Being a Prophet: Learning From Elijah, Father of Carmelites
Carmelites are rooted in a prophetic tradition which goes back to the time of the Prophet Elijah. The original hermits of Carmel chose to reside at the Wadi Carith, Elijah’s well. The choice of location for the Carmelite’s initial foundation placed them within the prophetic shadow of the Prophet Elijah, who is identified as the Father of Carmelites and who is still celebrated as a saint within the Order (Feast Day July 16). Even St. Peter’s Basilica contains a statue of him with a sign stating, “Elijah, Founder of the Carmelites”. However, the world these days contains many self-proclaimed prophets.