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!
October is the Month of the Rosary. This year A Moment with Mary has chosen to dedicate each daily meditation to the holy Rosary that Pope Benedict XII (d.1730) called: “The supreme remedy for errors and vices.”
October 5 – Death of Blessed Bartolo Longo, founder of the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary in Pompeii, Italy (d.1926)
Saved by the Blessed Virgin Mary
Images from Wilipedia
Blessed Bartolo Longo lived from 1841 to 1926 in Italy. As a student, he was introduced to spiritualism and he gradually came under the domination of the powers of evil because of it. Physically exhausted by his occult practices, he almost lost his mind, until eventually he rediscovered a very devout childhood friend who encouraged him to meet with a holy priest.
The next day, Bartolo nervously entered a church dedicated to the Holy Rosary to meet Father Radente. There he made a good confession. Delivered from his errors through the intervention of the Blessed Virgin Mary, he would later talk about the action of the devil in spiritism: “I have experienced it—the Blessed Virgin Mary saved me from the evil clutches of Satan.”
Soon after this, while walking through a field he heard a mysterious voice tell him: “If you seek salvation, promulgate the Rosary. This is Mary’s own promise.” Full of gratitude, he gave himself entirely to this apostolate. He became a Dominican Tertiary and an apostle of the Rosary, evangelizing the area of Pompeii. There, he built a basilica where the Virgin has bestowed great favors on the faithful. Bartolo Longo was beatified in 1980 by Saint John Paul II.
The month of October, a month when we especially like to pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary, is traditionally called the Month of the Rosary. The holy Rosary is composed of twenty decades. Each decade is recited in honor of a mystery in the life of Christ and that of Our Lady. It is customary to recite five decades at a time while meditating on one set of mysteries. We usually pray one specific set on each day the week in the following way:
– On Monday and Saturday we pray the Joyful Mysteries: The Annunciation, The Visitation, The Nativity, The Presentation of Jesus, and The Finding of Jesus in the Temple. – On Tuesday and Friday we pray the Sorrowful Mysteries: The Agony of Jesus, The Scourging, The Crowning with Thorns, The Carrying of the Cross, and The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus. – On Wednesday and Sunday we pray the Glorious Mysteries: The Resurrection, The Ascension, The Descent of the Holy Spirit, The Assumption of the Virgin Mary, and The Coronation of the Virgin Mary. – On Thursday we pray the Mysteries of Light: The Baptism of Jesus, The Wedding at Cana, The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God, The Transfiguration, and The Institution of the Holy Eucharist.
The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated on October 7th. This feast was instituted by Pope Pius V in 1573, to thank the Virgin Mary for the victory of Lepanto (1571).