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5.0 out of 5 stars TAN edition, 5 Sep 2009
This review is from: The Secret of the Rosary (Paperback)
As far as I know the TAN edition of The Secret Of The Rosary is the only current version which is not infected with JPII's Luminous Mysteries - in other words St. Louis de Montfort's book is untouched and printed as it was written. The only downside to this edition is that the type print is very small...and I needed a larger more easily read typeface for someone with poor eyesight. If you have that problem then you need to go for someone elses edition before Oct 16, 2002 - the dreaded day when JPII interfered with Our Lady. No doubt many of you out there will be of the mind that JPII was the greatest Marian Pope ever and there can be nothing wrong with the Luminous Mysteries...so here is the complaint: the Rosary exists because it is a way of praying the Psalter (the Liturgy) with Our Lady for those who can not read (obviously mostly not too relevant these days) or who have no time to say the Liturgy of the Hours (most of us), hence each Ave represents one psalm, and there are 150 psalms, hence 150 Aves. Now JPII has made it up to 200 Aves, representing...NOTHING! Certainly cannot be the psalms...the Luminous Mysteries themselves are clearly real events in Christ's life, but they are put together this way because JPII was a Phenomenologist, and each of these meditations represents a phenomenal moment - something hidden being revealed...Phenomenology is not Catholic, and while the idea of revealing the hidden is not itself bad, the whole concept in these new Mysteries is coming from a non-Catholic way of thinking...plus, like I say, it has the affect of stopping the Rosary be what it is - a Marian Psalter.
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Initial post: 2 Jun 2012 21:12:45 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Jun 2012 21:17:38 BDT
gille liath says:
Although I haven't got to grips with them myself, I don't see much substance to your objections to the Mysteries of Light. Not Catholic - what does that mean? To my mind they do fill significant gaps in representing the cycle of Christ's life; and let's not forget, that is the Rosary's most important function.

Even so, I have to admit, it puzzles me that JPII thought it a good idea to meddle with such a well-established devotion. A bit like the new translation of the liturgy.

The more immediate concern is that you don't actually say anything about the content of the book. Which is what I would be looking for in a review. :)

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jan 2014 18:37:57 GMT
seans_amhain says:
My own view on the addition of the Luminous Mysteries is that it is proper to say 15 decades to represent the 150 psalms, but now there are different ways of getting up to 15 mysteries. Instead of Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious, you can have Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful one day, then Luminous, Sorrowful, Glorious the next day, so 150 Hail Marys each day as before.
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