I know that it can be perilous to line historical events up on a certain day and ponder their meaning, but – given the special circumstances – let’s do it anyway.
Firstly, 16 July.
In 1945 the first nuclear weapon was detonated.
In 1918 the family of the Tsar of Russia were cruelly slaughtered.
In 1045 the Great Eastern-Western Schism began.
On 16 July we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (which means “garden”). Carmel is especially associated with the Prophet Elijah. Elijah slew hundreds priests of the demon Baal, at Carmel. Jezebel would seek vengeance.
Mount Carmel is also the end point of what is called the Sword of St. Michael. If you draw a line to connect 7 shrines of St. Michael across Europe, where Michael appeared, you find a straight line from Skillig Michael, Ireland, down to, Mount Carmel. Mount Carmel is the “point” of Michael’s Sword, as it were.
A reader pointed out that the children of Fatima saw our Lady stop the angel, perhaps Michael, from striking the Earth with a sword.
The next full day after Our Lady of Mount Carmel we begin a Novena to her mother, St. Ann. It is in the 17 July issue of L’Osservatore Romano that the document Traditionis custodes appears, promulgated. However, if you go to L’Osservatore you now see this:
On the single page they now let you see, there is an above the fold piece with the title: Il Papa ai Fratri minori francescani in capitolo: “Fare misericordia con gli ultimi” … The Pope to the Franciscan Friars Minor in chapter: “Be merciful among the least”.
The day after his brutal cruelty to the single most marginalized group in the Church today.
Some of the least are least-er than others, I guess.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.
St. Ann intercede for us.
St. Joseph, … do your thing.