I hate to receive mass e-mails from other people, even good people when it looks like a chain letter. But going around is a picture of the Pope John Paul with what appears to be Mary, and it is written to assume it was hidden by the vatican. What? Anyway, how do you feel when you get these chain letters/prayers if you say them and forward them you will be blessed…
do you have a copy of this picture?
I delete any chain mail emails I get.
Yes, I receive these silly superstitious chain emails as well. Unfortunately, they come from well meaning people (even people in Religious communities/orders) who don't know any better.
I've also received a "St. Therese make a wish Novena Prayer" with an attached photo of a Church window of St. Teresa of Avila.
I've also asked this question on an older thread "What exactly is a Prayer Chain? Why is it a sin?"
I honestly think that chain emails can do more harm than good. You can browse around (in Search) for chain letters or emails on CAF.
Here's an older thread:
You can kindly explain to the people sending you chain emails that you're not interested in chain emails (of any kind) and explain this (below in quotes) to them or you can copy and paste it and send it back to them.
III. "YOU SHALL HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME"
2111 Superstition is the deviation of religious feeling and of the practices this feeling imposes. It can even affect the worship we offer the true God, e.g., when one attributes an importance in some way magical to certain practices otherwise lawful or necessary. To attribute the efficacy of prayers or of sacramental signs to their mere external performance, apart from the interior dispositions that they demand, is to fall into superstition.41
I have also wondered about the picture of Pope John Paul II and Our Lady of Czestochowa too.
Thanks, this helps me feel less guilty when I hit the delete button:
If it’s the picture I’m thinking of, yeah, it’s real. A real painting. A real product of an artist’s imagination.
Next time you receive such a message reply back saying that you are asking
Our Lady of Czechtochowa and Pope John Paul II to intercede for him/her.
Is this the one you mean?
I actually sent an email to The Most Reverend Thomas Wenski regarding the FWD. email and if this was true or not?
Here is the reply I received this email today from
Teresa Martinez [email]email@example.com[/email] and
Mary Ross Agosta [email]firstname.lastname@example.org[/email]
The image you reference is a stained glass window commissioned for the 10th anniversary of Episcopal ordination of Bishop Thomas Wenski. The image used as inspiration for the stained glass was a holy card that incorporated an image of Our Lady of Czestochowa and Pope John Paul II. The image had been purchased at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa. The stained glass window is a beautiful representation of Our Lady of Czestochowa, who was, of course, dearly loved by Pope John Paul II.
Thank you for your inquiry.
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If I get anything that I feel might be worthwhile forwarding (even if it’s just a "Say an Our Father for the person who sent this), I ALWAYS delete the superstitious and ‘send this to X people’ mumbo jumbo. Many times it takes it from a 3000-line email down to a 10-line email.:eek:
Whenever I receive an email like this I always think but I do Pray for everyone or if I receive one of those “make me feel guilty” emails like if believe in Jesus you’ll forward this to everyone you know it makes me think what if I didn’t have email? Would that mean that me and all the people who don’t have internet access or a computer don’t believe in God? <–This is just a rhetorical question of course.
I too, was curious about the photo of Our Blessed Mother and Pope that’s why I sent an email to the Bishop or his secretary.
This is just my own personal opinion but when I first saw this image of Our Blessed Mother it actually scared me and I have to admit it still scares me. However, I do like the stained glass window one much better.