HISTORY OF THE SACRED SCAPULAR
to Our Lady of Mount Carmel (the Madonna of the Scapular) goes back
all the way to the 8th century B. C. It was than that the great
prophet Elias ascended the holy mountain of Carmel in Palestine,
and began there a long tradition of contemplative life and prayer.
It is amazing to realize that centuries before Christ was Born,
Holy Elias and his followers had mystically dedicated themselves
to God’s Mother-to-come, Mary, Queen of Mount Carmel. Nearly
three thousand years later, that tradition of prayer, contemplation,
and devotion to Mary continues to live and prevail in the Catholic
the Feast of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church, the spiritual
descendants of Elias and his followers came down from Mount Carmel
Fittingly, they were the first that day to accept the message of
Christianity and to be baptized by the Apostles. When, at last,
they were presented to Our Lady, and heard her message, they were
overcome with a sense of majesty and sanctity which they never forgot.
Returning to their mountain, they erected the first chapel ever
built in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. From that time, devotion
to God’s Mother was handed down by the hermits on Mount Carmel
as a treasured spiritual legacy.
you wear Mary’s Scapular, you should be introduced to St.
Simon Stock. You may already know him from his picture (along with
Our Lady’s) on your scapular. In the year 1241, the Baron
de Grey of England was returning from the Crusades in Palestine;
he brought with him a group of religious from Mount Carmel, among
them, Simon Stock of Kent, England, returning from a pilgrimage
to Jerusalem. Upon arrival, the baron presented the monks with a
manor house, where Simon later experienced the now famous vision
of Mary promising salvation to all Carmelites who wore the scapular.
As the Holy Virgin handed St. Simon the woolen scapular, she spoke
these words: “This shall be the privilege for you and all
Carmelites, that whosoever dies wearing this garment shall not suffer
eternal fire; he shall be saved. Wear the scapular devoutly and
perseveringly. 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.” Simon’s
vision led to the widespread devotion to Mary over the next centuries
of wearing the scapular in her honor. In time, the Church extended
this magnificent privilege to all the laity who are willing to be
invested in the Scapular of the Carmelites, and who perpetually
Catholics are invested in the scapular at the time of their First
Holy Communion; in the case of the converts the vesting concurs
with their Profession of Faith. When a person is enrolled in the
Confraternity of the Scapular and vested in that tiny habit of wool,
the priest says: “Receive this blessed scapular and ask all
the most holy Virgin that, by her merits, it may be worn with no
stain of sin and may protect you from all harm and bring you into
OF THE SAINTS
ST. ALPHONSUS LIGUORI
St. Alphonsus was born near Naples, Italy, in 1732.
St. Eusebius was born on the island of Sardinia, Italy, around 283.
ST. PETER JULIAN EYMARD
St. Peter Julian Eymard was born in a small town in the diocese of Grenoble, France in 1786.
BLESSED FREDERIC JANSSOONE
Blessed Frederic Janssoone was born in Flanders in 1838.
DEDICATION OF ST. MARY MAJOR
St. Mary Major is important to Christendom for three reasons:
St. Mary Major is important to Christendom for three reasons:
St. Cajetan was born in Vicenza, Italy, in 1480, the son of a count.
St. Dominic was born in Castile, Spain, in 1170.
BLESSED JOHN OF RIETI
Blessed John lived in the first half of the fourteenth century.
St. Lawrence, the famous martyr of Rome, lived in the third century.
St. Clare was born around 1193 in Assisi, Italy. She lived at the time of St. Francis of Assisi.
ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE
Raymond Kolbe was born in Poland in 1894.
THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
This feast of Mary celebrates a special privilege of Mary, our Mother.
ST. STEPHEN OF HUNGARY
St. Stephen was born around 969 in Hungary. This saint's name had been Vaik.
BLESSED JOAN DELANOUE
St. Joan Delanoue was born in 1666. Her family had a small but successful business.
ST. JANE FRANCES DE CHANTAL
St. Jane was born in Dijon, France, in 1572.
ST. JOHN EUDES
St. John Eudes was born in Normandy, France, in 1601.
St. Bernard was born in 1090 in Dijon, France.
ST. PIUS X
St. Pius X, the great pope, was named Joseph Sarto. He was born in 1835, the son of a mailman in Riese, Italy.
ST. ROSE OF LIMA
St. Rose, the South American saint, was born in Lima, Peru, in 1586.
"Bartholomew" was one of the first followers of Jesus.
ST. LOUIS OF FRANCE
St. Louis was born on April 25, 1214. His father was King Louis VIII of France and his mother was Queen Blanche.
ST. JOSEPH CALASANZ
St. Joseph was born in 1556, in his father's castle in Spain. He went to college and became a lawyer.
ST. ELIZABETH BICHIER
St. Elizabeth was born in 1773. As a little girl, her favorite game was building castles in the sand.
St. Monica, the famous mother of St. Augustine, was born in 332 in Tagaste, northern Africa.
St. Augustine was born in Tagaste in modern Algeria on November 13, 354. This famous son of St. Monica spent many years in wicked living and in false beliefs.
BEHEADING OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST
St. John the Baptist was a cousin of Jesus. His mother was St. Elizabeth and his father was Zechariah.
"St. Pammachius was a distinguished Christian layman who lived in the fourth century.
St. Aidan was a seventh-century Irish monk. He lived at the great monastery of Iona, which St. Columban had founded.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
of the Relics of the Passion
for Holy Relics)
Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven,
submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke
3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of
the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the
cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning
of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah
52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among
sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s
will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death
for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust
and submission to God?