71 – ‘Your Holiness, we offer you this spiritual treasure: 3,525 rosaries’ – there are certain restorationist groups, they go back to practices that I lived through, but not now…

What joy for a mother to receive a flower form her little child! Her joy would surely be greater if her little one did not just offer her one rose, but a beautiful bouquet. What joy would be hers if, on a very special day all her children were to decorate the house with more than 175 thousand flowers?

This is what the Rosary is like, this offering that we Catholics give daily to the Virgin Mary, to praise her and to confide to her intercession all our necessities, while meditating on the life of Jesus under Her guidance and as She did. Moreover, when we esteem someone and want heaven to favor them, we put them in our intentions for many Rosaries, and we offer them a spiritual bouquet, as a sign of our affection in the Lord.

When Francis assumed the pontificate, he received, as is to be expected, messages of congratulation from all over the Catholic world. A group, attending to the constant request of the Bishop of Rome to pray for him, sent him a spiritual treasure of 3,525 Rosaries. However, he didn’t seem to like it much… When this became known, it caused perplexity… and not without good reason, – for the fact of diminishing the significance of this devout practice makes us stop to think…. What degree of importance does Pope Francis attach to a prayer that he himself has recommended on several occasions? Does he consider praying the Rosary to be a valuable help on the supernatural level, as Catholic doctrine shows?

We know of the privileges, and above all, of the efficacy linked to this practice for centuries. The repetition of the Hail Mary, the basis of the Rosary, promotes a greater understanding of the mysteries of the life of Christ in our souls as we pray. The Church does not see in this repetition a pre-Conciliar custom, but rather, considers it an immortal and fervent manifestation of love.
To those who think that praying many Rosaries is an exaggeration, and that diminishing its frequency is in order, we recall the saying of Lacordaire: ‘Love has but one word, and, in saying that forever, it is never repeated.

Francis

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I share with you two concerns. One is the Pelagian current present in the Church at this moment. There are certain restorationist groups. I know some, I had to receive them in Buenos Aires. And one feels that it is like going back 60 years! Before the Council… It feels like1940… An anecdote, just to illustrate this, it is not to laugh at it, I took it with respect, but it worries me; when I was elected, I received a letter from one of these groups, and they said to me: ‘Your Holiness, we offer you this spiritual treasure: 3,525 rosaries’. Why don’t they say, ‘we prayed for you, we ask…’, but this countingAnd these groups go back to practices and to disciplines that I lived through – not you, because none of you are old – to disciplines, to things that at that moment we lived, but not now, today they are no longer… (Dialogue with CLAR officials, June 6, 2013English)

Teachings of the Magisterium

Table of Contents

I – Pray without ceasing: a characteristic of souls pleasing to God
II – The Popes praise and encourage the constancy of the faithful in the recitation of the Rosary
III – Devotions inspired by God are never out-of-date


I – Pray without ceasing: a characteristic of souls pleasing to God


Sacred Scripture
– Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night?
– Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you
– It is the will of God that we pray without ceasing

Pius IX
– How many times the Rosary be said, so much more sure will be the protection of the Virgin

Benedict XVI
– God thirsts for our prayer – It is necessary to remember God more often than one breathes

John Paul II
– A Pope’s desire that we never cease to pray
– In the Church there is an enormous need for insistent prayer

John XXIII
– A priest must be much more careful than others to obey the command of Christ: You must always pray

Leo XIII
– Pray with perseverance and without intermission – do not for any cause whatsoever cease from the duty of prayer
– The true Christian often has the Rosary in his hands

Saint Alphonsus de Liguori
– Prayer: a violence which is delightful and dear to God

Saint John of the Cross
– If they would spend at least one half their time in prayer they would do more, and with less trouble

Saint Ambrose of Milan
– We ought so much the more to pray, as we more frequently sin

Saint John Chrysostom
– God does not despises petitions – He tires when you are silent


II – The Popes praise and encourage the constancy of the faithful in the recitation of the Rosary


Benedict XVI
– The Holy Rosary, a prayer of meditation: in repeating the Hail Mary we reflect on the Mystery
– This cadent repetition of the Hail Mary does not disturb inner silence, but indeed both demands and nourishes it

John Paul II
– With the tranquil succession of Hail Marys, the Rosary has a peaceful effect on those who pray it

Paul VI
– The Rosary: compendium of the entire Gospel
– Without the Rosary, the family would lack its very character as a domestic Church

John XXIII
– The Rosary is a very commendable form of prayer and meditation

Pius XII
– The recitation of identical formulas repeated so many times infuses confidence in him who prays

Pius XI
– Those who wander from the path of truth consider this devotion merely an annoying formula repeated

Benedict XV
– The Roman Pontiffs have let pass no occasion of commending the Rosary


III – Devotions inspired by God are never out-of-date


John Paul II
– I encourage you in the other exercises of devotion that you have lovingly preserved for centuries
– The Rosary: great significance at the dawn of the third millennium – Destined to bring forth a harvest of holiness – Like Christianity itself, it has lost none of the freshness of its beginnings

Leo XIII
– The need to beseech the Virgin Mother again and again to aid sinners – the daily Rosary: custom that ought to be preserved

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)
– May the cult of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the practices of piety recommended by the Magisterium during centuries be generously fostered

Pius XI
– No benefit for society will be obtained by putting aside the methods consecrated by Christian wisdom and the vast experience of centuries

Benedict XV
– Modernists develop a keen dislike for all private exercises of piety


I – Pray without ceasing: a characteristic of souls pleasing to God


Sacred Scripture

Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night?
Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you
It is the will of God that we pray without ceasing

Pius IX

How many times the Rosary be said, so much more sure will be the protection of the Virgin

Benedict XVI

God thirsts for our prayer - It is necessary to remember God more often than one breathes

John Paul II

A Pope’s desire that we never cease to pray
In the Church there is an enormous need for insistent prayer

John XXIII

A priest must be much more careful than others to obey the Christ’s command: You must always pray

Leo XIII

Pray with perseverance and without intermission – do not for any cause whatsoever cease from the duty of prayer
The true Christian often has the Rosary in his hands

Saint Alphonsus de Liguori

Prayer: a violence which is delightful and dear to God

Saint John of the Cross

If they would spend at least one half their time in prayer they would do more, and with less trouble

Saint Ambrose of Milan

We ought so much the more to pray, as we more frequently sin

Saint John Chrysostom

God does not despises petitions - He tires when you are silent

II – The Popes praise and encourage the constancy of the faithful in the recitation of the Rosary


Benedict XVI

The Holy Rosary, a prayer of meditation: in repeating the Hail Mary we reflect on the Mystery
This cadent repetition of the Hail Mary does not disturb inner silence, but indeed both demands and nourishes it

John Paul II

With the tranquil succession of Hail Marys, the Rosary has a peaceful effect on those who pray it

Paul VI

The Rosary: ‘compendium of the entire Gospel’
Without the Rosary, the family would lack its very character as a domestic Church

John XXIII

The Rosary: a very commendable form of prayer and meditation

Pius XII

The recitation of identical formulas repeated so many times infuses confidence in him who prays

Pius XI

Those who wander from the path of truth consider this devotion merely an annoying formula repeated

Benedict XV

The Roman Pontiffs have let pass no occasion of commending the Rosary

III – Devotions inspired by God are never out-of-date


John Paul II

I encourage you in the exercises of devotion that you have lovingly preserved for centuries
The Rosary: great significance at the dawn of the third millennium - Destined to bring forth a harvest of holiness – Like Christianity itself, it has lost none of the freshness of its beginnings

Leo XIII

The need to beseech the Virgin Mother again and again to aid sinners - the daily Rosary: custom that ought to be preserved

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

May the cult of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the practices of piety recommended by the Magisterium during centuries be generously fostered

Pius XI

No benefit for society will be obtained by putting aside the methods consecrated by Christian wisdom and the vast experience of centuries

Benedict XV

Modernists develop a keen dislike for all private exercises of piety

 

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