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[CATHOLIC CAUCUS] On the Rosary
Papal Encyclicals Online ^ | 9-29-37 | POPE PIUS Xl

Posted on 09/29/2010 4:16:01 PM PDT by mlizzy

Pope Pius XIIngravescentibus Malis -- Encyclical of Pope Pius XI on the Rosary, 9-29-37

To the Venerable Brethren, Patriarchs, Primates, Archbishops, Bishops, and other Ordinaries in Peace and Communion with the Holy See.

More than once have We asserted -- and We recently repeated this in the Encyclical Letter Divini Redemptoris (Acta Ap. Sedis, 1937, Vol. XXIX, p. 65) -- that there is no remedy for the ever-growing evils of our times except a return to Our Lord Jesus Christ and to His most holy precepts. Truly, only He "hath the words of eternal life" (Cf. John, vi, 69), and individuals and society can only fall into immediate and miserable ruin if they ignore the majesty of God and repudiate His Law.

2. However, anyone who studies with diligence the records of the Catholic Church will easily recognize that the true patronage of the Virgin Mother of God is linked with all the annals of the Christian name. When, in fact, errors everywhere diffused were bent upon rending the seamless robe of the Church and upon throwing the Catholic world into confusion, our fathers turned with confident soul to her "alone who destroys all heresies in the world" (Roman Breviary), and the victory won through her brought the return of tranquillity.

3. When the impious Mohammedan power, trusting in its powerful fleet and war-hardened armies, threatened the peoples of Europe with ruin and slavery, then -- upon the suggestion of the Sovereign Pontiff -- the protection of the heavenly Mother was fervently implored and the enemy was defeated and his ships sunk. Thus the Faithful of every age, both in public misfortune and in private need, turn in supplication to Mary, the benignant, so that she may come to their aid and grant help and remedy against sorrows of body and soul. And never was her most powerful aid hoped for in vain by those who besought it with pious and trustful prayer.

4. But also in our day, dangers no less grave than in the past beset civil and religious society. In fact, because the supreme and eternal authority of God, which commands and forbids, is despised and completely repudiated by men, the result is that the consciousness of Christian duty is weakened, and that faith becomes tepid in souls or entirely lost, and his afterward affects and ruins the very basis of human society.

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Skulls RosaryFR ROBB'S ALL SKULL BEAD ROSARY

This first rosary was especially designed for Father Robb's at his request. He loves to show it to the children at our local Catholic school (they love it!) and it gives him a chance to talk about the teachings of the church in 3 parts (Those on Earth - Militant, in Purgatory - Penitent and in Heaven - Triumphant). The skulls are crushed bone mixed with resin, cast in a skull mold, then antiqued.

This rosary is well out of our financial reach, but I absolutely love it too. What do you think? Would it remind you to pray for the Holy Souls? Link.

h/t Fr. Mark Kirby.
21 posted on 10/02/2010 1:34:36 PM PDT by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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