Miraculous Stories of the Brown Scapular: “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.
A French priest on pilgrimage to Einsiedeln, Switzerland was on his way to Mass when he remembered that he had forgotten his Scapular. Although late, he returned to his room for it.
While saying Mass, a young man approached the altar, pulled out a revolver and shot him in the back … but the priest continued to say Mass.
In the sacristy the abbot exclaimed, “I thought the man missed you.”
When the vestments were removed, the bullet was found, adhering to his little brown Scapular.
In May of 1957, a Carmelite priest in Germany published the unusual story of how the Scapular saved a home from fire. An entire row of homes had caught fire in Westboden, Germany. The pious inhabitants of a two-family home, seeing the fire, immediately fastened a Scapular to the main door of the house. Sparks flew over it and around it but stayed unharmed. Within 5 hours 22 homes were reduced to ashes and ruins. This one stood unharmed midst the destruction. Hundreds of people came to see the place Our lady had saved.
In 1951 the ancient home of St. Simon Stock at Aylesford, England was rededicated and the relics of the Scapular saint returned. Since then thousands of Scapular wearers have come on pilgrimage. In 1957 little Peter came. He was suffering with leukemia. His arms and legs were covered with ugly sores. He had only a few days to live.
When he returned that very evening, the sores were gone and his strength had returned. His family realized that he was cured. Doctors confirmed his complete cure.
One day in 1944, a Carmelite missionary in the Holy Land was called to an internment camp to give the Last Rites. The Arab bus driver made Father get off 4 miles from the camp because the road was dangerously muddy. After 2 miles had been covered, his feet sank deeper and deeper in the mud. Trying to get solid footing he slipped into a muddy pool. Sinking to death in a desolate place he thought of Mary and Her Scapular, for he was wearing the full habit, and looked toward Mt. Carmel.
There, in the distance, was the holy mountain of Carmel, the birthplace of devotion to God’s Mother. He cried out, “Holy Mother of Carmel, help me! Save me!” A moment later he found himself on solid ground. He told me, “I know I was saved by the Blessed Virgin through Her Brown Scapular. My shoes were lost in the mud and I was covered with it but I walked the 2 miles more through that desolate country praising Mary.”
In October of 1952, an Air Force officer in Texas wrote the following: “Six months ago, shortly after I started wearing the Scapular, I experienced a remarkable change in my life. Almost at once I started going to Mass every day. After a short time I started to receive Holy Communion daily. I kept Lent with a fervor I had never experienced before. I was introduced to the practice of meditation and found myself making feeble attempts on the way to perfection. I have been trying to live with God. I credit Mary’s Scapular.
Mary promises to make easy by grace that which is difficult to nature and to help with more than ordinary graces as long as we wear the sign of our consecration to Her.
Mary Herself said: “Take this Scapular, whosoever dies wearing it shall not suffer eternal fire. It shall be a SIGN OF SALVATION – a protection in danger and pledge of peace.”
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“I give you now, as I gave you in the past to all mankind, two sacramentals for your redemption: the beads of prayer, your Rosary, and the Scapular, the brown cloth of life everlasting. Wear them, My children. Protect your families and your children. The end for man shall come like a thief in the night, fast upon you without warning. However, as I said unto you in the past, I will repeat again: My children of light, those who accept and believe shall not be caught unprepared and without warning.” – Our Lady of the Roses, October 6, 1978
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PLEDGE OF SACRIFICE
“Repeat, My child, after Me: With this armor shall we defeat Satan–My beads of prayer and the pledge of sacrifice for salvation.” – Our Lady, July 1, 1974
PERFECTION IN CLOTH
“My child and My children, I speak with you this evening to caution you, and not-to not fall into despair because there is a conflict over My Brown Scapular.
“You will know, My children, that there are always rules and regulations for everything that man holds sacred. Therefore, because so few priests in My Son’s Church are willing to intercede with the Scapular, and enthrone those who wish it, it has become necessary to give a Scapular to every child upon earth; and he or she of reasonable age shall go forth and find a kind-hearted and true, holy priest to enroll them. It will take, My children, much doing to find these priests; there are not many left.
“O My children, how difficult you are making it for Me, especially the priests in My Son’s House upon earth, His Church. I cry tears endlessly when I know that every day My Son is confronted by numerous souls who have lost their way, and refused the redemption that will come to him through wearing the Brown Scapular.
“My child, do not be stopped in your efforts to give out these Scapulars. I directed you well, My children, in several instances throughout your lifetime. Think back, My child and My children, think back to the days when you were enrolled in the Brown Scapular.
“I tell you now that should you wish to be enrolled, I can only suggest–though the outcomes may not be as you wish–I could only suggest that you approach a Franciscan priest, a Carmelite priest, or a Dominican priest. The others have fallen away to a certainty, and your chances of meeting up with success would be very little. My child, among the others.
“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, September 14, 1985
SCAPULAR OF LIFE
“My children, you must all unite in prayer, link for link, using the sacramentals given to you from Heaven, the beads of prayer, your Rosary, the Scapular of life; for I promise you: All who wear the Brown Scapular shall never feel the fires of hell. Even the greatest of sinner will be converted and saved if he will wear the Brown Scapular when he passes over the veil, when he leaves, My child and My children, his body at the moment you call upon earth death. But I say unto you as your Mother, for My Son and all Heaven, there is no death! For you continue to live with full consciousness when you leave your body. Then, My child and My children, what will be your reaction if you have not used every means possible to store graces for a quick entrance into the Kingdom of your God?” – Our Lady, August 14, 1979
DO NOT DISCARD
“Pray a constant vigilance of prayer, My children. Do not discard your sacramentals; do not listen to those mockers and those who seek to remove from you your protection. They were all given for reason. Many were given, My child, for these very days. The medal of Saint Benedict must be worn; the Scapular must be worn, the brown Scapular.
And My children, never have your Rosary farther than your hands can reach from you, for O how great will be the sorrow of many when they must run with what they have on their backs, and if they do not have the consolement of a sacramental, My children, they will not be able to persevere in the days ahead.” – Our Lady, November 20, 1976
CONSTANTLY UPON YOU
“Remember, keep your sacramentals constantly upon you: your Brown Scapular, your Saint Benedict medal, the Miraculous Medal, and also the medal of Our Lady of the Roses.” – Jesus, June 18, 1987
“My child and My children, I stress anew for My Mother that you keep a vigil of prayer going throughout your countries and the world. It will be through My Mother’s Brown Scapular and the beads of prayer that many souls can be saved, and there will be a lessening of the judgment against mankind, where he will lose his body as he becomes an ember, so great will be the flames.” – Jesus, July 1, 1985
YOU WILL FALL
“Satan has entered upon the world sometime ago, as My Mother expressed to you, and he roams now like a ravenous wolf; and if you do not keep your sacramentals about your neck, the chances are 99%, My children, that you will fall. If you understand the necessity of the Brown Scapular, you will understand also the necessity of keeping yourselves in the world, but not of the world. You must work for Heaven with a fervor that comes from the heart. And do not go about with lip service; there must be acts of charity among your people.” – Jesus, June 18, 1984
“Please, My children, listen to your Mother. It is urgent that you pray and protect your children. You must see that they wear the Brown Scapular, and also any medals that will keep satan from their door.” – Our Lady, May 28, 1983
“My child, you must know in your own area and throughout the world about Catholic nations: they have forfeited another key to Heaven when they discard the prayers that Heaven has given to them to guard their souls and the souls of their families and their children. These are all parts of the armor of Heaven in the fight with the antichrist forces. My child and My children, I must constantly warn you and repeat over and over the necessity for wearing the Brown Scapular and also praying My beads of prayer, the Rosary.” – Our Lady, August 21, 1985
“You must now, not later–but now before it is too late–you must gather the armor about you that Heaven has given you. Make it known to the world, that they must all, every single individual on earth, must at this time, wear a sacramental: the St. Benedict medal, the Brown Scapular; a crucifix, blessed by a holy priest. And I say, holy, my children, for I’m certain I do not have to go into further detail on the other kind. By their fruits will you know them.” – Jesus, June 6, 1987
“My children, I know if you will only place your confidence in Me, that with the Rosary and the Brown Scapular, we can turn this all about. But it must take the efforts in grace of all mankind. And there, My children, is little time for you to turn about.” – Our Lady, October 5, 1985
HAVE NO FEAR
“My child, persevere to the end. Have no fear of the days ahead, for with My Rosary and this–the Scapular–We shall crush the head of satan.” – Our Lady, June 15, 1974
CLOTH OF LIFE EVERLASTING
“I give you now, as I gave you in the past to all mankind, two sacramentals for your redemption: the beads of prayer, your Rosary, and the Scapular, the brown cloth of life everlasting. Wear them, My children. Protect your families and your children. The end for man shall come like a thief in the night, fast upon you without warning. However, as I said unto you in the past, I will repeat again: My children of light, those who accept and believe shall not be caught unprepared and without warning.” – Our Lady, October 6, 1978
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