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Thursday, 4 May 2006

Reparation for Blasphemy

Barbara Nicolosi at Church of the Masses has a thoughtful post called "Zeal for Your Name"... Embarrasses Me? in response to someone who said, re. the DVC "Jesus doesn't need us to defend him". She proposes the very good idea of 40 hours devotion in reparation for the blasphemies of the DVC.

For those who can't manage the 40 hours, here is a thought. The Divine Praises were composed in the late 18th century to be recited in reparation for public blasphemy. Pope Pius VII added indulgences to them and they became a popular devotion, usually recited at Benediction. People have forgotten the reason for their institution and so I occasionally remind my people by saying something like "Let us now recite the Divine Praises in reparation for blasphemy, especially blasphemies in the mass media" or something similar. I will certainly take the opportunity, reminded by Barbara, of inviting people to say them in reparation for the blasphemies in the DVC.
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