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 Beginning of Holy Week

Posted by Jacob

9 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!

Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
righteous and victorious,
lowly and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

10 I will take away the chariots from Ephraim
and the warhorses from Jerusalem,
and the battle bow will be broken.
He will proclaim peace to the nations.
His rule will extend from sea to sea
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
(Zechariah 9: 9-10)

Palm Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week: the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. For many of his disciples and followers, this was to be His greatest vistory. For them, Jesus was poised to ride into the city and claim it as His own, as the Messiah, as the liberator from the Romans. The crowd shouted “Hosanna,” and spread palm branches and coats along the highway. Hosanna literally means “save now,” and that is exactly what the early Christians were looking for and expecting: a savior.

And then we move futher into Holy Week, and something altogether different occurs. Jesus, the Messiah, is arrested, convicted, tortured, and crucified. Try to imagine the horror of the early Christians as these events unfolded. They were left confused, scared, and alone. What many followers witnessed, including His own apostles, was a dramatic turnaround from first place to last place, from Messiah to criminal, from life to death.

Some of the same Jews who shouted “Hosanna” upon His entrance in Jeruslaem would be shouting “Crucify Him!” by the end of the week.

This is that week.


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