Why pray the Rosary every day for a year?

Each time the Blessed Virgin has appeared-- whether it be to Saint Bernadette Soubirous at Lourdes; to Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco at Fatima; or to Mariette Beco at Banneux-- she has asserted the importance, saving grace, and power of praying the Holy Rosary on a daily basis. Based upon her words, the Rosary is penance and conversion for sinners, a pathway to peace, an end to war, and a powerful act of faith in Jesus Christ. Pope Paul VI presented the Rosary as a powerful means to reach Christ "not merely with Mary but indeed, insofar as this is possible to us, in the same way as Mary, who is certainly the one who thought about Him more than anyone else has ever done."

To show us how this is done, perhaps no one has been more eloquent than the great Cardinal Newman, who wrote: "The great power of the Rosary consists in the fact that it translates the Creed into Prayer. Of course, the Creed is already in a certain sense a prayer and a great act of homage towards God, but the Rosary brings us to meditate again on the great truth of His life and death, and brings this truth close to our hearts. Even Christians, although they know God, usually fear rather than love Him. The strength of the Rosary lies in the particular manner in which it considers these mysteries, since all our thinking about Christ is intertwined with the thought of His Mother, in the relations between Mother and Son; the Holy Family is presented to us, the home in which God lived His infinite love."

As Mary said at Fatima, "Jesus wants to use you to make Me known and loved. He wishes to establish the devotion to My Immaculate Heart throughout the world. I promise salvation to whoever embraces it; these souls will be dear to God, like flowers put by Me to adorn his throne."

January 22: Saint Vincent Pallotti

Posted by Jacob

Saint Vincent Pallotti (1795-1850) was a “modern day saint.” Born in Rome, Saint Vincent felt compelled to serve those in need, as Christ would serve those in need. At the young age of 16, Vincent committed himself to the Church, and was ordained a priest shortly thereafter. Considered a saint by most while he was alive, including the Pope, Vincent worked tirelessly to enact change, serve others, and lead Catholicism toward social action. Among other things, he founded the “Society for Catholic Action,” one of the first organized Church urban missions committed to serving all, regardless of social status, class, or religious beliefs. He is known for saying, “Since God is perfect in loving man, man must be perfect in loving his neighbor.”

Saint Vincent Pallotti was devoted to both the mystery of the Holy Trinity and the Blessed Mother. He felt called to strive for conversion of all to Christ, and worked tirelessly as an example for others. He was known for encouraging the collaboration of clergy and laity, and for striving to unite Church factions and fractures throughout the world. Because of this, Saint Vincent was appointed patron saint for the Vatican II council which strove toward similar goals.

Saint Vincent founded the Pious Society of Missions of Pallottine Brothers and Sisters, who have since spread across the globe doing missionary work. Their motto, "The love of Christ impels us,” is inspired by his life and writings. At home in Rome, Saint Vincent Highly was a tireless champion of the poor, organizing successful fund-raisers for charities for those he need. He founded guilds for workers (tailors, coachmen, carpenters), agricultural schools, loan associations, orphanages, and homes for girls who had been abandoned. He established “night classes” for the poor and unskilled to enable them to acquire employment. Saint Vincent further risked health and danger by ministering to the ill during a particularly deadly cholera epidemic, visiting soldiers in battle, and accompanying condemned men to the execution block or gallows. Oftentimes, Saint Vincent stood inches from the executed, holding a Crucifix to their eyes, so as to ensure the last image they saw on this earth was that of God.

Saint Vincent died on January 22, 1850 of a severe cold, after having given his cloak on a cold and rainy evening to a beggar who had none. His remains were buried in the Church of San Salvatore in Rome, where they were exhumed more than one hundred years later and found incorrupt. He was canonized by Pope John XXIII in 1963. We celebrate his feast day today.

Saint Vincent said, “Remember that the Christian life is one of action; not of speech and daydreams. Let there be few words and many deeds, and let them be done will.” He further insisted that all work be done in the name of Christ, not for personal recognition or gain. Saint Vincent’s selflessness and indefatigable social action are profound examples of each of our calls to serve those around us. While the Church remains committed to social action, and indeed, is the largest benevolent and charitable organization throughout the world, we are called as members of the Body of Christ to live with a heart of social justice and charity toward those around us. Saint Vincent Pallotti literally lived the Word of God, giving his cloak to the man who had none. How often can we say the same of ourselves?

Prayer to Mary Queen of Apostles
(written by Saint Vincent Pallotti)

Immaculate Mother of God, Queen of the Apostles, we know that God's commandment of love and our vocation to follow Jesus Christ impels us to cooperate in the mission of the Church. Realizing our own weakness, we entrust the renewal of our personal lives and our apostolate to your intercession. We are confident that through God's mercy and the infinite merits of Jesus Christ, you, who are our Mother, will obtain the strength of the Holy Spirit as you obtained it for the community of the apostles gathered in the upper room. Therefore, relying on your maternal intercession, we resolve from this moment to devote our talents, learning, material resources, our health, sickness and trials, and every gift of nature and grace, for the greater glory of God and the salvation of all. We wish to carry on those activities which especially promote the catholic apostolate for the revival of faith and love of the people of God and so bring all men and women into the faith of Jesus Christ. And if a time should come when we have nothing more to offer serviceable to this end, we will never cease to pray that there will be one fold and one shepherd Jesus Christ. In this way, we hope to enjoy the results of the apostolate of Jesus Christ for all eternity. Amen.

Day 22 of 365
Prayer Intentions: A heart of service to others; Those suffering in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake
Requested Intentions: Those considering or having attempted suicide (Pr. L); Those who serve the Archdiocese of Los Angeles (N); Recovery for Grandmother with broken hip (H); Recovery for Mother who had a stroke (C); Successful surgery and recovery for father (G); Safety of friend/ relief worker in Haiti (L).


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