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)

 


Financial assistance, Restoration of a relationship (E, Nigeria); For blessings and health upon a family, for peace, for occupational success (K, Algeria); For health for a couple, for the blessings of a family (Y, South Africa); For continued increase in devotion and return to the community of faith (L, USA); Blessings upon a couple preparing for marriage (L, USA-NE);  Restoration of a failed marriage (M, India); Occupational success, financial security, continued blessings and the true conversion of faith (G, India); Expedient immigration, end to legal and financial difficulties, occupational success, health (K, India); For a son suffering from depression (L, France); Healing upon a couple, blessings of conception (D, Philippines); Financial support, health and healing, end to anxiety and difficulties, blessings for a family (E, Indonesia); Blessings, healing, and safe return upon an abducted brother (N, Zimbabwe).



"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)
 

2 comments:

  1. Rebecca Hamilton said...

    365 Rosaries is an ambitious goal! How's it going?

  2. Jacob said...

    Rebecca-
    I'm pleased to say that this is year 3 of the blog... June 1st is the 152nd day of this year, so in total, i'm actually up to 882 Rosaries :)

    And together with some brothers and sisters in Christ, we have constructed over 1100 Rosaries for those in need (with about 200 more in process of being constructed).

    Thanks for reading, and I hope you'll continue.
    jacob

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