Carmel seeks to gaze upon God and love God with mind and heart. What Mary represents is the soul itself. As the soul is united to Christ, so Carmel is hidden in Mary. For Carmel, Mary is, beyond any doubt, the infinitely admirable and lovable Mother, the all-merciful Mother, but deeper than this, she is the one who was chosen and formed by God to be the Mother of the Savior; she is the purest, highest, and most perfect expression of the soul that is open to the divine action and lives in Mary’s light and in Mary’s love. She is, par excellence, the contemplative soul.
This mystic and filial intuition was to be confirmed in the centuries that were to come. In a critical hour, [according to tradition] our Lady herself answered the trusting, insistent prayer of Saint Simon Stock. She appeared to him, holding in her hand the scapular of the Order, and said: “This is the privilege that I give you and all Carmel’s children. Whoever dies clothed with this habit will be saved.” In this way she extended, in visible fashion, her special protection over the Order that has always called itself her own.
Paul-Marie of the Cross, O.C.D.
III. The Rule and Its Spirit: Brothers and Sisters of Our Lady
The Carmelites – Ordo fratrum Beatae Virginis Mariae de Monte Carmelo – are the guardians of devotion to the Brown Scapular, the Scapular Confraternity, and of the Rite for the Blessing of and Enrolment in the Scapular of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel. Search their website where you will find more than 1500 mentions of the scapular… explore!
of the Cross, P-M, Payne, S 1997, Carmelite Spirituality in the Teresian Tradition, ICS Publications, Washington DC.