Saint Simon was born at Kent, in England, of a distinguished family. He was called “Simon Stock” because at the age of twelve he began living a contemplative life in the hollow (the stock) of a great oak tree, which he made his little chapel and home for twenty years. He became a Carmelite monk and, in time, was made the sixth General of the Order, in England. It was to Saint Simon Stock, on July 16, 1251, that Our Lady gave the brown scapular. Our Lady promised to all who wore the brown scapular that she would obtain for them the grace of final perseverance in the Catholic Faith. Saint Simon Stock was one hundred years old when he died. During his life he visited Mount Carmel in the Holy Land, the great mountain dedicated so especially to Mary, the Mother of God, and where the first chapel ever built in her honor was erected, in the year 33.