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The Virgin of Carmel: The Virgin of Carmel, the Mother of the Divine Redeemer of the World

The Virgin of Carmel, the Mother of the Divine Redeemer of the World

Innumerable poets have sung praises to the greatest mother of all times. How can we define her? Neither the Madonna chiseled by Michelangelo nor the Madonna painted by Leonardo Da Vinci managed to faithfully portray the image of Virgin Mary.

Innumerable sculptures have tried to personify the Virgin of Carmel, but none of them accurately translated the physiognomy of this great daughter of the light.

When with the eyes of the soul we contemplate the ineffable figure of the divine mother, we do not see anything that resembles diamonds, rubies, and emeralds. Before the eyes of the soul, the purple silks that have wanted to wrap the memory of Mary, the divine mother of Jesus of Nazareth, completely disappear.

The Virgin of Carmel: Annunciation


“And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And, behold, thou shall conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call his name JESUS.” – Luke 1: 26-31 

“Then said Mary unto the angel, how shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

The Virgin of Carmel: Conception


In the temple of Jerusalem, there were 33 male priests of the tribe of Levi. 

Jesus of Nazareth's father Joseph was one of 33 elders of the temple of Solomon. 

After the annunciation, the high priest ordered all 33 priests of the temple to place their rods behind the altar. They were told that the one whose branch blossomed was destined to be the husband of Mary. Thus, all the priests, one by one, in successive order, placed their rods behind the altar. The last one commanded to place his rod was the priest Joseph, who resisted the command of the high priest, alleging his old age. However, he had to obey the command, and placed his rod behind the altar.

The Virgin of Carmel: The Mountain

The Mountain

We are souls that have a body. Thus, the body is nothing but a vesture for the soul.

The body does not think; thought is elaborated by the thinking soul. The body does not love; love is experienced by the soul. The body does not desire; desire is a craving of the animal soul. The body is nothing but a vesture for the soul.

During the hours of sleep, the soul leaves the body and visits all of those places that are familiar to it.

During the hours of sleep, the soul wanders through the sacred mountain that the saints of the Gospels speak about.

The Bible speaks about the mountain in the following verses. 

The Virgin of Carmel: Discernment


In our former chapter, we stated that when the body sleeps, the soul roams about in the sacred mountain.

During the hours of sleep, the soul is occupied in the same exchanges and activities as the day.

When outside their bodies, merchants buy and sell in their stores, without realizing that they are outside their body.