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Popular Devotional Practices: Basic Questions and Answers (USCCB)

According to paragraph 4, Popular Devotional Practices: Basic Question and Answers, November 12, 2023 on the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) website, "Because popular devotional practices have such an important role in the spiritual life of Catholics, we, the bishops of the United States, have prepared this text to respond to questions that commonly arise in regard to such devotions. We aim to provide some explanation of popular devotional practices and their proper function in the life of the Church. On the one hand, we expect that, equipped with a fuller understanding of the proper role of popular devotional practices, the faithful will be better able to avoid possible misapplications and to recognize devotions whose appropriateness is questionable. On the other hand, we hope to encourage the faithful to make use of sound devotional practices, so that their lives might be filled in various ways with praise and worship of God. Faithful practice of popular devotions can help us experience God in our everyday lives and conform us more closely to Jesus Christ. As Pope Pius XII pointed out, the purpose of popular devotional practices is to attract and direct our souls to God, purifying them from their sins, encouraging them to practice virtue and, finally, stimulating them to advance along the path of sincere piety by accustoming them to meditate on the eternal truths and disposing them better to contemplate the mysteries of the human and divine natures of Christ."

To read what the bishops have to say in its entirety, (which we recommend), please click here.

The Divine Mercy

The Divine Mercy devotion is a Catholic devotion that focuses on God's mercy and love, and the desire to share that love with others. The devotion's message is that God loves all of us, and that His mercy is greater than our sins. The devotion encourages people to trust in God, receive His mercy, and share it with others.

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First Saturday

The First Saturday Devotion is a request made by Our Lady of Fatima. The devotion is performed on the first Saturday of five consecutive months. The devotion's purpose is to make reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the sins of men.

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7 Sorrows Rosary

We pray this Rosary to learn to suffer with love, as Mary, the Mother of Jesus, did. The 7 Sorrows Rosary leads us to understand our suffering, sins, and sorrows. Doing so helps us better live a life of joy in the Lord so that we can serve others as St. Bridget and Marie-Claire did.

Click here to access the Our Lady of Sorrows, 7 Sorrows Rosary booklet.

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