the Most Holy Rosary has come to be known by many as
the spiritual “weapon” or “sword” to combat
the wiles of the enemy, then certainly the Brown
Scapular must be known as our spiritual
is a garment of grace that symbolizes the Motherly
protection offered to us by Our Lady of Mount
marks a special love and devotion to Jesus through
His Blessed Mother, and thus is a sure sign of our
tradition has been passed down for almost eight
centuries in the Holy Catholic Church. It draws its spiritual strength from the graces Our Lady
obtains for us through her intercession before her
Son because of our professed devotion.
external sign displays the inward commitment to
follow Jesus in the footsteps of the most perfect
disciple, His Blessed Mother.
This means abandoning our selfish will, in
order to completely follow Our Lord’s Divine Will
for us. On
this journey we pledge to take Mary as our Mother,
teacher and guide in loving Jesus above all things-
as she has done this more perfectly than any other
creature since He was conceived in her womb.
1251 Our Blessed Mother appeared to St. Simon Stock,
a Carmelite monk, offering him the Brown Scapular
and stating, “This shall be a privilege for you
and all Carmelites, that anyone dying in this habit
shall not suffer eternal fire.”
Once again, the strength of this promise lies
in the recipient’s complete surrender to the
Divine Will through a special love and prayerful
devotion to Jesus through Mary.
This is the essence of the Carmelite
time, the Holy Catholic church extended this special
privilege to all laity who chose to embrace and
follow this Carmelite spirituality in their daily
tradition continues through modern times, where
Christians have the opportunity to unite their
hearts with such beautiful Carmelite Saints as St.
Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross and St.
Therese of Lisieux (The “Little Flower”) in
living out this spirituality.
People who choose to do so must be formally
enrolled by a Priest or authorized person.
In the event that the scapular needs to be
replaced, one does not have to formally enroll
appeared as Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the last
apparition at Fatima,
where she was pleading with souls to become vested
in the Brown Scapular as a sign of consecration to
her Immaculate Heart.
pledge of the Brown Scapular binds us to live as
true witnesses to the light of Christ.
This is lived out most meaningfully and
apparently in our daily lives by the way we forgive
and share His love with one another.
This spirituality is enlivened through
prayer, especially that of the Most Holy Rosary, and
nourished by studying the Word of God, receiving the
Sacraments and spreading true devotion to Jesus
through Our Blessed Mother.