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June 22nd, 2014

Why Recite The Rosary?

Why recite the Rosary

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This PDF contains some excerpts taken from the book entitled “The Secret of the Rosary” by St. Louis Marie De Montfort. Hopefully they will help all the readers to understand the power and importance of reciting the Rosary faithfully every day.

1. Saint Dominic’s advice to recite the Rosary

There was a certain pious but self-willed lady who lived in Rome during the time of Saint Dominic. She was so devout and so fervent that she put to shame by her holy life even the strictest religious in the Church.

Having decided to ask Saint Dominic’s advice about her spiritual life, she asked him to hear her confession. For her penance, he gave her one whole Rosary to say, and advised her to say it every day. She said that she had no time to say it, excusing herself on the grounds that she made the Stations of Rome every day, that she wore sack-cloth and also a hair shirt, that she gave herself the discipline several times a week, that she carried out so many other penances and fasted so much. Saint Dominic urged her over and over again to take his advice and say the Rosary, but she would not hear of it. She left the confessional horrified at the tactics of this new spiritual director who had tried so hard to persuade her to take on a devotion that was not at all to her liking.

Later on when she was in prayer, she fell into ecstasy and had a vision of her soul appearing before Our Lord’s Judgment Seat. Saint Michael put all her penances and other prayers onto one balance of the scales, and all her sins and imperfections onto the other. The tray of her good works was greatly outweighed by that of her sins and imperfections.

Filled with terror, she cried for mercy, imploring the help of the Blessed Virgin, her glorious Advocate, who took the one and only Rosary that she had said for her penance and dropped it onto the tray of her good works. The one Rosary was so heavy that it weighed more than all her sins as well as all her good works. Our Lady then reproved her for having refused to follow the counsel of Her servant Dominic, and for not saying the Rosary every day.

As soon as she came to herself, she rushed and threw herself at the feet of Saint Dominic and told him all that had happened, begged his forgiveness for her unbelief, and promised to say the Rosary faithfully every day. By this means, she rose to Christian perfection, and finally to the glory of everlasting life.

2. Saint Gertrude’s vision

One day, Saint Gertrude had a vision of Our Lord counting gold coins. She summoned the courage to ask Him what He was doing. He answered: “I am counting the Hail Mary’s that you have said; this is the money with which you can pay your way to Heaven.”

3. Blessed Alan de la Roche explains her experience

Blessed Alan de la Roche says that a nun who had always had a great devotion to the Holy Rosary appeared after death to one of her sisters in religion, and said to her: “If I were allowed to go back into my body to have the chance of saying just one single Hail Mary — even if I said it quickly and without great fervor — I would gladly go through the suffering that I had during my last illness all over again in order to gain the merit of this prayer.” This is all the more compelling because she had been bedridden and had suffered agonizing pains for several years before she died.

There are so many incidents more. Download and read the PDF we have attached at the beginning of this article. Ave Maria!!!

May 19th, 2014

Catechism Of The Catholic Church PDF

Catechism Of The Catholic Church PDF Download

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I am sure you might have heard about Catechism Of The Catholic Church, called CCC in short. Do you know what CCC really is? What are the contents of Catechism Of The Catholic Church? Who wrote all the contents of this large Catechism book of the Catholic Church? Please read on.

Short History of Catechism Of The Catholic Church (CCC)

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (or CCC) is a catechism promulgated for the Catholic Church by Pope John Paul II in 1992. The decision to publish a catechism was taken at the Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops that was convened by Pope John Paul II on 25 January 1985 for the 20th anniversary of the close of the Second Vatican Council, and in 1986, put a commission composed of 12 bishops and cardinals in charge of the project. The commission was assisted by a seven member committee including diocesan bishops and experts in theology and catechesis.

The text was approved by John Paul II on 25 June 1992, and promulgated by him on 11 October 1992, the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, with his apostolic constitution, Fidei depositum. Cardinal Georges Cottier, Theologian emeritus of the Pontifical Household and now Cardinal-Deacon of Santi Domenico e Sisto the University Church of the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum was influential in drafting the encyclical.

About the Book CCC

When the first American edition of the Catechism came out, it was an unexpected national bestseller. Why? Maybe it was because this book, is an age filled with doubts, teaches with authority. It isn’t an interpretation of what Catholics believe; it is what Catholics believe. Here in one volume is the whole teaching of the Church, undiluted and uncompromised. These teachings are eternal. But the Catechism itself is up-to-the minute.

From animal experimentation to unemployment, it addresses all the most pressing moral questions of the modern world. The index is a masterpiece in itself, nearly 50 pages of carefully organized references that make it easy to find the Catechism’s treatment of any subject. The second edition has been revised in accordance with the official Latin text. It also adds a helpful glossary.

In PDF format, Catechism Of The Catholic Church contains 1425 pages. A more simplified version of CCC was later published which is known as YouCat, a much more simplified version especially for the catholic youth.

May 10th, 2014

Youcat PDF Download

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Have you ever heard of YOUCAT? It’s the dream of a youth catechism. In short, it is just the simplified version of Catechism of the Catholic Church book, especially made for the youth.

History of Youcat

In 2005 a simple compilation of the complete “catechism of the Catholic Church” was presented in Vienna. Pope John Paul II. had ordered an edition of the complete catechism to become a central teaching book of religion.

During the press conference a lady raised the issue that this compilation of the catechism wasn’t really suited to attract young people – they needed another slightly different version: a “cool” youth catechism. Brilliant idea! But who should create such a catechism? It couldn’t be thought up in an office. They had to find young Catholics who would be keen to join the project.

A group of authors – priests and laymen – were ready to sketch a basic text on the basis of the “catechism of the Catholic Church”. During two summer sessions they worked together with 50 dedicated young people between 15 and 25. They could ask questions and also protest against things they did not understand. The group came up with lot’s of things ranging from the name “YOUCAT” itself to the contribution of their own photos and the idea of adding cartoons. YOUCAT really became a book by young people for young people and their own gift to the Church.

Pope Benedict XVI. himself supported the project from its very beginning. He personally added a very moving foreword in which he encouraged the young believers to make this manual to religion really to their own book.

Youcat Contents

YOUCAT is full of quotations, references and explanations that help the reader to understand the statements of the Church. The numbers at the end of many explanatory texts point to questions on related topics in YOUCAT. Looking up one after another reveals the versatility and complexity of the Catholic faith. It becomes clear how the different questions are linked to one another.

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The primary and fundamental design element is the Y, which consists of small crosses, originating from a workshop of young people who participated in the YOUCAT. Each person painted their favorite cross on a large screen. The result is a collage, which became the basis of design.

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Download the free Youcat PDF full version from the link at the beginning of this article. You can see the simplicity of the content as compared to CCC, Catechism of the Catholic Church. Youcat is even described as the only book you need other than the Bible. Start reading it, you will soon see why.

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