Thought for the Day – 16 July – The Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Thought for the Day – 16 July – The Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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.”

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The Shorter Form of Blessing and Bestowing the Scapular of Our Lady of Mt Carmel.

The Postulant kneels before the Priest, who is vested in surplice and white stole and the Priest says:

V. Show us Your mercy, O Lord.
R. And grant us Your salvation.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto You.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with Your spirit.
Let us pray:
O Lord Jesus Christ, the Saviour of men, bless † with Your right hand this habit which, for Your love and for the love of Your holy Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, this Your Servant (Handmaid) shall wear devoutly, so that, through the intercession of the same Blessed Virgin, Your Mother, he (she) may be guarded against the wicked one and remain until death in Your grace. Who lives and reigns, world without end.
R. Amen.

The Priest sprinkles the Scapular with holy water and, placing it upon the shoulders of the postulant, says:

Receive this blessed habit and pray the most Holy Virgin
that by her merits you may bear it without stain
and that she may guard you from all adversity
and bring thee unto life everlasting.
R. Amen.

By the power that has been granted to me, I admit you to share in all the spiritual blessings which, through the cooperation of our merciful Saviour, Jesus Christ, are obtained by the Religious of Mount Carmel.
In the name of the Father and of the Son, † and of the Holy Ghost.
R. Amen

Almighty God, the Creator of heaven and earth, bless † you, He Who has vouchsafed to join you unto the Society and Confraternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel; let us beseech her, therefore, that in the our of your death she may bruise the head of the old serpent and that you may obtain the palm of victory and the crown of inheritance everlasting. Through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

Then the Priest sprinkles the Recipient with holy water.

Notice--Scapulars of Our Lady of Mount Carmel can now be replaced by a MEDAL, having on one side the image of Our Lord showing His Sacred Heart and on the other, the image of the Blessed Virgin;  even, ONE such medal can replace SEVERAL scapulars:  but, then, it must receive just as many blessings as there are scapulars to be replaced, one sign of the Cross, however, suffices for each blessing.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Pray for us!our-lady-of-mount-carmel-pray-for-us-16 July 2018.2

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Quote/s of the Day – 16 July 2018 – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 10:34-42,11:1.

Quote/s of the Day – 16 July 2018 – Monday of the Fifteenth week in Ordinary Time – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 10:34-42,11:1.

Speaking of:  Seeking Abandonment to Divine Providence
with Father Jean-Pierre de Caussade S.J. (1675-1751)

“God instructs the heart,
not by ideas
but by pains and contradictions.”god instructs the heart not by ideas but by pains and contradictions - de caussade - 16 july 2018

“There is not a moment in which God
does not present Himself
under the cover of some pain to be endured,
of some consolation to be enjoyed,
or of some duty to be performed.
All that takes place within us,
around us,
or through us,
contains and conceals His divine action.”there is not a moment - de caussade - 15 july 2018

“The books the Holy Spirit is writing,
are living and every soul a volume,
in which the divine author,
makes a true revelation of His word,
explaining it to every heart,
unfolding it in every moment.”the books the holy spirit is writing - de caussade - 16 july 2018

“The duties of each moment
are the shadows beneath which,
hides the divine operation.”the duties of each moment - de caussade - 16 july 2018

“You would be very ashamed,
if you knew what the experiences you call,
setbacks, upheavals, pointless disturbances
and tedious annoyances really are.
You would realise that your complaints about them,
are nothing more nor less,
than blasphemies – though that never occurs to you.
Nothing happens to you except by the will of God
and yet [God’s] beloved children curse it,
because they do not know it, for what it is!”

Father Jean-Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751)you would be very ashamed - de caussade - 16 july 2018


One Minute Reflection – 16 July – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 10:34-42,11:1.

One Minute Reflection – 16 July – Monday of the Fifteenth week in Ordinary Time, B – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 10:34-42,11:1.

Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me...Matthew 10:37-38

REFLECTION – “A further means of staying faithful, Daughters, is perfect detachment from father, mother, relations and friends in such a way that you are God’s alone.   And to possess this great good you have to strip yourself of everything and have nothing of your own.   The apostles had just such a detachment.   For one cent you will have a hundred, as many women, as many mothers which Providence, Daughters, will never fail you.   Don’t you have any courage at all to give yourselves to the God who is so mindful of you?   Never claim you are saving something for your own livelihood; always put your trust in Providence.   Rich people can fall into need through the accidents that often happen but they will never be in want, who intend to rely solely on God.
Isn’t it good, Daughters, to live like this?   What is there to fear?   For God has promised that people who care for the poor will never lack anything.   O my Daughters, would you not love God’s promises better than the world’s deceits?   God is obliged to provide for all our needs.”…St Vincent de Paul (1581-1660) – Conferences to the Daughters of Charitymatthew 10 - 37 - 38 - whoever loves father and mother more than me - providence, daughters, will never fail you. st vincent de paul - 16 july 2018

PRAYER – Grant us Your Grace O Holy God almighty, rule over our hearts and bodies this day.   Sanctify us and guide our every thought, word and deed according to the commandments of Your divine Son, so that now and forever Your Grace may free us from the world and save us for Yourself.   “May the Virgin Mary, first disciple and missionary of the Word of God, help us to take the message of the Gospel to the world, in humble and radiant exultance, beyond every rejection, incomprehension or tribulation. Amen”… Pope Francisblessed virgin mary - first missionary - pray for us - 16 july 2018


Our Morning Offering – 16 July – The Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Our Morning Offering – 16 July – The Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

O all-blessed, immaculate Virgin,
ornament and glory of Mount Carmel,
you, who looks with most gracious countenance,
on those who have been clothed
with your venerable livery,
look kindly also on me
and take me under the mantle
of your maternal protection.
Strengthen my weakness with your might;
enlighten the darkness of my heart
with your wisdom;
increase in me faith, hope and charity.
So adorn my souls with graces and virtues
that it may always be dear to your divine Son and to you.
Assist me during life,
comfort me in death with your most sweet presence
and present me as your child and faithful servant
to the most Holy Trinity,
that I may be enabled
to praise and extol you in heaven forever.
Amen (Say 3xHail Mary’s and 3xGlory Be’s)prayer to our lady of mount carmel - 16 july 2018

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Saint of the Day – 16 July – Blessed Bartholomew of the Martyrs (1514-1590)

Saint of the Day – 16 July – Blessed Bartholomew of the Martyrs or St Bartholomew of Braga O.P. ArchBishop of Braga (1514-1590) – Portuguese Dominican Friar and Priest, Writer, Theologian, Advisor, Teacher and Catechetical writer, Apostle of Charity founding a series of hospitals and hospices in Braga and surrounds – born as Bartolomeu Fernandes on 3 May 1514 in Lisbon, Portugal and died on 16 July 1590 in the monastery of Viana do Castelo, Minho, Portugal of natural causes.   Patronage – Archdiocese of Braga.


Blessed Bartholomew was born near Lisbon on 3 May 1514 to Domingos Fernandes and Maria Correia.  He was baptised mere hours after, in the local parish church of Nossa Senhora dos Mártires.

He entered the Order of Preachers on 11 November 1527 and later made his solemn profession into the order on 20 November 1529.   On the completion of his own studies in 1538 he taught philosophical studies in the Convent of the Order at Lisbon and then for about two decades taught theological studies in the various houses of the Dominicans.   In 1551 he received his Master’s degree at the provincial chapter of Salamanca in Spain. He also served as the prior of the Benfica Convent from 1557 to 1558 and was in Évora as a teacher from 1538 until 1557.header - bl bartholomew of braga

During the course of teaching theological studies at the Batalha Convent, he was summoned to Évora at the request of Luis of Portugal, Duke of Beja to undertake the religious education of his son who was entering the ecclesiastical life himself.   He dedicated a great deal of his time to this task.

In 1558 – against his own desires – and out of obedience to his provincial superior (the Venerable Louis of Granada (1505-1588) he accepted the appointment to the Archepiscopal see of Braga for which Queen Catherine had chosen him and in 1559 received his episcopal consecration at the Convent of Saint Dominic on 3 September 1559 from the Bishop of Coimbra João Soares.    In actual fact it was Luis of Grenada who was initially nominated to become the Archbishop though Luis urged the queen to select Fernandes instead.   Pope Paul IV confirmed this appointment in the papal bull “Gratiae divinae praemium” on 27 January 1559.   He devoted himself to the duties of his new office with his installation in his Archdiocese on 4 October bartholomew of braga

On the resumption of the Council of Trent in 1561, the Archbishop repaired to the Council and took part in the last sessions.    He made a total of 268 suggestions at the council and collaborated with Saint Charles Borromeo.    There was also one instance in which he pushed for the defense of a certain topic and opposed view of the Archbishop of Toledo Bartolomé Carranza.   He was esteemed and held in high regard among the Council Fathers both on the account of his theological learning and the holiness of his life.   Bartholomew exercised great influence in the discussions and more so with regard to the decrees on the reform of ecclesiastical life and development.   The conclusion of that council saw him return to Braga in February 1564 and in 1566 he held an important provincial gathering of the diocese, in which decrees were passed for the restoration of ecclesiastical discipline and the elevation of the moral life of priests and people (“Concilium provinciale Bracarense quartum” in 1567).   As Archbishop, Bartholomew now devoted himself to the task of enacting the reforms of the Council of Trent in addition to the decrees of his own provincial synod.

A great famine and a visitation of the plague, revealed the depths of his charitable and merciful nature, in addition to his willingness to aid his flock in their time of need;  he also constructed a series of hospitals and hospices.

He made repeated requests to resign from his episcopal see and received papal permission from Pope Gregory XIII on 20 February 1582 to resign and withdraw to the Dominican Convent at Viana do Castelo where he lived in solitude for the remainder of his life but also serving as a teacher for some time.

Blessed Bartholomew died at Viana do Castelo on 16 July 1590.

The sainthood process commenced under Pope Benedict XIV on 11 September 1754 and he was titled as a Servant of God while Pope Gregory XVI later named him as Venerable on 23 May 1845.   St Pope John Paul II Beatified Bartholomew in Saint Peter’s Square on 4 November 2001.   Pope Francis – on 20 January 2016 – authorised the C.C.S. to work towards the Equipollent Canonization of the late archbishop and authorised that the second miracle required for his Canonization be waived as a result.   It is probable that Blessed Bartholomew will be Canonised soon.

Blessed Bartholomew’s writings have been republished on numerous occasions and have also been translated into several languages.   A collective edition is: “Opera omnia cura et studio Malachiae d’Inguinbert, archiepisc. Theodos.” (1 vol. Fol. In 2 parts, Rome, 1734–35).bl bartholomew of braga statue


Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Memorials of the Saints – 16 July

Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Optional Memorial)


Bl André de Soveral
St Andrew the Hermit
St Antiochus of Sebaste
Bl Arnold of Clairvaux
Bl Arnold of Hildesheim
St Athenogenes of Sebaste
Bl Bartholomew of Braga O.P. ArchBishop of Braga also known as Bl Bartholomew of the Martyrs (Bartolomeu Fernandez dei Martiri Fernandes) (1514-1590)
St Benedict the Hermit
Bl Claude Beguignot
Bl Domingos Carvalho
St Domnin
St Domnio of Bergamo
Bl Dorothée-Madeleine-Julie de Justamond
St Elvira of Ohren
St Eugenius of Noli
St Faustus
St Faustus of Rome and Milan
St Fulrad of Saint Denis
St Generosus of Poitou
St Gobbán Beg
St Gondolf of Saintes
St Grimoald of Saintes
St Helier of Jersey
Bl Irmengard
Bl John Sugar
St Landericus of Séez
Bl Madeleine-Françoise de Justamond
Bl Marguerite-Rose de Gordon
Bl Marguerite-Thérèse Charensol
Bl Marie-Anne Béguin-Royal
Bl Marie-Anne Doux
St Marie Madeline Postel
Bl Marie-Rose Laye
Bl Milon of Thérouanne
Bl Nicolas Savouret
Bl Ornandus of Vicogne
St Paulus Lang Fu
St Reinildis of Saintes
Bl Robert Grissold
Bl Simão da Costa
St Sisenando of Cordoba
St Tenenan of Léon
St Teresia Zhang Heshi
St Valentine of Trier
St Vitalian of Capua
St Vitaliano of Osimo
St Yangzhi Lang

Martyrs of Antioch – 5 saints: Five Christians who were martyred together. No details about them have survived by the names – Dionysius, Eustasius, Maximus, Theodosius and Theodulus. They were martyred in Antioch, Syria, date unknown.