Hello there my sweet Rosary lovers! In this post we will try to answer the rather interesting question: can you wear a Scapular in the shower?
Well, the first thing that comes to my mind is, ‘Why on earth would you want to??’ haha.
I mean, if you wore a Scapular in the shower, it would get very wet and probably take all day to dry off. Which would mean you’d either have to put it somewhere to dry, or you wear it and the water that’s in it will seep through into your clothes all day.
Plus, your Scapular will not last as long, especially if you wring the water out daily after a shower.
It is taken for granted by the Church that Catholics will remove the Scapular for bathing and showering. This is entirely permitted, even expected.
Presumably, you don’t lose any blessings associated with the Scapular for taking it off when showering, so why keep it on in the shower? What would be the purpose, other than to make life that little bit more complicated than it already is?
Sure, go for it!
However, if you are seriously asking, ‘Can I wear the Scapular in the shower?’ then I suppose there is no ‘law’ against it. So long as you do it for God, it’s fine, I suppose. So long as you are happy for your Scapular to get wet, and you put it on straight after, why not?
Why not talk to your priest or spiritual director about this? See what he has to say.
If you offer this little sacrifice of discomfort or inconvenience to God, will God not bless you? So long as you do it for God and not for any other reason.
It’s as the apostle Paul said: ‘Those who observe such and such a day, they observe it for the Lord. Those who don’t, they don’t observe it for the Lord.’ (Romans 14:5).
As the apostle continues: ‘Let everyone be persuaded in their own mind.’ The apostle is speaking about local traditions and non-essential devotions.
If you feel drawn by Our Lady to wear the Scapular in the shower, then do it for her, and be persuaded in your own mind.
For more information about what you can and shouldn’t do regarding the Scapular, I recommend you check out this invaluable resource.
Also, you can see this post that I wrote a while back which answers a number of questions about when it may or may not be appropriate to remove the Scapular.
Hope that helps. Any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.