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Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Holy Scapular

“On this day Mary took to Herself,
by means of the Holy Scapular,
sons of love.”
(Preface of the Mass of the Scapular feast,
Missale Carmelitarum -Rome, 1935)

On July 16th, 1251, the Queen of Angels, appearing to the General of the Carmelites spoke to him in these terms:
“Receive, my dear son, this scapular of thy Order; it is a mark of the privilege I have obtained for thee and thy brethren of Carmel.”
What privilege was this? Mary Herself told it saying:
“He that dies piously clothed in this habit, will be preserved from the eternal fires.”
O grace of graces! To be preserved from hell and receive heaven! The Blessed Virgin added:
“This scapular is a sign of salvation, a safeguard in danger, the pledge of special peace and protection to the end of ages.”
Each of these words should be weighed and pondered.

About seventy years later Mary appeared to Pope John XXII., promising to deliver from purgatory the brethren of Carmel soon after their death, especially on Saturday.

The Carmelite scapular has also been approved by many Popes and confirmed by the testimony of numberless miracles. The Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer especially treasure the scapular miracle discovered at the solemn exhumation of our Holy Father St. Alphonsus’s body, for here a most remarkable sight met the eyes of the examiners. For where the body and the Episcopal robes had decomposed, the Scapular lay Incorrupt.
Happy Feast Day
to all who wear
The Scapular!
Evviva Maria!


St. Jude Pray For Me said...

Dear Reverend Fathers and Brothers,

" Yoke of Christ " at the beginning, symbol of Marian Spirituality then, Scapular means Obedience and Passion, Devotion and Sacrifice, Charity and Salvation.

" O most Beautiful Flower of Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my time of need. O star of the Sea, help me, and show me that you are my Mother."

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God bless

Anonymous said...

I had not read this post until just now -- moments after posting on my blog Sr. Lucia's description of the vision of hell presented to her and her cousins by the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima. Thus these words hit home:

“He that dies piously clothed in this habit, will be preserved from the eternal fires.”

I do not presently wear the Scapular. Perhaps it is time to start.


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