Monday, May 17, 2010
Playing in a treehouse is a dream come true for so many children. I wanted to live in one like in the Swiss Family Robinson. But, for St. Simon Stock, living as a hermit in the trunk of an oak tree was a reality. When he was 12-years-old in 1177, he decided that's where he wanted to be. (The name stock means tree trunk.)
St. Simon Stock was an Englishman who went to the Holy Land to join the Carmelites. He was an early leader of the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel when it was formed in Europe.
But, perhaps he is best known as the person that the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to and gave the brown scapular (or habit) with the message that those who die wearing it will be saved. He will forever be associated with Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
St. Simon Stock died on May 16, 1265 in Bordeaux, France. His feast day is May 16.