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The Prophet Elijah being Fed

“In Elijah we see the solitary prophet who nurtured his thirst for the one and only God, and lived in his presence. He is the contemplative, burning with passionate love for the Absolute who is God, …More
“In Elijah we see the solitary prophet who nurtured his thirst for the one and only God, and lived in his presence. He is the contemplative, burning with passionate love for the Absolute who is God, “his word flaring like a torch” (Sirach 48:1). He is the mystic, who after a long and wearisome journey, learned to read the new signs of God’s presence. He is the prophet who became involved in the lives of the people, and who, by battling against false idols, brought them back to faithfulness to the Covenant with the One God. He is the prophet who was in solidarity with the poor and the forgotten, and who defended those who endured violence and injustice." – from the Carmelite Constitutions who claim Elijah as their inspiration and founder. Today, 20 July, is the feast of Elijah. Encaustic painting dating to the 1100s on one of the columns of the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr