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."

Rosary Construction Project Resumes!

Posted by Jacob

Some of you may have noticed that the numbers of Rosaries constructed (visible on the left-hand sidebar) have begun creeping back upwards this month. The Rosary Construction project has indeed resumed!

Last year, with the help of some friends, I was able to construct 1,000 Holy Rosaries that were distributed to overseas missionaries and military personnel deployed overseas. Last year, Rosaries were sent to missionaries in East Timor, to an orphanage and school in India, and thorughout the world as part of the Rosaries for the World project (a mission of Holy Cross Ministries). Today, we pray that the Rosaries we constructed have reached those in need of prayer aids, and brought them to Christ through the gracious intercession of Our Blessed Mother!

In part, this project was made possible through the financial donations of readers. If you would like to make a donation toward the Rosary Construction project, you may do so safely and securely through the PayPal link on the left-hand sidebar, or by clicking on the link below.

 Each Rosary costs approximately $1.25 to construct—no donation is too small!

More importantly, I welcome your prayers and support for the success of this Rosary Construction mission. The prayers and encouragement received have been instrumental in continuing not only this project, but my overall second “year of prayer!”

Some photos from the Rosary Construction project:

Today, we pray to Saint Joseph, husband of Our Blessed Mother, and earthly father of Jesus, to guide our mission and assist the work of our hands in glorifying the Lord!

Glorious Saint Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my many sins; to work with thankfulness and joy, considering it an honor to employ and develop, by means of labor, the gifts received from God; to work with order, peace, prudence and patience, never surrendering to weariness or difficulties; to work, above all, with purity of intention, and with detachment from self, having always death before my eyes and the account which I must render of time lost, of talents wasted, of good omitted, of vain complacency in success so fatal to the work of God. All for Jesus, all for Mary, all after thy example, O Patriarch Joseph. Such shall be my motto in life and death. Amen.


Post a Comment

Thanks for leaving a comment. If you wish to submit a prayer request, however, please do so above, using the "Contact" tab.