Many children have some piece of favorite clothing, stuffed animal, or blanket that gives them a feeling of security, so they take them t everywhere. Today, we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. The Virgin Mary gave St. Simon Stock the brown scapular of Mt. Carmel with the promise that: “Whosoever dies wearing it shall not suffer eternal fire. It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger and pledge of peace.” Many today have denied this as some fabricated pious tale. But, even if it were not a real promise given by Our Lady, we can say that if understood properly, the results would be the same. A person who wears the brown scapular and lives their Baptismal vows to the fullest, that is, he lives in a state of grace and strives to grow in love and virtue as we are required to do by the Commandments, that person can be pretty certain of going to heaven. Whoever wears the scapular for the right reasons will have a strong devotion to Our Lady and live a devout Catholic life. That means the Brown Scapular is not some magical charm that we put on and live however we please, but live in a way that is pleasing to Almighty God. The brown scapular is a sign of our heavenly maternal care for her children, and our desire to be pleasing in her sight. What good mother would abandon her children. and more so, can we be assured that we who live under the mantle of the Blessed Virgin of Mt. Carmel will be under her constant protection and care.
Some people are so foolish that they think they can go through life without the help of the Blessed Mother. — St. Pio
The Blessed Virgin is like a good mother who, not content with looking after all her children in general, watches over each one separately. — St. John Vianney
Whoever does not wish to have Mary Immaculate as his Mother will not have Christ as his Brother. — St. Maximillian Kolbe
Seek refuge in Mary because she is the city of refuge. We know that Moses set up three cities of refuge for anyone who inadvertently killed his neighbor. Now the Lord has established a refuge of mercy, Mary, even for those who deliberately commit evil. Mary provides shelter and strength for the sinner. — St. Anthony of Padua
She is more Mother than Queen. — St. Thérèse of Lisieux
The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary
Prayer before the recitation: Sign of the cross. Hail Mary.
In petition (first 27 days): Hail, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, my Mother Mary, hail! At thy feet I humbly kneel to offer thee a Crown of Roses, full-blown white roses, tinged with the red of the passion, to remind thee of thy glories, fruits of the sufferings of thy Son and thee, each rose recalling to thee a holy mystery, each 10 bound together with my petition for a particular grace. O Holy Queen, dispenser of God’s graces, and Mother of all who invoke thee! Thou canst not look upon my gift and fail to see its binding. As thou receivest my gift, so wilt thou receive my petition; from thy bounty thou wilt give me the favor I so earnestly and trustingly seek. I despair of nothing that I ask of thee. Show thyself my Mother!
Say: The Apostles’ Creed, Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be.
For each of the following Mysteries, say: Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.
The Resurrection – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.
Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of faith and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.
The Ascension – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.
Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of hope and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.
The Descent of the Holy Spirit – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.
Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of charity and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.
The Assumption of Mary – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.
Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of union with Christ and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.
The Coronation of the Blessed Mother – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.
Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of union with thee and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.
Say: The Hail Holy Queen.
In petition (first 27 days): Sweet Mother Mary, I offer thee this spiritual communion to bind my bouquets in a wreath to place upon thy brow. O my Mother! Look with favor upon my gift, and in thy love obtain for me (specify request). Hail Mary …
For the spiritual and temporal needs of Holy Ghost Parish, and the personal intentions of all praying this novena. (Add your own personal intentions.)