Pope St John Paul II wrote: ‘In their journey towards the “mountain of God, Christ the Lord”, the various generations of Carmel, from the beginning until today, have sought to model their lives on Mary’s example. In Carmel therefore and in every soul moved by tender affection for the Blessed Virgin and Mother, there has thrived a contemplation of her, who from the beginning knew how to open herself to hearing God’s Word and to obeying his will. For Mary, taught and formed by the Spirit, was able by faith to understand her own history and, docile to the divine promptings, “advanced in her pilgrimage of faith, and faithfully persevered in her union with her Son unto the cross, where she stood, in keeping with the divine plan, enduring with her Only-begotten Son the intensity of his suffering and associating herself with his sacrifice in her mother’s heart” (Lumen Gentium)’.

As we pray today for the Carmelite Order throughout the world, let us pray that we too, with our Blessed Mother, may ‘hear the Word of God and keep it’. May God bless you in this, today and always.