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."

April 10: Saint Michael de Sanctis

Posted by Jacob

On April 10, we celebrate the feast day of Saint Michael de Sanctis (1591-1625, Saint Michael of the Saints). Saint Michael, born and raised in Catalonia, Spain, is a saint who knew what he was called to do from an early age. Unlike many saints we read about, who struggle throughout their youth and only realize their holy call later in life, Michael felt drawn to the holy life even as a child. He announced to his parents at age six his intention to become a monk, and even at that young age modeled his life after Saint Francis of Assisi. Sometimes Michael imposed such austerities upon himself and engaged in such extreme mortification that his parents were forced to restrain him!

Saint Michael’s parents died when he was approximately ten years old, and he subsequently lived and apprenticed with a local merchant. During this apprenticeship, he continued his fervent devotion to the Lord, specifically to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and at age 12, was granted acceptance into the Order of the Trinitarian Friars at Barcelona. Michael took his vows at sixteen, embracing the religious life, but after meeting a member of the reformed (discalced) Trinitarian Order, he asked permission to join this reformed and more austere Order. His request was granted, and Michael went on to be ordained a priest, serving as the Superior of the house. While Superior, Michael set a high standard of holiness for the Order, stressing austerity and self-sacrifice, as well as devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.

While he was alive, his brothers viewed him as a saint, given his holy ways, leadership, devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, and the frequent ecstasies he experienced during the Consecration. He is noted in the Roman Martyrology as "remarkable for innocence of life, wonderful penitence, and love for God." Outside of the monastery, his preaching was recognized for its holiness, and the nearby royal court called upon him for spiritual and pastoral counseling.

Saint Michael de Sanctis died at the young age of 35, and multiple miracles were attributed to him at his tomb following his death. He is remembered for his mysticism, and practical and intimate love for the Lord.

Saint Michael demonstrated from a young age a love and yearning for God that was not to be swayed. His devotion to the Lord led him to commit his life in service and austerity, and he was rewarded with ecstatic experiences of our God during the Consecration in Mass. He never lost his direction, even in a world full of distractions and temptations. For those of us struggling to find our way in a difficult world, Saint Michael de Sanctis is worthy of our aspirations, and we pray that he may advocate for us in heaven with our Lord!

Year 2: Day 100 of 365

Prayer Intentions: Guidance in our lives; Unwavering focus on the Lord.

Requested Intentions: Financial ability to send children to school (S); Safe return of a runaway (J); Healing of a family (J); Reconciliation of marriage (S); Healing of a daughter with congenital heart disease (F); Healing and an end to suffering (J); For the children (M); For a son fighting a rare immune system disease (R); Freedom from imprisonment (J); Employment and end to depression (H); Successful employment (A); Health for a soon to be delivered baby (T); Financial security (L); Healing of tooth pain (A); Health of expectant mother and child (R); Purification of the souls in Purgatory (A); Guidance in studies (J); Healing and security for a displaced family (C); Healing of high blood pressure; Recovery of brother following surgery (A); For a sister in trouble, that she may make better decisions in the light of Christ (M); Health of expectant mother and child (R); Attainment of funds for surgery (J); Freedom from financial difficulties (E); For employment and college acceptance (E); Recovery and healing of a friend (C); For successful outcome to surgery (C); Healing for brother (M); Successful employment (C); For the victims of the Japanese tsunami/earthquake (J); Healing (E); For a son struggling with depression (B); Successful conception (M); Freedom from social anxiety; confidence in the Lord (J); Improved success in employment and studies (D); Freedom from illness (T); For a wife’s employment (E); Healing of a husband’s knee (M); Freedom from sickness (R); Healing (C); Restoration of marriage (F); Freedom from medical difficulties, employment, successful relationship (D); Healing of a father following stroke (S).


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