These Last Days News - July 20, 2017
“Whosoever Dies Clothed in this Scapular shall not Suffer Eternal Fire” - Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 1251
"I promise you all, when you wear My Brown Scapular, you shall not be condemned to hell. I repeat: if you pass on over the veil and are wearing the Brown Scapular, you shall not see the fires of hell." - Our Lady of the Roses, September 14, 1985
By Rev. Howard Rafferty, O. Carm.
In 1917 Our Lady requested five things at Fatima:
1) Consecration to her Immaculate Heart
2) Reception of Holy Communion on the first Saturdays of five consecutive months
3) The offering of daily sacrifices for the conversion of sinners
4) Five decades of the Rosary each day
5) *The wearing of the Scapular of Carmel as the sign of our consecration to Mary
*Our Lady did not use words, but She held Her Scapular out of the skies in Her very last appearance at Fatima. Lucia (of whom it was said by Our Lady that she would live in order to spread devotion to Her Immaculate Heart) explained that Our Lady did so because “She wants everyone to wear it”. Lucia said further: “The Rosary and the Scapular are inseparable” and that the reason for wearing the Scapular is because it is our “Sign of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”
If you wear Mary’s Brown Scapular you should know St. Simon Stock because you have worn his picture along with Our Lady’s picture on your scapular. Actually he is an old friend. It was to him—St. Simon of England—that Our Blessed Mother gave the great Scapular Promise in 1251 saying, “Whosoever dies wearing this Scapular shall not suffer eternal fire.”
When a priest enrolled you in the Scapular he said, “Receive this blessed Scapular and ask 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 everlasting life." These stories will give a very brief idea of how Our Blessed mother keeps Her promise.
I saw Her keep it one day in a town near Chicago where I was called to the bedside of a man away from the Sacraments for many years. He did not want to see me; he would not talk. Then I asked him to look at the little Scapular I was holding, “Will you wear this if I put it on?” I asked nothing more. He agreed to wear it. Within the hour he wanted to go to confession and make his peace with God. It did not surprise me because for over 700 years Our Lady has been working in this way through Her Scapular.
On the very day that Our Lady gave the Scapular to St. Simon Stock, he was hurriedly called by the Lord Peter of Linton: “Come quickly, Father, my brother is dying in despair!”
St. Simon Stock placed his large Scapular over the dying man, He repented immediately and died a friend of God.
That night the dead man appeared to his brother: “I have been saved through the most powerful Queen and the habit of that man as a shield.”
St. Alphonsus tells us: “Modern heretics make a mockery of wearing the Scapular. They decry it as so much trifling nonsense.” Yet we know that Pontiffs have approved it.
It is remarkable that just 25 years after the vision, Pope Gregory X was buried wearing the Scapular. When his tomb was opened 600 years after his death, his Scapular was found intact.
The Scapular was also found LIKE NEW in the graves of St. John Bosco and St. Alphonsus Liguori, although everything else in their graves that was corruptible had decayed. St. Alphonsus said that if we did a little more than Our Lady asked of us that we might not even go to Purgatory! All Our Lady asked is in the promise made by those who join Her Blue Army.
You will understand why the devil works against those who promote the Scapular when you hear the story of Venerable Francis Ypes. One day his scapular fell off. As he replaced it, the devil howled, “Take it off! Take off the habit which snatches so many souls from us.”
Then Francis made the devil admit that there are 3 things of which the demons are most afraid: the Holy Name of Jesus, the Holy Name of Mary, and the Holy Scapular of Carmel.
Every month a shipment of 1000 slaves would arrive at Cartegena, South America. St. Peter Claver—apostle of the negro—used the Scapular to insure the salvation of his converts. Peter Claver organized catechists to give them instruction, and before they were sold, he saw that they were baptized. Many ecclesiastics accused the Saint of indiscreet zeal but Peter reminded them that he had baptized and enrolled all in Our Lady’s Scapular. He was confident that Mary would watch over each one. Imagine! St. Peter Claver was responsible for over 300,000 converts.
In 1845, the English ship, King of the Ocean, was lashed by a wild hurricane. The Rev. Fisher, a Protestant minister, together with his wife and children and other passengers, struggled to the deck to pray for mercy and forgiveness as the end seemed at hand.
Among the crew was a young Irishman, John McAuliffe. He opened his shirt—took off his Scapular—made the Sign of the Cross over the angry waves, then threw the Scapular into the ocean.
At that very moment the wind calmed, only one more waved washed over the deck, bringing with it the Scapular which landed at the boy’s feet. The Rev. Fisher and his family had observed what he had done.
They questioned the boy. He told them about the Virgin and Her Scapular and Her Promise of protection in time of danger. So impressed were they that they determined to enter the Church and enjoy a like protection.