The Brown Scapular
"Whosoever dies wearing it shall not suffer eternal fire."
"I promise you all, when you wear My Brown
Scapular, you shall not be condemned to hell. I repeat: if you pass on
over the veil and are wearing the Brown Scapular, you shall not see
the fires of hell."
It has been said, "Satan perceived what a great multitude of souls the Scapular was going to snatch from him, he groaned with rage and swore to avenge himself on this recent, other most terrible blow that the Immaculate had just given him. In his fury he declared war to the death on this sacred Habit, especially attacking the unusual privilege which it is endowed..." Such must have been the case when the devils once cried out to Francis de Yepes, brother of St. John of the Cross, "Take off that habit which snatches so many souls from us. All those clothed in it die piously and escape us." Holy men as St. Robert Bellarmine and Pope Benedict XIV confirm Our Lady's promise to be truly so. They explain this promise to mean that anyone dying in Mary's family will receive from Her, at the hour of death, either the grace of perseverance in the state of grace or the grace of final contrition. Pope Benedict XV asserts that the Scapular is a gift that goes into eternity. Addressing the seminarians of Rome one July 16th, Pope Benedict XV said: "Let all of you have a common language and a common armor: the language, the sentences of the Gospel; the common armor, the Scapular of the Virgin of Carmel, which you all ought to wear and which enjoys the singular privilege of protection even after death."
It is also said that the devil will raise up a cloud of doubt about Our Lady's Scapular. By saying such things as it is only two pieces of wool attached to a cord, how can such a thing have any significance in this modern world? The devil and his agents seek to take away this gift from you. To this, it can be said when the Church makes use of Her authority, through it's intercessory prayers, and invokes the benediction of Almighty God, Scapulars become sacred objects of divine favors. Further, these prayers of the Church have great strength, for they are united to the prayers of Our Lord Jesus Christ and of all the saints. Holy Mother Church by Her authority, declares this to be so.
But the devil doesn't stop there, he then attacks the authority of Holy Mother Church Herself. No matter what he may whisper in one's ear, the Church is sanctioned by Almighty God to impart it graces on sacramentals. Our Lord, Himself, our teacher, gave us examples to follow. Using clay to anoint a man's eyes, saliva to cure a man's eyes, and blessing loaves and fishes, and young children as well. He gave this power to the Apostles as casting out demons and all kinds of evil. Furthermore, these practices of God working through and giving his blessings through objects goes back to the Old Testament where the Jewish priests blessed the people every day. "Thou shalt sprinkle me with hyssop, and I shall be cleansed." (Ps. 1-7.)
By piously wearing the Scapular, we are continually thinking of Mary, at least intention, thus it becomes our prayer, and we are truly her children. Pope Pius XII stated, "The Scapular is a sign of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary." Blessed Claude de la Colombiere said, Because all the forms of our love for the Blessed Virgin, all its various modes of expression cannot be equally pleasing to Her, and therefore do not assist us in the same degree to Heaven, I say without a moment's hesitation that the Brown Scapular is the most favored of all."
As Holy Mother Church states, the Brown wool
Scapular brings upon the wearer quite a heavenly shower of graces.
The pious wearing of the Brown Scapular:
By wearing the Scapular piously we dedicate our lives to Jesus through Mary. She is the mediatrix of all graces bringing us always ever closer to Jesus. The Scapular is Our Lady's compass guiding us in the right direction. For a man in the middle of a jungle, does well to have a compass; so we Our Lady's children in this sometimes all too crazy world of ours—do well to have the Scapular to clothe us with direction in life. The Scapular is a heavenly life preserver. For a man in the middle of the ocean amongst all the crashing of the waves, the fierce tempest, the severe elements, would be foolish and put himself in great danger, not to have a life preserver. So, we, too, children of Mary, would seem foolish to go against the crashing waves of this world, the flow of this age of error, the whirlpool of evil influences, and the raging tempest of the devil, without Heaven's life preserve, the Brown Scapular.
In closing, we
recall the words of Pope Leo XI who on the occasion of his papal investiture
when the Scapular was accidentally removed from him said: "Leave me
Mary, lest Mary leave me!"
Scapular to be 100% wool
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