Monday, July 16, 2012


Our Lady of Mount Carmel icon by Kristin McCarthy {daughter of Fr. E.C. McCarthy}

Today, there are voices crying out in the hot New Mexico desert on this feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel .   Voices praying the rosary, in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for 24 hour vigil, celebrating mass, all pointed in the direction of the world’s first atomic weapon test, one mile away, on this same day, 68 years ago.  The first atomic bomb blast was blasphemously named, “Trinity.”  Nothing holy about it.  Persistent prayer and great grace are required to conquer radical evil, the megadeath destructive power of nuclear weapons.  We alone in this country still possess at least 50 times the nuclear firepower to end all life on earth.  No to nukes in Iran, Iraq … no to nukes in the USA.  Do as I do, not just as I say.

he prayer vigil effort has been going on for 30 years lead by Fr. Charles Emmanuel McCarthy, and the Mexican American community of Socorro {translates help, aid,  assistance}, N.M.  It begins on July 15 and ends in the evening of July 16, the feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  Asking the Lord, through intercession of the Blessed Mother to help heal the wound of weapons of mass destruction, which we inflict upon ourselves and continues contagious, is the faithful group’s prayer.  These are not radical demonstrators but visionary Christians who see clearly the implication of the Gospel--put away the atomic sword, put away all swords.  Beat them into tools that give food to the hungry, drink to the thirsty and heal the sick.

 brown scapula was given to the Catholic community of Carmelites, by Our Lady of Mount Carmel, some 500 years ago.   When worn it is to give one protection from physical and spiritual harm.   In this same way, the small prayer community in the desert from whence nuclear weapons come, wants to cover each and every one with the protective garment of Christ’s love.  Renouncing these ultimate death star weapons is a first step in converting--from choosing death, to choosing life.   Let’s continue to join with these desert pilgrims in work and prayer, and perhaps join them in the New Mexico desert next year.



From the Albuquerque Journal -- July 17, 2005
Illuminations by Kathy Brahney

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