Our beloved late Pontiff wore the brown Scapular for many, many years. He died on the First Saturday of the month which is a day set aside for devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Fatima message.
That aside, I have taken a long time praying and contemplating wearing one (10 years in fact) eventualy I decided to go take it on July 16th 2002. I was enrolled on that day.
Only 3 months later I was diagnosed with cancer. Thanks to the intercession of the Blessed virgin Mary and the compassion of Our Lord Jesus Christ I am still here and cancer free.
Take it from one who is wearing it now for almost 3 years, when you pledge to live for Christ with Mary’s help, she pledges her continuous intercession and maternal protection.
There are no special powers attached to it and it has no graces or blessings attached to it. The blessings go to the person.
It is a sacramental, meaning it prepares one for the actual grace of God which is received through the Sacraments of the Church.
To say we can wear one and live immoral lives thinking we are still assured of Heaven is total nonsense. It was never suggested that this would be the case in relation to the Scapular.
The Carmelite Scapular is not:
*]a magical charm to protect you
*]an automatic guarantee of salvation
*]an excuse for not living up to the demands of the Christian life
[/list]It is a sign:
*]which has been approved by the Church for over seven centuries;
*]which stands for the decision to
*]follow Jesus like Mary:
*]be open to God and to his will
*]be guided by faith, hope, and love
*]to pray at all times
*]to discover God present in all that happens around us.
[/list]It was never suggested that this would be the case in relation to the Scapular. Please read the following link for clarity on these issues:
I would ask those who have worn it before and may have removed it, for whatever reason, to prayerfully consider replacing it.
I would also ask those who may have never considered wearing it to consider the possibility of wearing one now.
I can send you Brown Scapulars free from Ireland if you can’t get any