Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Devotion to the Holy Rosary.



Not just for saints...
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Thank God!
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"Biden spokesman Elizabeth Alexander also tells Sneed her boss “was holding his rosary ring (which represents one decade of the rosary) at times while in the situation room on Sunday,” and he keeps it with him at all times. “The vice president is devoted to the rosary and recites it daily,” the source said. On one occasion in Chicago, when he was visiting the popular Firehouse restaurant, Biden told Dorothy O’Malley, a family friend, he never goes anywhere without it."Joe Biden prays the rosary.

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Promises of Our Lady for those who pray the Holy Rosary.
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1. Whosoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary shall receive signal graces.


Signal Graces are those special and unique Graces to help sanctify us in our state in life. See the remaining promises for an explanation for which these will consist. St. Louis de Montfort states emphatically that the best and fastest way to union with Our Lord is via Our Lady [True Devotion to Mary, chapter four].



2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.

Our Lady is our Advocate and the channel of all God's Grace to us. Our Lady is simply highlighting that She will watch especially over us who pray the Rosary. (see Lumen Gentium chapter VIII - Our Lady #62) [a great more detail is available on this topic in True Devotion to Mary, chapter four, by St. Louis de Montfort]



3. The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin and defeat heresies.

This promise, along with the next, is simply the reminder on how fervent prayer will help us all grow in holiness by avoiding sin, especially a prayer with the excellence of the Rosary. An increase in holiness necessarily requires a reduction in sin, vice, and doctrinal errors (heresies). If only the Modernists could be convinced to pray the Rosary! (see Lumen Gentium chapter V - The Call to Holiness #42) St. Louis de Montfort states "Since Mary alone crushed all heresies, as we are told by the Church under the guidance of the Holy Spirit (Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary)..." [True Devotion to Mary #167]



4. It will cause good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire for Eternal Things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.

This promise, along with the previous, is the positive part, that being to live in virtue. Becoming holy is not only avoiding sin, but also growing in virtue. (see Lumen Gentium chapter V - The Call to Holiness #42)



5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary shall not perish.

Since Our Lady is our Mother and Advocate, She always assists those who call on Her implicitly by praying the Rosary. The Church reminds us of this in the Memorare prayer, "... never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession, was left unaided ..."



6. Whosoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its Sacred Mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of Eternal Life.

This promise highlights the magnitude of Graces that the Rosary brings to whomever prays it. One will draw down God's Mercy rather than His Justice and will have a final chance to repent (see promise #7). One will not be conquered by misfortune means that Our Lady will obtain for the person sufficient Graces to handle said misfortune (i.e. carry the Crosses allowed by God) without falling into despair. As Sacred Scripture tells us, "For my yoke is sweet and my burden light." (Matthew 11:30)



7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the Sacraments of the Church.

This promise highlights the benefits of obtaining the most possible Graces at the hour of death via the Sacraments of Confession, Eucharist, and Extreme Unction (Anointing of the Sick). Being properly disposed while receiving these Sacraments near death ensures one's salvation (although perhaps with a detour through Purgatory) since a final repentance is possible.



8. Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the Light of God and the plenitude of His Graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the Merits of the Saints in Paradise.

Our Lady highlights the great quantity of Graces obtain through praying the Rosary, which assist us during life and at the moment of death. The merits of the Saints are the gift of God's rewards to those persons who responded to His Grace that they obtained during life, and so Our Lady indicates that She will provide a share of that to us at death. With this promise and #7 above, Our Lady is providing the means for the person to have a very holy death.



9. I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.

Should one require Purgatorial cleansing after death, Our Lady will make a special effort to obtain our release from Purgatory through Her intercession as Advocate.



10. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of Glory in Heaven.

This promise is a logical consequence of promises #3 and #4 since anyone who truly lives a holier life on earth will obtain a higher place in Heaven. The closer one is to God while living on earth, the close that person is to Him also in Heaven. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states "Spiritual progress tends toward ever more union with Christ." (Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 2014)



11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by recitation of the Rosary.

This promise emphasizes Our Lady's role as our Advocate and Mediatrix of all Graces. Of course, all requests are subject to God's Most Perfect Will. God will always grant our request if it is beneficial for our soul, and Our Lady will only intercede for us when our request is good for our salvation. (see Lumen Gentium chapter VIII - Our Lady #62)



12. All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.

If one promotes the praying of the Rosary, Our Lady emphasizes Her Maternal care for us by obtaining many Graces (i.e. spiritual necessities) and also material necessities (neither excess nor luxury), all subject to the Will of God of course.



13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire Celestial Court during their life and at the hour of death.

Since Our Lady is our Advocate, She brings us additional assistance during our life and at our death from all the saints in Heaven (the Communion of Saints). See paragraphs 954 through 959 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.



14. All who recite the Rosary are my Sons, and brothers of my Only Son Jesus Christ.

Since the Rosary is a most excellent prayer focused on Jesus and His Life and activities in salvation history, it brings us closer to Our Lord and Our Lady. Doctrinally, Our Lady is our Mother and Jesus is our Eldest Brother, besides being our God. (see Lumen Gentium chapter VIII - Our Lady #62)



15. Devotion to my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.

Predestination in this context means that, by the sign which is present to a person from the action of devoutly praying the Rosary, God has pre-ordained your salvation. Absolute certainty of salvation can only be truly known if God reveals it to a person because, although we are given sufficient Grace during life, our salvation depends upon our response to said Grace. (See Summa Theologica, Question 23 for a detailed theological explanation). Said another way, if God has guaranteed a person's salvation but has not revealed it to Him, God would want that person to pray the Rosary because of all the benefits and Graces obtained. Therefore the person gets a hint by devotion to the Rosary. This is not to say that praying the Rosary guarantees salvation - by no means. In looking at promises #3 and #4 above, praying the Rosary helps one to live a holy life, which is itself a great sign that a soul is on the road to salvation. (See also paragraphs 381, 488, 600, 2782 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.) In fact, St. Louis de Montfort says even more strongly that "an infallible and unmistakable sign by which we can distinguish a heretic, a man of false doctrine, an enemy of God, from one of God's true friends is that the hardened sinner and heretic show nothing but contempt and indifference to Our Lady..." [True Devotion to Mary, #30] - Source
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17 comments:

  1. Terry:The rosary is for Saints and sinners alike;however, don't you think that if one was praying the rosary,as the NYT would like us to to believe, that Our Lady would lead him to conclusions other than those to which he has been led viz abortion, homosexuality, homosexual marriage, stem cell research? This has been carefully orchestrated by his "spokesman". The presidential campaign has begun. Fasten your seat belts.

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  2. There is no question in my mind that praying the Rosary has universal implications, most of which take place or unfold without our knowledge. Now, as far as Biden praying the Rosary regularly and possesing a devotion to it, excuse my incredulity (or cynicism), but that is simply beyond hallucination to me. I can't see this man touching, ascribing, defending or putting into practice anything that interferes with his political will, which is his true religion. It's tempting to allow yourself to be swept up by this claim but just remember that this pro-abort's claim are devoid of any substance.

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  3. With Easter being so late...Divine Mercy Sunday...and now Mother's Day (we're in the month of May), this has been completely off my "radar"...
    crap....
    Thanks, Mr. Terry.
    We'll be having the crowning of our Lady this Sunday (Mothers' Day) with the Litany of Loreto...
    I feel so damned awful...I forgot Our Mother in all of this...
    Hope she understands....
    Anyway, thanks for the reminder.
    Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!

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  4. I am sorry if I sound crabby about Biden and the rosary business. Terry, I know that it is Mary's month and that this is the point...

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  5. Don't worry Maria - I appreciate your comments.

    I have known people engaged in sinful activities and leading a sinful life who not only carried the rosary, but they the rosary nearly every day. They eventually returned to the sacraments and accepted Church teaching.

    I'll try and post as to what I'm getting at here.

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  6. sb 'they prayed the roisary nearly every day.'

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  7. Oh! Oh! One guy told me he prayed the rosary while driving to the massage parlor and back home again. He said a priest told him once never to give up prayer, no matter what, so he didn't. Sure enough - he straightened out after about 10 years of living like a pig.

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  8. No prayer is ever wasted. Let go and let God...Let go and let God...Let go and let God...Jesus, I Trust in You!

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  9. Terry:Iwas one of them. When I was literally living in sin, living w/ a man who abused me, I prayed the rosary every day and really had no connection to God in the sense that I do now. You are one hundred percent correct. Our Lady eventually led me to Him. God forgive me...

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  10. Thanks, Mr. Terry.
    I may be material heretic here;
    but with Our Lady so absolutely solicitous for sinners, can Hell be empty?
    Just askin'.
    She is a mighty force to contend with;
    don't jerk around a Jewish Mother.
    I'm not being sacrilegious here; but Mother Mary does have a lot of "pull" the other side of the grave!

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  11. My first Rosary was a little cord mission rosary with light blue bead and a white plastic crucifix..I received it in the mail when I was over in Desert Storm from some dear anonymous soul who put it in a "To Any Soldier" letter..I didnt' know how to say the prayers but I kept it in my pocket for quite awhile. The Blessed Mother never gave up on me.

    On one of my military assignments to Saudi Arabia an older woman in one of the underground Catholic churchs taught me how to say the prayers..she found me a phamplet to keep with me.

    Bit by Bit....

    Now I make cord rosaries to give away to whoever wants them...the Blessed Mother indeed showers graces tenfold in promotion of Her Rosary..there is always money available to make rosaries, buy phamplets, pay for postage to far away lands.

    And I still have that little humblecord rosary..it is the most precious thing I have.

    Sara

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  12. Fr NP--

    I think this year really threw alot of folks off. On top of it we had our annual Carmelite retreat in the middle of Lent which for me was hard, although our retreat master was excellent. My mind was elsewhere rather than on the retreat.

    In alot of ways though I wish more years were like this...I have a hard time jumping into Lent two or three weeks after Christmas :)

    Sara

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  13. That is a beautiful story, Sara, and an important reminder of just how powerful the rosary and its promotion is. Good work, Terry.
    Padre--too funny.

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  14. Oh, Sara. That was beautiful.

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  15. Phony Catholics in our community, government and educational system have wrought more damage and sent more souls on the path to Hell than ever before in the history of mankind.

    They work feverishly against that which is needed to extend the Kingdom of Christ:

    "We have to build, while the others are demolishing. The crumbled citadels have to be rebuilt, the bastions of Faith have to be reconstructed; firstly the holy sacrifice of the Mass of all times, which forms saints; then our chapels, our monasteries, our large families, our enterprises faithful to the social politics of the Church, our politicians determined to make the politics of Jesus Christ – this is a whole tissue of Christian social life, Christian customs, Christian reflexes, which we have to restore."

    Mr. Biden might finger his tiny ring, but nowhere in the White House Office will you see a crucifix and a picture of the Holy Mother.

    He is too ashamed and scared to display objects of his belief, like all phony Catholics are.

    By the way, I wear a three inch Saint Benedict crucifix on the outside of my shirt wherever I go.

    The Satan devil worshipper Americans I encounter know arguing is fruitless.

    Let’s fight for our Faith, let’s refuse sin.

    Let’s become Catholic.

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  16. Saint Michael: You just continue to renounce Satan and dispel the darkness of evil; I'm not kidding.
    You're doing a great work.
    Wish more Catholics would do the same.
    We live in a horrid aura of evil.

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  17. Dear Nazareth Priest,

    We will beg Heaven on your behalf.

    When your sheep see the Blessed Sacrament reflected in your eyes, they will cling to you, as the blind beggar clung to Christ, the Blessed Sacrament.

    Christ loved him so much He allowed the poor beggar to be with Him as He castigated the Jews:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pY7vamVg99E

    Christ is the Blessed Sacrament; say the Mass of Trent. It is Christ crucified, and sinners will come unto you for salvation.

    Our mother has asked us to pray for sinners.

    Pray for me and those like me and you will be doing so.

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