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1 Elijah Prophet of God and Father of Carmelites © Charló-Carmel Camilleri, O.Carm. -

2 The man Elijah Elijah arose like fire, and his word burned like a torch literally his name means YHWH is my God literally his name means YHWH is my God he lived in the 9 th cent. BCE during the reign of King Achab he lived in the 9 th cent. BCE during the reign of King Achab appears in Scripture as a man of God appears in Scripture as a man of God who lived always in the Lords presence who lived always in the Lords presence

3 Elijah the Prophet How long you will limp between two sides? How long you will limp between two sides? Being a prophet, Elijah fought zealously for the worship of the one true God of Israel fought zealously for the worship of the one true God of Israel helped Gods people to remain faithful to the Lord helped Gods people to remain faithful to the Lord defended the poor defended the poor dragged unworthy kings down to destruction dragged unworthy kings down to destruction

4 With zeal have I been zealous for the Lord God of hosts On Mount Carmel Elijah defended Gods law in a solemn contest with the prophets of Baal If the Lord is God, If the Lord is God, follow him. follow him.

5 Elijah the mystic Leave this place and go towards the east Afraid and discouraged, Elijah escaped into the wilderness. There an angel of the Lord encouraged him to continue his journey towards the mountain of the Lord. On Mount Horeb he was given an intimate experience of the living God.

6 Elijah: an inspiration for Carmelites The inspiration that was found in this remarkable prophet from the very beginnings of the Order so pervades its whole history that Elijah may deservedly be called the founder of the Carmelite ideal He withdrew into solitude not to be hindered from pursuing the perfection of monastic life From Gods abundance he was filled and from the torrent of his love did he drink

7 Happy shall they be who see you From Elijah Carmelites learn to listen for the voice of God in the unexpected and in silence We seek to allow the Word of God to shape our minds and our hearts so that we may be prophetic in the way we live and in what we do whilst seeking to be faithful to the memory of our father Elijah


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