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Tomorrow, July 16, is the feast day of Our Lady of Carmel, a very important feast day in the life of any Carmelite and really anyone that wears and has a devotion to the Brown Scapular. The story of the Brown Scapular and Our Lady of Carmel begins with a Carmelite saint known as St. Simon Stock.
In the mid 13th century, Simon Stock, entered the Carmelite Order in Kent, England, after turning 40 years of age. He was sent by his superiors to Mount Carmel (Holy Land), where he enjoyed a life of prayer and penance. When the Saracens retook the region in 1238, during the Second Crusade, Simon Stock and many of his Carmelite brothers had to flee the area, many of them returning to England in 1242.
Age - Simon - Stock - Devotion - Virgin
From a very early age, Simon Stock had a great devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is believed that the Carmelite Order saw great growth under the care of Simon Stock because of his great love and admiration for Our Lady, and eventually the Brown Scapular. He and the Carmelites would need her intercession when the Catholic Church tried to oppress them with decrees from the Councils of Lateran IV and the Lyons II.
“Receive, my beloved son, this scapular of thy Order; it is the special sign of my favor, which I have obtained for thee and for thy children of Mount Carmel. He who dies clothed with this habit shall be preserved from eternal fire. It is the badge of salvation, a shield in time of danger, and a pledge of special peace and protection.”
Apparition - Lady - St - Simon - Stock
After the apparition from Our Lady, St. Simon Stock not only founded Carmelite monasteries throughout parts of Europe, but he also promoted the Brown Scapular devotion, which Our Lady asked him to do among the faithful...
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