Green Scapular and Its Favors
by REV. FATHER MARIE EDOUARD MOTT, C.M.
PART ONE: Biography of Sister
PART TWO: The Revelations
PART THREE: The Favors Associated with the Green
PART FOUR: Brief Description of the Scapular and Where
to Acquire One
Eternal Consecration Prayer
The work that appears today on the Green Scapular, with its
origin and the countless favors of which it is the instrument, has been
in demand for a long time.
It is true, its marvelous effects were well known, but its origin
remained shrouded in an almost impenetrable mystery, upon which,
however, people were most anxious to be enlightened.
One can easily understand why this mystery might have prevailed during
the life time of the happy seer of whom God chose to make use for the
transmission of this pledge of salvation, namely Sister Justine
Bisqueyburu, Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul.
Now her death having occurred on September 23, 1903, the reasons for
keeping the secret no longer exist, and we may at last satisfy the
pious curiosity of the faithful.
I should have wished to do so sooner, had I not been deterred by
insurmountable obstacles. As these obstacles have now disappeared, I am
happy to set to work and share with my readers the precious information
which for a long time has been in my possession.
At first I intended not to sign my name to this work and most gladly
would I have remained in obscurity. But, after revolving the first
impulse in my mind, it seemed to me that since I am acting as a witness
it would be wiser to reveal myself, considering that an anonymous
declaration has not, as a rule, much value.
From the year 1870 on, being then a very young priest, I was put in
touch with Sister Bisqueyburu by the Most Honored Father Etienne, our
Superior General, who, the year following authorized me in a still more
explicit manner to receive the depositions of the Sister, who then was
Superioress of the Hotel-Dieu of Carcassonne. This authorization,
bearing the date of June 24, 1871, was thus worded: "I beg Sister
Bisqueyburu to say and confide to Father Mott, Priest of the Mission
and Director of the Seminary of Oran (Algeria), all that had happened
to her and all she knows concerning the Green Scapular."
In order to receive these depositions, I undertook, in 1872, the
journey to Carcassonne; but I must confess that, in spite of that
authorization so explicit and bearing almost the character of a
command, I could not draw much out of the exceedingly humble seer. She
shrouded herself in an almost absolute silence, as she felt the utmost
repugnance to speak of these matters, giving as a pretext that since
1840 (epoch of the first apparitions), she had forgotten everything
and, for the time being, had no other concern but to fulfill the
obligations of her state the best she could.
To these reasons must be added, it seems to me, the difficulty which a
Superior of fifty-four years of age must have found to open herself in
such a matter to so young a priest, scarcely twenty-six years old, and
who, after all, was to her but a stranger.
Fortunately Carcassonne is not far from Narbonne, where the hospital
was in charge of Sister Buchepot, former Directress of the Seminary
(mistress of novices) of Sister Bisqueyburu, and who had received all
Hence it was to her I then applied and she gave me the information I
could wish for. She even lent me letters which Sister Bisqueyburu had
written to her at the time of the apparitions, together with the
correspondence carried on with her director, Father Aladel, who
likewise had been the director of St. Catherine Laboure, the seer of
the Miraculous Medal.
Later on, I was able to procure a few autographs of Father Aladel
concerning this affair, as well as other precious and perfectly
authentic documents, which were a great help to me.
The following is the plan of this little work:
I deemed it useful to begin, in part first, by introducing to my
readers Sister Justine Bisqueyburu.
For the items of this biographical sketch, I am indebted to several of
her former companions who wrote them out for me. Having for long years
lived side by side with her, they are true eyewitnesses of her saintly
life, and most trustworthy witnesses they are too.
In part second is found the account of the apparitions to which the
Green Scapular owes its origin, the manner of using it, its efficacy
and the approbations of which it has been the object.
Finally, part third tells of some of the countless wonderful cures, but
especially of the conversions of which the scapular has been, and
continues to be the instrument.
May our Lord make use of these pages to glorify more and more the
Immaculate Heart of His Holy Mother, whose badge the Green Scapular is.
May He inspire those who shall read them with an ever increasing
confidence in the goodness and power of this Holy Heart, Refuge of
Sinners; and, thanks to His most efficacious intervention, may He see
return to His fold great flocks of strayed sheep who one day in Heaven
shall forever praise His Divine mercies: Misericordias Domini in aeternum cantabo
(Ps. LXXXVIII, 2).
Fr. Marie Edouard Mott
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