Daily homily thoughts, 7/16

Today is the memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  There are two great things that come from this apparition.

1. Devotion to her and the saints.

Just as with her apparition to Saint Dominic, giving him the Rosary, she gave Saint Simon Stock the brown scapular.  Both of these items are meant to foster devotion towards Blessed Mother, but also show importance to devotion of other saints.  I challenge everyone pray for the intercession of three people. 1. Blessed Mother, the greatest of all saints. 2. Any saint of your choice.  3. Someone who is declared Venerable or Blessed, for their possible future canonization. Such as Bl. Fr. Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, Bl. Marie of the Sacred Heart, or mine, Ven. Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

2. The Carmelite Nuns

Now, there are Carmelite Friars, but I want to focus on the nuns.  When I got the pleasure to visit Bishop Simon Bruté Seminar, the former Carmelite convent, I got to hear a lot about the nuns that used to live there.  They were cloistered, isolating themselves from the world to pray for the intentions of all of us.  Many blessings have come from their prayers. Please pray for them as vocations to their order are declining.