Our lady of mt. carmel and the brown scapular
I owe a great deal in my early youth to my devotion to the Carmelite scapular. A mother’s constant diligence and concern for the clothes of her children is beautiful to see. She always wants them well-dressed…The Blessed Mother of Mount Carmel and of the holy scapular speaks to us of her maternal care, her concern to clothe us spiritually with the grace of God and to help us always keep our garments white…Be vigilant to correspond to your good Mother who is concerned about how you go about dressed, especially with respect to the garment of grace that her daughters and sons should always wear.
-St. John Paul II, Address 15 January, 1989
Since Wednesday was the feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel we wanted to focus on the importance of Our Lady and the Brown Scapular devotion. If you aren’t yet enrolled in the Brown Scapular it’s easy to do. It used to be that only Carmelite priests could enroll you, but now any priest is able to do it. There’s more information on it from some Carmelite nuns here. This cloistered community also sells handmade brown scapulars, so if you’re in need of one check out their online shop.
The history of the Carmelite order is quite fascinating, and something you might like to learn more about. For a short introduction, you can click here.
One of our callers, Denise, from Houston, called in with a great story about her own experience with brown scapular. You can listen to the clip here:
During the show Stacy, from Fredericksburg, asked us to share some of our favorite books on the saints. Here they are:
Sr Grace Marie:
- Saint Bernadette of Lourdes by Abbe Francois Trochu
- America’s Bishop by Thomas C. Reeves, about Bishop Fulton Sheen.
- Literary Converts by Joseph Pearce
- The Thief Who Stole Heaven by Fr. Raymond. This book is likely out of print, but if you can find a copy it’s well worth it. This is the story of Tom Penny, a robbery accomplice who was framed for murder. He was sentenced to death and had a deep conversion while in prison.
Sr. Elizabeth Marie:
- Father Paul of Graymoor by Rev. David Gannon, SA
- A Woman of Unity by Sr. Mary Celine, SA. These books are about the two saintly founders of the Society of the Atonement, Fr. Paul Wattson and Mother Lurana White.
- Another book about healing your wounds with the help of the saints is My Peace I Give You by Dawn Eden. She focuses on saints who have suffered sexual abuse and how they can help us to heal from our own wounds.
Sr. Mary Peter:
- Voices of the Saints by Bert Ghezzi
- Total Surrender by Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
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Stacy also mentioned that she loves reading St. Faustina’s Diary. It really is a book you can keep going back to again and again, without ever getting bored. You always find something new and inspiring in her writings and revelations. If you would like to receive a daily excerpt from St. Faustina’s Diary in your inbox each day, you can sign up for free here, thanks to Lighthouse Catholic Media and the Marians of the Immaculate Conception.
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