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2011: A Year of Prayer

Explore the mysteries and graces of the Rosary.
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In a address on December 20, Pope Benedict XVI issued a call, and a dire warning, to the world (emphasis added):

For all its new hopes and possibilities, our world is at the same time troubled by the sense that moral consensus is collapsing, consensus without which juridical and political structures cannot function. Consequently the forces mobilized for the defence of such structures seem doomed to failure.

...1. From Bishops of developing countries I hear again and again how sexual tourism threatens an entire generation and damages its freedom and its human dignity. The Book of Revelation includes among the great sins of Babylon – the symbol of the world’s great irreligious cities – the fact that it trades with bodies and souls and treats them as commodities (cf. Rev 18:13)...

Morality is replaced by a calculus of consequences, and in the process it ceases to exist. The effects of such theories are evident today. Against them, Pope John Paul II, in his 1993 Encyclical Letter Veritatis Splendor, indicated with prophetic force in the great rational tradition of Christian ethos the essential and permanent foundations of moral action. Today, attention must be focussed anew on this text as a path in the formation of conscience.

...Alexis de Tocqueville, in his day, observed that democracy in America had become possible and had worked because there existed a fundamental moral consensus which, transcending individual denominations, united everyone. Only if there is such a consensus on the essentials can constitutions and law function. This fundamental consensus derived from the Christian heritage is at risk wherever its place, the place of moral reasoning, is taken by the purely instrumental rationality of which I spoke earlier. In reality, this makes reason blind to what is essential. To resist this eclipse of reason and to preserve its capacity for seeing the essential, for seeing God and man, for seeing what is good and what is true, is the common interest that must unite all people of good will. The very future of the world is at stake.

The Holy Father is, of course, talking about the loss of Christian morality in the Western hemisphere.  The consequences of which, he points out, are grave.

As we enter 2011, we will take a look at one of the greatest forces to combat this moral collapse: prayer.

We'll start with a focus on the Rosary, its significance, its Scriptural basis, and the graces - promised by the Blessed Virgin - it bestows on us.

Comments

  • Anonynous-em 3 years ago

    erm...
    what?

    "Morality is replaced by a calculus of consequences, and in the process it ceases to exist."
    in onther words, the pope thinks that people are now considering the ramifications of their actions - and therefore, morality vaporizes?
    heh... okay, there are may things wrong with this, firstly I'll assume that by "morality", the pope actually means "god's laws", the same ones that allow the god to drown 99% of all humanity and then say "thou shalt not kill" (depending on which version of the bible you read).
    If the pope thinks that morality is defined by the bible, and that people are turning away from the bible because they're thinking logically about ramifications of actions - I fail to see why this is an issue - replacing bronze-age mythical dogma with rational thought hardly seems a bad thing to me - but clearly the pope, and the author, disagree.

  • Anonymous-em 3 years ago

    And to continue.
    "This fundamental consensus derived from the Christian heritage is at risk wherever its place, the place of moral reasoning, is taken by the purely instrumental rationality of which I spoke earlier"
    ah yes, to paraphrase again:
    "the bronze-age myth of christianity is at risk of being replaced by rationality".

    right...
    okay, can anyone, author in particular, explain to me why thinking about the ramifications of your own actions is apparently worse than blindly following a highly interpretable, highy interpreted, often-changing, hypocritical and actually rather terrifying book of horrors? The same book that advocates eternal damnation for people who fail to do what the purportedly "all loving" (but also "jealous") god allows to happen?

    Did I skip a groove here? how does an all-loving god condone eternal damnation, for anyone at all? Is this the kind of morality that you think actually makes sense??

    ah - now I see what the pope was worried about - rational thought does indeed invalidate the bible, and it's angry, jealous god.