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Old Dec 26, '10, 4:22 pm
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Default "Devotion to my rosary is a great sign of predestination"

This has always confused me. I thought predestination was not part of Catholic thought?

Luckily, if this means it's a sign of predestination to Heaven, and this is valid Catholic thought, there's hope for me.
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To God, all moments of time are present in their immediacy. When therefore he establishes his eternal plan of "predestination", he includes in it each person's free response to his grace: "In this city, in fact, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place."395 For the sake of accomplishing his plan of salvation, God permitted the acts that flowed from their blindness.396

395 Acts 4:27-28; cf. Ps 2:1-2.
396 Cf. Mt 26:54; Jn 18:36; 19:11; Acts 3:17-18.
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Happily, Catholics do not mean the same thing by "predestination" that Calvinists mean.

Although we can't be absolutely certain of the state of our souls, there are signs that -- if we pay attention to them -- indicate which road we're on. For example, in his Dialogue of Comfort against Tribulation, St. Thomas More says that a life totally devoid of trials and tribulations is a sign of damnation, and that soon. And St. Alphonsus Liguori says that he who prays is certainly saved, and he who does not pray is certainly damned.

I take this promise of the Rosary in the same vein. It does not mean that we can do whatever we want, as long as we pray the Rosary; it does mean, I think, that if we are devoted to the Rosary, we are using a means provided to us to win through to salvation, and it will prove efficacious as long as we persevere in it.
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