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matter how mighty and powerful, all things, even mountains and oceans
come to an end. I gave my life to extol the beauty of the Family Rosary.”
Fr. Peyton’s fervor in promoting the praying of the Rosary to
strengthen family life remains an inspiring context for considering pop-
ular devotion and sacramentals. This dimension of Church life has
proven to be a perennial source for discovering and relating God’s
active presence and for applying it to the details of daily Christian life.
Sacramentals are sacred signs instituted by the Church.
They are sacred signs that bear a resemblance to the
—CCC, no. 1667
Sacramentals dispose believers to receive the chief effects of the
Sacraments. They are sacred signs that resemble the Sacraments in the
sense that they signify spiritual effects that are obtained through the
intercession of the Church. Sacramentals include blessings, actions such
as processions, prayers such as the Rosary, and objects such as holy
water, palms, ashes, candles, and medals.
The Church instituted sacramentals to sanctify certain ministries,
states of life, and the variety of situations in which Christians are
involved. Their use has been guided by bishops’ pastoral decisions in
responding to specific needs that are particular to a given period of his-
tory or locality. They include a prayer, usually with a gesture such as the
Sign of the Cross or the sprinkling of holy water.
14 Quoted by Holy Cross Family Ministries,http://www.familyrosary.org.