September 17    St.Albert of Jerusalem, Bishop and Lawgiver of Carmel

     

Albert Avogadro was born about the middle of the 12th Century in Castel Gualteri in Italy.

He became a Canon Regular of the Holy Cross at Mortara and was elected their prior in 1180. 

 

He was named Bishop of Bobbio in 1184, and of Vercelli in 1185, he was made Patriarch

of Jerusalem in 1205.  There, in word and example, he was the model of a good pastor and peace-maker.

 

While he was Patriarch (1206-1214) he united the hermits of Mount Carmel into one community and wrote a Rule for them.

 

He was murdered at Acre on September 14, 1214. 

 

From the Rule of Saint Albert

 

"Many and varied are the ways in which our saintly forefathers laid down how everyone, whatever his station or the kind of religious observance he has chosen, should live a life of 

allegiance to Jesus Christ- how, pure in heart and stout in conscience, 

he must be unswerving in the service of his Master....

Each one of you is to stay in his own cell or nearby, pondering the Lord's law day and night

and keeping watch at his prayers unless attending to some other duty....

Put on the breastplate of justice so that you may love the Lord your God with your whole heart and your whole soul and your whole strength, and your neighbors as yourself."

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