To demonstrate the importance of Mary’s Scapular, here are some quotes and writings of previous Popes over the centuries.
Pope Leo XI
At the Papal Investiture , when his Scapular was removed accidentally from his shoulders, he said: “Leave me Mary, lest Mary leave me.”
Pope Pius IX
On Dec. 8, 1854, he defined the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. He is noted to say: “This most extraordinary gift of the Scapular – from the Mother of God to Saint Simon Stock – rings its great usefulness not only to the Carmelite Family of Mary but also to all the rest of the faithful who wish, affiliated to that Family, to follow Mary with a special devotion.”
Pope Leo XIII
He stated regarding Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and Her Scapular, “Its nobility of origin,” he said, “its venerable antiquity, its extraordinary spread I the Church, the spiritualizing effects produced by it and the outstanding miracles worked in virtue of it, render the Scapular of Carmel commendable to a wondrous degree.” At he was getting close to his death, he said, “Let us make a novena to Our Lady of the Scapular and I shall be ready to die.”
Pope Benedict XV
He declared, “Let all of you have a common language and a common armor; the language the sayings of the Gospel; the common armor, the Scapular of the Virgin of Carmel, which you all ought to wear and which enjoys the singular privilege of protection even after death.”
Pope Pius XI
He was heard to say: “I learned to love the Scapular Virgin in the arms of my mother.”
On the Feast of St. Simon Stock, May 16th 1892, Pope Leo XIII gave Scapular wearers a great gift. His Holiness gave to the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel the privilege of a plenary indulgence, applicable to the souls in Purgatory, to all who visit a Carmelite Church on that day.
In 1912, Pope Pius X gave soldiers and sailors the unique privilege of enrolling themselves in the Scapular Confraternity. All the soldier or sailor needs do is put on the Scapular or the Scapular Medal previously blessed by a priest having power to enroll In the Scapular. By the very fact of putting on the cloth Scapular or the Medal (reciting at the same time any prayer to Mary) the serviceman automatically becomes a member of the Scapular Confraternity. Also, During WWII, “The Scapular Militia” sent out millions of blessed Scapulars and Medals, bringing Mary’s protection to our servicemen.
WOW – we have come a long way away from such devotions. Our servicemen are committing suicide at an alarming rate and we have a Pope who believes in pagan idols. Holy Mother Mary - bring us back to God!
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel – pray for us to be heroes at a time of Great Apostasy!
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!