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."


Half-Way to the Goal: 500 Rosaries Constructed!

Posted by Jacob

If you follow the blog, you likely already know that one of the goals of my year of prayer was to construct 1000 Holy Rosaries to be supplied to missionaries and military personnel deployed overseas. I have been blessed to have the time and opportunity to work towards this goal, and further blessed by the assistance of friends during the process. To date, I am half-way towards achieving my goal: 500 Rosaries have been constructed, individually bagged, and sent to Rosaries for the World Program (who will distribute them to missions and troops in need of religious aids).


Here are some pictures of some of the finished Rosaries. Over time, the styles and colors have evolved and expanded, allowing a seemingly unending variety of Rosaries. I ask for your prayers that these holy beads increase devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, through the intercession of Our Blessed Mother, throughout the world!




Rosaries for the military


Rosaries for missions in a variety of colors and styles!



Individually bagged and ready to ship!


If you would like to assist with my Rosary Construction Project, I would be greatly appreciative. It costs a little more than $1 per Rosary, and while I have reached the 50% mark in construction, I have only reached the 30% mark in monetary donations. No donation is too small, and all are appreciated (To make a secure donation via PayPal, click on the “Donate” button on the left-hand sidebar). Given the economy, I know that many are currently struggling, and that monetary donations might not be possible. I humbly ask, in that case, for your continued donation of prayers and encouragement during this, my year of prayer.



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