Monday, January 11, 2010

The Brown Scapular

"Whosoever dies wearing this scapular shall not suffer eternal fire."
-The Blessed Virgin Mary to St Simon Stock July 16th, 1251
This is the scapular I wear. (minus the medals because they wear down the cords)
Katy's comment the other day
I do wear a scapular, as does my husband and the children, once they are old enough to explain it and understand it.
I simply wear it because my Mother said so. (the Blessed Mother) Period.
I do not think of it as a "magic" trinket or ticket to Heaven.
I think of it as a means to remind me of Jesus and His Heavenly Mother.
It reminds me to remain faithful and to keep trying always.
It reminds me a million times a day when it bugs me, itches me, gets in the way of wider necked fashions & when it gets stuck in my bra and pulls.
I do not like wearing one, I do so because I offer it up. I do so because every morning when I put it on (I sweat too much at night and take it off to sleep), I kiss it and think of Jesus.
If you'd like information about the Brown Scapular, go here.
They have free scapulars and lots of information about them.
If you are interested in starting to wear a scapular, I'd suggest you NOT use the free ones, though, as they are flimsy and break very easily. They do have scapulars you can order.
Once enrolled, (by a priest) each scapular you wear after that is considered a sacramental, it is you, the wearer that is blessed. SO no need to bless every scapular you get after the first enrollment.


  1. I always love seeing someone wearing the scapular.

    It is a wonderful sacramental!

  2. The scapular means so much to my family as well. There is a wonderful little booklet I recommend called Garment of Grace; have you read it?

    I have written a lot about scapulars on my blog and like Christine it just warms my heart whenever I see someone wearing one. In fact, I worry when my children are not wearing theirs....

  3. oh I love this post, and the once below it, also about scapulars. I know I was supposed to read this post today. A scapular has been on my mind for a couple weeks now, and I've got to get myself over to the monastery to pick one up. thank you for this reminder.

  4. I really have no reason for not wearing one. My husband does.

    I guess my answer is ... I really don't have a reason. I just don't.

  5. Christine- you don't HAVE to wear one, it is an "extra". The grace is there. I think we all do our things, but we can't do everything.

    I didn't grow up wearing one, never even heard of it until I was an adult and read about St Simon Stock.

    It is the lives we live, not what we wear.

  6. Just read the blog -Meditation from the Cardinal Nest - by Ruth !
    At January 7 post ,you will see one amazing story about one amazing sister .She`s looking for founds to feed some hungryes childrens .
    I just thinking how i can realy help !??
    I pray that Joy For All will minister to it's visitors
    and will encourage and bless everyone in some way.
    We can identify with the disciples. At times, we have
    a tendency to focus on the things that are going on around us instead of the One that is in control of all things. When that happens, reality may seem overwhelming, and the problems appear unsolvable. However, we must realize to be fearful
    is to lack faith in God and in His provision for us. True faith focuses on God, not on the things that are happening.Psalm 139:11-12
    If I say, surely the darkness shall fall on me,
    Even the night shall be light about me.
    Indeed, the darkness shall not hide
    from You, but the night shines as the day,
    the darkness and the light are both
    a like to You.
    in Jesus love >>

  7. Great post, Jamie! Unfortuately, like Christine, I don't wear one either, but want to change hubby wears one, as does my oldest (our parish enrolls them in the scapular when they make First Eucharist)...Yikes! another reminder of something I need to do!

  8. I've always wanted to wear the Brown Scapular, but I've done the Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary (ala St. Louis de Montfort) and a priest told me that it'd be "unnecessary" to wear it. Do you agree? Also, could you explain the enrollment process to me? Thank you so much! :)

  9. Noelle (and all of my kids when they start Kindergarten get enrolled) frequently has her little ballet girls ask what is the "necklace and charms" around her neck. It has been a great way to evangelize!

  10. Thank you for your post. I like the idea of having a constant reminder. I will do some more reading and pray about wearing it.

  11. I chose to wear the scapular medal, even though I have other fabric styles at home. My daughter (not enrolled) noticed some of her friends wearing one and usually has hers on every day. Next spring she will be enrolled.

    Thank you Jamie for this blog. It was a welcome read.

  12. I'm a mixed bag. My dad always wears one and encouraged us to wear one when we were kids. I've worn one over the years, but I am undisciplined when it comes to habitual wearing of articles (I don't even wear my wedding ring...I just really lose things a lot). I don't believe that Mary "told us" to wear it, but I really like seeing it worn on people you would not expect (movie stars, celebraties, friends you didn't know were devout). It's like being part of a club and wearing a name tag. It is a nice devotion, but it is sometimes worn obnoxiously with 20 medals and all worn-out looking OUTSIDE of clothing.

  13. for years i felt the same way you do-it can be so annoying and itchy and then i read or heard something mother angelica said one day about offering up the itchy, inconvenient feel of it because, she said-it is much more uncomfortable in hell! leave it to that little spitfire of a nun to put it in those terms. but it sure struck a chord with me and i've been wearing one ever since. i don't know why, but i love to see it "peeking" out of peoples clothing, which is something that inevitably happens now and again. it is like a "sign". a way to "recognize" other believers.

    this was such a sweet post, jaimie.
    and i love that january craft too.

    hope you are keeping warm and have a blessed weekend!

  14. I realise this post is 6 months old but I stumbled across it while looking up age for enrollment in the scapular (for my daughter) and just can't leave without emphasising how many graces our Lady gives us through her scapular! It may be an "extra" but -- in the strictest sense -- so is receiving Holy Communion more than once a year (an obligation binding under pain of mortal sin, as are all seven precepts of the Church). It's possible to achieve holiness without, but the chances are considerably improved when we make use of the "extras" that Holy Mother Church places are our disposal.

    It doesn't seem to be widely understood anymore that the Brown Scapular is the habit of the Order of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (the Carmelites). Through enrollment in the scapular, you become affiliated with the Carmelite Order and receive a share of the graces of all the Carmelite saints, monks, nuns, sisters, and tertiaries. We can't even begin to imagine how much of a help in achieving sanctity that is! The scapular is also the "livery of the Blessed Virgin" and demonstrates in a physical way our dedication to the service of the Mother of God. Wearing the scapular is a great honour and an immense help in the spiritual life.

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