In honour of this memorial of the Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin, we might peruse Pope Saint John Paul II’s encyclical on the Rosary, Rosarium Virginis Mariae, which he promulgated on the 25th anniversary of the beginning of his pontificate, October 16th, 2002, about the same time as he re-instituted this memorial of the Holy Name of Mary.

Our society needs prayers – besides our own intercession for ourselves, so to speak – and a brief glance at the news gives ample material. To paraphrase Cardinal Newman, if there is one aspect of God’s divine revelation that seems self-evident, it is the doctrine of original sin and the fall of Man.

Since the formal division in what should be the seamless robe of God’s holy Church, under the heady sway of Luther and Calvin, there is much that is missing in the various fissiparous and varying Protestant sects, not least devotion to the Mother of God, a devotion which gives us supernatural hope even in our worst troubles, woes and discouragement.

Praise the Lord

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