Faith of Our Fathers
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July 16 is the feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. It is fitting that July 17 is the feast of the Martyrs of Compiègne. During the French Revolution, 16 Carmelite sisters were maryred for continuing their devotional practices despite the vicious anti-Catholic and anti-Christian sentiment animating the Revolution. Sentenced to death, the martyrs sang Veni, Creator Spiritus as each was led to the guillotine. They were were faithful unto death, and have received the crown of life (Rev. 2:...
This is the incorrupt body of Blessed Jose Luis Sanchez del Rio, martyered during the Cristero War in Mexico in 1928 at the age 14. 84 years later his body is free from any sign of decomposition. He was among 90,000 Catholics that were killed for their faith during this war. His last words were "Que Viva Cristo Rey!"
Holy Habit of Carmel
The Scapular is a constant reminder of the Cross borne by Our Blessed Lord for it shares its brown color and both are borne upon the shoulders. In this conformity to our Savior, we first conform ourselves to Mary and the “burden” becomes utter sweetness. The Carmelite monks, seeking to distinguish themselves from other Carmelite religious, wear the Scapular over the cowl.
July 13, 1917 Mary came to Fatima...to save souls from Hell. Our Lady lowered Her hands and suddenly, the three children saw a hole in the ground. That hole...was like a sea of fire in which she saw the forms of humans, men and women, shouting and crying in despair. And she saw demons in the forms of ugly animals. The vision was so horrible that the children feared that they would die from fright. And Mary said to the three children, “You have seen Hell where the souls of poor sinners go.”