Actually, some of you may not remember. Or some of you may have not been here even then. But I brought up this prayer and my devotion to it in 2007, when my father was in bad shape. Anyways, I do still believe in God. And if part of his attributes are human and personal, why the heck can’t you pray to him? That’s what I say.
Prayer of St. Simon Stock
Known as the FLOS CARMELI, the following prayer has for seven centuries been called a prayer to the Blessed Mother which has never been known to fail in obtaining her powerful help.
Beautiful Flower of Carmel, most fruitful vine, splendor of heaven, holy and singular, who brought forth the Son of God, still ever remaining a pure virgin, assist me in this necessity! O Star of the Sea, help and protect me! Show me that thou art my Mother!
O Mary, Conceived without sin,
Pray for us who have recourse to thee!
Mother and Ornament of Carmel, pray for us!
Virgin, Flower of Carmel, pray for us!
Patroness of all who wear the Scapular, pray for us!
Hope of all who die wearing the Scapular, pray for us!
St. Joseph, Friend of the Sacred Heart, Pray for us!
St. Joseph, Chaste Spouse of Mary, Pray for us!
St. Joseph, Our Patron, Pray for us!
O sweet Hear of Mary, Be our Salvation!
Anyways, I should tell you, I am now less certain about the Blessed Virgin Mary. I was raised a Catholic, and I have been praying to Her all my life. But you know Mary (or Miryam was She was really known, when she was alive). Was just a humble peasant woman. The RC Church has Her assumed–and coronated!–in heaven. I know the RC Church says she appeared to 3 peasant children in Fatima, Portugal, in 1917. And why would these children lie? (Interesting story–but the poor kids literally went thru hell for their beliefs in the ‘apparitions’.) I don’t know about that. I mean, maybe an advanced alien appeared to them instead, as Mary. Makes no more or less sense than anything else to me.
But you know, I have a conclusion to that too. Prayer is prayer. And if I am praying to Mary, maybe God just hears it too. You know, IMHO, Mary is really just part of the feminine attributes of God. He does have many attributes, as I said. Something I just learned as I got older too.
Thoughts? And feel free to use the prayer yourself. As I said, I’ve used it many times when in distress. And it literally has never failed once for me. Hey, any Catholics on these boards? Chime in too.