The Carmelites and Elijah

Today the church commemorates the Prophet Elijah, a foundational figure for the Carmelite Order. A statue of Elijah on Mt. Carmel depicts Elijah denouncing a prophet of Baal whom he has conquered through the power of the God of Israel.

"And the prophet Elijah stood up, and his word burned like a torch" is inscribed in several languages on the base of the statue. 

Elijah


St. Camillus de Lellis

Founder of the Camillans, an order of priests and brothers who care for the sick even at peril to their own lives. St. Camillus first popularized the sign of his order, The Red Cross, as a symbol for help and protection on the battle field or the bed of illness. Later, the International Red Cross adopted his already popular emblem. 

Camillus


Dog Food As Wedding Flower Ballast

When clearing the wedding flowers away from the altar after a recent wedding, our sacristan made a discovery in the bottom of our urns which contain the florists arrangements.

The rectory garage door is sometimes open during the day's heat and needing some weight to keep the urns upright, the florist must have been exploring. The nearest handy, heavy items were cans of dog food which were added to the bottom of the urns.

An interesting, but nosy solution at the same time. Lucky I had extra!

Dog food