In honor of today's Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Zenit has posted a previously unpublished article by Father Kieran Kavanaugh, OCD, titled Brown Scapular: A "Silent Devotion". In it, he speaks to the current state of historical research and the significance of the brown scapular and the feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.
Fr. Kavanaugh is a member of the Institute of Carmelite Studies well known for his translations of the works of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross. ICS Publications recently published A Better Wine, a collection of essays celebrating his 50 years in the priesthood. As reported in the ICS Fall 2007 news online, he now has to his credit modern English translations of all of the works of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, a life's work.