A Reader Asks: “Have You Heard of the ‘Drops of Blood’ Devotion That Promises a Shortcut to Heaven?”
What Are We to Think of the “Promises”
For the “Drops of the Blood of Christ” Devotion?
There Seems to Be No End to the Number of Such “Promises
As a “Shortcut” to Heaven
Such “Promises” Are Not a Matter of Doctrine
Not even a Legitimate Pope Can Add to the Deposit of Faith
Which Comes to Us only from Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition
In Catholic Moral Theology, We Are Bound to Avoid Superstition
Dear TRADITIO Fathers:
Recently I heard of a devotion to Christ’s “28,430 drops of blood lost during the Passion,” which promises Heaven to anyone who says three Paters, three Aves, and three Glorias a day for three years. The individual would be considered a “martyr,” and the “promise” purported extends to relatives to the fourth generation.
What are we to think about the validity of such “promises”?
The TRADITIO Fathers Reply.
It seems that there is no end to the number of such “promises,” promising this or that prayer as a “shortcut” to Heaven. First of all, be aware that none of such “promises” are doctrinal, but are at best pious beliefs with no ultimate certainty. Not even a legitimate pope can add to the Deposit of Faith, which comes to us only from Sacred Scripture (the Bible) and Sacred Tradition (the Apostles).
There is something crass about such “promises” of a “shortcut” to Heaven. There is no shortcut. The surest way to Heaven is to practice the true (traditional) Catholic faith devoutly, diligently to worship at the true Mass, to have recourse to the true Sacraments, and to practice the Christian moral and spiritual virtues in this life.
Daily prayer is, of course, very important, but there are many forms such prayer can take, and it is often best to vary one’s prayer. The Divine Office is, of course, the highest of such prayers (and there are many more than three Paters, Aves, and Glorias in it anyway). Then there are other traditional prayers such as the Angelus, the Psalter, particularly the Gradual and Penitential Psalms, the Litanies, Office hymns and Gregorian chants (even Christ sang on the way to the Mount of Olives),
Another form of prayer, which many Catholics forget, is mediation, no more than thinking about God. One good way is to spend 10-15 minutes thinking about the Sunday Epistle and Gospel and considering things such as: What is God trying to tell us in this passage. What comes before and after it in the Scriptures (after all, the Epistles and Gospels are only excerpts)? What is the moral and spiritual meaning for me personally about what is being taught. It is useful to have a commentary to consult, such as Fr. George Haydock’s commentary on the Douay-Rheims version.
The important thing is to pray regularly and devoutly. Avoid superstition and shortcuts. In the end, it all depends upon one’s interior disposition, one’s state of soul, and that is determined over a lifetime.
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