Thursday, July 28, 2005

28 July -- Blessed John Soreth, O.Carm.

The Discalced Carmelites keep the feast of Blessed John Soreth on this day. (The Ancient Observance keep his feast on 24 July.) He was a prior general of the old undivided Carmelite Order and was responsible for obtaining official Roman approval for the Order's nuns and the establishment of the third order seculars. In this sense, Blessed John was a necessary precursor to the existence of the Discalced Carmelites. There is a post in the archives here which told his story. I've tidied it up and the links are now up-to-date.

O God, the Dispenser of all good gifts, Who didst endow blessed John with a burning zeal for Thy honour and with extraordinary courage in confronting danger, grant us through his merits and prayers to bear all our trials and to persevere in Thy love: through Our Lord. Amen. [from the old Carmelite Rite liturgy of the Holy Sepulchre]