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 3: The Most Holy Name of Jesus

Posted by Jacob


Today, and all days, we honor the Holy Name of Jesus (The letters IHS are an abbreviation of Jesous, the Greek name for Jesus). We do this not because we believe that there is any supernatural or intrinsic power hidden in the letters composing it, but because the Name of Jesus reminds us of all the blessings we receive. To give thanks for these blessings we revere the Holy Name, just as we honor His Passion by revering His Cross.


The Name of Jesus, called upon with confidence and faith yields assistance in our bodily needs, gives consolation in spiritual trials, protects us against Satan and his trickery, and grants us blessings and grace far beyond our imagination. This is why the Church concludes her prayers with reverence, using the words: "Through Our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Everything that exists was created in and through the Son of God. The name of Jesus is debased if any Christian uses it as justification for berating others. Jesus reminds us that because we are all related to Him we are, therefore, all related to one another.

Today, as we pray the Holy Rosary, we call upon our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to fill our hearts with love and forgiveness for all of our brothers and sisters on the earth, as well as for ourselves. We remember that we are all related through Christ, whose Most Holy Name should never be used as a weapon against others. We remember the words of Mary, the Mother of God, at Beauraing, and pray always for conversion, and the strength and conviction to make sacrifices for those around us.


Day 3 of 365
Prayer Intentions: Unity; End to Hatred and Prejudice

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