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."

Mary: A Perfect Model of Motherhood on Mother's Day

Posted by Jacob

Happy Mother’s Day! On this day of celebration of the important women in our lives, we turn our attention not only to our earthly mothers, but also to Our Blessed Mother in Heaven—the epitome of maternal grace, patience, and self-sacrificial love. During our month-long celebration and veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary, today is the perfect day to contemplate her love, her role in our salvation beginning with her fiat, and her constant intercessions and mediation of grace.

Today we honor mothers. While it is not a Holy Day of Obligation, perhaps it should be! Regardless, it is a special day of celebration. We celebrate and recognize the unique gift that has God placed in the hearts of women from the beginning of the world - a gift that gives the world life, generation upon generation. Motherhood is not just about bringing biological life, but the fullness of life through love, encouragement, nourishment (physical and spiritual), and nurture.

The gift of motherhood also assured the world of redemption, as God brought forth from a mother’s womb—the womb of Mary, the second Eve, the Arc of the Covenant-- His only begotten Son. And that was just the beginning. The Blessed Virgin was with Christ through his years of development, nurturing and strengthening Him. She provided the maternal foundation upon which our Lord grew “in wisdom and in stature, in favor with God and with man” (Luke 2:52). She presented Him at the temple in accordance with the law, suffered the joy and agony of finding Him after three days of being missing, self-sacrificially encouraged Him to leave home and start His ministry at the wedding in Cana, stood at the foot of the cross becoming mother to all at His crucifixion, was the only woman who had faith enough to understand her Son had risen from the dead without visiting the tomb, and was greeted by Him on Pentecost with the disciples in the Upper Room.

Through Him, the Blessed Virgin Mary has become the Mother of all—Our Mother-- in His Church. For mothers, Mary is the perfect model. For children, the relationship between Jesus and His mother, and the respect and love which He bestowed upon her is the perfect model. We pray for all mothers in a special way today, both those here on earth as well as those sitting in heaven with Mary, and we look to Our Blessed Mother for continued grace and intercession.

Mary, on this day when we honor all mothers, we turn to you. We thank the Lord whom you serve for the great gift of motherhood. Never has it been known that anyone who sought your intercession was left unaided by grace. Dear Mother, thank you for your “Yes” to the invitation of the angel which brought heaven to earth and changed human history. You opened yourself to God’s word and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.

Dear mother, intercede for all of our mothers. Ask your Divine Son to give them the grace of surrendered love so that they could join with you in giving their own “Fiat.” May they find daily strength to say yes to the call to the sacrificial love- the very heart of the vocation of motherhood. May their love and witness be a source of great inspiration for all of us called to follow your Son.

On this Mothers day, Mother of the Word Incarnate, pray for us who have recourse to you. Intercede for all mothers with Jesus, our Lord. Amen.


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