My oldest child will be entering second grade this year, which means this will be the year of first confession and first communion preparations for her. I am not at all worried that she won’t be ready by next spring. She has been waiting patiently for this special time to come for awhile now.
It is interesting that earlier this week she asked me if she would be enrolled in the [confraternity of the] brown scapular, after she received her first holy communion. I was blown away by her question, because I didn’t know she knew about that! When I made my first holy communion, that wasn’t part it, and unfortunately, I still haven’t learned enough about the brown scapular to include this devotion into my own prayer life. But it’s not too late, right? So, since she asked the question, particularly during this week of the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, which I don’t think is any mere coincidence, I promised her we would talk to our pastor about it and possibly it could be something that she, Dad and I do together (and then the other children as they reach the proper age).
Our Blessed Mother promised that all who wear the scapular will not suffer the flames of hell. Many conversions and healings have been reported from wearing the scapular. (There is more on the scapular at the links above.)
In an e-mail that I received today, on the Feast of our Lady of Mt. Carmel:
The various forms of piety toward the Mother of God, which the Church has approved within the limits of sound and orthodox doctrine, according to the dispositions and understanding of the faithful, ensure that while the mother is honored, the Son through whom all things have their being (Col. 1:15-16) and in whom it has pleased the Father that all fullness should dwell (Col. 1:19) is rightly known, loved and glorified and his commandments are observed (Dogmatic Constitution of the Church, 66).
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, ora pro nobis! May Our Lady lead us to her Son!