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."


Marian Poetry: "Annunciation"

Posted by Jacob

We continue our celebration of Mary’s month of May with a poem written by John Donne, entitled “Annunciation.” These simple and beautiful words remind us that the Incarnation of Christ, Our Lord and Savior, was announced through the message of an angel to Our Blessed Mother—and in announcing it to Mary, it was announced to the whole world. During this month of Mary, we remember her faith, her confidence in the Lord, and her love for not only her Son, but for all of us. And we thank her for her powerful and gracious fiat, one we attempt to mirror in the world today: Let it be done to me according to Thy Word.




Annunciation

Salvation to all that will is nigh;


That All, which always is All everywhere,


Which cannot sin, and yet all sins must bear,


Which cannot die, yet cannot choose but die,


So, faithful Virgin, yields himself to lie


In prison, in thy womb; and though he there


Can take no sin, nor thou give, yet he'll wear


Taken from thence, flesh, which death's force may try.


Ere by the spheres time was created, thou


Wast in his mind, who is thy Son and Brother;


Whom thou conceiv'st, conceiv'd; yea, thou art now


Thy Maker's maker, and thy Father's mother;


Thou hast light in dark, and shut'st in little room


Immensity, cloistered in thy dear womb.


2 comments:

  1. artinlove said...

    Hi! I'm wondering who is the artist for the first painting of Mary and the Angel. I love the piece. :)

  2. jacob @ 365 Rosaries said...

    Thanks for visiting the blog. Here is the citation for the artwork: Eustache Le Sueur, The Annunciation, c.1650. Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio.

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