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S.V. wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am a young mother and yesterday I was at Mass.  I don't know a lot about being Catholic but I am slowly learning — I come from a different culture. In my culture, we believe in curses and black magic and all those related things and although I don't really believe in them, I am afraid of them.

Someone approached me and gave me a porcelain box that said in golden letters:

"His Love endures forever."

and inside was a Rosary — I am a really quiet person and I don't socialize much.

  • Is this a normal practice?
  • Should I keep it?
  • I am not sure what to do?
  • What if it is from someone who wishes something bad happen to me?

Thanks,

S.V.

  { Seeing I come from a culture that believes in curses and black magic should I keep this Rosary? }

Mike replied:

Hi, S.V. —

Thanks for the question.

I am assuming, by your question, that you are not a Catholic but interested in finding out what we believe as Catholics, since you had been attending Mass.

If you wish to go deeper, consider buying a cheap copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to learn everything we believe as Catholics.

You said:
In my culture, we believe in curses and black magic and all those related things and although I don't really believe in them, I am afraid of them.

As Catholics, we would encourage you to stay away from these things. Paragraphs 2117 and 2138 from the Catechism elaborate on this issue below:

Under Divination and magic

2117 All practices of magic or sorcery, by which one attempts to tame occult powers, so as to place them at one's service and have a supernatural power over others - even if this were for the sake of restoring their health - are gravely contrary to the virtue of religion. These practices are even more to be condemned when accompanied by the intention of harming someone, or when they have recourse to the intervention of demons. Wearing charms is also reprehensible. Spiritism often implies divination or magical practices; the Church for her part warns the faithful against it. Recourse to so-called traditional cures does not justify either the invocation of evil powers or the exploitation of another's credulity.

2138 Superstition is a departure from the worship that we give to the true God. It is manifested in idolatry, as well as in various forms of divination and magic.

You said:
Someone approached me and gave me a porcelain box that said in golden letters:

"His Love endures forever."

and inside was a Rosary — I am a really quiet person and I don't socialize much.

  • Is this a normal practice?
  • Should I keep it?
  • I am not sure what to do?
  • What if it is from someone who wishes something bad happen to me?

I would consider the person who gave the porcelain box with a Rosary in it, a good friend.
There is no need to be afraid of the Rosary. Praying the Rosary is a powerful weapon in destroying the demonic in a persons life.

I used to run a free Rosary for Protestants program that sent Rosaries to seeking Protestants and non-Christians but no longer have the financial or operational means to do this anymore. Nevertheless, if you wish get your hands on a free Rosary just Google for one.

It's a great devotion because whether you are a Catholic Christian, Protestant Christian, or non-Christian, we are meditating on the lives of both Jesus, Our Lord, and Mary, His Mother and it has many blessings attached to praying it.

If you want to know how to pray the Rosary read this posting:

Can you tell a very interested newbie how to hold and pray the Rosary and how to use the beads?

Here is the history behind the Rosary:

It was in the year 1214 that the Church received the Rosary in its present form and according to the method we use today. It was given to the Church by St. Dominic, who had received it from the Blessed Virgin as a means of converting the Albigensians and other sinners. Saint Dominic, seeing that the gravity of people's sins was hindering the conversion of the Albigensians, withdrew into a forest near Toulouse, where he prayed continuously for three days and three nights. During this time he did nothing but weep and did harsh penances in order to appease the anger of God. At one point, he feel into a coma after which our Lady appeared to him, accompanied by three angels, and said,

Dear Dominic, do you know which weapon the Blessed Trinity wants to use to reform the world?

Oh, my Lady, answered Saint Dominic, You know far better than I do, because next to your Son Jesus Christ you have always been the chief instrument of our salvation.

Then Our Lady replied, I want you to know that, in this kind of warfare, the principal weapon has always been the Angelic Psalter, which is the foundation-stone of the New Testament.

Therefore, if you want to reach these hardened souls and win them over to God, preach my Psalter.

So he arose, comforted, and burning with zeal for the conversion of the people in that district, he made straight for the cathedral.

At once unseen angels rang the bells to gather the people together, and Saint Dominic began to preach.

The Angelic Psalter is just another name for the Rosary. Treat it like the American Express Card:

Don't leave home without it. : )

I hope this helps,

Mike

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