So, always grateful for Her guidance, I am constantly looking for new ways to deepen my devotion to Our Lady. Part of this has been an ongoing curiosity with wearing a scapular. I have known about scapulars in the past (we all got them as our First Communion "kit" right?) but I never spent much time thinking about them until recently. After having a discussion with a reasonably devout young mother who assured me "wearing this will keep you from going to hell" (not an exact quote I'm sure), I knew I had to look further.
You see. I couldn't make sense of that statement. Perhaps it's been living with DH as long as I have but, frankly, it came off as a superstition of some kind...'if only I'm wearing my scapular, I'm safe'. I steer very clear of that kind of thinking because I usually end up either depending too much on it (to the point of being obsessive...what if I die when I'm running and don't have it on?) or forgetting about it altogether and relegating it to a drawer somewhere. Besides, if you live life in the way you should, do you really need a symbol?
So, I started searching. Did you know how many colors there are to choose from? I figured it was Our Lady of Mt. Carmel or nothing. Turns out that is very far from the truth. My dear friend today said, "isn't it wonderful that there are so many scapulars to fit our many different devotions and personalities?". Indeed, that is the case. Check out fisheaters for a quick introduction.
After reading a LOT about this subject, something kept coming up...
One must do more than "wear the scapular"; one must wear it worthily.
You can read the entire story of the blue scapular here
The paperwork finally arrived on Saturday, when we were on our pilgrimage. Oh, do you remember where we went?
Yes. The National Shrine dedicated to the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION . I tell you, the Holy Spirit cracks me up sometimes. It's not that I didn't know the scapular was coming or that we were going to this specific place but on the same day? I love that. I am so blessed.