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."

February 10: Saint Scholastica

Posted by Jacob

Today, February 10, also marks the feast day of Saint Scholastica (born 480, deceased 582)—virgin of the church, and twin brother to Saint Benedict. Saint Scholastica’s life is a testament to her deep love of the Lord, commitment to serving Him through serving others, and her respect and care for her brother.

For more on the life and history of Saint Scholastica, see my previous post here.

We pray today that Saint Scholastica will intercede for us, and that through her intercession we may respect and honor those we love in the spirit of Christ.

Loving and caring God of the Universe,
we praise and thank You for the gift of life.
Through the prayer of Saint Scholastica,
woman of all time,
may we cherish our relationships.

Help us to be attentive to our own needs
and the needs of others.
Show us new ways of showing respect
for each person.

Bless us with your Spirit of wise choices
through your son, Jesus, the Christ.


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