Greetings in Jesus and Mary...
May I begin with..Blessed Feast day of St. Louis DeMontfort! May we always use and honor his direction of Total Consecration! Also, I am sorry that I have been away from this site since Easter day. I have had company for Easter week and I have been trying to get things started for my garden for the first time in Northern Michigan....WHAT A CHALLENGE! We woke up to snow yesterday on the ground but it soon melted by noon...still a sadness knowing we are in Spring...GOD'S WILL BE DONE!! (Something to offer up!)
This Sunday is the first day of May and it is time for Spring flowers and May Crownings and First Holy Communions and Mother's Day! All so very welcomed after a long cold hard winter! There is so much to pray to Our Lady about and to beg Her for.....like the necessary graces that we and the entire world need so much right now. We are in the beginning stages of WW3....even if some are still asleep to the fact. All the more reason to ask Our Blessed Mother's help and protection.
I just received a request from a viewer asking for the necessary procedure in order to be enrolled in the Brown Scapular. This request was my inspiration to write about THE BROWN SCAPULAR for this month of Mary. I wrote about it during a Novena in July 2020 and I will repeat some of that here for 2022 in this month of May. We, as Carmelites, can not stress enough the importance of the Brown Scapular. This and the coming articles should prove that to you. Now more than ever do we need to wear it and pray the Rosary daily to receive the necessary graces to remain faithful during this very troubling and trying time in all of history.
Everyone should know that the Brown Scapular is the great gift that associates so many faithful to the Carmelite Order. By being enrolled (link below on enrollment to be taken to your priest) one shares in all the good works of the Carmelite Order. How beautiful. Why would anyone refuse so much protection and so many gifts?
We will start out with some important reasons of why anyone would want to feel a need to wear one. The main reason - She wants us to wear it! Are we not ALL called to be obedient to The Mother of God and Mother of us all!
I have some homeschooled adult children who have since received so much worldly wisdom as to choose not to wear it. I feel very saddened by this because I see the refused graces and I know that while growing up they learned about the fragility of our souls while living in the world. I realize many Americans have a false sense of security and that unfortunately is ALL about to end...very soon. But God in His infinite wisdom knows how to bring His children back to Him. We need to realize that we carry our treasure of divine grace in earthen vessels of a fallen human nature which is easily broken. In our redeemed human nature, there is an inherent weakness which places sanctifying grace in CONSTANT DANGER of being lost! This moral weakness has led to the formation of bad habits and inclinations to sin which have their roots deep in our nature. Bad habits are not easily rooted out and while they remain, the state of grace is in peril.
We also do not know when the state of death will come upon us. We are not sure we will die in the state of grace unless we are diligent with our confessions and continually guarding our senses from falling into sin; but we can not do that on our own. God is good and He knows that the clay of which we are formed from is fragile, and therefore; He has promised us that if we rely on Him - we will not be tempted above our strength. Moreover, He has given His word that if we use the means of salvation which He has left, the crowning grace of final perseverance will be ours. We are not always diligent enough to pray - especially during times of temptation. God the Father is so good in giving us a great aid -OUR BLESSED MOTHER..JESUS' MOTHER!
It is the constant teaching of the Church that devotion to God's Mother is not only a means but a pledge of eternal salvation. WHY? Her Heart is a tower of strength for the weak. St. Bernard says, "The Eternal Father made Her "full of grace" that her love might bestow it where justice would deny it. She is our Mother of Mercy." How Beautiful!
"The men of the world," says St. Ambrose, "have as many masters as they have passions. Immodesty comes and says to them, you are mine, because you covet sensual pleasures. Covetousness says, you are mine; for the gold and silver you possess are the price of your liberty. All the vices come and say, you are mine." Every man born into this world serves some master and offers his life on some altar. And if our master is not God it is bound to be some low passion that makes us its slave.
By wearing the Scapular, we are renouncing Satan and all his ways. It is a way of giving ourselves to the Mother of God for Her care of our soul. We must be conscious of that and not just wear it and intend to remain in sin. St. Paul says, "If any man have not the spirit of Christ, he is not His". Romans 8:9. The same applies to Mary: if we have not Her spirit in us, which is to live in union with Her Son Jesus Christ; then we have no part with Her and our Consecration to Her loses its meaning.
By wearing our Scapular, Our Lady watches over our soul and helps us when we may not even be aware of it because by putting Her Scapular on, we are ASKING HER - "Mother, please help me!" There are many many miracles recorded over the centuries to prove this. ( I may include some this May) She is the Mother of us all. She witnessed the death of Jesus for US! She wants our salvation because it was bought with the price of Her Son! SHE LONGS TO HELP US AND SHE WILL HELP US! We must have confidence in this - especially now - so live in faith, hope and love!
In this life of tempestuous seas, let us put on the life jacket of salvation -- the Brown Scapular that will help us get to the port of Heaven. May we choose safety and not put ourselves at risk of getting lost at sea! The next life is eternal which means it will never end....let us make wise decisions!
Let us humble ourselves to put on the garment of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to ask Her for protection during this time when Satan is unleashed and seeking the ruin of many many souls. At this chaotic time of so many satanic happenings, we ask .... where are our earthly leaders? Do you feel abandoned? It may be that God is allowing this so that we will turn all the more to Him! There is no better refuge right now than the Immaculate Heart of Mary so that She Herself may place us constantly into the Heart of Her Son Jesus - NEVER TO BE LOST!
WEAR HER SCAPULAR AND PRAY HER ROSARY...YOU WILL FIND PEACE!
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel - Pray for us!
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!