Mother Mary said at Fatima: "My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the sure way which will lead you to God." St. Thomas Aquinas said: "The things we love tell us who we are!" With that in mind, I will try to post each day something about Our Blessed Lady, items about the Holy Roman Catholic Church, and public domain Catholic books too! I pray you enjoy my ministry!
Below are two albums of pictures that I created:
1. Our grand daughter Adrianna.
2. Tears of Mary!
MARY, OUR MOTHER
Saturday, October 03, 2015
October: The Month of the Rosary
available Marian image created in the 1880s. The white circular text in
the halo reads: "Je suis l'Immaculée Conception" (French for "I am the
Immaculate Conception"). From Jtdirl's collection. Copyright long
expired. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
October, the Month of the Rosary
Praying the Rosary has the power to change the course of human history. It has indeed done so on several occasions.
renowned Battle of Lepanto is one obvious manifestation of the
extraordinary power of this Marian prayer. In 1571, Pope St. Pius V
called upon Western Christendom to pray the Rosary for victory over the
significantly stronger naval fleet of the Muslim Turks, and specifically
requested the Rosary confraternities to intensify their Rosary prayer
in preparation for the October 7 naval battle. The sailors of the
Christian fleet were likewise armed with the weapon of the Rosary.
wish to draw your attention to the rosary. In fact, throughout the
whole Church, October is the month dedicated to the rosary.
rosary is my favorite prayer. A marvelous prayer! Marvelous in its
simplicity and in its depth. In this prayer we repeat many times the
words that the Virgin Mary heard from the Archangel, and from her
kinswoman Elizabeth. The whole Church joins in these words. It can be
said that the rosary is, in a certain way, a prayer-commentary on the
last chapter of the Constitution Lumen gentium of Vatican II, a chapter which deals with the wonderful presence of the Mother of God in the mystery of Christ and the Church.
Our recent article on the…
The Fifteen Promises of Our Lady to Those Who Pray the Rosary Faithfully
Blessed Virgin Mary promised to Saint Dominic and to all who follow her
urgings that “Whatever you ask in the Rosary will be granted.” These
are the fifteen promises she imparted to Saint Dominic and Blessed Alan
de la Roche, granted to all Christians who faithfully recite the Rosary.
All that remains for us is to pray and to respond to the great graces
she gives to us. –Assistant Ed.
1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces.
2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.
3. The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.
4. The Rosary will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God;…
Children! You have helped me along by your prayers to realize my plans.
Keep on praying that my plan may be completely realized. I request the
families of the parish to pray the Family Rosary. Thank you for having
responded to my call” (Our Lady of Medjugorje, September 27, 1984).
The call to pray the Rosary is the principal form of prayer requested
by the Blessed Mother, not only in the message of Medjugorje but in the
overall Marian message to the modern world. I want to discuss this
favored Marian prayer under three categories. First of all, I will
discuss briefly the Rosary in this general Marian call to the modern
world. Secondly, I will discuss a little bit of the origins, the
history, and the nature of the Rosary. What is this prayer of the Rosary
that Our Lady has called us to so regularly? Thirdly, and… Read more...
Madonna of the Rosary (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Prayer from the Heart: Praying the Rosary Well
is not so much the length of a prayer, but the fervor with which it is
said which pleases Almighty God and touches His Heart. One single Hail
Mary that is said properly is worth more than one hundred and fifty that
are badly said. Most Catholics say the Rosary, the whole fifteen
mysteries or five of them anyway or, at least a few decades. So why is
it then that so few of them give up their sins and go forward in the
spiritual life? It must be because they are not saying them as they
should. It is a good thing to think over how we should pray if we really
want to please God and become more holy.
To say the Holy
Rosary to advantage one must be in a state of grace or at the very least
be fully determined to give up mortal sin. This…
When St. Dominic was preaching the Rosary near Carcassone (1) an
Albigensian was brought to him who was possessed by the devil. St.
Dominic exorcised him in the presence of a great crowd of people; it
appears that more than 12,000 had come to hear him preach. The devils
who were in possession of this wretched man were forced to answer St.
Dominic’s questions in spite of themselves.
They said that:
1. There were 15,000 of them in the body of this poor man, because he had attacked the 15 mysteries of the rosary;
2. They went on to testify that by preaching the Rosary he (Dominic)
put fear and horror into the very depths of hell and that he was the man
they hated most throughout the whole world, because of the souls which
he snatched from them through devotion to the Holy Rosary;
Sister Lucia’s Rosary Meditations: The Joyful Mysteries
visionary and seer, Sr. Lucia of Fatima, provided the world with
profound and inspired Rosary meditations in her book, “Calls” from the
Message of Fatima. We begin this week by presenting her meditations on
the Joyful Mysteries. – Ed.
Having seen that the prayer of the
Rosary is the one which God has recommended most for all of us in
general, both by means of the Church’s Magisterium and through the
Message which He sent to us by Our Lady, we will now look at the
mysteries of our Redemption which this prayer leads us to recall and
contemplate in each decade.
For the majority of Christians who
live in the corrupt atmosphere of the world, it is almost pointless to
talk about mental prayer. Hence, what is most suitable for them is vocal
prayer, in common or in private: the liturgical prayer of the Holy Mass
and the recitation…
of a stained glass window featuring St. Dominic receiving the rosary
from the Virgin Mary by Franz Mayer in Carlow Cathedral (Photo credit:
St. Dominic and Daily Rosary for the Christian Family
Excerpt From: Fausto Appetente Die
Encyclical of Pope Benedict XV on St. Dominic
Loving the Blessed Virgin as a Mother, confiding chiefly in her
patronage, Dominic started his battle for the Faith. The Albigenses,
among other dogmas, attacked both the Divine maternity and the virginity
of Mary. He, attacked by them with every insult, defending to the
utmost of his strength the sanctity of these dogmas, he invoked the help
of the Virgin Mother herself, frequently using these words: “Make me
worthy to praise thee, Sacred Virgin; give me strength against thine
How pleased was the Heavenly Queen with her pious
servant may be easily gathered from this, that she used his ministry to
teach the Most Holy Rosary to the Church, the Spouse of her Son…
That prayer which, being both vocal and mental, in the contemplation especially of the mysteries of religion, while the Lord’s…
and scapular - rosary beads and Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
March 2009 photo by John Stephen Dwyer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Marian Devotion, the Rosary, and the Scapular
following article is an excerpt from a chapter in the recently
published Marian anthology, Mariology: A Guide for Priests, Deacons,
Seminarians, and Consecrated Persons, Seat of Wisdom Books, A Division
of Queenship, 2008. Fifteen international Mariology experts contributed
to the text. The book features a foreword by Archbishop Raymond L. Burke
and has 17 chapters divided into four parts: 1. Mary in Scripture and
the Early Church; 2. Marian Dogma; 3. Marian Doctrine; and 4. Marian
Liturgy and Devotion. The book is now available from Queenship
Publications. To obtain a copy, visit queenship.org. Visit
books.google.com and search on "Mariology: A Guide" to view the book in
its entirety, or simply click here. Asst. Ed.
the April 4, 1954 message of the Lady of All Nations (ecclesiastical
approval, May 31, 2002, see “Church Approves Apparitions of the Lady of
All Nations” article), Our Lady makes a serious comment to theologians
by stating, “from the outset the Handmaid of the Lord was chosen to be
Tell your theologians that they can find it in
all their books!” The Mother then offers further explanation of her
roles of Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate, establishing the
foundation of these roles in her Immaculate Conception. In addition, she
challenges theologians: “Theologians, I ask you, do you still have
objections to this dogma?… I ask you to work for this dogma… do fight
and ask for this dogma: it is the crowning of your Lady!” – Ed.
I see the Lady standing with a serious look on Her face. She says to me, “Once more I am here. Listen…