May 16 St. Simon Stock, Religious
Simon, an Englishman, was elected as one of the early Priors General of the Order and served during the difficult days of transition between hermits and friars. He died whilst on visitation of our friary at Bordeaux in the mid-thirteenth century.
He has been venerated in the Carmelite Order for his personal holiness and his devotion to Our Lady. A liturgical celebration in his honor was observed locally in the fifteenth century, and later extended to the whole Order. Shortly after the return of the friars to Aylesford a major relic of St. Simon was returned to England by the Archbishop of Bordeaux.
May 25 St. Mary Magdalen de' Pazzi, Virgin
Born in Florence in 1566, she had a religious upbringing and entered the moastery of the Carmelite nuns there. She led a hidden life of prayer and self-denial, praying particularly for the renewal of the Church and encouraging the sisters in holiness. Her life was marked by many extraordinary graces. She died in 1607.
"How truly wonderful you are, O Word of God, in the Holy Spirit;
You cause him to infuse the soul with You, that it may join itself to God,
conceive God, savor God, taste nothing but God."
St. Mary Magdalen de' Pazzi