Monday, July 05, 2010
Elijah embodied the ideal of the contemplative man of prayer and the active apostle of God. Mary called them to selfless service and closeness to Christ. The Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is a garment and the Order of Carmel. This sacramental is a sign of affiliation to the Carmelite Order and a symbol of our Lady's desire to bring us all to Jesus. The message of the Scapular is the same advice she gave the servants at the Cana wedding: "Do whatever he tells you." When we wear the Scapular, it is a sign of our loving response to the Mother of God. So, in our special devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Carmelites celebrate our unique relationship with Mary as an intrinsic part of our spirituality. We love her, venerate her and, with our bothers and sisters in Christ, we are called forever to be her children. We invite you to share this spirituality with us, particularly in our devotion to Mary as Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
(Article taken from "Special Devotions to Our Lady of Mount Carmel" by National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel).