Our Lady, Herself, has asked us to wear this Brown Scapular. First, knowing that it is a garment given to St. Simon Stock as a means of help should inspire us to wear it. The Order of Carmel was experiencing many difficulties at that time (and today in fact) and She came to give him this gift in order for the Order to seek her protection and help. She came also sharing the promise that anyone who dies wearing this – will not suffer the fires of Hell. Today, we have humanist theologians who want to debunk this promise and throw the whole idea way. First, it cannot be proven scientifically - maybe because it is spiritual. Also these humanists claim that there is not hard evidence that this apparition to St. Simon Stock really took place. We only have 750 years of miracles to show that IT MUST HAVE HAPPENED. Well, humanists do not believe in miracles so that is no good. It is very sad what is happening in the world and in the Church today with all the isms we have right now.
When I was in the Novus Order Third Order Carmelites with the “updated” Rule, I was promoting enrollment in the small Brown Scapular and received resistance to this from authority. I was not only shocked but thought I could stand on the proof that Our Lady came to Fatima on the last apparition in October 1917 as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel holding a Scapular in her hand. Sr. Lucia claimed that the Rosary and the Brown Scapular are inseperable – they go together. Our Formation Director responded: “Oh Bernadette, you know that is a private revelation”. What – seriously! Actually, Fatima is a public revelation and should be taken more seriously which is why I have this website. It is public because the miracle of the sun was public and was even recorded as actually happening with the local freemasonic newspaper – “O Seculo”.
Not only did she come at Fatima as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel but St. Bernadette felt an irresistible urge which she had not felt for three months prior, to visit the grotto of Massabielle. It was July 16th, 1858 and during this eighteenth and last apparition, Mary did not speak to her but Bernadette declared, “Never did She look so beautiful.” In a letter written on July 10, 1958 for the centennial of the apparitions, Mgr. Theas, Bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes, stressed Mary’s choice of July 16th saying, “The Blessed Virgin in choosing this date for her last visit to the grotto, revealed her purpose. This was surely to draw to our attention the solemnity of July 16th, to remind us that her title of “Our Lady of Mt. Carmel” is one that is particularly dear to her. She would also seem to have expressed her particular love for the Carmelite Order, its spirituality, its saints, doctors, and all who belong to its three orders.”
I will hope to have more tomorrow and until then – spread the word of Our Lady’s Brown Scapular and its protections and prayers from Our Lady during this time of great unrest in the world.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, pray for us!
St. Lucia, Francesco and Jacinta, pray for us!.
St. Bernadette, pray for us!
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 41 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 5 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!