Our Morning Offering – 16 July

Our Morning Offering – 16 July


O most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel,
fruitful vine, splendour of Heaven,
Blessed Mother of the Son of God,
Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity.
O Star of the Sea, help me
and show me herein that you are my Mother.
O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth,
I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart,
to succour me in this my necessity.
There are none that can withstand your power.
O show me herein that you are my Mother.

O Mary, conceived without sin,
pray for us who have recourse to thee. (3 times)

Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hands. (3 times)

a prayer to our lady of mt carmel



Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel – 16 July

Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel – 16 July

Since the 15th century, popular devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel has centered on the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, also known as the Brown Scapular, a sacramental associated with promises of Mary’s special aid for the salvation of the devoted wearer.   Traditionally, Mary is said to have given the Scapular to an early Carmelite named Saint Simon Stock.  The liturgical feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is celebrated on 16 July.




The solemn liturgical feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel was probably first celebrated in England in the later part of the 14th century.   Its object was thanksgiving to Mary, the patroness of the Carmelite Order, for the benefits she had accorded to it through its difficult early years.   The institution of the feast may have come in the wake of the vindication of their title “Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary” at Cambridge, England in 1374.   The date chosen was 17 July;  on the European mainland this date conflicted with the feast of St. Alexis, requiring a shift to 16 July, which remains the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel throughout the Catholic Church.   The Latin poem “Flos Carmeli” (meaning “Flower of Carmel”) first appears as the sequence for this Mass.

The Carmelite Order was the only religious order to be started in the Crusader States. In the 13th century, some of its people migrated west to England, setting up a chapter and being documented there about 1241-1242.   A tradition first attested to in the late 14th century says that Saint Simon Stock, believed to be an early English prior general of the Carmelite Order soon after its migration to England, had a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary in which she gave him the Brown Scapular.   This formed part of the Carmelite habit after 1287.   In Stock’s vision, Mary promised that those who died wearing the scapular would be saved.

The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is known to many Catholic faithful as the “scapular feast,” associated with the Brown Scapular of the Carmelite order.   This is a devotional sacramental signifying the wearer’s consecration to Mary and affiliation with the Carmelite order.

Based on available historical documentation, the liturgical feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel did not originally have a specific association with the Brown Scapular or the tradition of Stock’s vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary  . This tradition grew gradually, as did the liturgical cult of St. Simon.   The latter has been documented in Bordeaux, where Stock died, from the year 1435; in Ireland and England, from 1458; and in the rest of the Order, from 1564.   Historians have long questioned whether Stock had the vision of Mary and the scapular.   Although Simon Stock was never officially canonised, his feast day was celebrated in the church.

Also associated with Our Lady of Carmel was a papal bull saying that there was a Sabbatine privilege associated with devotion to the saint;   that is, that until the late 1970s, the Catholic liturgy for that day expressed the scapular devotion.   Vatican II resulted in scrutiny of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, as well as that of Saint Simon Stock, because of the historical uncertainties about the origins.   The liturgies were revised and, in the 21st century, neither, even in the Carmelite proper, makes reference to the scapular.   The Carmelite convent of Aylesford, England, was restored and a relic of Saint Simon Stock was placed there in 1951.  The saint’s feast is celebrated in the places dedicated to him.

Church teaching:  A 1996 doctrinal statement approved by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments states that

“Devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is bound to the history and spiritual values of the Order of the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel and is expressed through the scapular.   Thus, whoever receives the scapular becomes a member of the order and pledges him/herself to live according to its spirituality in accordance with the characteristics of his/her state in life.”

According to the Church on the Brown Scapular:  “The scapular is a Marian habit or garment.   It is both a sign and pledge.   A sign of belonging to Mary; a pledge of her motherly protection, not only in this life but after death.   As a sign, it is a conventional sign signifying three elements strictly joined:  first, belonging to a religious family particularly devoted to Mary, especially dear to Mary, the Carmelite Order;  second, consecration to Mary, devotion to and trust in her Immaculate Heart;  third, an urge to become like Mary by imitating her virtues, above all her humility, chastity, and spirit of prayer.”

Association with Purgatory:  Since the Middle Ages, Our Lady of Mount Carmel has been related to Purgatory, where souls are purged of sins in the fires.   In some images, she is portrayed as accompanied with angels and souls wearing Brown Scapulars, who plead for her mediation.  In 1613, the Church forbade images to be made of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel descending into purgatory, due to errors being preached about certain privileges associated with the Brown Scapular (known as “the Sabbatine Privilege”).

That privilege appears in the noted Decree of the Holy Office (1613).   It was inserted in its entirety (except for the words forbidding the painting of the pictures) into the list of the indulgences and privileges of the Confraternity of the Scapular of Mount Carmel.   In the 21st century, the Carmelites do not promote the Sabbatine Privilege.   They encourage a belief in Mary’s general aid and prayerful assistance for their souls beyond death, especially her aid to those who devoutly wear the Brown Scapular and commend devotion to Mary especially on Saturdays, which are dedicated to her.


Miracles:  In Palmi, Italy, the anniversary of the earthquake of 1894 is observed annually on 16 November.   The earthquake had its epicenter in the city.   An associated event has been classified as the “miracle of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.”   For 17 days preceding this earthquake, many of the faithful had reported strange eye movements and changes in the colouring of the face in a statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.   The local and national press reported these occurrences.

In the evening of 16 November, the faithful improvised a procession carrying the statue of the Virgin of Carmel on their shoulders through the streets.   When the procession reached the end of the city, a violent earthquake shook the whole district of Palmi, ruining most of the old houses along the way.   But, only nine people died out of a population of about 15,000 inhabitants, as almost all of the population had been on the street to watch the procession and were not trapped inside the destroyed buildings. Therefore, the city commemorates the 1894 procession each year, accompanied by firecrackers, lights, and festive stalls.

The Catholic Church has officially recognised the miracle.   On November 16, 1896 the statue of the Virgin was crowned, based on the decree issued September 22, 1895 by the Vatican Chapter.

Use in the peace movement:  The first atomic bomb was exploded in the United States at the Trinity test site on 16 July 1945, near Alamogordo, New Mexico.   The Catholic anti-war movement has built on the coincidence between this date and the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.   In 1990, the Rev. Emmanuel Charles McCarthy, a priest of the Eastern Rite (Byzantine-Melkite) of the Catholic Church, initiated the “16 July Twenty-Four Hours Day of Prayer,” for Forgiveness and Protection with Our Lady of Mount Carmel, at Trinity Site in the New Mexico desert.    Each year on 16 July, a prayer vigil is conducted at the Trinity site to pray for peace and the elimination of nuclear weapons.


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Thought for the Day – 15 July by Pope Benedict XVI – 10 March 2010 on St Bonaventure

Thought for the Day – 15 July by Pope Benedict XVI – 10 March 2010 on St Bonaventure

“Of these his writings, which are the soul of his government and show the way to follow either as an individual or a community, I would like to mention only one, his masterwork, the “Itinerarium mentis in Deum,” which is a “manual” of mystical contemplation.

This book was conceived in a place of profound spirituality: the hill of La Verna, where St. Francis had received the stigmata.   In the introduction, the author illustrates the circumstances that gave origin to his writing:

“While I meditated on the possibility of the soul ascending to God, presented to me, among others, was that wondrous event that occurred in that place to Blessed Francis, namely, the vision of the winged seraphim in the form of a crucifix. And meditating on this, immediately I realised that such a vision offered me the contemplative ecstasy of Father Francis himself and at the same time the way that leads to it” (Journey of the Mind in God, Prologue, 2, in Opere di San Bonaventura. Opuscoli Teologici / 1, Rome, 1993, p. 499).

The six wings of the seraphim thus became the symbol of six stages that lead man progressively to the knowledge of God through observation of the world and of creatures and through the exploration of the soul itself with its faculties, up to the satisfying union with the Trinity through Christ, in imitation of St. Francis of Assisi.

The last words of St. Bonaventure’s “Itinerarium,” which respond to the question of how one can reach this mystical communion with God, would make one descend to the depth of the heart:

“If you now yearn to know how that happens (mystical communion with God), ask grace, not doctrine;  desire, not the intellect; the groaning of prayer, not the study of the letter;  the spouse, not the teacher;  God, not man; darkness not clarity;  not light but the fire that inflames everything and transport to God with strong unctions and ardent affections. … We enter therefore into darkness, we silence worries, the passions and illusions;  we pass with Christ Crucified from this world to the Father, so that, after having seen him, we say with Philip: that is enough for me” (Ibid., VII, 6).

Dear friends, let us take up the invitation addressed to us by St. Bonaventure, the Seraphic Doctor, and let us enter the school of the divine Teacher.   We listen to his Word of life and truth, which resounds in the depth of our soul.    Let us purify our thoughts and actions, so that He can dwell in us, and we can hear His divine voice, which draws us toward true happiness”.        Pope Benedict XVI – 10 March 2010 on St Bonaventure

St Bonaventure, pray for us!

st bonaventure pray for us 2

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The Wonders of the Holy Name – Fr Paul O’Sullivan, O.P. – “Revealing the Simplest Secret Ever of Holiness and Happiness.” Part Six – 15 July

Previous – here:

the wonders of the holy name-day six-15 july

St Gregory of Tours relates that when he was
a boy his father fell gravely ill and lay dying.
Gregory prayed fervently for his recovery.   When
asleep at night Gregory’s Angel Guardian appeared
to him and told him t.o write the Name of Jesus
on a card and place this under the sick man’s
In the morning he acquainted his mother with
the Angel’s message which she advised him to
obey.    He did so and placed the card under his
father’s head when, to the delight of the whole
family, the patient grew rapidly better.

We could fill pages and pages with the miracles
and wonders worked by the Holy Name at all
times and in all places not only by the Saints but by
all who invoke this Divine Name with reverence
and faith.
Marchese says “I refrain from relating here the
miracles worked and graces granted by Our Lord to
those who have been devout to His Holy Name,
because St. John Chrysostom reminds me that
Jesus is always named when miracles are worked
by holy men;  hence to attempt to enumerate them
would be to try to give a list of the countless
miracles which God has performed through all the
ages, either to increase the glory of His Saints
or to plant and strengthen the faith in the hearts
of men”.

Cards of the Holy Name.

The use of cards with the Holy Name inscribed
on them has been used and recommended by the
great lovers of the Holy Name such as Mgr. Andre
Dias (see page 6), St. Leonard of Portmaurice,
St. Gregory of Tours, above mentioned.
Our readers would do well to use the use cards,
carrying them about on their persons during the
day, putting them under their pillows at night and
placing them on the doors of all rooms.


Quote/s of the Day – 15 July

Quote/s of the Day – 15 July

“Christ is both the way and the door.
Christ is the staircase and the vehicle,
like the “throne of mercy over the Ark of the Covenant,”
and “the mystery hidden from the ages.”
A man should turn his full attention to this throne of mercy
and should gaze at Him hanging on the cross,
full of faith, hope and charity, devoted,
full of wonder and joy, marked by gratitude
and open to praise and jubilation.
Then such a man will make with Christ a “pasch,”
that is, a passing-over.
Through the branches of the cross.
he will pass over the Red Sea,
leaving Egypt and entering the desert.
There he will taste the hidden manna
and rest with Christ in the sepulcher,
as if he were dead to things outside.
He will experience, as much as is possible for one who is still living,
what was promised to the thief who hung beside Christ:
‘Today you will be with me in paradise.'”
– from Journey of the Mind to God by Saint Bonaventure

“The life of God — precisely because God is triune —
does not belong to God alone.
God who dwells in inaccessible light and eternal glory
comes to us in the face of Christ and the activity of the Holy Spirit.
Because of God’s outreach to the creature,
God is said to be essentially relational, ecstatic, fecund,
alive as passionate love. Divine life is therefore also our life.
The heart of the Christian life is to be united
with the God of Jesus Christ by means of communion with one another.
The doctrine of the Trinity is, ultimately, therefore,
a teaching not about the abstract nature of God,
nor about God in isolation from everything other than God
but a teaching about God’s life with us and our life with each other.”

“God might have created a more beautiful world;
He might have made heaven more glorious;
but it was impossible for Him to exalt a creature
higher than Mary in making her His Mother.”

god might have created-st bonaventure


“If there is anyone who is not enlightened
by this sublime magnificence of created things,
he is blind.
If there is anyone who, seeing all these works of God,
does not praise Him,
he is dumb;
if there is anyone who, from so many signs,
cannot perceive God,
that man is foolish.”

if there is anyone who is not enlightened-st bonaventure


St Bonaventure (1217-1274) Seraphic Doctor

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One Minute Reflection – 15 July

One Minute Reflection – 15 July

With knowledge and understanding he filled them……….Sirach 17:7

REFLECTION – “Do all your actions in accord with the right light of your reason.
In all things, seek your salvation, the edification of others and the praise and glory of God.”…..St Bonaventure

do all yur actions-st bonaventure


PRAYER – God of goodness and reason, grant me the gift of right reasoning and Christian understanding. Let me act always in accord with the dictates of that reason and so be pleasing to You. St Bonaventure , pray for us that we may always be graced with the gifts of Holy Spirit, amen.

st bonaventure pray for us

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Our Morning Offering – 15 July

Our Morning Offering – 15 July

Excerpt from the Prayer of
St Bonaventure (1217-1274) Seraphic Doctor

Pierce, O most sweet Lord Jesus,
my inmost soul with the most joyous
and healthful wound of Your love
and with true, calm
and most holy apostolic charity,
that my soul may ever languish
and melt with entire love and longing for You,
may yearn for You and for Your courts,
may long to be dissolved and to be with You.
Grant that my soul may hunger after You,
the Bread of Angels,
the refreshment of holy souls,
our daily and supersubstantial bread,
having all sweetness and savour
and every delightful taste. Amen

pierce, o most sweet lord jesus - st bonaventure (excerpt)


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Saint of the Day – 15 July – St Bonaventure – Seraphic Doctor

Saint of the Day – 15 July – St Bonaventure – Seraphic Doctor – Friar, Bishop, Theologian, Philosopher, Writer, Mystic, Preacher, Teacher – (1221 at Bagnoregio, Tuscany, Italy – 15 July 1274 at Lyon, France of natural causes).  He was Canonised on 14 April 1482 by Pope Sixtus IV.   He was born Giovanni di Fidanza and was the seventh Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor, he was also Cardinal Bishop of Albano.  He was canonised on 14 April 1482 by Pope Sixtus IV and declared a Doctor of the Church in the year 1588 by Pope Sixtus V.   He is known as the “Seraphic Doctor” (Latin: Doctor Seraphicus).

St Bonaventure was born at Bagnorea in Umbria, not far from Viterbo, then part of the Papal States.   Almost nothing is known of his childhood, other than the names of his parents, Giovanni di Fidanza and Maria Ritella.

He entered the Franciscan Order in 1243 and studied at the University of Paris, possibly under Alexander of Hales and certainly under Alexander’s successor, John of Rochelle. In 1253 he held the Franciscan chair at Paris.    A dispute between seculars and mendicants delayed his reception as Master until 1257, where his degree was taken in company with Thomas Aquinas.   Three years earlier his fame had earned him the position of lecturer on The Four Books of Sentences—a book of theology written by Peter Lombard in the twelfth century—and in 1255 he received the degree of master, the medieval equivalent of doctor.

After having successfully defended his order against the reproaches of the anti-mendicant party, he was elected Minister General of the Franciscan Order.   On 24 November 1265, he was selected for the post of Archbishop of York;   however, he was never consecrated and resigned the appointment in October 1266.[6]

Bonaventure was instrumental in procuring the election of Pope Gregory X, who rewarded him with the title of Cardinal Bishop of Albano and insisted on his presence at the great Second Council of Lyon in 1274.   There, after his significant contributions led to a union of the Greek and Latin churches, Bonaventure died suddenly and in suspicious circumstances.   The 1913 edition of the Catholic Encyclopedia has citations that suggest he was poisoned but no mention is made of this in the 2003 second edition of the New Catholic Encyclopedia.   The only extant relic of the saint is the arm and hand with which he wrote his Commentary on the Sentences, which is now conserved at Bagnoregio, in the parish church of St. Nicholas.

He steered the Franciscans on a moderate and intellectual course that made them the most prominent order in the Catholic Church until the coming of the Jesuits.   His theology was marked by an attempt completely to integrate faith and reason.   He thought of Christ as the “one true master” who offers humans knowledge that begins in faith, is developed through rational understanding and is perfected by mystical union with God.

Bonaventure’s feast day was included in the General Roman Calendar immediately upon his canonisation in 1482.  In 1969 it was classified as an obligatory memorial and assigned to the date of his death, 15 July.


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Saints’ Memorials – 15 July

St Bonaventure of Bagnoregio – Seraphic Doctor -(Memorial)

Dispersion of the Apostles: Commemorates the missionary work of the Twelve Apostles. It was first mentioned in the 11th century and was celebrated in the northern countries of Europe during the Middle Ages. It is now observed in Germany, Poland and some dioceses of England, France and the United States.—
Abundantia of Spoleto
Abudemius of Bozcaada
Adalard the Younger
Anrê Nguyen Kim Thông
Bl Anne Mary Javhouhey
Bl Antoni Beszta-Borowski
Athanasius of Naples
Antiochus of Sebaste
Benedict of Angers
Bl Bernard of Baden
Bl Ceslas Odrowaz
David of Sweden
Eberhard of Luzy
Edith of Tamworth
Felix of Pavia
Gumbert of Ansbach
Haruch of Werden
Jacob of Nisibis
Joseph Studita of Thessalonica
Bl Michel-Bernard Marchand
Bl Peter Aymillo
Phêrô Nguyen Bá Tuan
Plechelm of Guelderland
Bl Roland of Chézery
Valentina of Nevers
Vladimir I of Kiev

Martyred Jesuit Missionaries of Brazil – 40 beati: A band of forty Spanish, Portugese and French Jesuit missionaries martyred by the Huguenot pirate Jacques Sourie while en route to Brazil. They are –
• Aleixo Delgado • Alonso de Baena • álvaro Borralho Mendes • Amaro Vaz • André Gonçalves • António Correia • Antônio Fernandes • António Soares • Bento de Castro • Brás Ribeiro • Diogo de Andrade • Diogo Pires Mimoso • Domingos Fernandes • Esteban Zuraire • Fernando Sánchez • Francisco Alvares • Francisco de Magalhães • Francisco Pérez Godoy • Gaspar Alvares • Gonçalo Henriques • Gregorio Escribano • Ignatius de Azevedo • Iõao • João Fernandes • João Fernandes • Juan de Mayorga • Juan de San Martín • Juan de Zafra • Luís Correia • Luís Rodrigues • Manuel Alvares • Manuel Fernandes • Manuel Pacheco • Manuel Rodrigues • Marcos Caldeira • Nicolau Dinis • Pedro de Fontoura • Pedro Nunes • Simão da Costa • Simão Lopes •
They were martyed on 15 and 16 July 1570 on the ship Santiago near Palma, Canary Islands. They were beatified on 11 May 1854 by Pope Pius IX.

Martyrs of Alexandria – 13 saints: Thirteen Christians who were martyred together. We know the names of three, no details about them and the other ten were all children. – Narseus, Philip and Zeno. Martyred in the early 4th-century in Alexandria, Egypt.

Martyrs of Carthage – 9 saints: A group of nine Christians who were martyred together. We know nothing else but their names – Adautto, Catulinus, Felice, Florentius, Fortunanziano, Januarius, Julia, Justa and Settimino. They were martyred in Carthaginian and their relics at the basilica of Fausta at Carthage.

Martyrs of Pannonia – 5 saints: Five 4th-century martyrs killed together. No information about them has survived except the names – Agrippinus, Fortunatus, Martialis, Maximus and Secundinus.