On the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (16th July 2017), the Prior Provincial of the British Province of Carmelites, Very Rev. Fr. Kevin Alban, O.Carm., has written the following letter to the Carmelite Family...
Fr. Kevin Alban, O.Carm., Prior Provincial of the British Province of Carmelites
Greetings to the whole Carmelite Family on this Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel - I hope it is a good one for you all.
The celebration of any Carmelite feast, but especially this one, reminds us of our identity and of the fundamental values we hold. These are, of course, values we share with all Christians: listening to God's word, trying to do his will, carrying Christ to others, a commitment to prayer and community and so on. However, we also hold these values together in a distinctive way as Carmelites and with a distinctive pattern of symbols, such as mountain, garden, spring, cell, oratory. Our spiritual authors help us to understand how these symbols work in the Carmelite family.
The celebration of this feast also reminds us of the inevitable passage of time and of the journey we have made over the year. This is a good occasion to pray for all those who have left us over the last year.
I would also like to suggest that the celebration of a feast can help us to look forward. Where would we like to be next year on July 16? I am much encouraged by the vitality of the Carmelite family in many different ways and am optimistic that Carmel still has a lot to say to our world and that our world is receptive to this message. I hope that we can build on this over the coming months.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding. I will be praying for each one of you on this feast day. Please pray for me.
Kevin Alban O. Carm.