Monday, July 04, 2005


On Saturday, July 16, the Church celebrates the Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. On this date in 1251, Our Blessed Mother designated the scapular to Saint Simon Stock as the special mark of her maternal love. This feast is also known as the Feast of the Scapular. Aside from the Carmelite Order, many religious orders wear the scapular as a sign of Our Lady’s special protection. Scores of lay people wear it for the same reason. Many of you, I am sure, wear Our Lady’s Scapular.

The renowned liturgist, Fr. Pius Parsch made this interesting observation about wearing the Scapular: “The Scapular of the Blessed Virgin should remind us that Christians have an apostolate against current extremes and extravagances in modes of dress. Clothes are a symbol of the person. Like the Christian heart, dress must be chaste and simple, for one judges the interior from the exterior. It should not be necessary to add that special attention be given this matter when preparing for church attendance.”

Modern fashions betray the blatantly pagan mentality of our times. Rather than resist the trend, many Catholics now dress as immodestly as nonbelievers. The dreadfully immodest dress of many at Mass is an absolute outrage. Without doubt, the Hearts of Jesus and Mary are grieved exceedingly.

Our Lady revealed to Blessed Jacinta Marto, one of the seers of Fatima, that sins of the flesh offend Almighty God greatly. Blessed Jacinta said: “The sins which cause most people to go to hell are sins of the flesh. Fashions offend Our Lord greatly. People who serve God should not follow the fashions of the world.”

Who could deny that the modern world is obsessed with sins of lust? In all of its forms, the Media gives abundant evidence of this sinful behavior. Many television programs are utterly obscene and unfit to enter Christian homes. The afternoon soap operas are an absolute affront to Catholic morality.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel gave us the Scapular to wear as a constant reminder that we are of Christ and must live as His followers. Let us pray to Our Blessed Mother to be our protection and our strength in our struggle against evil. Our Lady of Mount Carmel! Pray for us!

Father Richard J. Rego, S.T.L.


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