(from the Dedicated Decades Magazine Winter 2013 Edition page 5: The Universal Living Rosary Association)
The GREATEST PRIVILEGE is REAL and it is OURS!
“Heaven and Hell are locked in mortal combat and the earth shakes from the shock of the encounter; but no one feels it, no one sees it, no one hears it… no one cares! The salvation of my soul is the most imperative and most urgent objective of my life on earth. It is the greatest and grandest occupation that I can engage in. In fact, I am here for no other purpose.”
The Scapular was given to St. Simon Stock, Prior of the Carmelite Order in England, in the year 1251. On 16th July, Our Lady held out the Brown Scapular to St. Simon Stock and promised, ” Whoever dies piously wearing this Scapular will not suffer eternal flames”. Through a Papal Bull on 3rd March 1322, the Sabbatine Privilege was given to the Church and this great Privilege has been confirmed by nine subsequent Popes. The Brown Scapular is the Sacramental of the Church; it is a gift from Heaven and a symbol of salvation~ for a true Child of Mary is never lost! Those clothed in her Garment of Grace will be protected and sanctified. It is a safeguard in danger, whether physical or moral; it invites its wearer to penance and purity while shielding him from Satan and sin!
The Brown Scapular marks the militia of the Immaculate One. Before God’s holy angels, it designates those who wear it as servants and slaves of Creation’s Queen, as specially beloved sons and daughters of the sun-robbed Virgin who has crushed the serpent’s head. To serve the Mother of God is the highest privilege and, truly, our pledge of eternal peace.
The Brown Scapular is the garment of Mary Immaculate and, as such, it is a constant call to modesty in dress and conduct; a silent protest against present day permissiveness and a hidden appeal to reparation for the insolent nakedness of proud neo-paganism! The Brown Scapular is much like a miniature hair-shirt and a mild reminder of our need for constant mortification.
The Brown Scapular is like swaddling clothes in which Our Heavenly Mother wraps her spiritual infants to protect them from the coldness of sin, to adorn them with the beauty of virtue and to warm them with God’s Love. No matter how advanced we may be in years or learning or social standing, we are all but infants in virtue, helpless as babes in the woods of this bleak world. We stand in dire need of our Mother’s constant care.
The Brown Scapular is a vital part of the Fatima message. Sr. Lucia told us we cannot separate the Rosary and the Scapular; both are essential to our life of grace in bringing about the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and subsequent Reign of Christ the King.
- Wear the Scapular.
- Observe Chastity according to your state in life.
- Pray daily the Little Office of Our Lady OR Observe the fasts of the church together with abstaining from meat on Wednesdays and Saturdays OR substitute the Rosary with permission of a confessor OR substitute some other good work with the permission of a confessor.