Friday, April 29, 2011

Catholic Therapy

1. How do I know which books or tapes are right for me?
If you are new to Dr. Baars and Dr. Terruwe's work, Born Only Once is a good place to start. Suzanne Baars tape set, "Made In His Image" is also a good place to start. If you would like an in-depth discussion of Emotional Deprivation Disorder, please read Healing the Unaffirmed. For questions and answers about the emotional life, Feeling and Healing Your Emotions is written in an easy to understand fashion. See our book description page for further information.

2. Which book should I start with?
Born Only Once is a good, concise little book on affirmation and an excellent place to start. Suzanne Baars' tape set, "Made In His Image" is also a good place to start for an overall understanding of her father's work.

3. I don't like to read. Is there a tape that's right for me?
Born Only Once is on audiotape and can be purchased through Living His Life Abundantly®, International, Inc. It is ID #: AC1291 or through Suzanne Baars. "Made In His Image" by Suzanne Baars is also on audiotape. There are some other helpful tapes available. Please see our Tape and CD page as well as our order form for titles. Some audio and video tapes can be ordered through Living His Life Abundantly International, Inc. See also our page on audio tapes from Moments of Truth Live and The Abundant Life.

4. Why were Dr. Baars' and Dr. Terruwe's books revised and updated?

In the United States, the standard for works in psychology/psychiatry/counseling is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR, American Psychiatric Association, 2000). Books written in the mental health field need to be in a compatible format. Dr. Baars works were written to a 1968 DSM-II standard. Standards have changed greatly since then. If the books were reprinted with the old terminology, deprivation neurosis (Emotional Deprivation Disorder) would not be accepted into the DSM. In addition, terms such as “neurosis” are no longer accepted by the American Psychiatric Association as diagnostic terms, therefore, “deprivation neurosis” and "obsessive-compulsive neurosis" are obsolete terms. The books needed revision in this very important area of diagnostic terminology.


1. Where can I find a therapist who practices this way?
There are a limited number of therapists who understand Dr. Terruwe and Dr. Baars' work and put it into practice. If you would like to find out if there is a therapist near you that we can recommend, please send an email to with the area of the country you live in and we will let you know if there is a therapist in your area.

2. Why doesn't my therapist know about this therapy?
There are many theories in the world of psychology today. Since this therapy incorporates the spiritual aspect of the human person, it is not in the mainstream of psychology today. We pray that with the advent of the Internet and the republication of a number of Dr. Baars' and Dr. Terruwe's books in the English language, more therapists will come to know and embrace the truths found in this therapy.

3. Is phone or Internet therapy okay for Emotional Deprivation Disorder?
It is important for someone with Emotional Deprivation Disorder to be able to have a face-to-face relationship with a therapist or an affirming person. It is important for an unaffirmed person to be able to see his or her goodness reflected in the eyes, facial expression and body language of that person. Unfortunately, that's not possible through phone or Internet therapy. It's best to try to find a face-to-face relationship whenever possible.

4. How can I introduce my therapist to this information?
Introducing a therapist to Dr. Terruwe and Dr. Baars' work through books and tapes can be quite helpful in a therapeutic relationship. Not all therapists will have time to read the books and listen to the tapes, however. It is important to have a warm, caring and understanding therapist who can see your goodness and reveal it to you.

5. There isn't an affirmation therapist in my area. What should I look for in a therapist?
Look for a therapist who is warm, caring, and understanding and has a good understanding of the healthy emotional life. See our page on Affirmation Therapy.

6. I'm a Christian. Do I need a Christian therapist?
It's important to have a good, comfortable relationship with your therapist. It's also very important to have someone who can understand the spiritual aspect of your life. If your therapist practices a different religion than you do, it is important to try to have a priest, minister or spiritual director of your faith tradition to help you with issues that involve religion or God. It's not always possible to receive important and necessary information for healing from someone who doesn't understand your faith background. Even though is not essential that your therapist be Christian, it's very helpful.

7. Does the person who affirms me have to be a therapist?

No, it is not necessary that the person who affirms an unaffirmed person is a therapist. It can be a pastor, priest, spiritual director, special relative or friend that God places in one's life. It is important that an unaffirmed person have a therapeutic relationship though.

8. How long can one expect to be in affirmation therapy?

That depends on how affirmed or unaffirmed a person is. Everyone is different and comes to therapy with different backgrounds, different parents, different family and living situations, different friends, etc. In therapy, because individuals grow through developmental stages that they missed in life, it takes longer than many other therapies and takes patience and understanding on the part of the therapist. The affirmation therapist is not looking for quick fixes to an immediate problem. The therapist is looking for life-long healing and wholeness. For persons with Emotional Deprivation Disorder, treatment can take a number of years.


1. Is affirmation the same as saying "affirmations" to yourself?
No, it isn't. Affirmation is the emotional strengthening of another person. It is essentially unconditional love and acceptance of another person. It is being receptive to another person's goodness in an affective manner and revealing that person's goodness back to him or her.

Repeating "affirmations" can be a way of trying to convince one's intellect that one is good and worthwhile. A person needs to feel good and worthwhile on an emotional level, however and that must be revealed through another person.

2. I'm unaffirmed. What do I do now?
It's important to become affirmed by someone else, whether that person is a therapist or another caring person. First, it's good to find a therapeutic relationship that you are comfortable with. Second, it's very helpful to read Dr. Baars and Dr. Terruwe's books and listen to the available tapes. It is important to learn to live more affectively as opposed to effectively. In other words, it's important to "be" more and "do" less.

Born Only Once is a very helpful book to read to learn to live this way. As a person learns to live more affectively, he or she naturally becomes more open and receptive to affirmation when it comes into his or her life through another person.

3. I know someone who I believe is unaffirmed. How can I help this person?
Be there for this unaffirmed person. Let them see their goodness and worth through your eyes, facial expression and body language. Read Born Only Once and Healing the Unaffirmed if you have not already done so. These books have some excellent information on helping unaffirmed persons.

4. I'm an older adult. Is it too late for me to become affirmed?
It's never too late to be affirmed by another person. One can help the process by learning to live "the affirming life."

5. Can I affirm my child too much?
You cannot affirm someone too much. You can overindulge or spoil a child through giving the child too many "things" or allowing the child to manipulative, but you can never give too much "authentic" affirmation. Affirmation is about receiving the goodness of another into your heart and revealing it to that person through your eyes, facial expression, and body language, etc. It's "being there" for another person. See our page on Affirmation Therapy.

6. I have not been able to affirm my children. How can I help them now?
Learn to live the affirming life. Find a good, warm, caring and understanding therapist. (Marriage and family therapy is a good idea, too!) Read the different Baars & Terruwe books, listen to the different tapes and understand what it is to have a healthy emotional life. Take time to learn to "be." A good idea is to read Born Only Once if you haven't already done so. Find out what "denial" is (the opposite of affirmation) so that you can avoid denying your children and others. As you become affirmed, you will be able to be affirming to them.

7. What is self-affirmation?
It is an attempt to affirm oneself by trying to prove to others that one is good and worthwhile. It may be in the form of striving for success, fame or power. It is an unhealthy process which is discussed in Feeling and Healing Your Emotions, Healing the Unaffirmed and Born Only Once. Please see these books for more information.

8. How do I learn to live the affirming life?

The topic of learning to live the affirming life is a very profound one and one that cannot be adequately answered in such a small space. It's learning to "be present to everything in creation" and it's learning how to live more quietly and unhurriedly. Most importantly it's learning to "be." Born Only Once is very helpful in understanding this important concept of how to live the affirming life. Feeling and Healing Your Emotions and Healing the Unaffirmed are good follow-up books.

Suzanne M. Baars, M.A.

1. How will I know if Suzanne Baars will be talking in my area?
We have an email information and announcement list that you can sign up to receive current information. We also have email discussion groups which you can join. We post information on those lists. We also will post information on this website.

2. How can I find out when Suzanne Baars will be on television again?
You can sign up for our email information and announcement list. We try to keep current information on upcoming conferences and television appearances there. We also will post information on this website. You can also check the website for Living His Life Abundantly® International, Inc.

3. How can I invite Suzanne Baars to talk in my area?
Contact her through her office in Dallas or email her at

In His Image Christian Counseling Service, 3213 N. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 202, Irving, Texas 75062.


1. "It is not body or spirit, but body and spirit, interacting by means of intellect and emotions (psyche), which enable us to love God." (Baars)

Questions about Symptoms and Disorders

1. How do I deal with my anger?
Anger is a very difficult subject to write briefly about. Feeling and Healing Your Emotions is a good resource to find an in-depth discussion. The tapes on "anger" and "premature forgiveness" by Dr. Baars are also very helpful. It's important to realize that the emotion of anger is a good and necessary emotion. It plays a very important role in our lives.

2. What is Emotional Deprivation Disorder?
Emotional Deprivation Disorder is a syndrome that results from a lack of authentic affirmation in early life. Read our page on Emotional Deprivation Disorder.

3. Is it okay to diagnose myself?

It's always best to have a therapist make a diagnosis of an emotional disorder. Many people recognize themselves in Dr. Baars and Dr. Terruwe's books, however, it's important to have an objective person who can look at the whole picture.

4. I have OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder). What can I do to help myself?

It's important to find a warm, caring and understanding therapist, preferably one who understands Dr. Terruwe's and Dr. Baars' therapy for repressive disorders. It's also important to read and understand the concepts in Psychic Wholeness and Healing and Feeling and Healing Your Emotions. There are a number of tapes that are helpful also, especially the "Affirmation and Psychic Incarnation" self-help tapes by Dr. Conrad W. Baars. One must learn about the emotional life and that all emotions are good and necessary to one's psychological health and wholeness.

Information for Therapists

1. I'm a therapist. How can I learn how to practice this way?
For a therapist to be an effective Affirmation Therapist, he or she must be an affirmed and mature person. He or she must also know and understand the concepts presented in the different books and on the tapes by Dr. Anna Terruwe, Dr. Conrad Baars and Suzanne Baars. These concepts include the healthy emotional life, emotional deprivation disorder, affirmation therapy, repressive disorders including fear-based repression, energy-based repression and obsessive-compulsive repression, rational guidance of one's emotions and mortification therapy of sexual obsessions and compulsions. One must also learn about and live "the affirming life."

Please email for further information.

2. Can I become certified in this therapy?
At this time we do not have a way to certify therapists in Affirmation Therapy. We hope that we will be able to do so in the future. We also hope to have regular conferences for therapists in the future.

3. What books are most important to read?
All the books are important to read and understand. Each book contributes valuable information to the whole picture. Psychic Wholeness and Healing has important information about the human person's "normal" psychology and information about repressive disorders and their treatment. Healing the Unaffirmed has an extensive discussion on Emotional Deprivation Disorder and proper therapy for unaffirmed persons. Both of these books are very important for the therapist to read and understand.

If you are unfamiliar with Dr. Terruwe's and Dr. Baars' work, Suzanne Baars' tape set "Made In His Image" is a good overview. Born Only Once is an excellent starting book for clients or patients to read to begin their path to psychological wholeness.

See the book description page for more complete information on the other books, especially Born Only Once, Feeling and Healing Your Emotions and The Unquiet Heart.

Dr. Conrad Baars also made a number of audiocassettes which are helpful for both therapist and client or patient. These tapes include:

"Affirmation & Psychic [Psychological] Incarnation: For Emotionally & Spiritually Troubled People" (3 tape set)

"Fear is Useless - What is Needed is Trust"/"Don't Look at the Waves - Look at Jesus"

"Speak Lord - An Aid to Meditation"/"Be Still - An Aid to Contemplation"

"Premature Forgiving - When to Forgive and How"/"Healing Prayer for Psychic [Psychological] Wholeness"

These books and tapes are available through Michael Baars on the order form page.

4. How can I connect with other therapists who either know this therapy or are learning it?

We have created a therapist discussion list so we will have a forum for therapists to discuss Dr. Baars and Dr. Terruwe's work. If you would like an invitation to join, please send an email to or contact Bonnie Shayne (We ask that only mental health professionals and students apply so that this can be a clinical discussion list. Thank you for understanding. If you are not a therapist, please join one of our other email discussion groups.)

Saturday, April 23, 2011


Padre Pio's obedience must, of course, be read in the light of St. Thomas Aquinas's:

"It is written: 'We ought to obey God rather than men.[Acts 5:29].' Now sometimes the things commanded by superiors [including popes] are against God. Therefore, superiors are not to be obeyed in all things."

-This was the last letter Padre Pio ever wrote. I am sure Padre Pio would say the same thing Lucia said, "He who is not with the Pope is not with God." Or Faustina who was told by Christ, "The devil can imitate humility but he cannot imitate obedience."

-Padre Pio's holiness is so extraordinary that it might even be frightening. He is the Simon of Cyrene of this century. His stigmata are the proof, but also his very long days in the confessional. And then his nights dedicated to penance, prayer, struggles with the devil. This is his mysticism of expiation.

I have considered Padre Pio's legacy all my life, as he was one of the two reasons for my coming back to the Catholic Church - the other being Fatima.

His love of the Mass, his love of confessions, his suffering and the stigmata, his many miracles, his constant conversations with the angels, his prayers and love of the souls in Purgatory, his spiritual direction, his very proof of God in the middle of two world wars by atheists who were out to prove there is no God, all these things are legacies of Padre Pio.

But the greatest legacy is his obedience to his superior, and to Rome at a time when many very conservative and traditional Catholics were attacking the Holy Father for the changes in the Church.

Falsely accused of disrupting the Mass, Padre Pio was ordered by the Holy Father to say Mass privately in his room and without a single objection he did so for six years. His superior trying to hold down the crowds to his daily Mass ordered them said at 4:00 AM and Padre Pio never even asked why.

At a time when the world was attacking Pope Paul VI for the changes to the Mass, Padre supported him with a letter dated 12 September 1968, just 11 days before Padre Pio died on 23 September. This is that letter by Padre Pio to Pope Paul VI:

"I well understand what profound afflictions you carry in your heart these days for the lot of the Church, for world peace, for the many necessities of the people, but above all for the lack of spirit of obedience of a certain number of Catholics as to the enlightened teachings that you, assisted by the Holy Spirit, and in the name of God, have given us.

Permit me, as your humble spiritual son, to offer you my daily prayer and suffering, imploring God to comfort you with His grace in order that you may go forward, in your straight and arduous path, in the defense of those eternal truths that remain unaltered with the changing times.

I thank you also, in the name of my spiritual children and 'Prayer Groups' for the clear and decided words you have given us in Humanae Vitae and I reaffirm my faith, my unconditional obedience to your illuminated instructions.

May Our Lord concede the triumph of the truth, peace to His Church, tranquility of heart to all the people, health and prosperity to Your Holiness, in order that with the passing of these clouds the Kingdom of God may triumph in all hearts through your apostolic work as Supreme Pastor of all Christianity."

This was the last letter Padre Pio ever wrote. I am sure Padre Pio would say the same thing Lucia said, "He who is not with the Pope is not with God." Or Faustina who was told by Christ, "The devil can imitate humility but he cannot imitate obedience."

I am making a special point about Padre Pio on obedience to the Holy Father because of his love of Fatima, and in Fatima we find Jacinta praying at the well and there seeing the Holy Father being attacked by his own people and later again seeing a vision of the Holy Father suffering the attacks of his own Church. In the secret of Fatima, we again see a vision of him being attacked by his own and in fact killed. I will not be one of those attacking my vicar for any reason whatsoever. Even here in Fatima I live next door to a Sedevicantist, a very nice man, he never lies and truly believes what he preaches. Nevertheless, he has left the Church believing he knows more than the Church itself. Like the Holy Father does to Protestants and Jews, I will treat him with love and kindness in order to keep open a dialogue where by can bring him back to the faith. My love for him is the very thing that he and others hate about the Holy Father and his love for those who have left the Church.

The Shrine of San Giovanni Rotondo

When I went to San Giovanni Rotondo to ask the superior about some claims people made about the good Padre, I arrived late in the day. Out front was a priest who spoke English and I asked, "Father, I have not been to Mass yet, is there a Mass yet today that I can attend." I was somewhat irritated that he did not answer me but just smiled and motioned to go inside. Inside there was continuous Masses going on in his chapel, in the main church, and below on both sides of his tomb. It was off season so the 30 or 40 confessionals had only about 20 priests hearing confessions. I stayed three weeks.

Padre Pio of Pietrelcina is among the most loved saints throughout the world. The Shrine of San Giovanni Rotondo in southern Italy, where Padre Pio lived, receives over 6 million pilgrims a year. It is now third in terms of visits by the faithful, after the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico and the Vatican.

"What is the secret of so much admiration and love for this new saint?" the Holy Father asked. "Above all, he is a 'friar of the people,' a traditional characteristic of Capuchins. Moreover, he is a holy miracle-worker, as proved by the extraordinary events that filled his life. However, above all, he was a religious who was sincerely in love with the crucified Christ."

"In the course of his life he participated in the mystery of the cross, including physically," the Pope said.

Karol Wojtyla, the future John Paul II, visited the friar in 1947, and went to confession to him in San Giovanni Rotondo where Padre Pio told him, "You will someday be the Pope."

Padre Pio followed this path "in profound communion with the Church," the Pontiff clarified. "He was not hindered in this filial obedience by momentary misunderstandings with one or another ecclesial authority."
In fact, Padre Pio endured investigations and restrictions in the exercise of his priestly ministry, imposed by the Holy Office, because of false accusations by people who were resentful of his extraordinary impact on others.

In particular, the Holy Father proposed the new saint as a model for every priest, singling out Padre Pio's Mass! "The Holy Mass was the heart and source of his all spirituality," John Paul II emphasized. "St. Pio of Pietrelcina appears before all of us -- priests, religious and laity -- as a credible witness of Christ and his Gospel," the Pope continued. "His example and intercession encouraged every one to live with an ever greater love for God and in concrete solidarity with one's neighbor, especially the neediest."

"Padre Pio's proposal for the man of our times, disoriented by materialism and secularization, is holiness," said Father Raniero Cantalamessa who, like the friar of Pietrelcina, is a Capuchin religious. "With his example, Padre Pio wishes to tell us that holiness is a way that is also accessible today. "

Padre Pio's holiness is so extraordinary that it might even be frightening. He is the Simon of Cyrene of this century. His stigmata are the proof, but also his very long days in the confessional. And then his nights dedicated to penance, prayer, struggles with the devil. This is his mysticism of expiation.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Help for Those Struggling with Homosexuality


Courage is an apostolate of the Roman Catholic Church whose purpose is to minister to those with same-sex attractions and their loved ones. Courage, founded by Fr. John Harvey, is the only such organization in the Catholic Church approved by the Vatican.

Counselors for Homosexuality and Gender-Identity Disorder (G.I.D.)**
Contact NARTH to find a professional counselor trained in reparative therapy. National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH)

Homosexuality and Hope: Statement of the Catholic Medical Association (11/2000)

Causes, Treatment, Prevention of Homosexuality by Joseph Nicolosi at Focus on the Family Youth Conference

National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH)

New! Encourage
Encourage is a ministry within Courage dedicated to the spiritual needs of parents, siblings, children, and other relatives and friends of persons who have same-sex attractions.

New! People Can Change *
Positive alternatives for those having unwanted homosexual desires.

New! The Origins and Healing of Homosexual Attractions

Treating Sexual and Pornographic Addictions by Mark B. Kastelman

Treatment and Healing of Sexual and Pornographic Addict - by Dr. Victor Cline

My Path to Lesbianism and Christ's Healing

We recommend:

Faith & Family Radio Show (CD)
The Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality
Steve Wood with Dr. Nicolosi.

A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality
Authors - Joseph and Linda Nicolosi

*Links marked with an asterisk are to web sites requiring discernment, but nevertheless offer substantial help to individuals and families.


Friday, April 08, 2011

Rosary Solves All Problems: No Matter how Difficult of Spiritual, Personal life or Nations

The rosary was given to save the world!

The following text is taken from an interview with Sister Lucia, (one of the Fatima visionaries), by Father Fuentes in December 26, 1957

"Look, Father, the Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given new efficacy in the recitation of the Holy Rosary. She has given this efficacy to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families, of the families in the world, or of the religious communities, or even of the life of peoples and nations that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot solve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary. With the Holy Rosary, we will save ourselves."

Bishop Fulton J. Sheen:

"If you wish to convert anyone to the fullness of the knowledge of Our Lord and to His Mystical Body, then teach him the Rosary. One of two things will happen. Either he will stop saying the Rosary — or he will get the gift of faith."

By Bishop Fulton J. Sheen


From the earliest days, the Church asked its faithful to recite the one hundred and fifty Psalms of David. This custom still prevails among priests, who recite some of these Psalms every day. [9] However, it was not easy for anyone to memorize the one hundred and fifty Psalms. Then, too, before the invention of printing, it was difficult to procure a book of the Psalms. That is why certain important books like the Bible had to be chained like telephone books are today; otherwise people would have run off with them.

Incidentally, this gave rise to the stupid lie that the Church would not allow anyone to read the Bible, because it was chained. The fact is, it was chained just so people could read it. The telephone book is chained, too, but it s more consulted than any book in modern civilization!

The people who could not read one hundred and fifty Psalms wanted to do something to make up for it. Therefore, they substituted one hundred and fifty Hail Marys. They broke up these one hundred and fifty, in the manner of the Acathist, [10] into fifteen decades, or series of ten. Each part was to be said while meditating on a different aspect of the Life of Our Lord.

To keep the decades separate, each one of them began with the Our Father and ended with the Doxology of Praise to the Trinity.

St. Dominic, who died in 1221, received from the Blessed Mother the command to preach and to popularize this devotion for the good of souls, for conquest over evil, and for the prosperity of Holy Mother Church and thus gave us the Rosary in its present classical form.

The Black Death, which ravaged all Europe and wiped out one-third of its population, prompted the faithful to cry out to the Mother of Our Lord to protect them, at a time when the present moment and death were almost one. [11]

The Black Death has ended. But now the Red Death of Communism is sweeping the earth (circa 1950). I find it interesting that, when the Blessed Mother appeared at Fatima in 1917 because of the great decline in morals and the advent of godlessness, she asked that, after the "Glory be" we add "have mercy on all souls; save them from hell and lead us to heaven."

It is objected that there is much repetition in the Rosary because the Lord's Prayer and the Hail Mary are said so often; therefore some say it is monotonous.

That reminds me of a woman who came to see me one evening after instructions. She said, "I would never become a Catholic. You say the same words in the Rosary over and over again, and anyone who repeats the same words is never sincere. I would never believe anyone who repeated his words and neither would God."

I asked her who the man was with her. She said he was her fiancé. I asked: "Does he love you?" "Certainly, he does," "But how do you know?" "He told me." "What did he say?"

"He said 'I love you.'"

"When did he tell you last?"

"About an hour ago."

"Did he tell you before?"

"Yes, last night."

"What did he say?"

"I love you."

"But never before?"

"He tells me every night."

I said: "Do not believe him. He is repeating; he is not sincere."

The beautiful truth is that there is no repetition in, "I love you." Because there is a new moment of time, another point inn space, the words do not mean the same as they did at another time or space.

Love is never monotonous in the uniformity of its expression. The mind is infinitely variable in its language, but the heart is not. The heart of a man, in the face of the woman he loves, is too poor to translate the infinity of his affection into a different word. So the heart takes one expression, "I love you," and in saying it over and over again, it never repeats. It is the only real news in the universe. That is what we do when we say the Rosary, we are saying to God, the Trinity, to the Incarnate Saviour, to the Blessed Mother: "I love you, I love you, I love you."

Each time it means something different because, at each decade, our mind is moving to a new demonstration of the Saviour's love.

The Rosary is the best therapy for these distraught, unhappy, fearful, and frustrated souls, precisely because it involves the simultaneous use of three powers: the physical, the vocal, and the spiritual, and in that order.

The Rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next. The power of the Rosary is beyond description."

If you wish to convert anyone to the fullness of the knowledge of Our Lord and to His Mystical Body, then teach him the Rosary. One of two things will happen. Either he will stop saying the Rosary — or he will get the gift of faith. [12]


Catholic World News, 12/21/01, "Saying The Rosary is Good for You."

"Temporal punishment — It is the constant teaching of the Church that the voluntary act of penitential works has always been part of true repentance. The Council of Trent (Sess. XIV, c.xi) reminds the faithful that God does not always remit the whole punishment due to sin together with the guilt. God requires satisfaction, and will punish sin, and this doctrine involves as its necessary consequence a belief that the sinner failing to do penance in this life may be punished in another world, and so not be cast off eternally from God." Catholic Encyclopedia, 1918.

Fr. Patrick Payton lead 'The Family Rosary Crusade.'

Supremi Apostolatus Officio,' 1884

Cf. Rosarium Virginis Mariae,' n. 3

Cf. 'Augustissimae Virginis Mariae,' ('On the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary,') Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII, promulgated on December 12, 1897.

Enchiridion n.48. An indulgence is the pardon granted by the Church for the debt of penance we owe for sins. A plenary indulgence is a full pardon for such penances. A partial indulgence remits some penance owing. To gain a plenary indulgence you must be free from all attachment to sin, even venial sin. You must go to confession, receive Holy Communion, and pray for the intentions of the Pope.

Ibid. Five decades at least must be recited continuously, with devout meditation on the appropriate mysteries, which are to be announced if said aloud.

An Akathist (or "Acathist") in the Byzantine Church is a hymn of thanksgiving or supplication used on special occasions. It has a standard form comprising 13 sections, each one made up of a Kontakion and an Ikos. There are many different Akathist prayers in use in the Eastern Church. The one most widely known, however, dates from the early 7th century AD and is known as 'The Akathist to the Most Holy Theotokos.'

A brief presentation on this prayer can be found in the article Acathistus from the Catholic Encyclopedia. The term "Akathist" means "not sitting" which refers to the fact that it is celebrated in a standing posture.

The Black Death (bubonic plague with pulmonary infection), originated in Eastern Asia, passed through India to Asia Minor, Arabia, Egypt, Northern Africa, and directly to Europe by the Black Sea. In Europe, the epidemic began in 1346 and spread throughout Christendom, ending in 1353 on the shores of the Black Sea. The entire period was preceded by peculiar natural phenomena, as floods, tidal waves, and abnormally damp weather. The loss of human life in Europe alone is said to have amounted to twenty-five million people. The disease usually began suddenly and death occurred within three days. Great self-sacrifice was shown by the clergy, especially by the Franciscans, who are said to have lost 100,000 friars and nuns through the epidemic. (source: Catholic Encyclopedia, 1918.)

Excerpt taken from "Roses and Prayers," in the book 'The World's First Love,' by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, publisher McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., New York, 1952.
Archbishop Sheen Today! -- Praying the Rosary

By Barbara Kralis

© Catholic Online 2004

The medical and scientific communities have recently proclaimed what Catholics have known for centuries — reciting the Rosary is good for you. [1]

However, the medical experts missed the raison d'ĂȘtre for the origin of the Rosary when they hypothesized it was developed by man to give those praying a sense of well-being as a result of their slowed cardiovascular rhythms.

Not quite, O men of modern science; but, nice try.

In truth, Heaven was the originator of the Rosary. The Blessed Virgin, in the 13th century, gave the Rosary to St. Dominic. Because belief of this Sacred Tradition requires faith, it is much easier to reason that man, for health reasons, devised the Rosary.

The above modern hypothesis is not entirely in the wrong, for there are a great number of benefits (graces) received by reciting the Rosary, both of the body and of the soul.

Praying the Rosary does bring us peace when prayed well and it consequently does slow down the cardiovascular rhythms of our body. More importantly, it gives us a more perfect knowledge of Christ. How does it do this?

The Rosary is 'a Christocentric prayer. It has all the depth of the Gospel message in its entirety.

The Rosary is the perfect compliment to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It sustains and echoes our sacramental life. The Rosary is a 'path to contemplation' — a path that Pope John Paul II said he follows daily, realizing each day's work within the mysteries of the Rosary.

Moreover, the Rosary purifies our souls, gives us victory over our enemies, allows us to practice virtue, sends us graces and merits, and allows us to help pay our debts against our temporal punishment. [2]

The Rosary is also a prayer for peace in our families and in our world. What better time than in this era to pray the family Rosary, as Fr. Patrick Peyton instructed. He said, "The family that prays together, stays together." [3]

Pope Leo XIII, often called "the Pope of the Rosary," strived to maintain the tradition of this prayer, which he asserted was a strong spiritual weapon against evil. [4]

In addition, Sacred Tradition tells that The Fifteen Promises of the Virgin Mary (to those who recite the Rosary) was revealed in a message to St. Dominic and Blessed Alan 1208 A.D.

Our world owes a great debt of gratitude, perhaps more than our human minds can understand, to the holy St. Dominic. It is impossible to talk about the Rosary without significant mention of St. Dominic. Sacred Tradition and thirteen recent Popes tell us that Mary first revealed the Rosary devotion to St. Dominic.

Having received a vision of the Blessed Mother, Dominic began to spread the prayer of the Rosary in his missionary work among the Albigensians, a neo-Manichaean group of fanatical heretics. Albigenses believed that everything material was evil and everything spiritual was good. St. Dominic used the Rosary to convert the heretical Albigensians.

The Rosary was most strongly supported by the tradition of the Dominican Order. Pope Leo XIII affirmed over and over the Dominican origin of the Rosary and in a letter to the Bishop of Carcassone (1889), he accepts the tradition of Prouille, France, as the place where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to St. Dominic, revealing the devotion to the Rosary.

Pope Alexander VI in 1495, addressed St. Dominic as "the renowned preacher long ago of the Confraternity of the Rosary, and through his merits, the whole world was preserved from universal ruin."

During an interview that Pope John Paul II gave in Germany during 1980 he held up his Rosary and said:

"This is the remedy that should be used in the struggle against evil. Pray the Rosary daily."

Mindful of the action of Pope Pius V in the Battle of Lepanto, Pope John Paul II, said in his Angelus address of October 1983:

"It is not a question now of asking for great victories, as at Lepanto and Vienna, rather it is a question of asking Mary to provide us with valorous fighters against the spirit of error and evil, with the arms of the Gospel, that is, the Cross and God's Word. The Rosary prayer is man's prayer for man."

On 16 October, 2002 the Pope John Paul II began the twenty-fifth year of his service as Successor of Peter. He chose to celebrate his anniversary — the fifth longest Pontificate in history — by writing an Apostolic Letter: Rosarium Virginis Mariae, The Rosary of the Virgin Mary.

In one of the most beautiful of his documents Pope John Paul announces the Year of the Rosary — October 2002 — October 2003. He urges us to rediscover the Rosary: to 'contemplate with Mary the face of Christ.' [5]

Those who pray the Rosary regularly would do well to be enrolled in the Dominican Archconfraternity's Spiritual Rosary Confraternity.

As Pope Leo XIII said in his encyclical on the Confraternity, "whenever a person fulfills his obligation of reciting the Rosary according to the rule of the Confraternity, he includes in his intentions all its members, and they in turn render him the same service many times over." [6]

A plenary indulgence is granted if the Rosary is recited in a church, or public oratory or in a family group, a religious community or pious association; a partial indulgence [7] is granted in other circumstances." [8]

Carry your Rosary upon your person whenever possible. The popular devotion is the most powerful prayer outside of the Holy Mass. Do not miss one day without it.

Monday, April 04, 2011

Rosary Halted and Routed Nuclear Bomb, Communist and Islamic Invaders

- Overcoming Militant Islamic Invaders
1571 - The Battle of Lepanto

The victory at Lepanto is the most famous and important of the military victories through the Rosary.

On October 7, 1571 the Turk's attempted to invade Christian Europe at Lepanto on the coast of Greece.

The Pope asked Catholics to pray the Rosary with the intention that the Turk's attack would fail.

The Christians were out numbered 3 to 1.

Thanks to the Rosary prayers and against all odds, the Christians were victorious, sinking 200 Turkish ships and killing 50,000 of their men.

The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is now celebrated on October 7th every year in memory of this miraculous victory.

This famed battle inspired G.K. Chesterton, a renowned author to write the poem entitled, "Lepanto" chronicling the exciting events of that day.

You can also listen to the story of Lepanto in the brand new CD set Lepanto: Battle That Saved The West. Christopher Check tells the exhilarating story of Lepanto, first in his own words and then through the poem of G.K. Chesterton.

American Military Victories Through The Rosary
1815 - The Battle of New Orleans, America

The Triumph at New Orleans is the first of the military victories through the Rosary to take place American soil.

During the Revolutionary War, Andrew Jackson led a small army to victory despite being greatly out numbered.

What did he have to thank for this victory?

The Rosary.

During the battle many of the soldiers' families gathered and prayed the Rosary.

They were confident the power of the Rosary would bring victory despite the overwhelming odds and their faith was rewarded.

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Modern Military Victories Through The Rosary
1945 - Hiroshima, Japan

A priest and seven others survived the nuclear bomb that was dropped on Japan and had devastating effects during the Second World War.

Even though they lived near ground zero, much to scientists amazement these survivors were free from all harm caused by radiation even years later.

What was different about this group of people compared to other nearby victims?

Devotion to the Rosary.

They prayed the Rosary together daily.

Description of Fatima: The Great Sign by Francis Johnston

"When the atomic bomb destroyed Hiroshima in 1945, eight men living near the blinding centre of the nuclear flash miraculously survived the searing hurricane of blast and gamma rays, while everyone within a mile radius perished and other residing further afield continue to die from the lethal effects of radiation.
For over thirty years, some two hundred scientists have examined these eight men, trying in vain to determine what could have preserved them from incineration. One of the survivors, Fr. H. Shiffner, S.J. gave this dramatic answer: 'In that house, we were living the message of Fatima.'"

More Modern Military Victories Through The Rosary
1955 - Austria

Facing the threat of Communist take over, the Austrian people prayed the Rosary to overcome what seemed like the inevitable.

Everyday for 7 years, many Austrians prayed the Rosary.

Then without cause, the Communists withdrew.

Fatima: The Great Sign by Francis Johnston also recounts this military victory through the Rosary. Johnston sites many examples: Austria (1955), Brazil (1966), Chile and Portugal (1975). While no nation on earth seems able to stem the global advance of Communism (which our Lady had foretold with unerring accuracy in 1917), nevertheless, in those countries where people prayed the Rosary and headed the Fatima message, the Communist, even at the last moment, mysteriously halted and routed.

More Modern Military Victories Through The Rosary
1966 and 1975

Both Brazil in 1966 and Portugal in 1975 were spared Communist rule by through the Rosary's power and are considered a major triumphant military victory through the Rosary.

"In 1961 the stage was set to take over Brazil...But guess who thwarted this Communist takeover?

The women of Brazil with their rosaries!

"Without the women", said one of the leaders of the counterrevolution, "we could never have halted Brazil's plunge toward Communism."

"One night in mid-1962, Dona Amelia Bastos listened to her husband and a band of anti-Reds discuss the looming threat of Communism. I suddenly decided, she said, that politics had become too important to be left entirely to men...Moreover, who has more at stake what's happening to our country than we women?"

She formed CAMDE (Campaign of Women for Democracy): In Belo Horizonte 20,000 women reciting the rosary aloud broke up the leftist meeting there. In Sao Paulo, 600,000 women praying the rosary in one of the most moving demonstrations in Brazilian history, sounded death knell of the Communist revolution.

These women with rosaries in their hands or around their necks, issued a 1300 word proclamation:

This nation which God has given us, immense and marvelous as it is, is in extreme danger. We have allowed men of limitless ambition, without Christian faith or scruples to bring our people misery, destroying our economy, disturbing our social peace, to create hate and despair. They have infiltrated our nation, our government, our armed forces and even our churches...

Mother of God, preserve us from the fate of suffering of the martyred women of Cuba, Poland, Hungary and other enslaved nations!"

-Excerpts taken from "The Power of the Rosary", pp. 31-32

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