The Rosary & BrownScapular
While a scapular is worn around the neck, and sometimes a rosary as well, and
while both are religious objects of devotion, there's more to associate them
than these things.
There's a prophecy referring to both of these devotions in an ancient history written in medieval Latin by a person called Ventimiglia. According to the account, there was a meeting on a street corner in Rome of Saints Dominic, Francis of Assisi and Angelus, a Carmelite preacher. Angelus foretold the stigmata of Francis. Dominic prophesized that one day the Blessed Virgin Mary would give the Carmelites "a devotion to be known as the brown scapular", and to Dominic's order, "a devotion to be known as the rosary. And one day, through the rosary and scapular, she will save the world." (see photos below)
The Fatima message includes the desire of God for devotion to Mary's Immaculate Heart, and Our Lady said those who embrace it "will be loved by God like flowers placed by me to adorn His throne." The Brown Scapular helps fulfill the Divine desire for such devotion, and is a sign of consecration to her Immaculate Heart. The wish for it to be such a sign, was enunciated by Pope Pius XII in a letter commemorating seven centuries of the scapular.
It happened that this Pontiff was consecrated bishop in Rome on the very day of first apparition at Fatima, May 13th, 1917, and did much to spread the message of Fatima, a message of warning and hope, and of peace. The Pope's last name, Pacelli, begins with pace which in Italian means peace.
On this same date in 1917, many miles away in Moscow, Russia, there was an attack on a Catholic church, where horsemen rode down the aisle, leapt over the communion rail, hacked the altar, destroyed statues in the side aisles, and turned on the children there having catechism, killing several. It's been described as the first in a series of violent acts eventually ending in Communism's triumph in that country.
after that, during the third apparition on July 13th, Mary first spoke of
Russia. She said she would come to ask its consecration to her Immaculate
Heart and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays (She came in
1925 and 1929). She said that if her requests were heeded Russia would be
converted and there'd be peace. If not Russia would spread her errors
through the world, promoting war and persecution of the Church. She said the
good would be martyred, the Holy Father would suffer much, and various
nations would be annihilated. "In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.
The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and it will be converted, and
an era of peace will be granted to the world."
Her rosary beads and the scapular are small, but
their importance is not measured by their size, but by the power of God
behind it. A grain of sand or an atom are small, but behind their existence
is the power of God. God made the world from nothing, and He can bring peace
from something small if He so desires, and through whom He desires. Is it
possible that He wants to teach men a lesson in humility, using the beads
and the scapular, whose small pieces of cloth are humble, the opposite
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