Did you know?
Aside from the apparition of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel at Fatima within the promised miracle on October 13, 1917, O.L. of Carmel has a connection to the apparitions in Lourdes. In fact, the 18th and last apparition to St. Bernadette occurred on the feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.
The 18th appearance 16 July 1858
This was the final appearance. Because the grotto was barricaded by the local government, Bernadette knelt outside the fence by the riverbank. "I thought I was at the Grotto, at the same distance as I was the other times. All I saw was Our Lady ... She was more beautiful than ever."
What was the main message of Lourdes? Prayer and penance for the conversion of sinners: "Penance! Penance! Penance! Pray to God for sinners."
Isn't that interesting? The Blessed Virgin asked for prayer and penance.
Tell me again, how do we evangelize, how do we convert sinners?
O Queen of Heaven, you gave us the Scapular as an outward sign by which we might be known as your faithful children. may we always wear it with honor by avoiding sin and imitating your virtues. Help us to be faithful to this desire of ours.