Sunday, January 20, 2019

Fifteen Promises of the Rosary~The Third Promise

    The third promise to those who faithfully pray the Rosary is that this prayer shall be a powerful armor against hell. It will destroy vice, decrease sin and defeat heresies. Jesus is the Incarnate Word of Our Creator. There is no duplicity in Jesus. His love and mercy are unconditional.
      The the evil one otherwise known as the "father of lies" lures souls through deception. The dire eternal consequences of sin are disguised by his false promises of wealth, popularity and painless immortality. God is truth. Real life involves joy, sorrow, happiness and suffering. True Christian behavior is vividly depicted in the words and actions of Our Lady. It is of great significance that there are very few words spoken by our Lady in Scripture. Her actions, exemplified by quiet obedience, trust, sacrificial love, fidelity and purity, outshine all elaborate objections to Catholic devotion to her. The Holy Rosary was once called the "Poor Man's Bible." Anyone who understands the history of the practice of praying the Rosary realizes that the central motivation for this prayer is holy contemplation of the life of our Savior. The more we incorporate His words, life and actions into our hearts and souls, the more likely we are to turn away from sin. We are therefore more likely to recognize and be drawn to Him. Many questions about the Holy Rosary are answered  @ Archbishop Fulton Sheen's comprehensive audio presentation. 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Fifteen Promises of the Rosary~The Second Promise

     The second promise of Our Lady to those who faithfully pray the Rosary, is special protection.  Sacred Scripture tells us of Our Heavenly Father's protection of Jesus, Mary and Joseph~ the Holy Family. In today's world, there is a great need for protection of the family.
      Father Patrick Peyton, servant of God, devoted his life to the propagation of devotion to Our Lady through praying the Rosary. He is famous for the saying "The family that prays toegether, stays together." Contemporary families are often crushed by the burden of procuring material posessions and social acceptance. In our culture of instantaneous gratification, there is no room for being still and listening to Jesus. Tranquil surrender to His will is replaced by frenzied and uninhibited free will.  However, many Catholic families have resumed the practice of praying the Rosary together with miraculous results.
     A loved one of mine affectionately remembers listening to Father Peyton's radio program with family members as a child. There is more information about Father Peyton and his work here: 

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Fifteen Promises of the Rosary ~ The First Promise

       Our Blessed Mother's powerful intercession for us is clearly demonstrated in her fifteen promises to Christians who pray the Rosary. The first of these promises is that whoever prays the Rosary faithfully will receive Signal Graces. Signal Graces are those little clues from the Holy Spirit that tell us we are on the right path, or unexplained nudges from our Guardian Angels that keep us out of danger. They may seem to be "coincidences". It is most pleasing to think of these Signal Graces in the former category.  There are events which serve to advance our acheivement of something we desire. 
        But what about the times we don't "get what we want?" It's much more difficult to accept the job we didn't get or the lost relationship as a blessing. Yet, if we take a close look at the life of our Blessed Mother, we can see that our Heavenly Father's plan is perfect. Mary suffered many trials and sorrows. She did not enjoy material wealth or social popularity. Yet, her sacrificial, loving acceptance of God's will is the perfect example of how we are to live as Christians. Following Mary's example can only lead us directly into the heart of Jesus. Following His will, no matter how difficult, can only lead to eternal life in Heaven with Him. 
     Many signal graces, sent so mercifully to us by Our Blessed Lord, remain unnoticed. We are so busy trying to solve our problems on our own that we are not listening to Him. Reciting the beautiful Rosary prayer in a state of peaceful surrender to Our Lord opens our hearts to His perfect guidance.

Sunday, December 02, 2018

impossible to unravel

A family hemmed in prayer
Is impossible to unravel...

Sunday, November 04, 2018

their first courageous step

 For all the saints, 
their first courageous step 
was to daily and continually 
turn away from all things worldly 
in favor of Jesus Christ.
In this way
every thought word and action,
every intention, success and failure,
every labor and sacrifice
was miraculously transformed into
a sweet step to climb 
into the loving arms of Jesus
for all eternity.

Sunday, October 07, 2018

A Priest's Love for Mary

Throughout his life as a priest, 
his love for Mary grew. 
He shared this miraculous love 
by remembering everyone's prayer needs, 
and blessing all of us with encouragement and hope.
His message to us was 
that praying the Rosary 
is the answer for every difficulty 
the world presents to our families.
His grace filled love for Mary 
melodiously echoed throughout the sanctuary 
as he lead us in praying the Rosary.
Dear Father,
Thank you for being such a wonderful priest. 
May your retirement be a happy and blessed one.

Please see the book review: The Prisoner of Love

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Mother's Lessons

Our Blessed Mother
 Earnestly cradled
Within her young heart
 God's love and promises
Mother's lessons
Inspired by the Holy Spirit 
Sculpted Mary's life~and ours
To Jesus through Mary!
 Painting of Saint Anne and the Blessed Virgin Mary, 
Saint Anne Shrine, Isle La Motte, VT

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Eucharistic Procession

     Our Parish Priest has re established the tradition of a yearly Eucharistic Procession on the Solemnity of the feast of Corpus Christi.I especially remember a procession which took place a few years ago.
     Carrying the Blessed Sacrament in a Monstrance, Father was accompanied by a small group of parishioners and a faithful altar server bearing holy incense. We walked through our town, praying the  Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary, reading Scripture passages and singing hymns. At the edge of town, we crossed a bridge where we greeted some people fishing on this warm resplendent afternoon. 
     A couple passing through town got out of their truck and reverently genuflected while making the sign of the Cross.
     At the conclusion of our procession, before we convened inside the Church for Benediction, a Knight of Columbus graced us with beautiful bagpipe music.

Prayer Before a Crucifix:
"Behold, o good and most sweet Jesus, 
I fall upon my knees before Thee 
and with most fervent desire beg and beseech Thee 
that Thou would impress upon my heart 
a lively sense of faith, hope and charity, 
true repentance for my sins, 
and a firm resolve to make amends. 
And with deep affection and grief, 
I reflect upon Thy five wounds, 
having before my eyes 
that which Thy prophet David spoke about Thee, 
Oh good Jesus. 
"They have pierced my hands and feet, 
they have counted all my bones." 

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Communion Prayer

My Lord Jesus Christ, 
I firmly believe that I am about to receive, in Communion,
Your Body, Your Blood, Your Soul and Your Divinity.
I believe it because You have said it
and I am ready to give my life to maintain this truth.