John of the Cross — Quite early in their history, the Carmelites began to develop ministries in keeping with their new status as mendicant religious. This resulted in the production in of a letter Ignea Sagitta Flaming Arrow  by the ruling prior general from to , Nicholas of Narbonne also known as Nicholas Gallicus, or Nicholas the Frenchman , who called for a return to a strictly eremitical life. His belief that most friars were ill-suited to an active apostolate was based on a number of scandals. By the late 14th century, the Carmelites were becoming increasingly interested in their origins; the lack of a distinctive named founder by contrast with the Dominicans and Franciscans may have been a factor in the development of numerous legends surrounding Carmelite origins. One particularly influential book was the Institution of the First Monks, the first part of a four-part work from the late fourteenth century.
Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
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History[ edit ] In its origin as a practical garment, a scapular was a type of work apron, frequently used by monks , consisting of large pieces of cloth front and back joined over the shoulders with strips of cloth. The first Carmelite hermits who lived on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land in the 12th century are thought to have worn a belted tunic and striped mantle typical of pilgrims; when the Carmelites moved to Europe in the mid 13th century and became a mendicant order of friars they adopted a new habit that included a brown belted tunic, brown scapular, a hood called a capuche, and white mantle. To remove one's habit was tantamount to leaving the Order. Carm, "The origins of the Scapular devotion are to be found in the desires of lay people during the Middle ages to be closely associated with the Carmelite Order and its spirituality.
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The stunning gothic architecture of the center and its incredible acoustics set the stage for a range of world-class performances that include music shows, comedy, theatre, rock concerts, and dance performances. The center also organizes a range of popular annual events such as the Carmel International Film Festival and the Nutcracker performed by the Dance Kids of Monterey County. The view is spectacular, with the Santa Lucia Mountains in the background and Point Lobos with the endless expanse of the Pacific Ocean in front.