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."


The Second Glorious Mystery: The Ascension of the Lord

Posted by Jacob

1In my first account, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 3After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."



6So when they met together, they asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?"


7He said to them: "It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."


9After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.


10They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11"Men of Galilee," they said, "why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven." (Acts 1: 1-11)

And we also read:

50When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. 51While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. 52Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. 53And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God. (Luke 24:50-53)

Today, we celebrate the Ascension of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, into Heaven—the second of the Glorious Mysteries of the Holy Rosary, following the Resurrection on Easter Sunday. The fruit of this mystery is hope.

Following His glorious Resurrection, Jesus spent forty days with His disciples. He taught them to understand the Scriptures and to preach repentance and forgiveness of sins in His name. He made sure his disciples saw Him enter His glory in His glorified human body; the body that still bore the scars of crucifixion, of nails and a sword. He gave them the unshakable certainty of knowing that the Lord they knew and loved and touched truly is alive forever just as He was when He walked among them. He was—he is—the same as before the crucifixion, only glorified.

The 40 days that Jesus returned to spend with the disciples give us hope—hope in the unending love and presence of the Lord in our world, in our lives, in our hearts. We can only imagine the painful surprise that the disciples experienced when Jesus, without much warning, ascended into Heaven. And again, like at the crucifixion, the disciples were left alone. But this time, they were only left alone physically. The body of the Lord had left them, but the Holy Spirit was strong within them. The knowledge of the kingdom remained alive within them. The hope of eternal salvation burned brightly, and as we read in the Gospel of Luke, they “returned to Jerusalem with great joy.”

We are reminded by the angels—just as the disciples were—that Jesus is coming back to us, just as He left us. And in that moment, we are given a foretaste of our Heavenly home. Jesus ascended into Heaven, but when He returns, Heaven will return with Him, transforming the earth. His home will become our home, and we will be glorified with Him, bathing in the purifying love of Almighty God. Heaven in real, alive, and waiting for each of us.

Cyril of Alexandria wrote regarding the Ascension of Our Lord, "As man then, Jesus appeared before the Father on our behalf, to enable us whom original sin had excluded from his presence once more to see the Father's face. As the Son he took his seat to enable us as sons and daughters through him to be called children of God. So Paul, who claims to speak for Christ, teaching that the whole human race has a share in the events of Christ's life, says that God has raised us up with him and enthroned us with him in heaven. To Christ as the Son by nature belongs the prerogative of sitting at the Father's side; this honor can rightly and truly be ascribed to him alone. Yet because his having become man means that he sits there as one who is in all respects like ourselves, as well as being as we believe God from God, in some mysterious way he passes this honor on to us."

The Ascension of Our Lord is a brilliant reminder of what lies in store for us. Jesus Christ triumphed over sin, over Satan, in His death and resurrection. He returned, commanding the disciples to preach the good news of His kingdom. And He Ascended into Heaven, giving us hope in the future, transitioning into a new phase of ministry fed by the Holy Spirit overflowing in each of us. We eagerly await His return, when we are finally at home in our own bodies, resurrected in the glory of the Lord!

O Lord Jesus,

I adore You,
Son of Mary,
my Savior and my Brother,
for You are God.
I follow You in my thoughts,
O firstfruits of our race,
as I hope one day by Your grace
to follow You in my person
into heavenly glory.


In the meantime,
do let me neglect the earthly task
that You have given me.
Let me labor diligently
all my life
with a greater appreciation for the present.
Let me realize
that only by accomplishing
true human fulfillment
can I attain Divine fulfillment

and ascend to You at the completion of my work.

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