Friday, August 29, 2008

Steve Ray - Wearing Rosary Keeps Away Demons?

On the May 8, 2008, edition of Catholic Answers Live, I was amazed to hear Steve Ray reference (seemingly approvingly) a book called, "The Secret of the Rosary," for the idea that wearing a rosary "around your neck keeps the Devil away - it keeps the evil powers away, because they hate the rosary and they hate the crucifix ... ." I can safely say that wearing a rosary has about equal efficacy in keeping demons away as does wearing a scapular or dousing oneself in "holy water." In short, it has no power at all.

Meanwhile, enjoy the ecumenical flavor of that most lovely work:

The heretics, all of whom are children of the devil and clearly bear the sign of God's reprobation, have a horror of the Hail Mary. They still say the Our Father but never the Hail Mary; they would rather wear a poisonous snake around their necks than wear a scapular or carry a rosary.


And truly, I would rather (as Louis de Montfort claims) have a king cobra round my neck than participate in the superstitious and anti-Christian tradition of the rosary or the scapula. I think the portion Steve Ray was referring to was this:

Blessed Alan relates that a man he knew had tried desperately all kinds of devotions to rid himself of the evil spirit which possessed him, but without success. Finally, he thought of wearing his rosary round his neck, which eased him considerably. He discovered that whenever he took it off the devil tormented him cruelly, so he resolved to wear it night and day. This drove the evil spirit away forever because he could not bear such a terrible chain. Blessed Alan also testifies that he delivered a great number of those who were possessed by putting a rosary around their necks.


This may be from an eighteenth century book, but make no mistake, these superstitious beliefs are alive today, as evidenced by Mr. Ray's comment.

-TurretinFan

2 comments:

natamllc said...

aaah, anyone read their Bibles?

Read this:

Mat 4:3 And the tempter came and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread."


or this one:

Mat 4:5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple
Mat 4:6 and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, "'He will command his angels concerning you,' and "'On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.'"


and of course this one too:

Mat 4:8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.
Mat 4:9 And he said to him, "All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me."


AAAh, am I missing something here?

This is Jesus Christ, Son of God being molested by the devil, yes?

Maybe I have a different translation than you? Oh yeah, those verses were quotes from the ESV.

What does your translation read?

It seems to me that the devil has Steve Ray right where he wants him, or maybe not?

Anyone want me to quote the first couple chapters of Job? Or how about this one:

1Ch 21:1 Then Satan stood against Israel and incited David to number Israel.


In the book of Job we see "God" point out Job to Satan:

"hey, hater of God, do you see my servant Job?" Hmmmmmm, what? Apparently when Satan was walking up and down on the earth he missed seeing or knowing Job so God had to show him him.

No! My God would not do that, would He? :)

Here's the help and counsel that will help us when Satan comes around our face:

Act 20:32 And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

John said...

Maybe when he threw in the towel and put that stupid thing on his neck, the enemy knew he didn't have to bug him anymore.