Carmelite Feast

Saturday, May 11th, 2024

Our Lady gave St. Simon a scapular for the Carmelites with the following promise: Receive, My beloved son, this habit of thy order. This shall be to thee and to all Carmelites a privilege, that whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire…It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace.

“Mary is often portrayed in art as ‘Our Lady of Mount Carmel’, dressed in a brown habit with white cloak and looking indeed very ‘Carmelite’.  She holds the child Jesus in one arm, and from the other drapes a small piece of brown cloth, the scapular.  This small scapular is derived from the scapular cloth worn by Carmelite religious originally to protect their habit while they were at work. . .It serves as a constant reminder that our spiritual journey is lived out in the everyday, working-world events of our daily life. The brown scapular today is a symbol of belonging, to one degree or another, to the Carmelite family.”

SOURCE:  Snow, O.Carm., Glenn. Foundation Stones: A Primer In Carmelite History & Charism. Carmelite Media, 2015.

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