This web page consists of two parts or roses, one on a short way to the
Truth of the Catholic faith, which is a short meditation preceded by
the Hail Mary prayer to be attentive to the holy Truth.
After the meditation, another Hail Mary follows, either in thanksgiving
for the Cathlic faith if you are already a Catholic and simply wanted
to reinvigorate your faith or in thanksgiving for this opportunity to
reflect on faith and truth, asking Our Lady's assistance to enter the
The second part is a prayer to Our Lady for those with troubles and can
be said to be a good universal accompaniment to the universal Hail
Mary. These are troubled times, indeed and we are all to some degree
suffering real affliction, in our homes, our families, the workplace
and in our beloved Church.
Say the Hail Mary
A SHORT WAY TO TRUTH
by Fr. John J. Burke, C.S.P.
What is your most Important
Business in this Life?
is to save your soul. "What shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole
world and suffer the loss of his own soul," says our Blessed Saviour
(Mark viii. 36).
What must you do to Save Your
must follow the religion taught by Christ. "Go ye into the whole
world," He said to His Apostles, "and preach the Gospel to every
creature. He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved; but he
that believeth not, shall be condemned" (Mark xvi. 15, 16).
How many Religions did Christ
certainly only one, for this plain reason, that He cannot contradict
Himself. As St. Paul tells you that there is "one Lord" and "one Faith"
(Ephes. iv. 5).
What, therefore, is to be
thought of the many Religions in this Country?
our Saviour taught but one religion, it must follow that all these
religions are false except one, wherever that is. Hence St. Paul says,
in his epistle to the Galatians (i. 8): "Though we, or an Angel from
Heaven, preach a Gospel to you other than that which we have preached,
let him be anathema."
Is it not very uncharitable to
say that all Religions are false except one?
is not more uncharitable than to point out the right road to one when
he is on a journey; and to tell him all other roads will lead him
But are you not safe in following the
Religion in which you were born?
what you have been reading, it is as clear as noonday that you are not
safe in following the religion in which you were born, unless it be the
one true religion which Christ taught.
But how are you to find out the
must truly and heartily repent of all the sins you have committed; you
must have no other wish than to learn the will of God and to do it; you
must be resolved that neither persecutions nor losses, nor worldly
interest, nor anything else whatsoever, shall prevent you from doing
the will of God, when you know what that will is; and you must often
pray that He will teach you His holy will, saying: "Lord, what wilt
Thou have me to do?" (Acts ix. 6). If you will follow this advice, you
may be sure that God will hear your prayer and lead you into the right
way (Luke xi. 13; Matt. vii. 7, 8).
You should also look about you, and inquire which is the one true
religion. You will soon find, in the New Testament, that Christ
established a Church upon earth; that He built it upon a rock, and
declared that the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it (Matt.
xvi. 18); you will find that He gave His Church authority to teach His
religion, and commanded all to hear and obey it (Matt. xviii. 17; Luke
x. 16; Acts ix. 6, 7; x. 5, 6) that this Church cannot teach error;
being "the pillar and ground of the truth" (1 Tim. iii. 15) and that by
following what it teaches you will be freed from all doubt and
perplexity about the way to Heaven, and will no longer be tossed about
by every wind of doctrine (Ephes. iv. 11-15). You will find, in short,
that you will be as sure of learning the religion of Christ from this
Church as if you heard Him speaking to you Himself: "He that heareth
you, heareth Me" (Luke x. 16).
A further examination will make clear to you that this Church is no
other than that which you often truly say was the first and will be the
last and which all Christians say they believe when they repeat the
Apostles' Creed: "I believe in the Holy Catholic Church." Yes, this is
the Church which Christ built on a rock, which has stood for nineteen
hundred years, and has triumphed over all the persecutions raised
against it; this is the Church from which all other churches have
separated, whilst it has always remained the same as our Saviour
established it. Death! Judgment!
Heaven! Hell! Eternity!
Say the Hail Mary
PRAYER FOR ALL IN TROUBLE
Most Blessed Virgin, in your life of glory,
remember the sorrows of earth.
Look with kindness on those who suffer,
who struggle against difficulties,
who drink unceasingly the bitterness of this life.
Have pity on those who love each other and are separated.
Have pity on the lonely of heart.
Have pity on the weakness of our faith.
Have pity on the objects of our affection.
Have pity on those who weep, those who pray;
those who fear . . . Obtain for all hope and peace.
Originally published during World War II for the Marine
Corps, it enjoys an Imprimatur
and Nihil Obstat