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The Beauty and the Power: Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel located on the main altar of Stella Maris Monastery on Mount Carmel, Haifa, Israel (photo by Fallaner - CC BY-SA 4.0)

On the evening of February 14, 1876 in Pellevoisin, France, a young woman named Estelle Faguette lay dying of pulmonary tuberculosis. In mortal agony, and with just hours to live, Estelle begged God for the strength to accept death. Suddenly at the foot of her bed, the devil appeared and what happened next became one of the most remarkable interventions of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on record.

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Hell's Gate

November 28

“Lord, I will put myself at hell’s gate, so that I can stop anyone else from entering there.

                                                            -Blessed Dominic Barberi

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What Need I Do?

November 27

God predestines no one to go to hell; for this, a willful turning away from God (a mortal sin) is necessary, and persistence in it until the end.

                                    -Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1037

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Fulfilling God's Will

November 25

In the glory of heaven the blessed continue joyfully to fulfill God’s will in relation to other men and to all creation.

                                    -Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1029

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Seeing God as He is

November 24

Those who die in God’s grace and friendship and are perfectly purified live forever with Christ. They are like God for ever, for they 'see him as he is,' face to face.

                                  -Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1023

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