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."


Friday Prayer Requests

Posted by Jacob

Please join me in praying for those intentions submitted by readers over the past week.  Together, we raise our voices in prayer.


"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints." (Ephesians 6:18)

 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with 
thanksgiving, present your requests to God." (Philippians 4:6)

 
For a son struggling with addiction, that he may be freed by God’s grace (J, USA-PA);  For assistance with employment and health (S, Australia);  For occupational and financial success for a man and his family (A, USA-CA);  For the health of a grandmother (M, USA-CA);  For an unborn grandson diagnosed with Cystic Hygroma, that he be born healthy and safe (K, USA-GA); Financial security, assistance with medical claims, and end to legal difficulties (B, USA-CA); For an end to anxiety, continued hope, and successful employment (C, New Zealand); For blessings and healing upon a couple and their relationship (A, Ireland); Restoration of a marriage, sanctified by faith (S, India); For resolution of legal, occupational, and familial difficulties (B, USA-LA);  For grace and protection of children and unborn grandchild, for true family conversion and return to the Church (E, USA-TX); For the Society of Our Lady of Lourdes, celebrating its 100th anniversary, and upcoming pilgrimage (J, United Kingdom); Blessings and housing assistance (B, Canada); Health for a family, gift of new life (M, India); Baptism of grandchildren, change of heart of parents (G, USA-IL).



"Hear my prayer, O God; listen to the words of my mouth." (Psalm 54:2)
 
"If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." (Matthew 21:22)
 

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