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Catholic Devotion: Pray the Rosary for the Souls at Risk (The Da Vinci Code)
myself | 5/10/2006 | Pyro7480

Posted on 05/10/2006 5:22:21 PM PDT by Pyro7480

Here's something that all Catholics can do in the days before the the release of the Da Vinci Code movie. Pray the Rosary, with the intention that all those who are thinking about seeing the movie avoid doing so, so their souls may not be put at risk. If you say the Rosary daily, add this intention to those that you already have. If you can, pray the Rosary every day, during the nine days left before the release of the movie. Continue to pray the Rosary during the run of the movie in the theaters.

No matter what you think what should be done in response to the movie, this is a powerful action we can all take.


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Whether it's five decade a day, fifteen decades a day, or even just a decade during the course of the day, pray the Rosary for these souls!

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!
Mary, Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for us!
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!

Great Historical Victories of the Rosary (I know, it's a SSPX site, but the article was written by a Dominican)

1 posted on 05/10/2006 5:22:26 PM PDT by Pyro7480
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To: Siobhan; Canticle_of_Deborah; broadsword; NYer; Salvation; sandyeggo; american colleen; ...

Catholic ping!


2 posted on 05/10/2006 5:23:11 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (Sancte Joseph, terror daemonum, ora pro nobis!)
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To: Pyro7480

Good idea. Churches should have adoration and benediction the day the movie starts.


3 posted on 05/10/2006 5:32:28 PM PDT by Nihil Obstat ( the world doesn't have a prayer without yours)
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To: Pyro7480

Will do!!


4 posted on 05/10/2006 5:37:34 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience. T)
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To: Pyro7480

Just a thought....

Matthew 6:5-8

And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him.


6 posted on 05/10/2006 5:41:33 PM PDT by Hodar (With Rights, come Responsibilities. Don't assume one, without assuming the other.)
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To: Pyro7480

I went to see United 93 and there were trailers for the Da Vinci Code. I didn't read the book, am not going to read it, and not going to see the movie.

My Question: Has anyone read the book and is the movie (essentially a crazy spy thriller nonsense stupid story) the same basic script as the book?

The trailers were some of the most stupid things I have ever seen and anyone who would believe any of that trash would have to be a dope.


7 posted on 05/10/2006 5:44:17 PM PDT by putupjob
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To: Hodar
< looks around >

I don't see anybody praying in public here. Do you?

Or do you object to a call to unite in prayer for a special intention?

If that is the case, do you object to the frequent prayer threads on FR?

8 posted on 05/10/2006 5:45:27 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: Hodar

The Lord's point is that we should pray with the right intention. It's not just about the location.


9 posted on 05/10/2006 5:48:53 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (Sancte Joseph, terror daemonum, ora pro nobis!)
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To: Pyro7480

will do


10 posted on 05/10/2006 5:52:38 PM PDT by Talking_Mouse (Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just... Thomas Jefferson)
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To: anniegetyourgun

Ping! This ought'a git yur gun.


11 posted on 05/10/2006 5:53:23 PM PDT by dhuffman@awod.com (The conspiracy of ignorance masquerades as common sense.)
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Pray the Rosary, with the intention that all those who are thinking about seeing the movie avoid doing so, so their souls may not be put at risk.

According to freeper Sandyeggo, her pastor at St. Ephrem's Maronite Catholic Church, Fr. Nabil, believes that many souls will be lost as a result of this book. Thank you, Pyro, for an excellent suggestion. Our Blessed Mother hears our prayers and intercedes with her Son.

Thanks, Nyer! Wow, what a great suggestion. Thanks, Pyro. I'm on board. I'm sure each of us knows at least a few people who are being tricked by the (fiction) 'novel' and movie. And sandyeggo, what a blessing you have, and have shared with us!, to have such a holy Pastor.

12 posted on 05/10/2006 6:03:32 PM PDT by fortunecookie
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To: Pyro7480
The Lord's point is that we should pray with the right intention. It's not just about the location

I agree, intent is the purpose of prayer. I do not understand the Rosary portion. My intent is not to offend; but this seems counter to the instruction given in Matthew, in that it is a repetition, and not a soul-searching request to God. That is why I prefaced my post with the word 'Consider'.

13 posted on 05/10/2006 6:05:44 PM PDT by Hodar (With Rights, come Responsibilities. Don't assume one, without assuming the other.)
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To: Pyro7480

God can take it and use it to His will. There will be people who see it who are drawn to the faith. Just mho.


14 posted on 05/10/2006 6:07:06 PM PDT by Mercat (It's still Easter and we are the Easter people.)
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To: Hodar

If that is so, why did Our Lord repeat the same prayer in the garden the night before His Passion and Death?


15 posted on 05/10/2006 6:09:22 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (Sancte Joseph, terror daemonum, ora pro nobis!)
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To: putupjob
It's hard to completely avoid the trailers, especially on TV.

My Question: Has anyone read the book and is the movie (essentially a crazy spy thriller nonsense stupid story) the same basic script as the book? The trailers were some of the most stupid things I have ever seen and anyone who would believe any of that trash would have to be a dope.

I haven't read it. Many of the people I know who've read it, and loved it, are Catholics, and quite a few of them are Catholic school teachers. Some give it as gifts, others encourage their students to read it. And they believe it as truth, finally freed up for us all. Sigh. My pastor (a temp, filling in) has stopped short of forbidding it and has made it known he is opposed to it, but few have paid attention to him on that.

I'm told (I haven't read it, just excerpts) that the movie is true to the book. I don't know about everyone here, but far too many people I know love it, and think it true, even when confronted with the point that it was written as fiction. Curiously many of these same folks are big Potter fans.

16 posted on 05/10/2006 6:13:47 PM PDT by fortunecookie
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To: fortunecookie

Thanks for the basic review. I know a number of people who have read the book. I'm sure its entertaining reading. The entire premise is silly. A conspiracy? Mighty big conspiracy kept way too tight for way too long. Entertaining, perhaps. Silly, certainly.


17 posted on 05/10/2006 6:20:47 PM PDT by putupjob
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Or, you may want to consider praying in public, as a group.

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18 posted on 05/10/2006 6:23:09 PM PDT by Coleus (RU-486 Kills babies and their mothers, Bush can stop this as Clinton started it through exec. order)
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To: Coleus

'Souls at risk' is a point O'Reilly couldn't grasp in todays radio show.


19 posted on 05/10/2006 6:26:28 PM PDT by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: MHGinTN

What exactly was he talking about, and did he have a guest on?


20 posted on 05/10/2006 6:28:06 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (Sancte Joseph, terror daemonum, ora pro nobis!)
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To: Hodar

This is a devotional thread. You might want to ask the questions on a discussion thread, where you will get more response. Religious Moderator asked us to treat devotional threads that are marked devotional like being at church.


21 posted on 05/10/2006 6:30:20 PM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Pyro7480

A Lady caller tried to get him to see that hollywood promoting heresy as a credible thought provoking movie was an endangerment to those struggling with their faith, as in new Christians and those in search of a knowledge of Christ. The Lady was quite articulate but Bill handled her too casually, even dismissively.


22 posted on 05/10/2006 6:31:43 PM PDT by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: Pyro7480

There are some reparation prayers that would be good, too:

Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I bless You, I praise You, I glorify You, I magnify You, I adore You profoundly and I humbly raise my Spirit before you as I offer my prayer.

Lord, I offer you all the Love and the Praise and the Glory that You should have received from me, but because of my sinfulness, I have denied it to You.

Lord I offer you all the Love and the Praise and the Glory that you should have received from the human race since the time of Adam and Eve, but because of our sinfulness, we have denied it to You. I confess the sins of humanity and I am very sorry for them, Lord have Mercy on us.

Lord I offer you all the Love and the Praise and the Glory that you should have received from your Spiritual Creation which failed you through Lucifer and all the fallen spirits and angels and that has been denied to you.

I desire to do justice to You who are Justice and I offer you my life, united to the merits of your Holy Incarnate Word our Lord Jesus, His passion and His death, His precious body, blood, soul and divinity as reparation.

I also offer you the perfections, the virtues, the sorrows and the merits of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
I offer you the merits of all the Patriarchs, the Prophets, the Apostles, the Martyrs, the Saints and those who have done Your Will through out the ages.

Blessed Mother Mary, with all the Heavenly Angels and Saints, and with all creation let us give Adoration, Honour, Praise and Glory to our God, forever and ever Amen.

"Golden Arrow"

(This prayer is said to have been revealed by Jesus Himself to a Carmelite Nun of Tours in 1843 as a reparation for blasphemy. "This Golden Arrow will wound My Heart delightfully," He said, "and heal the wounds inflicted by blasphemy.")

May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable, most mysterious and unutterable Name of God be always praised, blessed, loved, adored and glorified in heaven on earth and under the earth, by all the creatures of God, and by the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ in the most Holy Sacrament of the altar. 1

Imprimatur - T. J. Toolen, Archbishop of Mobile-Birm.

Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, animated with a desire to repair the outrages unceasingly offered to Thee, we prostrate before Thy throne of mercy, and in the name of all mankind, pledge our love and fidelity to Thee.

The more Thy mysteries are blasphemed, the more firmly we shall believe them, O Sacred Heart of Jesus!

The more impiety endeavors to extinguish our hope of immortality, the more we shall trust in Thy Heart, sole Hope of mankind!

The more hearts resist Thy Divine attractions, the more we shall love Thee, O infinitely amiable Heart of Jesus!

The more unbelief attacks Thy Divinity, the more humbly and profoundly we shall adore It, O Divine Heart of Jesus!

The more Thy holy laws are transgressed and ignored, the more we shall delight to observe them, O most holy Heart of Jesus!

The more Thy Sacraments are despised and abandoned, the more frequently we shall receive them with love and reverence, O most generous Heart of Jesus!

The more the imitation of Thy virtues is neglected and forgotten, the more we shall endeavor to practice them, O Heart, model of every virtue!

The more the devil labors to destroy souls, the more we shall be inflamed with desire to save them, O Heart of Jesus, zealous Lover of souls!

The more sin and impurity destroy the image of God in man, the more we shall try by purity of life to be a living temple of the Holy Spirit, O Heart of Jesus!

The more Thy Holy Church is despised, the more we shall endeavor to be her faithful children, O Sweet Heart of Jesus!

The more Thy Vicar on earth is persecuted, the more will we honor him as the infallible head of Thy Holy Church, show our fidelity and pray for him, O kingly Heart of Jesus!

O Sacred Heart, through Thy powerful grace, may we become Thy apostles in the midst of a corrupted world, and be Thy crown in the kingdom of Heaven. Amen. 2

Nihil Obstat - John J. Clifford, S.J. Censor Liborum
Imprimatur - + Samuel A. Stritch, December 17, 1943 Archbishop of Chicago.

Praise to the Blessed Virgin Mary in Reparation for Blasphemy

Though the Virgin Mary is not God, she too is often insulted by unbelievers, and even by some who claim to love God! We Catholics cannot understand how someone could claim to love Jesus and not love the Mother He Himself loved so much. Yet since some people do just that, we, her children, might like to express our love for her to "make up" (so to speak) for the abuse and slander she endures. Since Jesus loves her so, He could only be pleased with the love we have for her. We love Mary for Jesus' sake, because He first loved her and gave her to us as our Mother.

Mary, my Immaculate Mother, I desire to offer you reparation for the offenses which your Immaculate Heart receives from the horrible blasphemies which are uttered against you. I offer you these praises to console you for so many ungrateful children who so not love you, and to console the Heart of your Divine Son Who is so deeply offended by the insults offered to you.

Receive, my Purest mother, this little act of homage. Make me love you more each day and look with pity on those blasphemers that they may not delay to cast themselves into your maternal arms. Amen.

V. Grant that I may praise you, O Holy Virgin.
R. Give me strength against your enemies.

Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary Most Holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be her Immaculate Heart.
Blessed be her Virginal Purity.
Blessed be her Divine Maternity.
Blessed be her Universal Mediation.
Blessed be her sorrows and her tears.
Blessed be the graces with which the Lord crowned her Queen of Heaven and Earth.

Glory be to Mary, Daughter of the Father,
Glory be to Mary, Mother of the Son,
Glory be to Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit.

My Mother, I love you for those who do not love you; I praise you for those who blaspheme you; I surrender myself to you for those who will not recognize you as their Mother.

(Repeat the portion in bold type five times)


And of course the prayers taught to the children at Fatima:

Pardon Prayer
My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love You. I implore Your pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love You. Amen.

Angel's Prayer
Most Holy Trinity - Father, Son, Holy Spirit - I adore You profoundly and offer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the earth, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifference by which He Himself is offended. And by the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and those of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of You the conversion of poor sinners. Amen.

Sacrifice Prayer
O my Jesus, it is for love of you and in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary and for the conversion of poor sinners.

Penance Prayer
O My Jesus, I offer this for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.


23 posted on 05/10/2006 6:35:19 PM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Pyro7480
If that is so, why did Our Lord repeat the same prayer in the garden the night before His Passion and Death?

Where did you get that from? My sources say:

Luke 22:39-53
39 He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. 40When he reached the place, he said to them, ‘Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.’* 41Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, 42‘Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.’ [[ 43Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength. 44In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground.]]* 45When he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping because of grief, 46and he said to them, ‘Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not come into the time of trial.’* 47 While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him; 48but Jesus said to him, ‘Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man?’ 49When those who were around him saw what was coming, they asked, ‘Lord, should we strike with the sword?’ 50Then one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. 51But Jesus said, ‘No more of this!’ And he touched his ear and healed him. 52Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple police, and the elders who had come for him, ‘Have you come out with swords and clubs as if I were a bandit? 53When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness!’

24 posted on 05/10/2006 6:35:57 PM PDT by Hodar (With Rights, come Responsibilities. Don't assume one, without assuming the other.)
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To: putupjob
LOL, my review is very basic indeed. It almost seems to me, from the little I've read, and the lot I've heard about from a good friend, that Brown has taken a number of major heresies, and an old legend, and woven them all together as some giant conspiracy theory that he, oh lucky us, has put together and gathered the courage to finally unfold for us all. (oh yeah, with sarcasm) Oh, but his editor or publisher thought of it as fiction. He apparently did not object to that, a fact my friend conveniently explains as done for Brown's safety. She gets mad when I chuckle at that. We can't really civilly discuss it anymore.

It almost might be an entertaining movie on it's own, but for me, it's been ruined by my friends who insist it's truth (Catholics, educators, moms) and why won't I acknowledge that? Then there's Ron Howard's insistence on painting Opus Dei as some demonic fiendish group, and his refusal to issue a disclaimer.

As a straight up fictional movie intended for entertainment, it might just be entertaining. I don't know. But, LOL, if I somehow see it, and I won't add to the opening weekend box office numbers, I agree, there will be some fun in the laughing at the silly parts.

25 posted on 05/10/2006 6:40:59 PM PDT by fortunecookie
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To: Hodar
Then Jesus came with them into a country place which is called Gethsemani; and he said to his disciples: Sit you here, till I go yonder and pray. And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to grow sorrowful and to be sad. Then he saith to them: My soul is sorrowful even unto death: stay you here, and watch with me. And going a little further, he fell upon his face, praying, and saying: My Father, if it be possible, let this chalice pass from me. Nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. And he cometh to his disciples, and findeth them asleep, and he saith to Peter: What? Could you not watch one hour with me? Watch ye, and pray that ye enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh weak. Again the second time, he went and prayed, saying: My Father, if this chalice may not pass away, but I must drink it, thy will be done. And he cometh again and findeth them sleeping: for their eyes were heavy. And leaving them, he went again: and he prayed the third time, saying the selfsame word.
-Matthew 26: 36-44
26 posted on 05/10/2006 6:41:53 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (Sancte Joseph, terror daemonum, ora pro nobis!)
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To: Hodar

The Rosary repetitions are not meaningless rote, they are devotional, and the Rosary also is about reflecting and meditating on the various Mysteries, and the fruit of each Mystery. For example, traditionally on Monday one says the Joyful Mysteries; the first being the Annunciation-
The angel said to Mary, "You shall conceive and bear a son and give him the name of Jesus. And he will be called Son of the Most High." Luke 1:31-32
The second is the Visitation, then the Birth of Jesus, the Presentation (in the Temple), and Finding the Child Jesus in the Temple. The respective Fruits being Humility, Love of Neighbor, Poverty, Obedience, and Joy in finding Jesus.
What a wonderful way to pray :)


28 posted on 05/10/2006 7:32:01 PM PDT by visualops (America... www.visualops.com ...is not just a job site.)
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To: visualops

I fail to see any scriptual references to any of these. These appear to be manufactured 'mysteries'; not biblical, but an effigy derived from the bible. Isn't the purpose of the Rosary a means of 'keeping score' on how many times you have repeated a set prayer? Again, I see nothing regarding this in the Old or New Testament.

Consider: Mark 7:7 - Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men.


29 posted on 05/10/2006 7:46:43 PM PDT by Hodar (With Rights, come Responsibilities. Don't assume one, without assuming the other.)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

Thank you, these will be good, bookmarking.


30 posted on 05/10/2006 7:49:21 PM PDT by fortunecookie
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To: Hodar
Isn't the purpose of the Rosary a means of 'keeping score' on how many times you have repeated a set prayer?

No, it helps you keep track of where you are. Total, there are (in the original version) 150 Hail Mary's in the full Rosary, one for each Psalm. One of the origins of the Rosary is the uneducated substituting one prayer (the Our Father or a Hail Mary, for example) for each Psalm.

31 posted on 05/10/2006 7:50:29 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (Sancte Joseph, terror daemonum, ora pro nobis!)
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To: Hodar

Revelation 4:8 (New International Version)

8Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come."

Vain repetitions?

No one else on the park and ride bus route knows what I'm doing for that 30 minutes. Most people sleep anyway.


32 posted on 05/10/2006 7:52:10 PM PDT by Jaded (does it really need a sarcasm tag?)
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To: putupjob; All
I'm not sure if Mark Steyn is Christian (or Catholic) though he seems to be Christian, but he is a great conservative writer who has a bit to say on the subject, a review of sorts in this FR thread: Mark Steyn: The Da Vinci Code: bad writing for Biblical illiterates. Enjoy!
33 posted on 05/10/2006 7:54:13 PM PDT by fortunecookie
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To: Jaded

With regard to Rev. 4:8, is that a prayer, or is that adoration? It is not a prayer, it is a statement of adoration and devotion. This is not a prayer.

I think we would both agree that prayer is a private thing. If you pray quietly, or 'in secret' you can do so on a crowded bus. Unless I am gravely mistaken, I take that verse to mean that we should not be braggarts, standing in public, announcing to the world about how pious we are.


34 posted on 05/10/2006 8:02:25 PM PDT by Hodar (With Rights, come Responsibilities. Don't assume one, without assuming the other.)
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To: Pyro7480
No, it helps you keep track of where you are. Total, there are (in the original version) 150 Hail Mary's in the full Rosary, one for each Psalm. One of the origins of the Rosary is the uneducated substituting one prayer (the Our Father or a Hail Mary, for example) for each Psalm.

Again, where did this originate from? I see nothing in the Old or the New Testaments regarding repeating a set prayer in order to obtain blessings or forgiveness. In fact, I have already indicated that Matthew expressly forbade repeating the same prayer over and over.
May I direct your attention to:
Matthew 15: 2-9
Col. 2:22
Mark 7:7-13: "But in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctines the commandments of men."

35 posted on 05/10/2006 8:07:46 PM PDT by Hodar (With Rights, come Responsibilities. Don't assume one, without assuming the other.)
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To: NYer

Funny, but I started softly plain chanting it in the car this week.


36 posted on 05/10/2006 8:10:05 PM PDT by Domestic Church (AMDG...)
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To: Hodar

I understand your questions. However, I must say, this thread is not the place to do it. It is marked as a devotional thread.


37 posted on 05/10/2006 8:10:51 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (Sancte Joseph, terror daemonum, ora pro nobis!)
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To: Pyro7480; Knitting A Conundrum

Sorry, I didn't realize that this was not a discussional thread, but that this was a Devotional thread. No offense was intended, and I do hope none was received.


38 posted on 05/10/2006 8:19:12 PM PDT by Hodar (With Rights, come Responsibilities. Don't assume one, without assuming the other.)
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To: Hodar

No offense on my end. God bless you.


39 posted on 05/10/2006 8:21:26 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (Sancte Joseph, terror daemonum, ora pro nobis!)
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To: Hodar

True enough. We shouldn't be standing on street corners shouting so others can see how pious we are.

OTOH, I think rallying the troops for a united prayer is a great thing. It's been done here before. During the run up to the last presidential election people signed up for an hour of prayer/devotion to do each day. The point was to make sure there was non-stop prayer from a focused group.


40 posted on 05/10/2006 8:44:50 PM PDT by Jaded (does it really need a sarcasm tag?)
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To: Hodar
Please reflect on the words of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.

It is objected that there is much repetition in the Rosary inasmuch as the Lord’s Prayer and the Hail Mary are said so often: therefore it is monotonous. That reminds me of a woman who came to see me one evening after instructions. She said, “I would never become a Catholic. You say the same words in the Rosary over and over again, and anyone who repeats the same words is never sincere. I would never believe anyone who repeated his words, and neither would God.” I asked her who the man was with her. She said he was her fiancé. I asked: “Does he love you?” “Certainly, he does.” “But how do you know?” “He told me.” “What did he say?” “He said: ‘I love you.” “When did he tell you last?” “About an hour ago.” “Did he tell you before?” “Yes, last night.” “What did he say?” “I love you.” “But never before?” “He tells me every night.” I said: “Do not believe him. He is repeating; he is not sincere.”

The beautiful truth is that there is no repetition in “I love you.” Because there is a new moment of time, another point in space, the words do not mean the same as they did at another time or space. A Mother says to her son: “You are a good boy.” She may have said it ten thousand times before, but each time it means something different; the whole personality goes out to it anew, as a new historical circumstance summons forth a new outburst of affection. Love is never monotonous in the uniformity of its expression. The mind is infinitely variable in its language, but the heart is not. The heart of a man, in the face of the woman he loves, is too poor to translate the infinity of his affection into a different word. So the heart takes one expression, “I love you”, and in saying it over and over again, it never repeats. . . .(emphasis added)

That is what we do when we say the Rosary – we are saying to God, the Trinity, to the Incarnate Savior, to the Blessed Mother: “I love you, I love you, I love you.” Each time it means something different because, at each decade, our mind is moving to a new demonstration of the Savior’s love: for example, from the mystery of His Love that willed to become one of us in His Incarnation, to the other mystery of love when He suffered for us, and on to the other mystery of His love when He intercedes for us before the Heavenly Father.

Fulton J. Sheen, The World's First Love pp. 207-208

41 posted on 05/10/2006 8:57:15 PM PDT by PanzerKardinal
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To: PanzerKardinal

That's great. I love it. ;-)


42 posted on 05/10/2006 9:04:50 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (Sancte Joseph, terror daemonum, ora pro nobis!)
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To: NYer; pyro
According to freeper Sandyeggo, her pastor at St. Ephrem's Maronite Catholic Church, Fr. Nabil, believes that many souls will be lost as a result of this book. Thank you, Pyro, for an excellent suggestion. Our Blessed Mother hears our prayers and intercedes with her Son.

According to Reductio, whose baby was baptised by this same Fr. Nabil mere weeks ago, would claim that Fr. Nabil would without a doubt state that many souls will be saved by the effects of the recitation of the Holy Rosary; there is much to hope for, so thank you for an excellent suggestion Pyro and God bless Fr. Nabil, a most excellent Maronite priest.

43 posted on 05/10/2006 9:10:45 PM PDT by reductio
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To: reductio

Ah, I think you pinged the wrong person. My full screen name is Pyro7480.


44 posted on 05/10/2006 9:30:27 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (Sancte Joseph, terror daemonum, ora pro nobis!)
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To: Pyro7480

Good idea! Thanks!


45 posted on 05/10/2006 10:33:09 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Pyro7480

Close enough.


46 posted on 05/10/2006 10:53:13 PM PDT by reductio
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To: Pyro7480

Great idea.

The stupid movie won't have an effect on fervent souls, but those who are wavering in their faith will be effected.


47 posted on 05/11/2006 3:40:38 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: fortunecookie; kstewskis; Victoria Delsoul; NYer; Raquel; Kelly_2000
As a former Catholic teacher, I am stunned that there are Catholic teachers out there promoting this book.

They are obviously oblivious to what the church is truly all about.

These people seem to be lost souls. Unbelievable.

And to give it as gifts to students really shows that they are in absolute ignorance of the Church and her history. These people need to go back to school.

They do need our prayers, and perhaps a rosary as well.

48 posted on 05/11/2006 3:59:18 AM PDT by Northern Yankee ( Stay The Course!)
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To: Pyro7480

I'm having a Senior Moment. What's the release date for this again?


49 posted on 05/11/2006 4:15:32 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Dump the 1967 Outer Space Treaty! I'll weigh 50% less on Mars!)
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To: Tax-chick

Next Friday, May 19th.


50 posted on 05/11/2006 5:32:30 AM PDT by Pyro7480 (Sancte Joseph, terror daemonum, ora pro nobis!)
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