Feastday July 16
Tall, majestic, strong and spacious, this Palestinian promontory,
rising out of the edge of the blue Mediterranean,
was the site of many Biblical events.
It was the place of seclusion for early Christian monks
It was also the scene of battle and bloodshed for marauding armies
-Saracens, Turks, and even Napoleon's French troops-
Both mountain and symbol, it stands as an enduring and tangible
testimony that the spirit of the great realities enacted there
In Hebrew Carmel means "garden" and expresses
It was to St. Simon Stock, in a moment of ardent petition
Mary's continuing influence on the development of Christianity becomes apparent again with her appearance to Simon Stock, who became a member of the religious order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel while on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
In her appearance to Friar Stock, Mary entrusted him
"My beloved son receive this Scapular for your Order."
"It is the special sign of a privilege which I have obtained for you
"Those who die devotedly clothed with this scapular
"The brown scapular is a badge of salvation.
After this apparition, Friar Stock went on to establish Carmelite communities near university towns in England, France and Italy.
He became the Superior-General of his order several years after the apparition.
The Brown Scapular is perhaps the most deeply rooted symbol in the Carmelite tradition. Its authenticity has been confirmed by numerous miracles throughout the centuries.
In contemporary piety it is looked upon as a sure and visible sign
In a way no other devotion can, it reminds the wearer