There is a web page entitled The History of the Rosary. On this page there is a capsule summary of how the Rosary came to be and some of the forms it has taken over the years since 1208, when a guy named Dominic had a visionary encounter with the spirit being Catholics call Mary.
According to fantasy, Catholicism's Earth Mother Goddess made a quite high-level promise to Dominic:
What follows next is a short version of the Rosary's mutations down through the centuries to 1568, when this Catholic mantra was more or less standardized. Well, not terribly standardized, as the following paragraph from the same article manifests:
As the short history of the Rosary dwindles down, that section of the page closes with these pithy words informing that there is: “. . . much more for one to explore and discover about the Rosary, this most pleasing prayer to God.”
"Most pleasing prayer to God?" Of the bazillion repetitions of prayers chanted by Catholic faithful as they drone their way through the decades of the Rosary, one cannot but observe that the great bulk of the monotonous repetitions are directed to Mary, not to God. I realize that it is not uncommon for Catholic faithful to be abysmally ignorant concerning the Sacred Scriptures, but one should think they would notice the disparity between the number of prayers rendered to God and those offered to Catholicism's Queen of Heaven and Earth. One would think that they would at least have some working familiarity with the Ten Commandments, which start out thusly:
Forget all those newspaper photos of John Paul II bowing before a statue representing Catholic Mary, even kissing the thing. I reckon we are supposed to believe that God was only kidding when He carved the above words into the stone tables that He gave to Moses. Or should we adopt a more Catholic-friendly position and believe that God made a special dispensation to permit bowing down to and serving Catholic Mary? Yeah. Sure He did.
Above, I quoted words allegedly uttered by Catholic Mary in which she promised to "save the world." Whoa! That's big time stuff. Kinda gives one pause to wonder why the Holy Spirit would have inspired the Beloved Apostle to write the following words if Mary was going to do the saving:
Again, I ask whether Catholics believe that God was just kidding when He gave us these words?
Not likely; particularly when one considers the next inspired verse in that passage:
If one continue to read at the Rosary page, he will learn about the vision of Simon Stock in 1251, and more Marian promises to save folks who worship her
In 1322, Pope John XXII got into the act when he established the Sabbatine Privilege, which was another Marian get-out-of-jail-free card. I guess the old boy didn't want to be left out of the spiritualistic good times that were going on in those medieval years. The Rosary web page explains why the pope did what he did:
Sure seem to have been a lot of visions and things in those days. I wonder if that was the result of too much communion wine or poor dietary hygiene. If you go there, it might be a good idea to take along an airsick bag or something similar.
Catholics love their "Mary". They love to pray to her with their "hyperdulia" worship (which isn't 'really" worship--yeah sure wink wink) They think that they are honoring God by honoring "His mother". Yes, Mary was the birth-mother of Jesus but she was not the mother-creator of God. As part of God's redemptive program, the Eternal Being we call the Second Person of the Trinity took residence within the virgin womb of Mary. Mary certainly carried and nurtured the God-Man Jesus and delivered Him through her birth canal, but she is not the Mother of God, who is eternal.
For Catholic Mary to have been the Mother of God means that she must have pre-existed God, Who has always been, in order to be His mother. If this were true, would not Catholic Mary be more god than God? This calls to mind the Mormon doctrine that Jesus Christ, who is a god, was conceived by a spirit mother and a spirit father.
Respect biblical Mary? Certainly! Pray TO her? NEVER! Pray ONLY to God and to Him alone!
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