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."
May death still find us on the sure road to our Father's House with the light of living Faith in our hearts. Amen. (From the National Shrine of Saint John Neumann, http://www.stjohnneumann.org/)
Today we look to Saint Neumann, inspired by his willingness to leave his home, follow God’s will, put his faith in the intercessions of the Blessed Virgin, and reach out to strangers of every race, creed, and nationality. We pray to be more like “the Immigrant Shepherd” in our daily lives. We pray for all those who are in school, and who’s work or life situations separate them from those they love. We also keep the first submitted prayer request in mind, praying for those who are preparing for surgery.
Day 5 of 365
Prayer Intention: Students of all ages; Those who are far from home
Requested Intention: Those preparing for surgery (L)*
*administrative note: submitted prayer requests will be noted here, at the bottom of each post. The first initial of the submitter will be indicated in parentheses.