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Angelo wrote:

Hi, guys —

I have a question about the Green Scapular. I do own one of these, but after reading about it,
it seems as though it was meant to be worn by a non-believer, or someone who has fallen from the faith.

  • Would it be okay if I got it blessed, and wore it myself, praying daily for the conversion of sinners, just as I would the Miraculous Medal?

Thank you very much!

Angelo

  { Is it OK to wear the Green Scapular if you are a believing Catholic who is not sick? }

John replied:

Hi, Angelo —

Thanks for your question.

Sacramentals are not lucky charms or magic spells that only work if you follow exact rubrics.

Of course, you can wear it, whether it's blessed or not, although it's better to get it blessed, and pray for the conversion of souls but don't get caught up the externals. The point is to pray for the conversion of sinners. You can wear it all you want, but if you don't pray, it isn't going to do much good. We have to fight the tendency to treat prayer like it was a baking recipe. These external or tangible reminders are points of contact for our faith but they are not the essentials. Don't get lost in them lest we become like the baby who opens his first Christmas gifts and pays more attention to the pretty wrapping paper.

John

Mike replied:

Hi, Angelo —

I also wanted to add to what John has said:

John is correct:
Sacramentals are not lucky charms or magic spells that only work if you follow exact rubrics.

Lucky charms or magic spells are based on pure chance, superstition or the demonic.

Rosaries, Scapulars and similar chaplets and devotionals on based on, optional, yet approved, devotions by the Church of private revelations the Church has approved. They are based on promises Our Lord [and/or] Our Lady have made to us if we wear them with the correct intent.

  • What do I mean by the correct intent?

Our Lady promised that those who wear the Brown Scapular, would not suffer eternal damnation. Nevertheless, this does not give any one permission to commit mortal sin after mortal sin for years and years while wearing the Scapular.

  • Why?

Because we are not wearing it with the correct intent or disposition of being a practicing son or daughter of the Church.

John said:
Of course, you can wear it, whether it's blessed or not, although it's better to get it blessed, and pray for the conversions of souls but don't get caught up the externals.

Blessed sacramentals are far better than an unblessed ones. A blessing give us the grace to use the sacramental with the correct intent. Some devotionals even have confraternities of
lay Catholics who can get enrolled into the devotion. I personally think this is important because
it fosters a sense of Catholic community and delivers a real prayer community among the members, whether they are aware of the effects of the prayer community on their life or not.

Check out this posting for more:

Although John said, don't get caught up with the externals, I would add, don't be ashamed of them either.

Your Green Scapular and Miraculous Medal are witnesses to the secular world that you are a practicing Catholic and not ashamed of it; neither were the first martyrs of the Church.

Mike

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