Since we are beginning the Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel today, we will take words from the writings of Fr. Benson on our confidence in Her love. I quote from him the following:
"We take Mary's Scapular and Mary's Scapular Promise for granted. Yet there are many who scoff at our belief. How can we believe that a piece of cloth, worn around the neck, can save a man from Hell? Surely the cloth of itself has power neither to save a man from Hell nor admit him into Heaven. Why then do we believe that the Scapular, or its equivalent, the Scapular medal, worn at the moment of death will, as the Blessed Virgin promised, protect its wearer from eternal punishment? Actually, we do not place our trust in the brown cloth. The Scapular Promise is fulfilled through the intercession of Our Blessed Mother. The Brown Scapular is the badge of the Blessed Virgin. She has promised to save from Hell by her intercession anyone who dies clothed in it. And she is empowered to keep her Promise.
Our confidence and trust in the Scapular Promise will never be betrayed because the Scapular carries with it the guarantee of the all-powerful intercession of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. "Who can doubt," says St. Bernard "but that the Son will listen to His Mother - such a Son listen to such a Mother. The Son of God is Flesh of her flesh, Blood of her blood. He did not bring His body with Him from Heaven, but rather assumed it of Mary. The Second Person of the Blessed Trinity became the Son of the humble Virgin Mary. Mary became actually the Mother of God. What incalculable power, therefore, there must be in her intercession. When She prays it is to her own Divine Son that she addresses herself. To His Mother, what can this best of Sons refuse? It is simply inconceivable that her prayers should not be heard. We believe, then, that Mary will keep Her Scapular Promise first of all because She is the Mother of God."
This talk is so simple but so filled with great confidence. He is not a skeptic but a believer and one with tremendous faith. Thank you, Fr. Benson, may God rest your soul through the prayers and intercession of Our Queen and Mother. Please pray for us and all Carmelite friars!
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!