Each Brown Scapular Package comes with all of the following:
- Brown Scapular
- An attached St. Benedict Exorcism medal,
- An attached crucifix,
- An imported "saint" medal (we will choose one as our gift),
- Explanation of the Brown Scapular,
- Explanation sheet on the St. Benedict Exorcism medal
- A Special Full Color Holy Card.
MIRACLES OF THE BROWN SCAPULAR
By Rev. Howard Rafferty, O. Carm.
In 1917 Our Lady requested five things at Fatima:
1) Consecration to her Immaculate Heart
2) Reception of Holy Communion on the first Saturdays of five consecutive months
3) The offering of daily sacrifices for the conversion of sinners
4) Five decades of the Rosary each day
5) *The wearing of the Scapular of Carmel as the sign of our consecration to Mary
*Our Lady did not use words, but She held Her Scapular out of the skies in Her very last appearance at Fatima. Lucia (of whom it was said by Our Lady that she would live in order to spread devotion to Her Immaculate Heart) explained that Our Lady did so because “She wants everyone to wear it”. Lucia said further: “The Rosary and the Scapular are inseparable” and that the reason for wearing the Scapular is because it is our “Sign of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”
If you wear Mary’s Brown Scapular you should know St. Simon Stock because you have worn his picture along with Our Lady’s picture on your scapular. Actually he is an old friend. It was to him—St. Simon of England—that Our Blessed Mother gave the great Scapular Promise in 1251 saying, “Whosoever dies wearing this Scapular shall not suffer eternal fire.”
When a priest enrolled you in the Scapular he said, “Receive this blessed Scapular and ask the most Holy Virgin that, by Her merits, it may be worn with no stain of sin and may protect you from all harm and bring you into everlasting life." These stories will give a very brief idea of how Our Blessed mother keeps Her promise.
I saw Her keep it one day in a town near Chicago where I was called to the bedside of a man away from the Sacraments for many years. He did not want to see me; he would not talk. Then I asked him to look at the little Scapular I was holding, “Will you wear this if I put it on?” I asked nothing more. He agreed to wear it. Within the hour he wanted to go to confession and make his peace with God. It did not surprise me because for over 700 years Our Lady has been working in this way through Her Scapular.
On the very day that Our Lady gave the Scapular to St. Simon Stock, he was hurriedly called by the Lord Peter of Linton: “Come quickly, Father, my brother is dying in despair!”
St. Simon Stock placed his large Scapular over the dying man, He repented immediately and died a friend of God.
That night the dead man appeared to his brother: “I have been saved through the most powerful Queen and the habit of that man as a shield.”
St. Alphonsus tells us: “Modern heretics make a mockery of wearing the Scapular. They decry it as so much trifling nonsense.” Yet we know that Pontiffs have approved it.
It is remarkable that just 25 years after the vision, Pope Gregory X was buried wearing the Scapular. When his tomb was opened 600 years after his death, his Scapular was found intact.
The Scapular was also found LIKE NEW in the graves of St. John Bosco and St. Alphonsus Liguori, although everything else in their graves that was corruptible had decayed. St. Alphonsus said that if we did a little more than Our Lady asked of us that we might not even go to Purgatory! All Our Lady asked is in the promise made by those who join Her Blue Army.
You will understand why the devil works against those who promote the Scapular when you hear the story of Venerable Francis Ypes. One day his scapular fell off. As he replaced it, the devil howled, “Take it off! Take off the habit which snatches so many souls from us.”
Then Francis made the devil admit that there are 3 things of which the demons are most afraid: the Holy Name of Jesus, the Holy Name of Mary, and the Holy Scapular of Carmel.
Every month a shipment of 1000 slaves would arrive at Cartegena, South America. St. Peter Claver—apostle of the negro—used the Scapular to insure the salvation of his converts. Peter Claver organized catechists to give them instruction, and before they were sold, he saw that they were baptized. Many ecclesiastics accused the Saint of indiscreet zeal but Peter reminded them that he had baptized and enrolled all in Our Lady’s Scapular. He was confident that Mary would watch over each one. Imagine! St. Peter Claver was responsible for over 300,000 converts.
In 1845, the English ship, King of the Ocean, was lashed by a wild hurricane. The Rev. Fisher, a Protestant minister, together with his wife and children and other passengers, struggled to the deck to pray for mercy and forgiveness as the end seemed at hand.
Among the crew was a young Irishman, John McAuliffe. He opened his shirt—took off his Scapular—made the Sign of the Cross over the angry waves, then threw the Scapular into the ocean.
At that very moment the wind calmed, only one more waved washed over the deck, bringing with it the Scapular which landed at the boy’s feet. The Rev. Fisher and his family had observed what he had done.
They questioned the boy. He told them about the Virgin and Her Scapular and Her Promise of protection in time of danger. So impressed were they that they determined to enter the Church and enjoy a like protection.
A French priest on pilgrimage to Einsiedeln, Switzerland was on his way to Mass when he remembered that he had forgotten his Scapular. Although late, he returned to his room for it.
While saying Mass, a young man approached the altar, pulled out a revolver and shot him in the back … but the priest continued to say Mass.
In the sacristy the abbot exclaimed, “I thought the man missed you.”
When the vestments were removed, the bullet was found, adhering to his little brown Scapular.
In May of 1957, a Carmelite priest in Germany published the unusual story of how the Scapular saved a home from fire. An entire row of homes had caught fire in Westboden, Germany. The pious inhabitants of a two-family home, seeing the fire, immediately fastened a Scapular to the main door of the house. Sparks flew over it and around it but stayed unharmed. Within 5 hours 22 homes were reduced to ashes and ruins. This one stood unharmed midst the destruction. Hundreds of people came to see the place Our lady had saved.
In 1951 the ancient home of St. Simon Stock at Aylesford, England was rededicated and the relics of the Scapular saint returned. Since then thousands of Scapular wearers have come on pilgrimage. In 1957 little Peter came. He was suffering with leukemia. His arms and legs were covered with ugly sores. He had only a few days to live.
When he returned that very evening, the sores were gone and his strength had returned. His family realized that he was cured. Doctors confirmed his complete cure.
One day in 1944, a Carmelite missionary in the Holy Land was called to an internment camp to give the Last Rites. The Arab bus driver made Father get off 4 miles from the camp because the road was dangerously muddy. After 2 miles had been covered, his feet sank deeper and deeper in the mud. Trying to get solid footing he slipped into a muddy pool. Sinking to death in a desolate place he thought of Mary and Her Scapular, for he was wearing the full habit, and looked toward Mt. Carmel.
There, in the distance, was the holy mountain of Carmel, the birthplace of devotion to God’s Mother. He cried out, “Holy Mother of Carmel, help me! Save me!” A moment later he found himself on solid ground. He told me, “I know I was saved by the Blessed Virgin through Her Brown Scapular. My shoes were lost in the mud and I was covered with it but I walked the 2 miles more through that desolate country praising Mary.”
In October of 1952, an Air Force officer in Texas wrote the following: “Six months ago, shortly after I started wearing the Scapular, I experienced a remarkable change in my life. Almost at once I started going to Mass every day. After a short time I started to receive Holy Communion daily. I kept Lent with a fervor I had never experienced before. I was introduced to the practice of meditation and found myself making feeble attempts on the way to perfection. I have been trying to live with God. I credit Mary’s Scapular.
Mary promises to make easy by grace that which is difficult to nature and to help with more than ordinary graces as long as we wear the sign of our consecration to Her.
Mary Herself said: “Take this Scapular, whosoever dies wearing it shall not suffer eternal fire. It shall be a SIGN OF SALVATION – a protection in danger and pledge of peace.”