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Friday, October 23, 2020

Defending the Successor of St. Peter, the Sovereign Pontiff, Pope Francis, as He Recommends a "Convivencia Civil" to Protect People from Being Discarded as Garbage

INTRODUCTION

     Greetings, dear friends!  I have a friend who sent me the video of the Pope's full documentary, Francesco, yesterday, but the video was removed shortly thereafter.  It apparently will be made available soon.  I have already seen the video clip, recorded in 2019, in which the Pope recommends the establishment of a “ley de convivencia civil” for certain persons.  This clip was either removed from the original footage of the video, or was a clip from another video for the documentary.  Various authors suggest that Pope Francis did not approve of this video clip in the final product.  Whatever the case may be, this much is true: in the video clip he uses the term, “ley de convivencia civil”, as he is discussing, not heterosexual persons, but homosexual persons.  This clip began to circulate on the internet this past Wednesday.  Fortunately, I was able to read the transcript of the documentary yesterday evening (Thursday), meaning more than just the video clip, but here the Pope’s call for a “ley de convivencia civil” for homosexual persons was, once again, removed from the original transcript of the documentary.  Nevertheless, after reading the transcript, I can say that I have a fuller understanding of the meaning of the Pope’s message in the video clip, including his reason for saying what he said.  I believe he offers a good message for people who can open their hearts to hear him.  

     In my original statements I never accused Pope Francis of advocating for homosexual marriage or homosexual acts.  I never believed he did that or would do that. Nevertheless, as a Roman Catholic, as a Dominican friar and as a priest, I was certainly concerned about what he fully meant by the “convivencia civil” or civil union. I was even more concerned that people could possibly misunderstand him, become discouraged and fall from the belief and practice of Catholic faith and morals.  Should I have been concerned?  Certainly!  I am in the business of shepherding people to Christ.  Having said that, I hereby retract my former statement that Pope Francis was responsible for causing the scandal in the Church.  I repent for that statement.  May God have mercy upon me.  Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.  At the same time, I believe that there are people in secular society, in the Church and in the media searching for occasions to create scandal among the people.  I offer you this article as a means to help shepherd, you, the people of God, beyond the misunderstanding, beyond the discouragement and beyond the failure to trust in the Successor of St. Peter, the Soveign Pontiff and Vicar of Christ, Pope Francis.   

TRANSCRIPT OF VIDEO CLIP

“Las personas homosexuales tienen el derecho estar en una familia.  Son hijos de Dios.  Tienen derecho a una familia.  No se puede echar de la familia a nadie, ni hacerle la vida imposible por eso.  Lo que tenemos que hacer es una ley de convivencia civil.  Tienen derecho a estar cubiertos legalmente.” – Pope Francis

SUMMARY

     The documentary itself covers various subjects in a question-answer format. In this summary, I will limit myself to the relevant parts of the documentary that hopefully will help everyone understand the circumstances that may have led Pope Francis to say what he said in the video clip. In the documentary, the woman reporter asks Pope Francis questions about homosexual persons and the subject of homosexual marriage.  He begins by saying that homosexual people, people who have a homosexual orientation, have a right to be members of a family.  Indeed, they have a right to be in a family and their parents have a right to see them for who they are as human beings. They are children of God.  The implication here is that Francis knows that there are parents and families in society who do not see their homosexual sons and daughters as children of God.  On the contrary, they see them merely as garbage.  As a result, they can discard them from their life, just because they are homosexual.  They may or may not be living a homosexual life.  The problem may be their homosexual orientation.  This orientation alone may be the reason their parents and families discard them.  Nevertheless, as their parents and families, they should never discard them as such. Consequently, Pope Francis suggests that homosexual persons are especially subject to unjust discrimination and suffering in society, including in their families.  For this reason, he recommends the establishment of a “ley de convivencia civil” that would legally cover homosexual persons to protect them from such injustices in their family and society. This would give them legal status to live together civilly, not as married couples, but as persons living together legally as brothers or sisters under the protection of civil law.  In this sense, such a “ley de convivencia civil” would be a civil union that would help them safeguard and support each other financially and medically as brothers or sisters.  At the same time, the Pope also says that their right to form such a family, by civil union, does not mean that they would have a right to practice homosexual acts.  On the contrary, he proclaims that this right is not an approval for such acts.  Finally, he says that he has defended the Church’s teaching on Marriage in which a man and a woman alone have a right to marry one another, whether civilly or sacramentally.  As such, Pope Francis is certainly against marriage for homosexual persons.  On this basis, the relevant parts of the documentary that relate to homosexual persons reveal that the message of Pope Francis in the video clip is, first and foremost, concerned not about offering them an option for a homosexual marriage or a civil union in which they could practice their homosexuality, but about protecting them civilly from unjust discrimination from their family members and from society who have oftentimes acted gravely immoral by discarding them as garbage.  In my understanding, these are the circumstances in which the Pope made his comments.  

UNDERSTANDING THE “LEY DE CONVIVENCIA CIVIL”

     There are people claiming that the Pope's use of the term, “ley de convivencia civil” in the documentary was incorrectly translated. The term he uses is "ley de convivencia civil". I speak Spanish fluently, have researched the term and have spoken to Latin American friends about this term. People are claiming that the term "civil union" is an incorrect translation of convivencia civil. However, my friends and I agree that translating convivencia civil as legal or civil union is a correct translation. It is not a literal translation, but it is a translation which is faithful to the meaning of the word.  This term, convivencia civil, means "legal cohabitation" or "legally living together" which would certainly include civil union, but none of this suggests sexual relations.  Accordingly, convivencia civil refers to a legal or civil union. For this reason, I believe that civil union, as the Pope uses it, is not an incorrect translation. It is a legal concept and status that would offer homosexual couples, and others, legal protection.  That is what the Pope is concerned about. He wants to protect them as sons and daughters of God from being discarded as garbage by others. On this basis, this convivencia civil, or civil union, neither involves marriage nor sexual relations, but merely a legal status for protection against unjust discrimination.

     In these last days, after I learned about the documentary, Francesco, I read articles in which some archbishops from the United States and Latin America offer their guidance in helping the people of God, including myself, to understand the Pope’s use of this term, convivencia civil, to mean a civil union.  What they said, confirmed this meaning of the term.  Here I will briefly offer you their thoughts on the subject.

     In an article published by the Archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore J. Cordileone, he says that last January during his ad limina visit in Rome with Pope Francis and the Bishops of his region, they discussed the subject of the “ley de convivencia civil”.  In the discussion, they referred to this ley de convivencia civil as a civil union.  In doing so, they distinguished it from marriage. In fact, Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernandez from Argentina, a theological advisor to Pope Francis for many years, agrees that the Pope understands the phrase, convivencia civil, to substantially mean civil union.  According to him, this is not a mistranslation.  The Pope, as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, used the term in this manner. Similarly, Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans concurs that Pope Francis, both during his papacy and as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, has used the term, civil union, many times in referring to this legal relationship granted to people by the government.  According to Archbishop Aymond, Pope Francis understands the idea of a civil union as a civil rights question.  In this sense, he understands that these people should receive certain benefits and protections legally in a civil union on the basis of these rights.  Accordingly, in such a union, the persons living together legally, as brothers or sisters, would receive mutual financial and medical benefits under civil law, but under no circumstances would they be considered married or have the right to practice intercourse.  Furthermore, Archbishop Cordileone says that this form of civil union should be made available to both heterosexual and homosexual persons, including a biological brother and sister, and other family members, such as an aunt and a niece, if the circumstances call for this.  They would all have access to receive mutual benefits under civil law.  On this basis, for Cordileone, this civil union would not just be for homosexual persons, but for all human beings, including family members and friends, who are not married.

CONCLUSION

     From what has been said in this article, I hope and pray you understand that Pope Francis was certainly not advocating for legalizing homosexual marriages nor was he suggesting, in the least, that homosexual acts could be licitly practiced by homosexual persons.  That is not what he was saying.  He never said that.  In fact, he was not suggesting at all that the form of civil union, he supports, would involve homosexual marriage or intercourse.  It would not.

     In conclusion, I offer you these thoughts as reminders to help you form and maintain a true judgment about the message from Pope Francis in the documentary.  First of all, in the documentary, Francesco, Pope Francis is not changing nor can he change the received Catholic Teaching on the nature and meaning of the sacrament of holy matrimony. Nor can he change the nature and meaning of civil marriage. This is unchangeable. For in the beginning, after God Himself established Marriage as a natural sacrament, a sacrament of nature, involving the complementarity of man and a woman, He later raised this marriage to a sacrament of grace for them. In doing so, He revealed the three goods of marriage: the indissolubility of the marriage bond, the faithful or chaste love and the openness to the generation of human life. In Catholic Teaching, these goods can only be pursued and fulfilled virtuously through the complementarity of a man and a woman in marriage.

      Secondly, the Pope's approval of civil unions of homosexual persons, and others, properly understood, is neither an endorsement of civil marriages nor an endorsement of sacramental marriages for them. For Francis, these unions are not the same as marriages whatsoever.  They are neither the same legally nor sacramentally.  He is saying that homosexuals, including heterosexuals, and relatives, are members of the human family who have a right to form civil unions to safeguard and support each other legally, financially and medically under civil law. In calling for these homosexual couples to be covered as such, through civil unions, the Pope is defending them civilly against unjust discrimination or harm. In this sense, this is a legal defense for their health and wellbeing as members of the human family and citizens of the state. For Francis, this is a question of legal justice. On this basis, he is saying that these civil unions are good insofar as they legally protect these couples as human persons.  This is the natural inclination of human beings to self-preservation.  All people, according to St. Thomas, are naturally inclined to preserve themselves, their lives, from all danger or harm.  On this basis, the desire or inclination for a civil union as a legal protection for their health and wellbeing proceeds from the natural law.

     Furthermore, Pope Francis is not arguing theologically for these civil unions from the chair of St. Peter on the basis of the revealed Catholic deposit of faith and morals, as mediated in Scripture and Tradition and as safeguarded by the Magisterium. As such, he is certainly not formally defining or offering any doctrine here for Catholics to believe theologically or morally. In fact, I would argue that he is primarily addressing the civil authorities, not the Church.  In doing so, I believe he is acting more as a citizen of the state, a citizen of good will, than as the Sovereign Pontiff of the Roman Church.  The manner in which he offers his thoughts on this subject in a secular documentary indicate that he is not acting officially and formally as the Roman Pontiff.  He is not formally pronouncing a doctrine or dogma on faith or morals for Catholics to believe and profess. He is merely calling for the legal protections of peoples through a procedure in civil law.  There will be people who will claim that he is departing from the Tradition, or at least moving the Tradition in a manner unhelpful to these people and the Church.  My response to this is that he is doing nothing more, nothing less, than helping them support themselves financially, materially and medically by advocating for the convivencia civil.  This would certainly be a means or basis for leading them to salvation in Christ.  Once again, in the Pope's understanding, this civil union neither involves marriage nor sexual relations. 

     Finally, in this documentary, the Pope is not redefining the morality or moral nature of homosexual acts as morally good. He cannot. This would be contrary to Scripture, Tradition and Magisterium, including right reason and nature. On this basis, homosexual acts remain intrinsically evil. Consequently, they are neither perfective of human beings spiritually and morally nor are they ordainable to God as to their Last End. For this reason, please do not presume that the Pope's support of civil unions means that he is redefining Catholic teaching here. I repeat, he cannot.  That is not his intention.  Is there a danger of scandal that people may claim that Pope Francis is redefining doctrine?  Yes!  The scandal is already happening, not because of him, but because people are not understanding him fully or properly.  As I have already said, I, myself, developed and humbly corrected my understanding of his message in the video clip, after reading the transcript.  Thanks be to God.  I hope and pray you open your heart to understand the true meaning of this message.

MESSAGE TO PARENTS OF HOMOSEXUAL PERSONS

     If you have a son, a daughter or a friend who has a homosexual orientation, you are certainly called by God to love him virtuously as God wills. As all human beings, this person, your child, is the beneficiary of God's love. For God created him in His image for Himself that he would know Him, love Him and serve Him. As such, God loves your child perfectly. Indeed, He loves him as His child.  After all, God is, by nature, the full or perfect actuality of infinite Love. As a result, His love for your homosexual son, daughter or friend can neither increase nor decrease nor cease. He remains Himself forever as perfect Love. Accordingly, God is not a changeable creature in potency to full perfection nor is He subject to corruption. In this sense, He does not mature in His love for your child nor can He fail to love your child. On the contrary, He is the uncreated unchangeable God who is Love. On this basis, do not yield to the temptation or fallacy that God either does not love your son, daughter or friend at all or loves him only imperfectly, because of his homosexual orientation. God certainly loves him. Moreover, he does not have to earn God's love either. God loves him freely. He loves him as His beloved child. On this basis, the homosexual orientation of your son, your daughter or friend can neither change nor nullify this truth about God's love for him.

     At the same time, in Catholic Teaching, the homosexual orientation is not natural in the human being.  On the contrary, it is an interior disordered movement or inclination of the concupiscible appetite that conditions and inclines a person intellectually and emotionolly to an improper object through his rational appetite.  This inner movement precedes the act of the rational appetite, the will. Consequently, the Church does not call this orientation a moral evil or sin per se, but a disordered orientation, inasmuch as it inclines a person to an evil moral object, an object contrary to right reason, nature and revelation. According to Scripture, Tradition and Magisterium, under no circumstances may a human being act on such an orientation through his will. For he would be sinning against God, possibly mortally, under certain conditions.  In this sense, a person was not created by God to be a homosexual. He did not receive this interior homosexual orientation from God in creation.  On the contrary, as the Church teaches, he incurred this orientation as a consequence of the original sin of his first parents, Adam and Eve. 

     Moreover, for the Church, the nature of man, the nature of your son, his full sacred dignity as a human person, cannot be reduced merely or primarily to his homosexual orientation. He himself is not an orientation. He is much more than an orientation. He is a person created in God's divine image as a rational, free person called to holiness through good moral choices. In doing so, he opens himself for the grace of God to perfect his human nature. In this sense, he is not perfected as a moral agent through his orientation, but through the grace that informs his moral agency as a full person. This life of grace would involve practicing the theological and moral virtues and gifts of the Holy Spirit, including chastity, as a faithful son of God. This alone will lead him to full healing in God interiorly and morally.

     Additionally, this will involve the homosexual person, your child, learning to love God as his First or Greatest Love. For this reason, he is called to increase or mature in his love for God until he reaches full perfection in heaven. In this sense, he will neither reach heaven merely because God loves him perfectly nor will he reach heaven as an unrepentant sinner guilty of mortal or deadly sin.  On the contrary, he will only reach heaven by remaining in the love of God.  As Jesus says in the Gospel, “Remain in my love.  If you remain in my love, you will bear much fruit.”  Only in the love of God will your homosexual child prepare himself to die fruitfully. This preparation would also involve opening his heart to receive the mercy of God through repentance if he falls by acting on his orientation. As such, God's mercy will be available to him throughout his life, but this is not a license for him to act immorally. Loving God First will move him to prepare himself for heavenly beatitude through repentance and a holy life of virtue. This is true freedom, a freedom for happiness.

     Finally, God calls the person who has a homosexual orientation, your son or daughter, to be perfected in His love by loving virtuously. This means first and foremost loving God as his First Love. Will he love God as his Greatest Good? What about himself?  Will he love himself virtuously? Also, what about his neighbor? Will he love his neighbor according to holy virtue? Will he love him as himself, as God wills? Remember, not only does God love him and each and every human being, saint and sinner, but He also calls him to image His love. Is he willing to love as God loves? Is he willing to become a saint? If so, he will have to learn to love sacrificially as Jesus Himself according to holy chastity. I pray he is prepared to do this, but he will need the help of God.

 

In Christ with Blessed Mary,

 

Friar Mariano D. Veliz, O.P., Itinerant Preacher

Promoter of Preach My Psalter

frmarianovelizop@preachmypsalter.com


 

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Praying for the Novice Master and Novices of the Dominican Province of St. Martin de Porres


Dear friends, please join me in offering a Rosary for the novices of the class of 2020-2021.  Pray also for the Novice Master, fr. Ian Bordenave, O.P., as he teaches, shepherds and forms them in Dominican life. God bless them all.  May God inspire more young men to this holy vocation.

In Christ with Blessed Mary, 

Friar Mariano D. Veliz, O.P.

 

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Traditional Dominican Penance for Repentance, Reparation and Healing in the Church

      THE DOMINICAN “LONG LENT”

     Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, in September I will begin offering to God the Traditional Dominican Penance, called the “Long Lent” or “Great Monastic Fast” for the repentance of priests and bishops guilty of child abuse, for the reparation of their sins against God and His children, including their immoral handling of such cases, and for the healing of all people who have suffered from this abuse, including their family and friends, and all people.  God desires faithful bishops and priests in His Church.  He desires all shepherds to be faithful in preaching, teaching and living the Truth and Love of Christ for the salvation of all people.  I hope and pray that others will join me in offering this penance that God’s Church may be fully purified, healed and sanctified through God’s grace.  Would you please consider joining me?  This penance will be offered daily (except Sundays and Solemnities) from the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Friday, September 14th) until the Easter Vigil (Saturday, April 20th), including all Fridays throughout the year.  May all Catholics, all people, open their hearts to enter the Passion of Christ sacrificially through penance for repentance, reparation and healing in the Church.

     For myself, this penance during the “Long Lent” will first involve fasting by eating only 1 full meal per day, normally dinner, and 1 small meal either in the morning or the afternoon, and bread and water for the other meal.  This also includes abstinence from all meat on Fridays during the “Long Lent” and throughout the year.  This is a choice I have made for myself.

     As for yourself, before you decide to do this penance, remember that your age, health or dietary needs may prevent you from participating. For this reason, please be prudent in determining this for yourself. This penance is not for everyone.

     On the other hand, if you decide that you can participate, please use these canonical norms for Lent in the Latin Church (including any norms that your ordinary may establish in your diocese) as guidance for fasting during the "Great Monastic Fast" or "Long Lent."  First of all, on Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, and Good Friday, the Roman Church requires Catholics to fast and abstain from meat. Moreover, all Fridays during Lent are days of fasting and abstinence from meat.  All members of the Latin Catholic Church, ages 18 to 59, are required to fast. This means only eating 1 full meal per day, and 2 smaller meals that together do not equal a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are required of all members of the Latin Church from age 14. Finally, all Fridays throughout the year are days of penance for Catholics (see Canons 1249-1253).

     Futhermore, prayer cannot be separated from fasting, as Jesus teaches in the Gospel.  On the contrary, fasting prepares a person to offer a greater act of faith, hope and love to God in prayer. As such, I have decided to offer a fourth Rosary daily for repentance, reparation and healing in the Church. I will also be  offering a Mass every Friday for this intention.

     I hope and pray that many people will consider joining me in offering this penance by practicing the "Long Lent" through fasting and prayer.  This will be an annual penance for repentance, reparation and healing in the Church.  I have never abused a child in my life or in my vocation as a priest nor will I ever, but inasmuch as I am a sinner, I certainly have abused Christ and His Church spiritually and morally at times through my thoughts, words, actions and omissions. Consequently, I accuse myself in God's presence, in the presence of Blessed Mary, St. Dominic and all God's people of having sinned or failed at times in my life and vocation as a shepherd of the Church. On this basis, in offering to God this Long Lent of fasting and prayer, I also include myself as someone in need of repentance, reparation and healing. May God help me and all priests become holy shepherds of God's people.  If you are interested in joining me in this ministry, please email or message me.

In Christ with Blessed Mary,                      


Friar Mariano D. Veliz, O.P.,
Promoter of the Rosary
frmarianovelizop@preachmypsalter.com

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Praying the Dominican Rosary

PRAYING THE DOMINICAN ROSARY

A. THE BEGINNING
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

. Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Tracing a cross over the lips with the right thumb:
. O Lord, open my lips.
. Any my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Making the Sign o the Cross:
. O God, come to my assistance.
. O Lord, make haste to help me. 

Bowing deeply for the versicle:
. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.  Alleluia. (From Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday the ‘Alleluia’ is replaced with ‘Praise to Thee, O Lord, King of eternal Glory!)

B. THE MYSTERIES (FOR EACH ROSARY, YOU PRAY A GROUP OF FIVE MYSTERIES, ONE MYSTERY PER DECADE)
1. Joyful Mysteries (Monday, Saturday)
a. Annunciation
b. Visitation
c. Nativity
d. Presentation
e. Finding in the Temple

2. Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesday, Friday)
a. Agony in the Garden
b. Scourging at the Pillar
c. Crowning with Thorns
d. Carrying of the Cross
e. Crucifixion

3. Glorious Mysteries (Sunday, Wednesday)
a. Resurrection
b. Ascension
c. Descent of the Holy Spirit
d. Assumption
e. Coronation

4. Luminous Mysteries (Thursday)
a. Baptism in the Jordan
b. Wedding at Cana
c. Preaching of the Kingdom
d. Transfiguration
e. Institution of the Eucharist

C. THE DECADES (FOR EACH DECADE, YOU PRAY ONE OUR FATHER, TEN HAIL MARYS AND ONE GLORY)
1. One ‘Our Father’
. Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, they will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

2. Ten ‘Hail Marys’
. Hail Mary, full of grace.  The Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.

3. One ‘Glory’
. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
. As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

D. THE ENDING
Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope.  To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.  To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning, and weeping in this valley of tears.  Turn, then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and, after this our exile, show unto us thy blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!

. Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us.
. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

. Let us pray:
. O God, whose only-begotten Son, by His life, death and resurrection has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech thee, that meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise.  Through the same Christ our Lord.  Amen.

. May the divine assistance remain always with us.
. Amen.

. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
. Amen.

. May the blessing † of Almighty God, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, descend upon us and remain with us always.
. Amen.

Monday, July 9, 2018

The Confraternity of the Rosary

 THE CONFRATERNITY OF THE ROSARY
DOMINICAN PROVINCE OF ST. MARTIN DE PORRES

WELCOME

Greetings, dear friends!  Welcome to the page of the Confraternity of the Rosary of the Order of Preachers in the Dominican Province of St. Martin de Porres.  Our Province is geographically located in the Southern United States. This provincial area includes Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.  If you live in any of these southern states, you are welcome to consider becoming a member of the Confraternity of the Rosary through this page.  The Confraternity is an ancient apostolate of the Order of Preachers that has led countless people to repentance and maturation in Christ for centuries through the maternal intercession of His Blessed Mother, Our Lady of the Rosary.

REGISTRATION

Membership in the Confraternity of the Rosary requires registration.  You become a member by registering in the Confraternity online.  You will then be officially enrolled in the register of the Rosary Confraternity.  There are no meetings or membership dues.

COMMISSION

As a member of the Confraternity, you are commissioned to offer at least Fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary every week.  You may offer these Fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary all together or separately in three groups of Five Mysteries.  You are also free to offer more Mysteries daily as the Holy Spirit moves you through the maternal intercession of Blessed Mary, Our Lady of the Rosary.  In doing so, you promise to pray for all the members of the Confraternity every time you offer a Rosary to Our Lady.  This is your only requirement as a member of the Confraternity, but the hope and prayer is that you will fulfill this requirement because of your faithful love for the Blessed Mother who directs all her children to her Son, Jesus Christ, through the Rosary.  In this act of love for her in the Rosary, you faithfully honor her as your Mother who became the Mother of God that she would become your Mother, the Mother of God's people.  At the same time, this commission to pray at least 15 Mysteries of the Rosary for all the members of the Confraternity does not bind under sin.

PROMISES

According to Tradition, after Blessed Mary, Our Lady of the Rosary, commissioned St. Dominic to propagate her Psalter, her Holy Rosary, in the early 13th Century, she revealed 15 Promises to him and later to Blessed Alan de la Roche in the 15th Century that would be fulfilled for them, and all other Catholics, who faithfully practiced the Rosary.

1. Whosoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary shall receive signal graces.

2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all people who recite the Rosary.

3. The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin and defeat heresies.

4. It will cause good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire for Eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means!

5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary shall not perish.

6. Whosoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its Sacred Mysteries, shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of Eternal Life.

7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the Sacraments of the Church.

8. Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the Light of God and the plenitude of His Graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the Merits of the Saints in Paradise.

9.  I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.

10. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of Glory in Heaven.

11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by recitation of the Rosary.

12. All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.

13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire Celestial Court during their life and at the hour of death.

14. All who recite the Rosary are my children, and brothers and sisters of my Son Jesus Christ.

15. Devotion to my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.

BENEFITS

1. As a member, you are the beneficiary of the prayers of all the members of the Confraternity of the Rosary, even after death.

2. You also receive the fruits of the prayers, Masses and apostolic ministries of the Order of Preachers.

3. Moreover, various plenary and partial indulgences are made available to you.  On the one hand, you receive a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions on the day of your enrollment (as indicated in the register and certificate), on the Feast Days of Christmas, Easter, the Annunciation, the Assumption, Our Lady of the Rosary, the Immaculate Conception, and Our Lord’s Presentation in the Temple.  On the other hand, you also receive a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions by praying the Rosary in a Church or oratory, in a family, religious community, or in a pious association of the faithful.  If not, the indulgence is only partial.

Concerning Indulgences: An indulgence is the remission of the temporal punishment due for sin whose guilt has already been forgiven. It is a partial indulgence if it frees you partially from the temporal punishment due for your sin, and plenary if it frees you completely. Both partial and plenary indulgences can be applied to the dead, but only by means of suffrage.  Furthermore, you can only gain a plenary indulgence once a day, unless your are near death.  Finally, these are the conditions that you are required to fulfill for receiving an indulgence: Sacrament of Confession, Holy Communion, prayer for the intention of the Pope, and freedom from all sin, even venial.  If you are not detached from such sin, or if you have not fulfilled any of the other conditions, your indulgence is partial. 

ENROLLMENT

If you are a Catholic in the Southern United States who is fully prepared and ready to enroll in the Confraternity of the Rosary after reading this page about the requirements, promises and benefits of the Confraternity membership, please visit the sign-up page here: http://www.jotform.us/form. You may only enroll yourself, not your family members or friends, or the deceased.  After your enrollment form is processed and your name is enrolled in the register, you will be mailed a hard copy of the certificate of your Confraternity membership.


In Christ with Our Lady of the Rosary



Friar Mariano D. Veliz, O.P., Promoter of the Rosary
frmarianovelizop@preachmypsalter.com