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 9: Feast of Saint Adrian of Canterbury

Posted by Jacob

Saint Adrian of Canterbury (635-710) was born and raised in Africa, but traveled frequently between Africa and Europe after becoming a monk, spreading the word of God. Following his rejection of an invitation from the Pope to become Archbishop of Canterbury, Adrian agreed to serve as the Holy Father’s advisor and assistant. However, he remained in Canterbury for most of his life, performing his duties there.

Saint Adrian is best known as the Abbot of Saint Peter and Paul’s Monastery in Canterbury. Under his unwavering leadership, the school flourished and became the center of learning of that time, attracting many students, and producing countless future Church leaders. Students were instructed in Greek and Latin, as well as their native languages. In addition to teaching these languages, Adrian taught poetry, astronomy and math, as well as Scripture and virtue. Adrian expanded the teachings of the Church beyond that of theology to include the phyiscal and material sciences—a tradition the Church continues today.

Upon his death, Saint Adrian was buried in the monestary. During construction, several hundred years after his death, Adrian’s body was discovered in an incorrupt state. Several miracles were reported to have occurred at his tombside. Students continue to visit his tomb, especially during times of difficulty.

Today, we look to Saint Adrian for inspiration. We are all slow to learn—especially when it comes to spiritual life lessons. We think we know the answers, and fail to consider our answers may not be what the Lord wants from us. Like Saint Adrian, we pray to expand our views beyond ourselves, and listen for instruction and teaching from the Blessed Mother and our Lord.

Day 9 of 365
Prayer Intention: Students, Those struggling to learn, Teachers


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