July 16: Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Feast of the Brown Scapular (1251)
Saints Feast Days in July
July 1 - St. Junipero Serra, July 3 - St. Thomas,
July 5 - St. Anthony Zaccaria, St. Elizabeth of Portugal,
July 6 - St. Maria Goretti, July 11 - St. Benedict,
July 13 - St. Henry, July 14 - St. Kateri Tekakwitha
July 15 - St. Bonaventure, July 16 – Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, July 18 - St. Camillus de Lellis,
July 20 - St. Apollinaris, July 21 - St. Lawrence of Brindisi,
July 22 - St. Mary Magdalene, July 24 - St. Sharbel Makhluf
July 25 - St. James, July 26 - St. Joachim and Anne
July 29 - St. Martha, July 31 - St. Ignatius of Loyola
The feast of the Scapular; tradition says that Our Lady gave it, herself, about the year 1251, to the blessed Simon Stock, an Englishman; this devotion has since spread all over the world. The popes John XXII, Gregory XIII, Sixtus V, Gregory XIV, and Clement VIII, have granted indulgences to those who are of this confraternity.
Nine centuries before Christ the great prophet Elias went to the heights of Carmel to beg God to send rain after three and a half years of drought. In answer to his prayers Elias saw a small cloud rise out of the sea, a promise of the Immaculate Virgin mother whose Son would save mankind from the scourge of sin.