared as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel before She returned to Heaven - "She wants us to wear Her Scapular" (Sr. Lucia, C.D.). "Those who wear Her Scapular," says Pope Pius XII, "profess to belong to Her" [and obey Her "Rule" - see "The 'Rule' of Our Lady...": a nine-day novena series of spiritual exhortations] And those who belong to Her She makes like to Her, "a garden enclosed, a fountain sealed up" (Canticle of Canticles 4.12) - see our post "Flower of Carmel".
A most blessed Feast to everyone, especially to our followers!