The Brown Scapular is a sign of consecration to Our Lady and her way of life – that is, a life lived in allegiance to Jesus Christ.  By wearing the brown scapular one enters into a covenant of love and trust with Mary as our Mother, our Sister, our Patroness.
The Scapular finds its roots in the tradition of the Carmelite Order, which has seen in it a sign of Mary’s motherly protection.  It has, therefore, a centuries old spiritual meaning approved by the Church.
It stands for a commitment to follow Jesus, like Mary, the perfect model of all the disciples of Christ.  This commitment finds its origin in Baptism by which we become children of God.
It unites us to the Family of Carmel, which has existed in the Church for over eight centuries.
It is an expression of our belief that we will meet God in eternal life aided by the intercession and prayer of Mary.
It is a sign of Mary’s protection and of belonging to the family of Carmel, voluntarily doing the will of God.

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