Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

We all know what happened in Sodom, a city so wicked that God had to show His justice in a most spectacular manner by destroying it. The sins connected with the destruction of Sodom were mainly those of lust. The sins of the cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum were those of rejection of God. They did not believe in Jesus despite all his numerous miracles and teachings. During that time, sorcery was a capital offense punishable by death. Those were the constant charges against Jesus. So Jesus was giving them fair warning to repent, mend their evil ways and believe. Their sin of rejection was greater than that of Sodom, to be reckoned with harshly on judgment day. It was the sin against the first and the greatest commandment.

Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, a very special feast for Catholics who have chosen to consecrate themselves to Mary by wearing the Brown Scapular. Saint Simon Stock of the Carmelite Order had a vision of the Blessed Virgin who handed him the Brown Scapular, promising salvation to those who wear it. Our Lady is the one who most surely points us to Christ and is the model of interior life.

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