Today is a special day for Carmelites everywhere.
From the Christian Prayer: The Liturgy of the Hours for July 16:
Sacred Scripture celebrated the beauty of Carmel where the prophet Elijah defended the purity of Israel's faith in the living God. In the twelfth century, hermits withdrew to that mountain and later founded the Order devoted to the contemplative life under the patronage of Mary, the holy Mother of God.Additional reading:
St. Simon Stock and the Brown Scapular (Theotokos)
Brown Scapular by Colin Donovan
Catholic Culture Site Reviews of Carmelite Websites
Saints of Carmel (Carmelite Sisters, DCJ)
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