The Popes Appeal

In a letter to His Eminence Cardinal Griffin,  Archbishop of Westminister, on the occasion of the Family Rosary Crusade in Wembley, London. His holiness Pope Pius XII mad the following appeal:-

Never before has the world been so direly in need of prayer as at the present time, when a dangerous form of materialism tends to undermine man’s relations with his Creator and with his fellow man and to destroy the sanctity of family life.

The most powerful antidote against the evils that threaten human society is prayer, especially collective prayer, for Our Devine one has said: “If two of you shall consent upon earth concerning anything whatsoever they shall ask, it shall be done unto them by my Father who is in heaven.

For where there are two or three gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them” (Matt XVIII, 19-20)

And what form of collective prayer could be more simple and yet ore efficacious than the Family Rosary, in which parents and children join together in supplicating the Eternal Father, through the intercession of their most loving Mother, meditating meanwhile on the most sacred mysteries f our faith? There is no surer means of calling down God’s Blessing upon the family and especially of preserving peace and happiness in the home than the daily recitation of the Rosary. And apart from its supplicatory power, the family rosary can have very far reaching effects, for, for if the habit of this pious practice is inculcated into children at a and impressionable age, they, too, will be faithful to the Rosary in after life and their faith will be nourished and strengthened…..

We earnestly exhort  those of Our beloved children towards whom the Crusade has been directed to regard the join recitation of the Rosary in the family circle as the most important collective act in their daily lives, and a most certain way of obtaining the spiritual and temporal favours of which they stand in need.

Taken from Irish Independent Souvenir of Father Peyton’s Rosary Crusade in Ireland 1954.