July 16, 2020

Our Lady and the Brown Scapular

Happy Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel!

Today is a special day for us, as the day Mother Mary Gabriel began our community and received Sister Mary John Paul as the first Sister Servant!

Mother Mary Gabriel had strong faith in Our Lady’s intercession and the graces she promised to all who would wear the Brown Scapular with devotion. Her conviction of the role this sacramental can play in our spiritual life, and Lucia’s mention of the Brown Scapular in conjunction with the Fatima message, led Mother Gabriel to include an opportunity for enrollement in the Scapular on every retreat at Casa Maria.

In the 20+ years that the sisters have been promoting devotion to the Brown Scapular on retreats, many graces have been received. Just this month, a woman told us the story that after receiving a scapular on our retreat, she also took one to her brother-in-law who was dying in the hospital. Throughout his illness, he had refused to see a priest but accepted the scapular and kept it with him. Within days he changed his mind, asked for a priest, and received the sacraments. He kept the scapular with him until he died, attributing his reunion with Christ to the graces brought through the scapular. The graces didn’t stop there, either. The priest who attended to the dying man was so struck by his visible change of heart, that his own faith in the Scapular was reinvigorated, and he intends to promote it more widely among the faithful.

May Our Lady’s motherly care continue guiding us to seek and follow her Son ever more closely!


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“Wear this scapular devoutly and perseveringly. It is my garment. To be clothed in it means you are continually thinking of me, and I in turn am always thinking of you and helping you to secure eternal life.” – The Blessed Mother to St. Simon Stock

“When we faithfully wear the brown scapular, we are disposed to receive the graces God wishes to give us through the maternal care of Our Blessed Mother.”