Saturday, August 25, 2007

25 August: The Carmelite Calendar

A Byzantine/Melkite Rite Carmelite is on the calendar today: Blessed Mary of Jesus Crucified.

From the little vita in the new breviary:

Blessed Mary of Jesus Crucified was born of the Baouardy family, Catholics of the Greek Melchite Rite, at Abellin in Galilee in 1846. In 1867 she entered the Discalced Carmelites at Pau in France and was sent with the founding group to the Carmel of Mangalore in India where, in 1870, she made her profession. She returned to France in 1872. In 1875 she went to the Holy Land where she built a monastery in Bethlehem and began planning for another at Nazareth. Noted for her supernatural gifts, especially for humility, for her devotion to the Holy Spirit, and her great love for the Church and the Pope, she died at Bethlehem in 1878.

There is a page with many links regarding the Blessed here.

Somewhere on line there is a photograph of Blessed Mary which I haven't been able to locate again. Maybe next year. (I'll spare you another extended lament about the vanished bookmarks.)