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Submit your stories of miracles associated with the Brown Scapular! July 16, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Christendom, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Our Lady, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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Noah at Unam Sanctam Catholicam has an interesting and edifying post up regarding the great, mystical benefits of the Brown Scapular given by Our Lady of Mount Carmel to Saint Simon Stock.  As Noah notes, there remains in the Church among some priests and certain laity a kind of Lady_Mt_Carmel_s.jpgopposition to the Scapular.  I myself have experienced this.  When I was first converting, the first really on fire, semi-orthodox priest I found that really reached out to me was a charismatic Catholic.  Under the influence of his demi-protestant version of Catholicism, he did not have much devotion to the Blessed Mother. He was, in fact, rather embarrassed by devotion to the only perfect pure-human who has ever lived.  He had Rosary beads on his Franciscan habit, but would pray them by saying “Jesus” over and over, and that’s it.  When I spoke to him about devotion to the Blessed Mother, he said it wasn’t really “helpful,” and that the Church was “moving in another direction.”

From the standpoint of the current crisis, a certain opposition to the glorification of Our Lady and Her prerogatives played a large role in the controversies during and after Vatican II.  There was a very substantial fight during the Council between the forces who wanted to honor Our Lady with her own document and name Her Mediatrix of All Grace, and those who wanted to take a more minimal stance.  Well, guess who won?  The document on The Blessed Mother got rolled into Lumen Gentium, she wasn’t formally defined as Mediatrix of All Grace, but She was named as such in the document.

There has since the Council continued to be a faction of the Church that retains a certain ambivalence towards the Blessed Mother.  A large part of this ambivalence can be traced to the creeping influence of protestantism in the Church through the ecumenical and charismatic movements.  Our lady of carmel.jpgThis is an enormous tragedy, for in a strong sense we have no greater advocate, and no greater friend, in Heaven than She.  Of course, all Three Persons of the Holy Trinity are as far above Our Lady as the stars are from the earth, and remain the sole object of worship for all faithful souls, but St. Alphonsus, St. Thomas Aquinas, and many other Saints have proved that having a strong devotion to the Blessed Mother is at least morally necessary for salvation, if not absolutely so. Because Mary is the path to the Son.

To get to the point of the post, I wish I could assist Noah in compiling miracles associated with the Brown Scapular, but I do not recall any direct experience of such.  I do believe the Green Scapular played a big role in getting me clean, but that’s a slightly different story.  My devotion to the Blessed Mother has grown immensely over the years, and I feel I have a close relationship with Her.  She is a great friend and helper.

Now, some content from the post, including the great benefits of the Scapular [I add comments]:

I must say that their are seldom found defenders of this great sacramental from the charge of superstition. [Has that been your experience.  Among traditional priests, such weak defense of Our Lady has been rare, in my experience.  With other priests…….it’s quite variable.] There are so called “friends” of the scapular who give it only faint praise, who fall over themselves in their effort to downplay the promise of the brown scapular by pointing out that the scapular only works if you are not in mortal sin.  These statements injure the faith and confidence one can have in the brown scapular and injure its propagation. 
Lets us first consider a few things about the brown scapular.
1.  It is a sign of devotion and consecration to the Mother of God.
2.  It is ancient, going back at least 800 years and if you accept the annals of the order of Mt Carmel their devotion to Mary extends back to her even while she still walked the earth.
3.  It has received numerous blessings from the Church.
4.  Many Saints of the Church have worn it and recommended its use.
5.  Many miracles of the brown scapular are historical facts, attested to by numerous witnesses and they have occurred without ceasing since the institution of the confraternity of the brown scapular.  [All true, and more than good enough reasons for me!]
These should be reason enough for everyone to want to participate in the devotion to the brown scapular by devoutly wearing it even if it did not have the promise, that anyone who died wearing the brown scapular shall not suffer eternal fire.
What are some of its benefits, excluding the promise of salvation and the special protection of Mary.
1.  It is an act of religion when one wears it for the sake of devotion to the Mother of God.
2.  It is an act of humility to the Church and her Saints that recommended its use to grow in grace. 
3.  It is an outward sign of devotion to the Mother of God.
4.  The Church has decreed that the devout use of a devotional object merits a partial indulgence.
5. Its wearing is a constant reminder of the presence of God and our childlike intimacy with Mary. 
These repeated acts help us grown in virtue, honoring the Virgin Mary in front of men will lead to God honoring us in front of men, the partial
Our Lady of Mt Carmel - Terry Nelson.jpgindulgences help alleviate the sufferings of the holy soul or pay our debt due to sin and the reminder of Gods presence deters us from committing sin.  Even if people choose to be doubters of the great promise of salvation of the brown scapular, they cannot deny these facts.
However, the promises of the brown scapular are true: that of a good and holy death, and of our Lady’s protection.  How do we know? Because they have been proven many times by miracles.  If you are interested in hearing many historical and semi modern miracles please check out our Audiobook on miracles of the brown scapular.
You will find among the numerous stories of the brown scapular not stories of canonized Saints,  but stories of sinners, often times people who lived very evil lives, but through the power of the brown scapular were either saved from unexpected deaths or given the grace of repentance.  [The efficacy of wearing the Brown Scapular has been attested to by hundreds, probably thousands of testimonies.  There have been truly great conversions and miracles of salvation associated with this devotion.  Check out the link, it has some great material!]
It would be superstitious to believe that the cloth in and of itself will save one from hell.  It would be presumptuous to Simonscapular.jpgbelieve that one will be allowed to die wearing the brown scapular.  But, it is neither superstition or presumption to put ones confidence and hope in Our Lady of the Brown Scapular even when one is in mortal sin, even when one is living a reprobate life.  When we sin against charity we may lose sanctifying grace, but we do not necessarily lose the theological virtue of hope.  Dearest reader, no matter what sin or sins you find yourself committing, never ever take off your brown scapular…… [I agree. And I also recommend the scapulars of green, blue, red……]
…….In anticipation for the next feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel we are hoping to receive enough user submissions of miraculous stories of the brown scapular from readers in order to put together a new Audiobook of miracles of the Brown Scapular in modern times.  To strengthen peoples confidence in the brown scapular and to confound its enemies. It is a great opportunity to help induce others to love and reverence our Lady of Mt Carmel.  I most earnestly implore you to submit your stories, to share this plea, and if you are a blogger to OurLadyCarmel.jpgplease also consider sharing this post on your blog so that we are able to collect enough stories to make another Audiobook to the Glory of God and Our Lady of Mt Carmel.

Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Thou has promise St Simon Stock that anyone who died wearing thy brown scapular shall not suffer eternal fire. Grant then me the grace to die wearing it, and protect me at the hour of my death with the last sacraments.  O Mother, pray for me that when I go before the judgement seat of God that your merits might be applied to the penalty due to my sins and that I escape the punishments of purgatory. Amen.
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Great stuff. If you do have personal testimonies or stories to share regarding the Brown Scapular, it would be a great work of mercy to me if you would share them here, as well!
Dominus vobiscum!

Comments

1. Noah Moerbeek - July 16, 2014

Thank you so much for sharing the article and appeal on your blog!

2. Brian E. Breslin - July 17, 2014

Tantum, I have two brown scapulars, because during some workouts, the one I have on must be washed. So I just put on the other one, which by the way, hangs from my St. John Neumann picture by my side of the bed. So I ALWAYS have one of the two on. I used to be one of those Catholics who apologized for the Blessed Mother, but have come in he past few years to see how important she is to and for us. I truly regret the many years I neglected any devotion to our wonderful Mother Mary.

3. LaGallina - July 17, 2014

I love Mary. I think she is such a perfect path to Jesus. Back in my very wild days I worked in a trendy shop, and the Image of Mary and other Catholic iconography were always very popular, even with the wildest, most rebellious, even atheistic people. Even those who couldn’t stand to hear the name Jesus. After I became Catholic I could see that Mary had gently been beckoning me all those years. Even when my heart was so hard toward God, I always had a softness toward Mary. Who can resist such a gentle, loving mother?


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