All generations to come shall call me blessed! Lk. 1:48
Pope Benedict XVI
Mary’s greatness consists in the fact that she wants to magnify God, not herself.
She is lowly: her only desire is to be the handmaid of the Lord (cf. Lk 1:38, 48).
She knows that she will only contribute to the salvation of the world if, rather than carrying out her own projects, she places herself completely at the disposal of God’s initiatives.
Be it done unto me according to your word. Luke, Chapter 1
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
you have given the world its true light,
Jesus, your Son – the Son of God.
You abandoned yourself completely
to God’s call & thus became a wellspring
of the goodness which flows forth from him.
Show us Jesus. Lead us to him.
Teach us to know and love him,
so that we too can become
capable of true love and be fountains of living water in the midst of a thirsting world.
The Church honors Mary, under various titles (“nicknames”). Today, July 16th, the Church honors Mary under the title of Our Lady of Mt Carmel. The Church honors Mary because she is the model of the true and perfect disciple. She is faithful, even in the midst of sorrows. The Church teaches that what we believe about Mary, is believed in reference to Christ. Mary will always lead us to Jesus, our Savior, our Lord, our Life.
Under this title, we again see how Mary desires to lead us to God — to eternal life & happiness:
The feast celebrates the devotion that the Blessed Virgin Mary has to those who are devoted to her, and who signal that devotion by wearing the Brown Scapular. According to tradition, those who wear the scapular faithfully and remain devoted to the Blessed Virgin until death will be granted the grace of final perseverance & be led to Eternal Salvation with the Holy Triune God. 1 Kings 21:1-21,27-29
Almighty Lord and God,
let the gracious intercession of our Lady of Mount Carmel help us. Under her protection,
may we come to the mountain of God, Christ the Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.
For more information about Our Lady of Mt Carmel & the Scapular, click link.