2000 Years of Deception and Error, 9 A: Carmelites

From the BOOK

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”—Matthew 7:21

“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?”
—Matthew 7:22

“And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?”—Luke 6:46

Today’s post will be on the Carmelite Order. As I continue to write about different monastic orders, I hope you will notice that their beliefs are not based on God’s Word being the authority, but on mystical experiences— their desire and goal is to have a mystical union with God or Jesus. This is not the Lord Jesus Christ or the God of the Bible and it is not about salvation from sin and a faith walk with our Lord. It is based on Satan’s original lie.

“For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”—Genesis 3:5

Carmelite History
The Order of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, known as the Carmelites, are a contemplative order founded between 1206 and 1214, on Mount Carmel, Israel. A group of European pilgrims and crusaders chose Mt. Carmel partially because it was the traditional home of Elijah. The group was forced to leave Mt. Carmel and go to Europe. Elijah and the “blessed virgin” were called the founders of the early models of the community, but later under pressure, the founder was changed to Bertold.

The charism, or spiritual focus, of the Carmelite Order is contemplative prayer. They have a strong Marian devotion and the Roman church considers the Order to be under the special protection of the person they call Virgin Mary. The First Order Carmelites are active/contemplative friars; the Second Order are cloistered nuns; and the Third Order are lay people who live in the world, and can be married, but participate by liturgical prayers, apostolates (ministries), and contemplative prayer.

In the second half of the 1500s, Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross carried out a thorough reformation which resulted in the Discalced or barefoot Carmelites being established. At the end of the 17th century, there were controversies, mainly with the Jesuits. A decree was finally issued in 1696, by Rocaberti, archibishop of Valencia and inquisitor-general which forbade any more controversies between the Carmelites and Jesuits. It was reinforced by Pope Innocent XII two years later on pain of excommunication.

Rule of St. Albert
The Carmelite Rule of St. Albert, written by Albert Avogardro between the years of 1206 and 1214, is directed to Brother B(ertold) and the hermits living in the spirit of Elijah who dwell near the spring on Mt. Carmel in Israel.

The Rule, consisting of 16 articles, imposes strict obedience to their prior, living in individual cells, constancy in prayer, hearing of Mass every morning in the oratory (private communal prayer room ) of the community, vows of poverty and toil, daily silence from vespers (evening prayer service) until terce (the third hour of the day after dawn), abstinence from all forms of meat except in cases of severe illness, and fasting from September 14 (called Holy Cross Day as it commemorates the “finding” of the “true” cross by Helena, the mother of Constantine I) to Easter of the following year.

Discalced Carmelites
The Discalced Carmelites, or Barefoot Carmelites, were established in 1593,
by two Spanish mystics, Teresa of Ávila and John of the Cross. It is a Roman
Catholic mendicant order with roots in the eremitic tradition of the Desert
Fathers and Mothers.

The Discalced Carmelite order uses the initials “O.C.D.”; The older branch, Carmelites of the Ancient Observance, uses “O. Carm.”; The Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites, also known as the “Third Order” is “O.C.D.S.”

For a Carmelite, prayer is guided by the teachings and experience of St. Teresa
of Ávila and St. John of the Cross, and several others. Each day is marked by
silence to create an environment for a house of prayer. In addition to the daily
celebration of the full Liturgy of the Hours, two hours are set aside for
uninterrupted silent prayer.

Scapular
Their distinctive garment was a scapular of two strips of gray cloth, worn on the breast and back, and fastened at the shoulders. It is said that this was given to St. Simon Stock by the Virgin herself, who appeared to him and promised that all who died clothed in it would be saved.

The Scapular says: Whosoever dies wearing this scapular shall not suffer eternal fire. Our lady’s scapular promise.

Today’s version of the scapular, a smaller version of the original, has two thin brown cords that connect to two small brown rectangular patches that hang in front of and behind the wearer.

Visions and Devotions
Among the various Catholic orders, Carmelite nuns have had a proportionally high ratio of visions of what they call Jesus and Mary, and have been responsible for key Catholic devotions.

Catholic devotions are popular spiritual practices of Catholics that can take the form of formalized prayers, sacred objects or sacred images that arise from private revelations, or personal religious experiences of individuals who think they have seen apparitions of Mary or of Jesus. Catholic devotions also include the veneration of the saints.

Just the BOOK

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
—John 14:6

“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.”
—Galatians 2:16

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”—Titus 3:5

“And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.”—Romans 5:11

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