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, June 22

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 improved prayer life, for the faith of a parish, for the ill (B, Singapore);   For strength, for healing of a relationship (M, Ireland);  For healing of serious illness (J, United Kingdom);   For a son experiencing difficulties, that he may be healed (M, USA-NY);  For healing upon a family (M, India);  For multiple intentions, including health, occupational, and financial (S, Australia);  For good mental health, continued relationship with the Lord, and safekeeping of a home (V, USA-AL);  For a nephew battling addiction, for strained family relationships, for true conversion and healing of a family (A, India);  For successful employment, for a relationship blessed by the Lord (N, India);  Successful employment, financial security (J, Ghana); Grace of God to fill life and overcome flaws (R, USA-VA);  Help for a family in financial trouble, freedom from anxiety and depression (B, Ireland);  Career success (R, USA-NY);  For curing of a serious blood disorder, comfort for a niece who lost her husband (M, USA-IL);  Blessings upon a ministry and school, for health, healing, peace, protection, and for someone battling with addiction and mental illness (B, USA-AL);  Blessings and healing upon husband, brother, son, and family (B, USA-CA);  For faculty and students at school, that they be filled with patience and understanding (E, England);  Successful employment, grace and strength (B, USA-MA); For personal intentions (C, USA-GA).

"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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