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Extraordinary Facts about the
Carmelite Scapular


Gregory Johnson

A priest relates how one day in a town near Chicago he was called to the bedside of a man who had been away from the Sacrament for many years:

Our Lady of Carmel, Virgin of Carmel

Virgin of Carmel in the Carmel Convent in Quito, Ecuador
“The man did not want to see me: he would not even speak to me. Then I asked him to look at the little Scapular I was holding. ‘Will you wear this if I put this on you? I ask nothing more.’ He agreed to wear it and within the hour, he wanted to go to confession and make his peace with God. This did not surprise me, because for 700 years Our Lady has been working in this way through her Scapular.”

On the very day Our Lady gave the Scapular to St. Simon, he was hurriedly called by Lord Peter of Linton: “Come quickly, Father, my brother is dying in despair!” St. Simon left at once for the bedside of the dying man. Upon arrival, he placed his large Scapular over the dying man, asking Our Blessed Mother to keep her promise.

Immediately the man repented, and died in the grace and friendship of God. That night the dead man appeared to his brother and said, “I have been saved through the most powerful Queen and the habit of that man as a shield.”

St. Alphonsus de Liguori tells us: “Modern heretics make a mockery of wearing the Scapular, they decry it as so much trifling nonsense.” Yet many of the Popes have approved and recommended it. It is remarkable that only 25 years after the Scapular vision, Blessed Pope Gregory X was buried wearing the Scapular, when his tomb was opened 600 years after his death, his Scapular was found intact.

Two great founders of the Religious Orders, St. Alphonsus of the Redemptorists and St. John Bosco of the Salesians, had a very special devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel and both wore her Scapular. When they died each was buried in priestly vestments and Scapular.

Many years later their graves were opened, the bodies and sacred vestments in which they were buried were decayed - dust! But the Scapular each was wearing remained completely intact.. The Scapular of St.. Alphonsus is on exhibit in his Monastery in Rome.

From John Haffert, Sign of Her Heart,
(101 Foundation: 1998) Chapter X, A Heavenly Garment
Posted July 16, 2011
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