CARMELITES DEDICATE 2001 TO CELEBRATION OF MARIAN YEAR
MAR 26, 2001 (VIS) - The Pope sent a Message to Fr. Joseph
general of the Order of Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary
of Mount Carmel
(O.Carm.), and to Fr. Camillo Maccise, superior general of
the Order of
Discalced Carmelites of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount
Carmel (O.C.D.), on
the occasion of the celebration of a Marian Year in 2001.
In the Message,
dated March 25, the Holy Father expresses his joy that
the Carmelite Order,
in its two branches, old and reformed, has dedicated
the year 2001 to the
Virgin, "invoked as Flower of Carmel, Mother and Guide
in the journey to
sanctity." The celebration of the Marian Year coincides
with the 750th
anniversary of the Virgin's gift of the scapular to St.
Simon Stock, prior
general of the Order, on July 16, 1251.
"I hope that this Marian Year
helps all Carmelite men and women religious
and the pious faithful who
venerate Mary filially," he concluded, "to grow
in her love and radiate in
the world the presence of this Lady of silence
and prayer, invoked as Mother
of mercy, Mother of hope and of grace."
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