Ingruentium Malorum

This encyclical comes from Pius XII and is about reciting the Rosary. It came out in 1951 about a decade into Pope Pius XII’s papacy. Ingruentium Malorum begins with a reflection that from the beginning of his papacy 1939 “…We have never ceased, in the face of approaching evils, to entrust to the most powerful protection of the Mother of God the destiny of the human family…”, this means that since Pius became Pope he has been entrusting the human family under the protection of Mary. At the time of writing the world was only six years away from WWII, and there was still some hatred simmering between nations (Cold War) and there has been an uptick in church persecution.

Pius tells us to “fly with greater confidence to the Mother of God. There, the Christian people have always sought chief refuge in the hour of danger, because as Irenaeus said “she has been constituted the cause of salvation for the whole human race.”” With this he encourages us to pick up the Rosary and pray it. Pius strongly suggests that families pray the rosary together since in praying it the family becomes a place of sancity, and by praying the Rosary it teaches the faith to the children and teach the adults to live, through the examples of Jesus and Mary. Pius wishes that Mary be moved by the prayers of her daughters and sons “asking that those who have miserably wandered from the path of truth and virtue may, with new fervor, find it again; that hatred and rivalry, which are the sources of discord and every kind of mishap, may be put aside, and that a true, just, and genuine peace may shine again upon individuals, families, peoples, and nations. And, finally, may she obtain that, after the rights of the Church have been secured in accord with justice, its beneficent influence may penetrate without obstacle the hearts of men, the social classes, and the avenues of public life so as to join people among themselves in brotherhood and lead them to that prosperity which regulates, preserves, and coordinates the rights and duties of all without harming anyone and which daily makes for greater and greater mutual friendship and collaboration.”

Finally, Pius tells us to not forget about those in prison/concentration camps since they are still members of the human family.  and offers his Apostolic blessing on those who read this encyclical but especially those who pray the Rosary in October.

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