The Brown Scapular
magnificent assurance of salvation is Our Lady’s Brown Scapular. One of
the great mysteries of our time is that the great majority of Catholics
either ignore or have forgotten the Blessed Virgin Mary’s promise that
"whoever dies wearing this (Scapular) shall not suffer eternal fire."
She further says: "Wear it devoutly and perseveringly. It is my garment.
To be clothed in it means you are continually thinking of me, and I in
turn, am always thinking of you and helping you to secure eternal life."
of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Many Catholics may not know that it is the wish
of our Holy Father, the Pope, that the Scapular Medal should not be worn
in place of the Cloth Scapular without sufficient reason. Mary cannot be
pleased with any one who substitutes the medal out of vanity, or fear to
make open profession of religion. Such persons run the risk of not receiving
the Promise. The medal has never been noted for any of the miraculous preservations
attributed to the Brown Cloth Scapular.
During the Scapular Anniversary celebration in
Rome, Pope Pius XII told a very large audience to wear the brown Scapular
as a sign of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Our Lady asked
for this consecration in the last apparition at Fatima, when She appeared
as Our Lady of Mount Carmel, holding the Brown Scapular out to the whole
world. It was her last loving appeal to souls to wear her Scapular as a
sign of Consecration to her Immaculate Heart.
Blessed Claude de la Colombiere, the renowned
Jesuit and spiritual director of St. Margaret Mary, gives a point which
is enlightening. He 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 the BROWN SCAPULAR is the most favored
of all!" He also adds: "No devotion has been confirmed by more numerous
authentic miracles than the Brown Scapular."