According to the traditions of the Carmelite order, on July 16, 1251, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to St. Simon Stock, a Carmelite. During the vision, she revealed to him the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, popularly known as the “Brown Scapular.” A century and a quarter later, the Carmelite order began to celebrate on this date the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Read more…
| What Is a Scapular?
The devotion of the Brown Scapular used to be better known than it is today, though in recent years it has made something of a comeback. Those who wear it faithfully as an expression of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, it is said, will be granted the grace of final perseverance. But did you know that scapulars have their roots in a particular garment that is part of the monastic habit? Read more…
| Reader Question: Are Scapulars Just for Catholics?
While the wearing of the Brown Scapular (and all other scapulars) is a Catholic practice, there’s nothing to prevent a non-Catholic Christian from adopting the practice, so long as he believes in what the scapular represents and faithfully carries out any requirements of the devotion. However, non-Catholics (and Catholics as well) need to understand what wearing a scapular really means, and what it cannot do. Read more…
| Novena of the Week: To Saint Mary Magdalene
July 22 is the Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene, the disciple of Christ traditionally identified with the repentant woman who washed and anointed Jesus’ feet and dried them with her hair. And so, for our novena this week, I have chosen a Prayer to Saint Mary Magdalene. If you have no particular intention for which you wish to pray, please pray for all of those involved in the case of Fr. John Corapi.
- The Saint and the Scapular: Simon Stock and Our Lady of Mount Carmel (gingerjar2.wordpress.com)
- Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel begins Thursday (rep-am.com)
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- Lady of Mount Carmel is glorious again (timesofmalta.com)