That is wonderful
that you are trying to help your family members.
First of all, while
it is certainly possible to hide the green scapular, I think it is best to try
to get the other party to willingly accept it, if that is possible. I have
given them to fallen away friends/family and also to a Jewish person. As I
recall, I even told the Jewish person (a dear friend) that the aim was for his
conversion. He accepted it from me and I believe he kept it in his drawer
before he died.
For some fallen away
friends, I recall tucking green scapulars in a book that was given as a gift
(kind of like a bookmark). We told them the scapulars were blessed so they
knew not to just throw them away. Plus, since it was in the book (a small
sized Baltimore Catechism as I recall), they were likely to just leave them in
there (one in each book...a small Baltimore Catechism for each person). We
also gave other non-religious gifts at the same time, so it hopefully didn't
seem 'too pushy' to give them these items.
I have also hidden a
scapular in the room of a dying Protestant. Since the matter was urgent, it
seemed best to go ahead and hide it in the room. As I recall, it was in a
decorative artificial plant high up on a shelf (and unlikely to be moved any
be best for you to do really depends on many factors (e.g. how urgent the
situation is, their level of animosity towards the faith, etc.). Depending on
circumstances, the scapular might be dropped behind a piece of 'immovable
furniture' or inserted in a book in a family library. However, it wouldn't
seem very good to create bad feelings among your family should the item be
discovered. Again, I personally prefer to try to get the person to accept the
green scapular on their own. A Catholic who knows the item is blessed
hopefully wouldn't throw it out – especially if you made a point to tell them
you took the item specially to a priest for them to have it blessed. Then
again, some persons might unfortunately still throw it out (it's definitely
not good to throw away blessed items).
One idea you might
consider if you are intent on hiding the green scapular is to create an
artificial flower arrangement (or some other craft) that matches their
preferred style/colors (that you are sure they will like/keep) and insert the
scapular into the object where it cannot be seen – you might glue the
arrangement so it cannot be easily taken apart. Of course, the scapular may be
found if the arrangement should ever break or be torn apart.
might want to spend some time in prayer (and in thought) about good ways to
give (or leave) the green scapular. If it is intended for one person in a
household, perhaps you could consult another family member(s) for ideas? What
would you consider inappropriate/inappropriate in your own living quarters?
Does the other party have any particular sensitivities or concerns? What would
happen if a person moves or remodels and finds the scapular? Is the item
likely or unlikely to be found? How urgent is the need? Would they be
willing/able to store something of yours in their home (e.g. a book of yours
that contains the scapular)? Would they be willing to accept the green
scapular in the back of a drawer or closet or?
In any event, please
remember that (1) the green scapulars should be blessed, and (2) for *each*
green scapular you give away you should say the associated prayer on that
person's behalf *each* day (that means if you give away 3 green scapulars, you
should say 3 prayers *each* day). The prayer to say is...
Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death"
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