Friday, July 16, 2010

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Today is the Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
We celebrated by attending daily Mass together as a family and witnessing many new investments into the brown scapular.  Father Pinto was visiting, and concelebrated Mass.  He gave a great homily about the power of the rosary, and on the need for mercy.  
Inspiring, very inspiring!

Anyone can wear the brown scapular; being enrolled in the 
Confraternity of the Scapular is for baptized Catholics.  
Enrolling in the Confraternity of the Scapular encourages us to live 
as authentic Christians in line with the 
teaching of the Gospel, 
to receive the sacraments, 
to profess our special devotion to the Blessed Virgin, 
    which should be expressed each day, 
    at least by saying the Hail Mary.

    Q. Why do we wear the Scapular?
    A. "The Brown Scapular identifies us, like a habit identifies 
    a religious, or a uniform identifies a 
    person. The Scapular represents a life of prayer."
                                  - Fr. John Corapi.
    The Scapular also represents the sweet yoke of Jesus Christ 
    which Mary helps us to bear.
    The Brown Scapular is not:
    a magical charm to protect you
    an automatic guarantee of salvation
    an excuse for not living up to the demands 
    of the Christian life
    It is a sign which stands for the decision to:
    -follow Jesus like Mary
    -be open to God and to His Will
    -be guided by faith, hope and love
    -to pray at all times
    -to discover God's presence in all that
     happens around us

Father gives a short homily about the scapular.

Father invests Tim with the scapular.

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