Today is the Feast of St. Simon Stock for Carmelites - or is it?
In the post-Vatican revision of the liturgical calendar, the memory of Simon Stock -- which was earlier celebrated with explicit mention of the vision -- was totally suppressed.
However, in 1979, a Spanish Carmelite monk fought to put it back and once again the Carmelites were permitted an optional memory on condition that no mention be made of the “ problematic scapular vision.”
BUT ----- the Fatima children claim Our Lady of Mt. Carmel appeared to them and had the Brown Scapular in her hands along with a Rosary on October 13, 1917 during the visions after the miracle of the sun.
And what about the 750 years of miracles!
The problem lies with the fact that since the 1200's the libraries had suffered fires and damage and there is nothing but what was passed on to the neighboring European countries about this astounding Brown Scapular and Our Lady's Promise.
Consequently, the enemies of the Church (which are alive and well today but sadly within the Carmelite Order itself) are trying desperately to discredit the Scapular and keep it from the use that was popularly known and experienced among Catholics. Sadly, many do not know about the Scapular now. Many priests are no longer enrolling their parishioners and parents do not give it attention.
It is a means of help for us from Our Lady. By wearing it, She is given the permission to pray for us in need. Yes, the condition for help has always been petition. By wearing the Scapular it is a way to say - "Holy Mother Mary, pray for me always as I wear this." That is where the power lies - in Her prayers for us.
Please refer to link on this website for more information about the Brown Scapular which Our Lady gave to St. Simon Stock.
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 42 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 6 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!