Octobri Mense

This is an Encyclical by Pope Leo XIII about the Rosary, this is one of the several he wrote about the Rosary. This one is like so many which just asks the faithful to pray the Rosary during the month of October. I find it pretty funny how this was written in 1891 and it seems like it could have been written in this century. As “The world goes on its laborious way, proud of its riches, of its power, of its arms, of its genius; the Church goes onward along the course of ages with an even step, trusting in God only, to Whom, day and night, she lifts her eyes and her suppliant hands.” Pope Leo turns toward the “storm of evils, in the midst of which the Church struggles so strenuously, reveals to all her pious children the holy duty whereto they are bound to pray to God with instance, and the manner in which they may give to their prayers the greater power. Faithful to the religious example of our fathers, let us have recourse to Mary, our holy Sovereign. Let us entreat, let us beseech, with one heart, Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ, our Mother.” We still struggle against the storms of evil which threaten the world in which we live. As we follow the advice of Leo XIII let us pull out our rosary and pray a decade or five for the the struggle continues and we can turn to Mary, our Mother for help.

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