Eternal Life

What’s a ‘Scapular’?

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Brown ScapularThis small piece of cloth hung around your neck really does mean something. It’s a call to remember who you are, a child of God and much loved, a disciple of Jesus and the need to pray.

This is a long-standing Marian devotion. Long ago, Mary appeared to St. Simon Stock and gave him a ‘scapular.’ St. Simon was a Carmelite. Men went to the well of Elijah on the top of Mt. Carmel to pray. They were called hermits and lived in community. People saw their devotion and wanted to be like them. They received scapulars from the Carmelites to wear, too. Over time, they became smaller. In a ceremony, our Pastor blessed the scapulars and put them over the heads of students and their teachers. They promised to try to be a disciple like Mary, follow Jesus and ask Mary for help. They would say the Morning Prayer and at least 1 Hail Mary a day with the approval of our priest. The challenge would be for the kids to say 3 Hail Marys a day! Of course, adults can pray a rosary every day.

 

Our Lady said to St. Simon Stock, a Carmelite

“Take this Scapular, it shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger and a pledge of peace. Whosoever dies wearing this Scapular shall not suffer eternal fire,” and, “Wear it devoutly and perseveringly.   It is my garment. To be clothed in it means you are continually thinking of me, and I in turn, am always thinking of you and helping you to secure eternal life.”

Conditions:

1) Wear the scapular at all times

2) Be chaste according to  your state of life (married or single)

3) Do an action showing devotion to Our Lady

a)Pray the Hail Mary

b)Pray the Morning Offering

Morning Prayer

 O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world. I offer them for the intentions of Your Sacred Heart: Reparation for sin, 
the salvation of souls, and the reunion of all Christians. I offer them for the intentions of our bishops and especially those of our Holy Father this month.
Amen

 

 

 

 

It’s all about the bread…

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What is so special about bread? Jesus is the Bread of Life and explains more in the Gospel this week. (John 6)  Whoever believes in Jesus will have eternal life.  Wouldn’t you be like, what?  He says it’s not like the manna they got in the dessert.  You can get bread anywhere (just pick a store).  Maybe you have a favorite kind.  You love the way it smells as it browns in the toaster.  You cover it with butter or jelly.  And it’s not only chewy but melts sweetly in your mouth.  Can you smell it?  Can you taste it?

Warm BreadJesus says that He is the Bread of Life.  Totally different.  Not like any other bread!  So will you miss it?  Are you too busy to go to Mass?  This is the Bread for the journey.  Make this a power week!  Fuel up!

Another take:

St. Paul tells us to be imitators of God and a fragrant aroma. (Eph 4)  Another metaphor.  Empty all your anger, shouting and bitterness.  Clean house.  Be kind, compassionate and forgiving.  How can you be a breath of fresh air this week?

How can you be like Jesus and bring life?