“Whosoever dies wearing this Scapular Shall not suffer eternal fire!”
— Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to St. Simon Stock (July 16, 1251)
The Devil to Father Velasco:
‘Take it off! Take off that Habit which snatches so many souls from us! All those clothed in it die piously and escape us!’ They then cried that three things particularly torment them: the first is the name of Jesus; the second the name of Mary; the third, the Scapular of Carmel.”
Brown Scapular Stories:
During the Spanish civil war in the 1930s, seven Communists were sentenced to death because of their crimes. A Carmelite priest tries to prepare the men for death; they refused.
As a last resort, he brought the men cigarettes food and wine, assuring them that he would not talk religion, in a short while they were all friendly, so he asked them for one small favor: “Will you permit me to place a Scapular on each of you?” six agreed, one refused.
Soon all Scapular wearers went to confession. The seventh continues to refuse. Only to please them he put on the Scapular, he would do nothing more.
Morning came, and as the time of the execution came near, the seventh man made it clear that he was not going to ask for a priest. Although wearing the Scapular he was determined to go to his death an enemy of God.
Finally, the command was given, the firing squad did its deadly work, and seven lifeless bodies lay sprawled in the dust.
Mysteriously a Scapular was found approximately 50 paces from the bodies. Six men died WITH Mary’s Scapular; the seventh died Without the Scapular.
St. Claude reminds us: “You ask; what if I desire to die in my sins?” I answer, “Then you will die in your sins but YOU WILL NOT DIE IN YOUR SCAPULAR.”
St. Claude tells the story of a man who tried to drown himself three times. He was rescued against his will. At last he realized that he was wearing his Scapular. Determined to take his life, he tore the Scapular from his neck and leaped into the water. Without Mary’s protective garment he accomplished his wish and died in his sins.
Go and get yourself a “Brown Scapular” have it blessed by a priest and ask him to enroll you to the Brown Scapular Confraternity.
Wear the Scapular faithfully. Fulfill your obligations (Prayers). Live a chaste life. And persevere ’til the end.
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