The Carmelite Review – Blessed Aloysius Rabata

Blessed Aloysius Rabata was a Sicilian. He was renowned for his great humility. He only accepted the office of Prior through obedience. His death was hastened by a wound inflicted by a public sinner whom he charitably reproved. The office of this saint was approved by Gregory XVI, the predecessor of Pius IX. The least of Blessed Aloysius is not observed this year, since the greater feast of Ascension occurs on May 11th.

There are many other men and women of the Order of the Blessed Virgin whose names will adorn the vine of Carmel in this month of flowers when the voice of Rome is heard, but in the meantime we must treat them as if they had been but “born to blush unseen.” Among these many venerable Carmelites the Third Order is largely represented.

Let us offer this sweet smelling nose gay to the Queen of the saints of Carmel, and may we too take to heart the lesson which they teach. Let us remember that “each blossom, on its leaves a mystic language bears.” May we learn from Saint Simon’s oak tree holy humility and confidence in our Lady’s protection; from Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi let us learn to suffer, even if we deserve not chastisement; from Saint Angelus let us learn to give up all, even our lives, for our faith. May Blessed Aloysius teach us how to forgive our enemies, finally, may all the saints and flowers of Carmel, whose feasts we celebrate in the month of May, teach us how to become true children of Mary, and let us not forget that these “flowers preach to us if we hear.”

– text taken from the article “Flowers of Carmel” in the May 1893 edition of The Carmelite Review magazine, authored by P.A.B.