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Marian thought for July

The devotion to the Brown Scapular "has brought down a copious stream of spiritual and temporal graces upon the earth” (Pope Pius XII, August 6, 1950).

In 1246 St. Simon Stock was named Prior General of the Carmelite Order. St. Simon understood that, without the Virgin Mary’s intervention, the order was not going to last very long. He turned to Mary and placed the order under her protection, for they belong to Her. In his prayer he addressed Her as Flower of Carmel and Star of the Sea, begging Her to protect the community. In response to this fervent prayer, the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Simon Stock on July 16, 1251, and gave him the Scapular and the following promise: “This shall be a privilege for you and all Carmelites, that anyone dying in this habit shall not suffer eternal fire.”

From the Gospel of St. John

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"Do whatever he tells you" (John 2:5).

Sacred Scripture contains very few words pronounced by the Virgin Mary. Some of them are the commandment she gave at the Wedding Feast at Cana.


"On the third day there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; Jesus also was invited to the marriage, with his disciples. When the wine failed, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “O woman, what have you to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now six stone jars were standing there, for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the steward of the feast.” So they took it. When the steward of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first; and when men have drunk freely, then the poor wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.” This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory; and his disciples believed in him. After this he went down to Capernaum, with his mother and his brethren and his disciples; and there they stayed for a few days" (John 2:1-12).

Mary is not far from our needs. As a good Mother she is aware of what we need and intercedes for us. At the same time she shows us something important: We must ask, but we must also act. What do we have to do? Whatever Jesus tells us. As always, Mary turns our gaze toward Him.

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