Saturday, July 16, 2016

Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Whosover dies wearing this Scapular shall not suffer eternal fire. 
Scapular promise given to St. Simon Stock, July 16, 1251

I, the Mother of Grace, shall descend on the Saturday after their death and whomsoever I shall find in Purgatory, I shall free. 
Sabbatine Priviledge given to Pope John XXII, 1322

Happy Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel! This feast day has always been one of our family's favorites and Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the patron we choose for our homeschool, many years ago, when we first started homeschooling our children. One of these years I would love to bake and decorate another scapular cake (you can see our first one back in 2008 here and our second scapular cake back in 2009) but this year I kept it simple since the three oldest were gone with their dad all morning (their golf team was hosting a tournament/fundraiser) and I wanted to spend some time baking something I could enjoy too. We are about to pray our family rosary, but first here are some pictures from various times throughout the day: 

.:  Picture Books :. 

I had to do some searching, but I finally found one of our copies of Garment of Grace. I love this little book. I started reading it aloud to our four youngest and pretty soon everyone was listening! (The older three were home by this time.) This book contains some incredible true stories about miracles that have happened to those wearing the brown scapular. 

"Look, Mom! This saint is in the little book you gave me!" 
(I brought him home a new little saints book from the conference last weekend.) 

Rereading some of those amazing stories on his own, despite all the distractions! ;) 

Note: Our children have all been invested in the brown scapular as babies, but they don't usually start wearing them until they are about 6 or 7 years old. My husband has found that knotting the boys' scapulars (as you can see in the picture above) makes them last so much longer, since that way the knots take the brunt of any "rough and tumble" abuse. ;) 

.: Coloring Pages :. 

There are many free coloring pages available online (including the lovely Our Lady of Mount Carmel coloring pages over at St. John the Baptist Religious Ed, which my boys choose to color) but my personal favorite is this one from StellaMarigoldArt over at Etsy. 

(Note: We also have some gorgeous scapulars from StellaMarigoldArt, and MaryDevotions too!) 

.: Catholic Cuisine :. 

I also made some {AIP approved!!!} treats for myself:

{sugar-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free}

Brownies with Salted Honey Caramel Sauce! 

Oh yeah! I think I have found my new favorite feast day treat. These will be perfect for other Carmelite saints, including the feast of St. Therese! 
Although I'm not sure I'll be able to wait until October to make them again...  

{I will try and share the recipes over at Catholic Cuisine soon!}

Even some of the dolls joined today's feast day celebration!

"Wear the Scapular devoutly and perseveringly. It is My garment. To be clothed in it means you are continually thinking of Me, and I in turn, am always thinking of you and helping you to secure eternal life." 
~ Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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