Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Happy Birthday Mary, Blessed Mother

In the past few months I have shown pictures of three of the four main stained glass windows in the monastic church - this is the fourth. It depicts Mary, (Mother of Jesus and Our Lady of Mount Carmel) watching over her Carmelites from heaven (St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila can be seen at the bottom of the window).

September 8 is the day the Church has set to celebrate the birth of Mary. It is a long tradition of Carmelites to make their Profession of Vows (Poverty, Chastity and Obedience) on this day. We have one Brother making his Profession today and it is the 11th anniversary of my own Profession day.