THE POWER OF THE BROWN SCAPULAR /THE SABBATINE PRIVILEGE

feast day July 16
"Whosoever dies clothed in this Scapular shall not suffer eternal fire"
—Mary's promise to St. Simon Stock—July 16, 1251

The Brown Scapular is an Assurance of Salvation!
The Blessed Virgin Mary told Saint Dominic,
"One day, through the Rosary and Scapular I will save the world."

The devils revealed to Francis of Yepes, the brother of St. John of the Cross, that three things especially tormented them. The first is the Name of Jesus; the second, the Name of Mary, and the third, the Brown Scapular of our Lady of Mt. Carmel. "Take off that habit," they cried to him, "which snatches so many souls from us. All those clothed in it die piously and escape us."
Your Scapular, then, should take on deep meaning for you.
It is a rich present brought down from Heaven by OUR LADY HERSELF.

"Wear it devoutly and perseveringly," she says to each soul, "it is my garment. To be clothed in it means you are continually thinking of me, and I in turn, am always thinking of you and helping you to secure eternal life."
Without saying to Mary that we venerate Her, love Her and trust her,
we tell Her these things every moment of the day, by simply wearing the scapular.

The scapular must be worn by all; it will be your badge of courage in a discordant world. St. Alphonsus says: "Just as men take pride in having others wear their livery, so the Most Holy Mary is pleased when Her servants wear Her Scapular as a mark that they have dedicated themselves to Her service, and are members of the Family of the Mother of God.
The second traditional promise of Our Blessed Mother in favor of those who wear Her Brown Scapular of Mt. Carmel (as found in a Bull of Pope John XXII): "I shall descend on the Saturday after their death and whomsoever I shall find in Purgatory, I shall free, so that I may lead them to the holy mountain of life everlasting."

Pope Benedict XV, the celebrated World War I Pontiff,
granted 500 days indulgence for devoutly kissing your scapular.

INDULGENCE: The remission in whole or in part for the temporal punishment due to sins.
(Remission of time spent in Purgatory.)

Two Prayers for the Brown Scapular
(Pray the Morning Offering and the Rosary daily, Wear the Scapular. In moments of temptation, think of the Scapular as the arms of Our Lady around you and recall your Morning Offering.)
MORNING OFFERING
O my God, in union with the Immaculate Heart of Mary (here kiss Your Brown Scapular as a sign of your consecration), I offer Thee the Precious Blood of Jesus from all the altars throughout the world, joining with It the offering of my every thought, word and action of this day. O my Jesus, I desire today to gain every indulgence and merit I can, and I offer them,
together with myself, to Mary Immaculate—that she may best apply them to the interests of Thy most Sacred Heart. Precious Blood of Jesus, save us! Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us! Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

MORNING OFFERING of REPARATION
O JESUS, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, (here kiss your brown scapular) and in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass being offered throughout the world, I offer You all my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for my sins and the sins of the whole world.
Every day, together with the Morning Offering of Reparation, be sure to:
1. Say at least 5 decades of the Rosary.
2. Wear your brown scapular of Mt. Carmel as a sign of your consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
3 Invoke the Archangel St. Michael daily to protect you from the wiles and wickedness of the devil.

THE VALUE OF THE MORNING OFFERING OF REPARATION
The jewels of the Church are those who suffer; those who carry their crosses and endure their penances while being united to God. Father Pio, the famed stigmatist, once said:
"If you knew the value of suffering you would never give it up." Whether an individual believes in God or not, a certain amount of suffering must enter every life. A person who offers his trials to God finds peace and purpose, even in his trials. One who does not unite himself to God becomes bitter and despairs.
Graces, to endure our daily trials, can be obtained so easily by reciting this daily prayer, "The Morning Offering of eparation." Imagine the countless graces being lost in hospitals and homes for the aged by neglecting this prayer. Graces which could be used to free souls from purgatory, convert sinners and strengthen the Church.
In 1945 Jesus told Lucia, the seer of Fatima, "The sacrifice and penance I now seek and require is the fulfillment of your state in life and the observance of my laws." Whatever your state in life may be you can sanctify all your daily actions if upon arising you recite sincerely the morning offering prayer. Through the "Morning Offering of Reparation" every act you do becomes a sacrifice. The word "sacrifice" means to make "holy." Once you have made your morning offering you make "holy" every act you do throughout the day. Whatever trial God permits to pass your way during the day becomes a penance--whether it be work, bad weather, rebellious children, sickness in the family tight economic conditions or misunderstandings by relative's or friends. All these sacrifices and penances obtain graces the Blessed Virgin needs for the conversion of sinners. At Fatima, when showing the children a vision of hell. Our Lady told them: "See my children, the souls of poor sinners because there was no one to pray for them or make sacrifices for them." If you do not say your morning offering prayer you have wasted the day as far as many graces are concerned and have lost opportunities to help in the salvation of souls.
One day a person visiting the shrine of Fatima, Portugal, was present during the blessing of the sick and afflicted. She saw before her people in wheel chairs, on crutches, lying on stretchers and cots. Moved with compassion for these afflicted, she closed her eyes to pray for them. While praying she envisioned souls dressed in white leaving purgatory and going to heaven. This incident clearly shows how the suffering of all those afflicted was the instrument God was using to free souls in purgatory.
Be sure to recite the "Morning Offering of Reparation" every day and try to renew it often throughout the day. You can place this prayer by your bedside, on your mirror or in your kitchen wall as a reminder to say it. By being faithful to your morning offering, God will send graces upon you, your family, the souls in purgatory and throughout His Church.

THE SABBATINE PRIVILEGE
The Scapular even extends to Purgatory.
The Sabbatine Privilege is based on the Papal Bull issued on March 3, 1322 by Pope John XXII. This Privilege was approved and confirmed by many popes including St. Pius V. It essentially says that those who wear the Scapular and fulfill two other conditions can obtain early liberation from Purgatory, through the special intercession of the Virgin Mary, on the day consecrated to her, Saturday.
The other two conditions are: 1) Observe chastity according to one’s state in life and 2) Recite the Little Office of Our Blessed Mother (the Rosary, with permission from a priest, can be substituted for the office). Our Lady revealed to Venerable Dominic of Jesus and Mary: "Although many wear my Scapular, only a few fulfill conditions for the Sabbatine Privilege." We maintain the majority don't know them. It is an act of charity to make the Sabbatine Privilege known to all. A soul from Purgatory was asked by a Sister: "What is the average stay of the souls in Purgatory?" The Poor Soul answered: "From thirty to forty years!" Can you see the importance of making Our Lady's Privilege known – if you consider that the flames are the same as the fires of Hell!
A last reminder – we give you the message of one pastor. He said: "If I were positive that all my parishioners died wearing the Brown Scapular, I would be most certain that we would all meet in Heaven." If this pastor can be so certain about his parishioners, why can't all pastors be just as certain? Give your pastor this circular. Why can't every father and mother be certain of their children, family and friends? Explain to them the SCAPULAR PROMISE and the SABBATINE PRIVILEGE. Heed Our Lady's wish: "Wear the Scapular devoutly and perseveringly . . . It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace."

Welcomers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel to gain plenary indulgence
The faithful who will participate in the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the arrival in the Philippines of the image of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel on May 4 will gain a plenary indulgence.
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle announced this in a circular letter dated January 22, addressed to priests, religious men and women in the Archdiocese of Manila.
photo: Maria SS. del Carmelo
Vergine del Carmine
The statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the Carmelite church of Santa Maria in Traspontina in Rome.
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