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8 Sacramentals For You To Use

Sacramentals are very powerful items that can be used to help us with our faith. As the Concise Catholic Dictionary states that sacramentals are:

Certain pious practices or objects blessed by the Church. The blessing is attached that these may serve to increase the devotion of the faithful. Scapulars, holy water, etc, are widely used sacramentals.

Sacramentals

As sacramentals are beneficial to all of the faithful, I would like to leave you with a list of various sacramentals that are at your disposal.

Holy Water: Water in which salt has been mixed and which is exorcised or blessed by a priest. The holy water is a means of grace, a sacramental to promote the spiritual welfare of the faithful; it is one of the most frequently used sacramentals in Church and home.

When we bless ourselves with holy water, we are reminded of our baptismal vows. Holy water is also effective at keeping evil away from the home, assuming the family lives a holy life.

Medal: Disk or piece of metal on which has been impressed an emblem or picture representing a particular devotion or object of veneration. Medals are sacramentals of the Church.

As a couple of examples of medals, I will use the Holy Family and Guardian Angel medals as examples. The Holy Family is the image that each Catholic family strives to achieve. They are the role models for each family. Each and every person has a Guardian Angel, and it is important to remember how they watch over us. Additionally, at the moment of marriage, a husband and wife are given an extra Guardian Angel to watch over their marriage and their family.

Rosary: The chain and numerous beads which form a chaplet or endless chain for reciting prayers in a given sequence. The name applied to the prayer consisting of fifteen decades of “Hail Marys,” each decade having an “Our Father” preceding and a “Glory be to the Father” following. This chaplet usually has in addition three small beads for the “Hail Marys” and one bead for the “Our Father” which precede the prayer and to this short chain there is generally attached a crucifix. Mysteries are contemplated during the saying of each decade, which mysteries are the five joyful, the five sorrowful, and the five glorious.

Scapular: (1) A dresslike garment covering the shoulders and descending front and back, usually open at the sides, worn as an external part over the habit of certain monks. (2) The most common scapulars of today are made of two small squares of woolen cloth about two inches wide which are joined by two strings so that one small square may rest upon the back and the other on the breast when placed over one’s head; there are eighteen small scapulars now used among Catholics and they may be of various colors.

Scapular Medal: A small medallion of metal with a representation of our Lord and His Sacred Heart on one side and that of the Blessed Virgin on the other which is permitted to be worn instead of the small cloth scapular.

Blessed Salt: Common salt which is exorcised and blessed and used in administering Baptism and in the blessing of holy water.

Crucifixes: A representation of the cross of crucifixion together with the figure of Christ. The crucifix differs from the cross in that it has affixed to it the body or corpus or a representation of Christ.

Candles: A cylindrical wax stick or taper with a wick in the center used for illumination. Candles used in the church for liturgical purposes are of pure wax for the greater part and white in color except in Masses for the dead when they may be of yellow wax. The rubrics prescribe the usage of a specified number to be lighted during various ceremonies.

Jeff November 11, 2015 Leave A Comment 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

Don’t Make Medals of Living People

If you are Catholic, you know that you can get many different sacramental medals of various Saints and Blesseds. This is a good way to help spread devotion to a particular Saint.

Generally, each medal has the Saint’s or Blessed’s name on it, and underneath it, the words “Pray For Us”. The great thing about this, is we ask the Saint to intercede for us, by taking our petitions before God.

However, on Facebook, someone posted that there is a new medal, one of Pope Francis. I did some more researching and apparently they have one for Pope Benedict XVI as well.

francis medal Benedict Medal

These medals are highly inappropriate. Both Popes Francis and Benedict are still alive. They are not dead, nor can they intercede for us like the Saints that have gone before us can. When we wear say, a St. Therese of Lisieux or St. Dominic medal with the “Pray For Us” inscription, as we know for sure that those Saints are indeed in Heaven, they will know that we are wearing their medals and thus will be able to intercede and pray for us.

Popes Francis and Benedict can not.

It is in poor taste and rather silly to make these medals. When they pass from this life and go to their eternal reward (after making whatever amends they need to in Purgatory first, of course), then it would be appropriate to make these medals.

I as a human being living on this Earth, have no clue if you are wearing my medal or not, thus I can not intercede for you, unless you come to me directly and ask me to pray for you. Thus, the medal is not going to do anything. It would be best not to even make them.

While Popes Francis and/or Benedict are alive, don’t buy them, don’t wear them, don’t use them. If you go to a Catholic store that happens to sell these, talk to the manager and explain why they shouldn’t have them. They are not Saints yet, so they should not be treated as such. We all are sinners and have their own struggles and sins. It is uncharitable to assume or act otherwise.

Since these two Popes have not yet passed, we should be praying for them. This way, they have the graces necessary to lead a holy life here on Earth and will be able to pass their particular judgment. Pray for Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict.

When they pass away, it would be one thing to have the medal, but living people should not have their own medals asking for their intercession.

Jeff March 10, 2014 2 Comments Permalink

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