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The Luminous Mysteries and Why You Should Dump Them

Luminous Mysteries

On October 16, 2002, Pope St. John Paul II issued his Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae, that is “The Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary”. In it, he proposed a recommended new set of mysteries to be meditated on when praying the Rosary.

Those mysteries were the Luminous Mysteries. Composed of The Baptism in the Jordan, the Wedding of Canaa, the Proclamation of the Kingdom of Heaven, the Transfiguration, and the Institution of the Eucharist.

The problem with the Luminous mysteries is simply that they aren’t a requirement, but a recommendation. However, if you look at just about any Catholic pamphlet on the Rosary, they automatically include the Luminous mysteries, as if it was a new Dogma.

Upon issuing the document Pope St. John Paul II states:

Of the many mysteries of Christ’s life, only a few are indicated by the Rosary in the form that has become generally established with the seal of the Church’s approval. The selection was determined by the origin of the prayer, which was based on the number 150, the number of the Psalms in the Psalter.

I believe, however, that to bring out fully the Christological depth of the Rosary it would be suitable to make an addition to the traditional pattern which, while left to the freedom of individuals and communities, could broaden it to include the mysteries of Christ’s public ministry between his Baptism and his Passion. In the course of those mysteries we contemplate important aspects of the person of Christ as the definitive revelation of God. Declared the beloved Son of the Father at the Baptism in the Jordan, Christ is the one who announces the coming of the Kingdom, bears witness to it in his works and proclaims its demands. It is during the years of his public ministry thatthe mystery of Christ is most evidently a mystery of light: “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world” (Jn 9:5).

Consequently, for the Rosary to become more fully a “compendium of the Gospel”, it is fitting to add, following reflection on the Incarnation and the hidden life of Christ (the joyful mysteries) and before focusing on the sufferings of his Passion (the sorrowful mysteries) and the triumph of his Resurrection (the glorious mysteries), a meditation on certain particularly significant moments in his public ministry (the mysteries of light). This addition of these new mysteries, without prejudice to any essential aspect of the prayer’s traditional format, is meant to give it fresh life and to enkindle renewed interest in the Rosary’s place within Christian spirituality as a true doorway to the depths of the Heart of Christ, ocean of joy and of light, of suffering and of glory. – Rosarium Virginis Mariae 19

Pope St. John Paul II rightly gives some history on the Rosary, but not quite enough. It is true that it was based off of the 150 Psalms, but when you pray a “full” Rosary, you pray a total of 150 Hail Mary’s. Hence the name “Mary’s Psalter”.

What Pope St. John Paul II doesn’t mention is how the Rosary was given to Blessed Alan and St. Dominic. It was given by Mary herself. Why would he want to change it? Is Our Mother’s judgment not good enough? If these mysteries were to be included, wouldn’t Our Heavenly Mother have given them to Blessed Alan and St. Dominic?

I will admit, I once prayed them every Thursday. But after realizing that in the hierarchy of the spiritual life, we have the Trinitarian God first, the Blessed Mother second and finally all other holy individuals third.

God let his (daughter/mother/wife) give the Rosary to these holy men. Had this gone against His wishes, He would have prevented it, and in her humility would have obeyed.

There  are also 15 graces tied with a daily recitation of 5 decades of the Rosary. These 15 graces were given to us by Mary herself. Seeing as she only gave us the Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious mysteries, it would make logical sense that the 15 graces are only tied with those mysteries. One grace for each mystery.

The other issue is that Pope St. John Paul II alludes that the Rosary is stale. He hints at this by his assessment that adding these decades would breathe “fresh life” into the practice.

A better way to breathe “fresh life” is to emphasize how wonderful the Rosary is and how much better your faith will be for it. Get people to pray the Rosary out of love for Jesus, Mary and the Church. Its a very modernist tactic to suggest that what Mary gave us is no longer good.

Benedictine Rosary

If you like the Luminous mysteries, go a head and pray them, but I suggest you pray the other three sets of mysteries prior to doing so.

Pray the Rosary daily. Satan hates it and he loses when you do.

Jeff May 30, 2014 59 Comments Permalink

St. Anthony’s Intercession and the Rosary

The other night when it was time to pray the Rosary with my wife, I reached into my pocket only to discover that my Rosary was not in there! I could not remember taking it out and had no clue where it was.

I quickly remembered that I should pray to St. Anthony as this is my favorite Rosary having the St. Benedict medal and the St. Benedict crucifix. I said a quick prayer “Please, St. Anthony, help me find my Rosary.” I went to the office looked over at my desk and next to my mouse and keyboard, was my Rosary. Immediately, I prayed “Thank you St. Anthony for helping me.” I’ve actually misplaced another favorite Rosary of mine a few months ago and have yet to find it. So, I tackled on to my thanks the request “If you could please help me in finding this other Rosary, I’d be super happy, but, it doesn’t have to be now, but over time.”

I went upstairs to pray the Rosary with my wife in the bedroom and about halfway through, I noticed my “man box” on top of my dresser. I felt called to it and I just couldn’t resist and had to get up, mid-Rosary while reciting the Hail Mary’s, and started opening up all the little drawers on it. Much to my disappointment, the Rosary I was looking for was not in there. I turned around to head back to my bed and noticed the drawers on my side table.

Immediately and without hesitation, I walked over to the side table and opened the bottom drawer. Nothing at all in there. Opened the middle drawer, shoveled some papers around, and there it was in its little pouch! Immediately I thanked St. Anthony again for interceding for me. I hadn’t seen this Rosary in some time and proceeded to open up the pouch and pour the Rosary onto the bed.

A surge of memories came flooding through of why I loved the Rosary so much and how much Our Lady of Fatima had inspired me to start praying the Rosary, even as someone who knew nothing about Catholicism. This Rosary has blue beads with bits of green on it, and to me makes it appear to be the Earth. Our Lady of Fatima talked about how we can pray for people in the world and through our prayers can help them convert.

St. Anthony is a great saint to pray to when you have misplaced or lost something. The Rosary is a powerful devotion that can help combat heresy and give you numerous graces.

Jeff April 25, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink

The Two Best Catholic Devotions

It is becoming more and more obvious to me, that Catholics have it very lucky. We have many devotionals, prayers, etc, that we can use to help us to attain a relationship with God and allow us to tap into His mercy and His life-saving grace. To me, if you were to choose two, and only two of these, the choices would be obvious. The Rosary and the Holy Scriptures.

The Rosary was given to us by Our Holy Mother herself. She even promised that those who have a devotion to her Rosary and pray it daily would receive 15 Graces for doing such. The best (in my opinion) grace is the ability to spot heresy. Heresy is rampant in today’s world, but being able to see it and call it out for what it is is a tremendous blessing and grace in and of itself. The Rosary in its entirety is 15 Decades long. There is nothing wrong with praying only 5 decades a day, but if you can work yourself up to 15, that is great and graces will pour down upon you.

The Bible is the word of God. When you read the Scriptures, especially the Gospels, you will know Jesus Christ. You will know His teachings and the way He thinks. You will also learn why Holy Mother Church does what she does. I would suggest reading for 15 minutes a day if you can (if you read for 30 minutes you can get a plenary indulgence). St. Jerome once wisely said “ignorance of scripture, is ignorance of Christ”. This is very wise words of wisdom.

If you do not know what Jesus has said in the Scriptures, then you will not know what His teachings are. A good Catholic bible would be Douay-Rheims, a RSVCE, or even a New American Bible. Do not use the King James Version or any Protestant bible. The KJV and all Protestant bibles have books removed from them, so they are not complete. They will also intentionally translate verses incorrectly in order to fit their point of view as well as their beliefs.

Your Catholic faith will grow tremendously by doing these two devotions, praying the Rosary and reading Scripture daily.

Jeff March 18, 2014 1 Comment Permalink

Bishop Olson Suppresses Traditional Latin Mass

Over at Rorate Caeli, they have the sad story that apparently the newly installed Bishop Olson of the Diocese of Fort Worth Texas has BANNED the Extraordinary Form of the Mass to be said on the chapel of Fisher College.

Unfortunately for Bishop Olson, he has no right to do this. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI wrote in Summorum Ponficum, that the Bishop of a diocese can not ban or permit the Extraordinary Form of the Mass to be said. This is the law of the land.

This just goes to show that there is an attack for those who hold to the traditions of our faith.

Bishop Olson in the letter states that they “do not have permission” (which is too bad for him, but he doesn’t have to give it to them in order for them to celebrate it) to celebrate the Extraordinary Form any day of the week, as a nearby church already has it (huh, I’m pretty sure every other parish in the diocese celebrates the Ordinary Form regularly…). He also states that they may only celebrate the Ordinary Form. Finally, if they do not comply, Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament will be removed and they will not be allowed to celebrate Mass at all, or have Eucharistic Adoration.

Bishop Olson even went as far as to say that he was doing this “pastorally” out of concern for the students of Fisher college and the President of the college Mr. Michael King’s soul. Reading this, you can tell that Bishop Olson feels that the Extraordinary Form, that is, the Mass that has been said for how many centuries within the Catholic Church, is dangerous to their souls. The same Mass that produced how many saints?!?

After seeing what is currently going on with the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, it comes as no surprise that this is going on, and I expect it will get worse if that is the case. We are living in odd times. Times in which a Bishop who is in charge of the care of the souls in his diocese, will withhold Jesus from Catholics who truly love Him, for celebrating the Form of the Mass that is most reverent to Him. Sickening.

If there is a reason for doing this, the Bishop should have stated it, but he doesn’t. He’s a bully and a coward (my own thoughts).

I suggest first and foremost you pray and fast. I also suggest sharing this story (whether it be mine or the original from Rorate) with all of those you know who care. Have them pray and fast as well. Finally, it might be worth it to either email or mail the Bishop’s office. I also think it might be worth it to pass it along to Rome.

Pray the Rosary daily, and entrust this issue into the hands of our dear Mother Mary.

Jeff March 2, 2014 3 Comments Permalink

Friday Penance and Catholic Identity

About a year ago, the USCCB issued a statement that would help American Catholics to rediscover their Catholic identity in the public square.

It has been a year since this has been issued and I have heard that it has been renewed for 2014. Regardless, this is something that even if it isn’t renewed, we should be practicing.

Our Catholic identity is an important aspect of our faith. If we proclaim to believe something, we should practice that. Here are 5 items that the USCCB would like for us as Catholics to rekindle.

A Friday in Lent
  1. Starting with the Sunday after Christmas (Feast of the Holy Family) and continuing on or near the last Sunday of every month through Christ the King Sunday, November 2013, cathedrals and parishes are encouraged to hold a Eucharistic Holy Hour for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty.
  2. Families and individuals are encouraged to pray a daily Rosary, especially for the preservation of Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty in the nation.
  3. At Sunday and daily Masses, it is encouraged that the Prayers of the Faithful include specific intentions for respect for all human life from conception to natural death, the strengthening of marriage and family life, and the preservation of religious liberty at all levels of government, both at home and abroad.
  4. Abstinence from meat and fasting on Fridays are encouraged for the intention of the protection of Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty, recognizing the importance of spiritual and bodily sacrifice in the life of the Church.
  5. The celebration of a second Fortnight for Freedom at the end of June and the beginning of July 2013 is being planned. This Fortnight would emphasize faith and marriage in a particular way in the face of the potential Supreme Court rulings during this time. The Fortnight would also emphasize the need for conscience protection in light of the August 1, 2013 deadline for religious organizations to comply with the HHS mandate, as well as religious freedom concerns in other areas, such as immigration, adoption, and humanitarian services.

As Catholics, we truly believe in the physical presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. We should spend time in Adoration with Him. The Rosary is a powerful prayer against evil. It also comes with 15 Graces as promised by Our Mother. And most importantly, we should abstain from meat and fast on Fridays. This was never outdone by Vatican 2. We were just given the option of what we wanted to abstain from.

It would be nice if the USCCB would make this mandatory as opposed to encouraged, but, I digress…

If you’ve already had meat today, give up something else, and start again next Friday.

Jeff December 13, 2013 1 Comment Permalink

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