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The apron Our Lady made her own

At Catholic Exchange, Fr William Saunders told the story of the scapular – a piece of cloth originally worn as an apron and part of monks’ habits. Lay people took to wearing smaller versions: two small pieces of cloth, attached to string and worn around the neck. “Eventually these smaller scapulars were marks of membership in confraternities, groups of laity who joined together, attaching themselves to the apostolate of a religious community and accepting certain rules and regulations.”

In 1251 Our Lady intervened, appearing to St Simon Stock to give him the brown scapular of the Carmelites. She told him: “Take, beloved son, this scapular of thy order as a badge of my confraternity and for thee and all Carmelites a special sign of grace; whoever dies in this garment, will not suffer everlasting fire. It is the sign of salvation, a safeguard in dangers, a pledge of peace and of the covenant.”

However, Fr Saunders said, “the Church does not teach that wearing a scapular is some sure ticket to heaven; rather, we must strive to be in a state of grace, implore our Lord’s forgiveness, and trust in the maternal aid of our Blessed Mother.”

Lee Harvey Oswald’s address to Jesuits

Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin of John F Kennedy, could barely read and had no interest in religion. But believe it or not, said Kevin di Camillo at the National Catholic Register, four months before the assassination “Oswald was invited to deliver a lecture to a group of Jesuits in Mobile, Alabama, at their House of Studies.”

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