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."

Rosary Construction Project Update

Posted by Jacob

So, as you know, during this year of prayer, I am endeavoring to construct Rosaries to provide to missionaries, as well as to American soldiers deployed overseas.  These mission-style "cord" Rosaries are sturdy and lightweight, but take some time to string together.  I have begun work on the first 100 of these Rosaries (in a variety of colors for the missions, and black for the military), and will my readers updated on my progress!

My goal is to create at least 500 Rosaries over the course of the year... or more, if possible, depending on resources.  If you would like to contribute to this Rosary Construction Project, please feel free to make a donation (by using the Donate button on the left-hand sidebar).  Monetary donations may be made via PayPal or credit card.  If you are unable to donate monetarily at this time, I would ask for your prayers in support of my year of prayer and service. 

Thanks to all of you who have already donated, both in resources and prayer.  I appreciate your support!  God bless you, and thanks for visiting!


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