~Discalced Carmelite Friars
Province of St. Therrese
The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Louisville and in Little Rock
Aug 07, 2015 | Churchill Downs, consecration, feast, Kentucky Derby, Little Rock, Louisville, novena, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Slugger Factory and Museum, travel
|Statue of David in Louisville, KY|
The bat is one block down Main Street from David. It stands at the entrance to the Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum. As we toured the place, I wished I knew more about baseball than I do. The Louisville slugger bat was used by all the greats from Babe Ruth to Mickey Mantle (didn’t he marry Marilyn Monroe for a short time?), and is still considered one of the best bats available. Favorite wood is Ash, and the factory can bore out seven or eight bats from an Ash log, and burn your signature into the wood. The museum has thus acquired the signatures of all the great baseball legends. I can be seen at the base of the big bat wielding the miniature bat given to those who take the factory tour.
The other touristy thing to do while in Louisville is visit Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby racetrack. We were admitted into the stables by Katie, a young girl who exercises the horses. The first thing we noticed as we entered these hallowed grounds that host the first of the triple crown races that end the racing season each year, was a huge television screen that has been erected. Jerry Jones, eat your heart out! Fans privileged to get into the infield, have been unable to see the horses until now.
|Stables at the Kentucky Derby|
I was amazed at how many stables there are at the Kentucky Derby. Some like this one I took a picture of below the towering black screen, was better kept than many with flowers hanging in front of each stable.
Katie exercised two horses the day we visited. Our nuns wanted me to give them conferences on Saint Teresa each morning of the novena, but we skipped this morning so I could tour the racetrack. Katie introduced us to all the horses in the stable she worked in. Some were meek and mild; others she warned us were mean, so we kept our distance from them. The week I flew home to our Monastery in Little Rock one of those wild horses threw Katie. She fell and fractured one vertebrae in her neck and suffered two broken ribs. I asked her what she’d have to do to become a jockey, and she said, “lose some weight!"
|Passionist School across from Mulligan's|
|Carmelite Chapel in Louisville, KY|
|Consecration to Our Lady of Mount Carmel|
|Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Little Rock, AR|
Written by Fr. John Michael Payne, OCD