[quote=TridentineFan]This is a great thread and we have a growing stack of old Magnificats!
Because they are sold, they cannot be blessed. It would be unwise to have them blessed after their purchase because then the owner has to take very special care of them for all of the future. Blessed items may not be thrown away or sold, and must be burned in a special way by a priest.
I made a mistake in the past of giving medals blessed by the pope to my Protestant friends. I did not mentioned to the friends that they were blessed because I was trying to secretly spread around papal blessings in hopes of their conversion. Later I realized I had done a foolish thing because my Protestant friends will someday lose or throw away those blessed objects!
I am purposefully not having my missal blessed because I use it as a tool by writing biblical references or other notes in the margins. If I have it blessed, according to a cleric I know, I would then need to treat it with increased respect–as a sacramental, not a tool of worship–and could no longer write in it.
Sorry if this is veering too far away from the thread . . .
I think you are right on as it addresses the difference between a sacramental and a tool. Also, how having it blessed requires a different degree of care. In my opinion, the OP is melding the two together and is not a good thing as it essentially brings a blessed sacramental down a peg and raises up a tool up a peg.
This being said, I’m not sure that is de facto in appropriate to write in a Bible that has been blessed. Mine has been blessed and I underline in it all the time. I would hate to now find out I have to get a new Bible for reading and put the old one on a shelf. Seems counter-intuitive to me. Would love clarification on this issue.
We can sweat and bleed on a scapular. Seems that writing notes to ourselves or underlining in the Bible would be the same thing- related to the sacramental being used for its purpose.