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The divine Mary and the scapular

In me is all the grace of the way, all the hope of life . (Eccli. XXIV, 25)

Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Among the devotions to the Blessed Virgin which should inspire us with the confidence of escaping the torments of Purgatory and ascending to heaven more promptly, we must put in the forefront that of the Scapular. The Mother of God herself deigned to promise Blessed Simon that whoever wears this holy habit in the proper arrangements of mortification, prayer and chastity, would make a short atonement in the next life. This promise is recalled in the Roman breviary, in the sixth lesson of the feast: Beatissima Virgo relatos in societatem scapularis , etc. The papal bull called Sabbatinealso mentions this fact, and what the associates get to escape the flames of Purgatory, or to be withdrawn from it on the first Saturday after their death, this day of the week being specially dedicated to Mary. The august Mother can therefore use here the language of the Lord to her people, in Leviticus: “On that day you will have accomplished your atonement and you will be cleansed of all your sins, for it is the Saturday of rest. The annals of the Carmelites contain several miraculous facts in this direction.
In Otranto, city of the kingdom of Naples, a lady of high society felt the greatest happiness in following the preaching of a father of the Carmelite order, a great promoter of devotion to Mary. He assured his listeners that any Christian wearing the scapular in the required sentiments, observing the easy conditions of association, would meet the divine Mother on the road to her last breath, and that she would come to deliver him the following Saturday, to take her with her to the abode of glory. This lady, therefore, moved by such precious advantages, registered herself and made a commitment to observe the rules and conditions required. His piety increased considerably; her most lively joy was to pray to Mary day and night, to place her trust in her, to give her all kinds of tributes. She begged her, among other graces, to get her to die on a Saturday, in order to be immediately drawn from the midst of the torments deserved by her sins.
It was granted. A few years later, this pious lady fell seriously ill, and, despite the doctors' assurances to the contrary, she understood and declared that it was her end, which she rejoiced, in the hope of seeing God. The evil made such progress, that the men of the art announced then that it would not pass the following Wednesday; but she said to them: “You are still mistaken; I will live three more days and not die until Saturday. The event justified her word, and she employed her sufferings, like a priceless treasure, to purify herself of the remains of her faults. Then, she gave up the soul to her Creator.
The loss of such a good mother was extremely painful for a very pious daughter, whom she left on earth, and who immediately retired to an oratory, where she prayed for the deceased. She received the visit of a great servant of GOD, who came to console her. He was a man famous for the graces with which Heaven showered him and for wonderful revelations. "Cease, O pious child," he said to her, "stop crying, and may your sadness turn into joy." By losing a mother here below, you have acquired a protector in heaven: for I assure you that even today, today Saturday, thanks to the divine Mary, the one you love so much came out of purgatory and was admitted among elected officials. Rejoice, then, and bless the august Virgin, our good mother to all! »(V. Philocalus Caputus, Histor. miracles lmag. Of Virg. Carmeli, ch. Xi; Caramel the wonder-maker, an. 1643)

( The Divine Wonders in Souls in Purgatory , by PG Rossignoli, of the Society of Jesus)

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