Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Brown Scapular

My second grader was invested in the Brown Scapular yesterday. I happened to be on lunchroom duty and noticed all of her class wearing their scapulars proudly. This is another reason I love second grade. Not only do these beautiful, innocent children receive First Holy Communion but they also learn about and receive the Brown Scapular and are taught the rosary. What an awesome year!
About the Brown Scapular from the EWTN website:
The best known and most highly esteemed scapular, and the one most favored by the Church, and by the Blessed Virgin in many of her apparitions, is the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. It is adapted from the scapular of the Carmelite Order and represents a special Consecration to Our Lady under the title of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Those who wear it practice it a special devotion to Mary. In the past this was the Little Office of Our Lady, but today this can be commuted by any priest to the rosary. In addition, the person has a special entrustment of themselves to Mary for their salvation. This, in fact, has been promised to those who faithfully wear the scapular: "Those who die wearing this scapular shall not suffer eternal fire." This must not be understood superstitiously or magically, but in light of Catholic teaching that perseverance in faith, hope and love are required for salvation. The scapular is a powerful reminder of this Christian obligation and of Mary's promise to help those consecrated to her obtain the grace of final perseverance.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the explanation, Julie. I always felt the scapular was superstition. But you have explained it clearly and I can see it is a symbol of a lifetime of faith.