The Holy Church offers us many resources to achieve our supreme goal: eternal salvation. The use of the Scapular is one of the most effective. Within all the “businesses” of which we are engaged in life, there is one of greater importance that must be treated with absolute priority, under the penalty of failing in all others: our eternal salvation!
One day, a friendly reporter, decided to do in several cities an investigation on this matter. Walking the streets, he asked passers-by: “Do you want to go to Heaven or to Hell?” Impacted, people responded, almost without thinking: “Of course I want to go to Heaven!” And they kept going … Some, whom the reporter managed to stop for a longer time, asked them a second question: “What are the means what do you use to achieve such great happiness? “
Result of the investigation: 100% wanted to go to Heaven. However, less than 1% worry about how to get there!
Those means are abundant. We are here to indicate one of the most effective, which the Mother of Mercy places at the disposal of all, without exception. Those who consider themselves unworthy, for being a great sinner, remember what Jesus said: “I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Lk 5, 32).
It is about the use of the Carmen Scapular, recommended by several Popes and Saints. One of them, San Claude de La Colombiere, says: “It is not enough to say that the Scapular is a sign of salvation. I sustain that there is no other who makes our predestination so certain.”
The great privileges of the Scapular
On July 16, 1251, Saint Simon Stock pleaded to Our Lady for help in solving a problem of the Carmelite Order, of which he was Prior General. While he was praying, the Virgin appeared, bringing the Scapular in her hands and said these comforting words: “Most beloved son, receive the Scapular of your Order, special sign of my fraternal friendship, privilege for you and all the Carmelites. Those who die with this Scapular will not suffer the fire of Hell. It is a sign of salvation, protection and protection in danger, and an alliance of peace forever.”
The Church assumed the Scapular and made it one of the most widespread devotions among the people of God.
In our generation of superstitions, it is not superfluous to clarify that the Scapular is far from being a “magical” sign of salvation. It is not a kind of amulet whose use dispenses us from the demands of the Christian life. It is not enough, therefore, to put it around your neck and say: “I am saved!”
It is true that Our Lady made no condition when she made her promise. Simply states: “Whoever dies with the Scapular will not suffer the fire of hell.” However, to benefit from this privilege, it is necessary to use the Scapular with a right intention. In this case, if at the time of death the person is in a state of sin, Our Lady will provide, in some way, that she will repent and receive the sacraments. It is in this that the mercy of the Mother of God is truly unfathomable!
Each time a devotee kisses the Scapular with piety, making an order to the Blessed Virgin, he receives a partial indulgence, that is, the remission of a part of the penalties that he had to fulfill in Purgatory.
Those who wear the Scapular can also benefit from plenary indulgence (remission of all the penalties of Purgatory) on the day they receive it.
Our Lady, the best of all mothers, wants for her devout children not only the spiritual benefits, but also the temporary ones. Thus, whoever wears his Scapular receives from her a special protection in the dangers of daily life.
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