Sunday, October 11, 2015

When the Rosary proved to be a shield against atomic radiations (2)

-- A Moment with Mary --

Une Minute avec Marie
An initiative of the Mary of Nazareth Association

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 11- The Motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary

When the Rosary proved to be a shield against atomic radiations (2)

Father Hubert Schiffer, one of the German Jesuits spared by the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, lived to the age of 63. He was 30 at the time of the explosion on Aug. 6, 1945.

Some attempted to explain through tests how he and his community could have survived with no adverse effects on their health, but no answer could be found. And when the survivors said that it was due to their daily prayer of the Rosary, scientists rejected that proposition. Father Schiffer later said: "They still can’t explain why... We believe that we survived because we lived the message of Fatima. We lived and prayed the Rosary every day in that house."

Similarly, in Nagasaki, Japan, the Franciscan convent of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, where the brothers were praying the Rosary daily, was also spared. The H-bomb "Fat Man," which was dropped on the city on Aug. 9, 1945, three days after Hiroshima, miraculously spared the convent built behind a small hill that protected it, while 80% of the city was destroyed. "Those who propagate my Rosary will be helped by me in all their necessities," the Virgin had promised.

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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).