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Friday 16 July 2021

Remember, O Virgin Mother, to speak good things before God's face on our behalf

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Today is the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, patroness of all members of the Carmelite Order, including all those who wear the brown scapular, which is a particular sign of Our Lady's maternal protection and love.

"My thoughts turn today to Mount Carmel, praised in the Bible for its beauty. We are, in fact, celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. On that mountain, located in Israel near Haifa, the holy prophet Elijah strenuously defended the integrity and purity of the chosen people’s faith in the living God. On that same mountain some hermits gathered in the 12th century after Christ and dedicated themselves to contemplation and penance. The Carmelite Order arose from their spiritual experience."

Pope St John Paul II