Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 16, A.D. 2001

Exodus 1:8-14,22
Psalm 124:1-8
Matthew 10:34-11:1

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Today we celebrate Our Lady of Mount Carmel and her gift to us, the Brown Scapular, which is said to have been given to St. Simon Stock way back in 1251. It is recognized by the Church as one of its sacramentals that honor Mary, the Mother of God. In my travels, I happened upon an interesting little booklet entitled "Garment of Grace" which tells of the history of the Scapular and of devotion to Our Lady under this title. In it I was surprised to learn that this devotion even precedes the birth of Our Lord! It seems that back in 8 BC, the great prophet Elias went up Mount Carmel in Palestine and founded a contemplative order which had mystically dedicated themselves to God's Mother-yet-to-come, Mary. (Talk about being led by the Spirit!)

Throughout the centuries, many of the saints have spoken of the power of the Rosary, the Scapular, the Miraculous Medal, the Crucifix, and Holy Water. Indeed, they are powerful means to remind us of who we are, and Who we are reliant upon in all things. They are not magical items; they in themselves grant us no special powers or favors from God. Yet many miraculous events have been attributed to their use.

How is that?

"The blood you have placed on the doorposts will be proof that you obey me..." (Exodus 12:13) By using sacramentals in faith, they excite in us a pious disposition, thus opening our hearts to grace and conversion. Miracles happen when we have true devotion and faith, not magical thinking. When we humbly submit our wills to the Will of Our Father, invoke the powerful intercession of Our Lady and the saints to help us in this journey of faith - and thus, give Him Glory, miracles do happen! Alleluia!

- Nancy Collingwood (1993)

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel click on: http://www.christdesert.org/public_texts/martyrology/

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