Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The Weapon

Pray the Rosary everyday! But don't take my word for it, check out what these Supreme Pontiffs had to say:

“The Rosary, which in its entirety we never miss, even for a single day of the year, is the most fitting formula for praying and meditating.” –Pope Bl. John XXIII

"The Rosary, if its full sense be rediscovered, carries one to the very core of Christian life and offers an orderly as well as fruitful spiritual and pedagogical opportunity for personal contemplation, formation of the people of God and the new evangelization.” - Pope John Paul II

"Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors.” –Pope Pius XI

"The prayer of the Rosary is perfect because of the praises it offers, the lessons it teaches, the graces it obtains, and the victories it achieves.” –Pope Benedict XV

“The Rosary is the richest and most beautiful of all prayers to the Mediatrix of all grace; it is the prayer that touches most the heart of the Mother of God. Say it each day.” --Pope St. Pius X

“Spread the Rosary, the prayer so dear to the Virgin and so esteemed by popes; by it the faithful can best fulfill the command of Christ: ‘Ask and it shall be given; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you.’” –Pope Paul VI

"The Rosary is the scourge of the devil." -- Pope Adrian VI

"The Rosary is a treasure of graces." --Pope Paul V

“The Rosary elevates minds to the truths revealed by God and shows us heaven opened." --Pope Bl. Pius IX

John Paul II
Rosarium Virginis Mariae - (On the Most Holy Rosary) October 16, 2002 [Apostolic Letter]

Pius XII
Ingruentium Malorum (On Reciting the Rosary) September 15, 1951

Pius XI
Ingravescentibus Malis (On the Rosary) September 29, 1937

Diuturni Temporis (On the Rosary) September 5, 1898
Fidentem Piumque Animum (On the Rosary) September 20, 1896
Adiutricem (On the Rosary) September 5, 1895
Octobri Mense (On the Rosary) September 22, 1891
Superiore Anno (On the Recitation of the Rosary) August 30, 1884
Supremi Apostolatus Officio (On Devotion to the Rosary) September 1, 1883
Vi E Ben Noto (On the Rosary and Public Life) September 20, 1887

Finally, St. Pius V's public call to pray the Rosary is as urgent today as in his:

Consueverunt Romani
Pope Pius V 17 September 1569

The Roman Pontiffs, and the other Holy Fathers, our predecessors, when they were pressed in upon by temporal or spiritual wars, or troubled by other trials, in order that they might more easily escape from these, and having achieved tranquillity, might quietly and fervently be free to devote themselves to God, were wont to implore the divine assistance, through supplications or Litanies to call forth the support of the saints, and with David to lift up their eyes unto the Mountains, trusting with firm hope that thence would they receive aid.

1. Prompted by their example, and, as is piously believed, by the Holy Ghost, the inspired Blessed founder of the Order of Friars Preachers, (whose institutes and rule we ourselves expressly professed when we were in minor orders), in circumstances similar to those in which we now find ourselves, when parts of France and of Italy were unhappily troubled by the heresy of the Albegenses, which blinded so many of the worldly that they were raging most savagely against the priests of the Lord and the clergy, raised his eyes up unto heaven, unto that mountain of the Glorious Virgin Mary, loving Mother of God. For she by her seed has crushed the head of the twisted serpent, and has alone destroyed all heresies, and by the blessed fruit of her womb has saved a world condemned by the fall of our first parent. From her, without human hand, was that stone cut, which, struck by wood, poured forth the abundantly flowing waters of graces. And so Dominic looked to that simple way of praying and beseeching God, accessible to all and wholly pious, which is called the Rosary, or Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in which the same most Blessed Virgin is venerated by the angelic greeting repeated one hundred and fifty times, that is, according to the number of the Davidic Psalter, and by the Lord's Prayer with each decade. Interposed with these prayers are certain meditations showing forth the entire life of Our Lord Jesus Christ, thus completing the method of prayer devised by the by the Fathers of the Holy Roman Church. This same method St. Dominic propagated, and it was, spread by the ??? Friars of Blessed Dominic, namely, of the aforementioned Order, and accepted by not a few of the people. Christ's faithful, inflamed by these prayers, began immediately to be changed into new men. The darkness of heresy began to be dispelled, and the light of the Catholic Faith to be revealed. Sodalities for this form of prayer began to be instituted in many places by the Friars of the same Order, legitimately deputed to this work by their Superiors, and confreres began to be enrolled together.

2. Following the example of our predecessors, seeing that the Church militant, which God has placed in our hands, in these our times is tossed this way and that by so many heresies, and is grievously troubled troubled and afflicted by so many wars, and by the deprave morals of men, we also raise our eyes, weeping but full of hope, unto that same mountain, whence every aid comes forth, and we encourage and admonish each member of Christ's faithful to do likewise in the Lord.

Given at Rome at St. Peter's, under the Fisherman's ring, 17 September 1569, in the fourth year of our Pontificate.


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