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Re: The Brown Scapular:
A Sign of Salvation and Protection

J.M.J.

“Just as men take pride in having others wear their livery, so the Most Holy Mary is pleased when Her servants wear Her Scapular as a mark that they have dedicated themselves to Her service, and are members of the Family of the Mother of God.”

St. Alphonsus de Liguori

Friday, August 14, 2009
Vigil of the Assumption

Dear Friend of Our Lady,

You may recall that in the letter of June 29, we asked for some prayers for a special intention hoping to have a surprise for you in July. We didn’t quite make the July deadline, but we were able, by God’s grace through the intercession of Our Lady, to have a surprise to send to you with this letter.

Enclosed is a new booklet on the Brown Scapular titled, The Brown Scapular: A Sign of Salvation and Protection. We are very happy to be able to send this to you today.

In the enclosed booklet you will read:

-the history of the Brown Scapular;

-numerous miracles that have occurred through the centuries confirming the protection of Our Lady to those who wear Her garment and desire their eternal salvation;

-information regarding the Sabbatine privilege;

-facts about the scapular which address frequently asked questions.

The booklet also has the formula for investiture for priests to use to enroll Catholics in the Confraternity of the Brown Scapular.

If you are not already wearing the Brown Scapular, we pray this booklet will motivate you to not only wear it, but to make sure you are wearing it continually without interruption.

We also pray that this booklet will serve as the vehicle for motivating many Catholics to return to wearing the Brown Scapular and for educating those Catholics who are unfamiliar with this wonderful gift of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

It may seem strange to read that there are Catholics who are unfamiliar with the Brown Scapular, especially since just 40 years ago it was routine for young Catholic children to be enrolled in the Confraternity of the Brown Scapular when they made their First Holy Communion.

Unfortunately that is not the case in many parts of North America and other parts of the world today. In fact, in some countries, it may be difficult to find a Brown Scapular to purchase.

Please read this booklet as soon as possible and plan to help us distribute them if at all possible, at least to family members and close friends. With ever increasing government tyranny, with increasing satanism in the world, we need the protection of Heaven - we need Our Lady’s protection.

To wear Our Lady’s garment, Her protective mantle, the Brown Scapular, is a form of consecration to Her. It is telling Her you are thinking about Her, and letting Her know you are invoking Her protection both spiritually and temporally, in accordance with God’s Will.

On June 13, 1917, Our Lady of Fatima said to Lucia dos Santos (one of the three child seers): “Jesus wishes to make use of you to make Me known and loved. He wants to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart.”

What better way to spread devotion than to encourage people to place themselves directly under Her protective mantle?

On October 13, 1917, the day of the last apparition of Our Lady of Fatima, before ascending back to Heaven, She appeared as Our Lady of Mount Carmel and held out the Brown Scapular.

Of the six apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima, She chose that apparition, the one all Portugal and surrounding European countries awaited because of the miracle promised three months in advance, to remind the faithful about the Brown Scapular. The Miracle of the Sun did indeed take place and was witnessed by approximately 70,000 people and reported in numerous secular newspapers.

Heaven gave that spectacular miracle as proof of Our Lady’s apparitions. The magnitude of the miracle, as well as the fact that it was foretold three months in advance, with the day, the time and the place all specified - lets us know how important Her Fatima Message is for the salvation of souls.

Reminding the faithful on that very day, immediately after the Miracle of the Sun, to wear the scapular also tells us how important it is for us to follow Her direction and place ourselves under Her protection by wearing Her gift, the Brown Scapular.

Please help as much as God allows, by spreading this powerful devotion, so pleasing to the King and Queen of Heaven.

Encourage your parish priest to enroll First Communicants and other parishioners in the Confraternity of the Brown Scapular. Offer copies of the enclosed booklet to him.

For more copies of the booklet, The Brown Scapular: A Sign of Salvation and Protection, call us at 1-800-845-3047 or return the enclosed reply form.

In the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts,

Joanna Swords

P.S. We have Brown Scapulars (limited quantities) available for free distribution.