“ Heavenly Mother will not disregard the requests for protection.”
May 30, 2020 – The Zenit publication reported this week The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, in conjunction with the Holy See office, was calling today for the Rosary as a world-wide prayer to end the epidemic COViD-19 virus seen across the world. Heartfelt yes, but is it a prayer for the whole world? And is it consistent with the pope’s letter and call for Christian unity on May 26?
World wide? I don’t think the evangelical Christian Franklin Graham was invited to that event, and I don’t think he will be participating in this event, as the Rosary is prayed by Catholic Christians.
This invocation differs from the inclusive Our Father prayer offered earlier this year by the pope on March 25; that was also offered as a prayer for the world against the same COVID-19 virus.
The Zenit article implied that the Rosary is a fitting prayer for today, as a closing for the Marian month of May (dedicated to Mary by praying the daily Rosary).
The event occurs today on the eve of the Pentecost feast day, a universal Christian remembrance. That day is noted as the time the Holy Spirit infused the Christian believers with the power to take the new gospel to the far corners of the world. Christians universally recognize this as the day the Christian church was given the “gifts of the Holy Spirit,” described in the Christian bible in First Corinthians chapter 12 as follows:
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things …
Contrast that to what Pope Francis said in the previously cited address on May 26 about Christian unity:
One thing is certain, Unity is not chiefly the result of our activity, but a gift of the Holy Spirit. Yet, unity will not come about as a miracle at the very end. Rather, unity comes about in journeying; the Holy Spirit does this on the journey …
Pope Francis should know what the true gifts of the Holy Spirit are, unity is not one of them. Many Christian denominations might state they believe they more properly use the “gifts” stated in that bible passage. Therein lies the reason to start a different denomination.
One might argue Pope Francis is really calling back believers to the Catholic Church which is the true successor to Peter the apostle, the member of the twelve disciples that followed Christ as stated in Catholic doctrines.
But then Pope Francis confuses the total argument when the Vatican stated this in 2019 in advance of meeting the Moslem cleric in Abu Dhabi to sign an agreement:
The pluralism and the diversity of religions, colour, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom, through which He created human beings.Pent
This divine wisdom is the source from which the right to freedom of belief and the freedom to be different derives. Therefore, the fact that people are forced to adhere to a certain religion or culture must be rejected, as too the imposition of a cultural way of life that others do not accept.
One has trouble trying to make sense of it all when this seems to negate both evangelism to non-believers, and the unity needed among different Christian denominations.
And to bring all of this together, it might be argued that it weakens the pope’s call for a Christian unity while he is working to further promote Mary as a route to Jesus, – having said this in 2018:
Devotion to Mary is not spiritual etiquette; it is a requirement of the Christian life
It seems to escape the pope that the reason for lack of unity might reside more with the Catholic Church falling away from the fundamentals than with a “Protestant” rebellion against the truth — a truth handed down by one after another human designated as “pope.”