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."

First Rosaries sent!

Posted by Jacob

As some of you may have noticed, the “Rosaries constructed” count has held steady for week or so around 160 (see left, beneath the Donate button)… This is due to a number of reasons which may need explaining. First, I was waiting for materials to arrive, which now have (see here for details!). Second, when one finishes a cord-style mission Rosary, there is a “final step” in which each of the knots tied on the Rosary is coated with super glue or clear nail polish to prevent them from coming untied. This is a fairly cumbersome portion of the project, which has taken a bit longer than originally planned. Once they are sealed and dried, each Rosary is bagged in a small zip-top plastic bag, to prevent tangling in shipping, and allow for easy distribution by overseas missionaries and military personnel.

For those who are new to the blog (welcome!), I have set my goal as building 1,000 Rosaries during the course of 2010. These Rosaries are being shipped to overseas missionaries in desperate need of prayer aids, as well as to American military personnel stationed or deployed overseas. I ask for prayers in support of this rather ambitious endeavor. If you would like to make a financial contribution in support of Rosary construction, please utilize the “Donate” button on the left-hand sidebar of this blog. Each Rosary constructed costs approximately one dollar, so your contributions are greatly appreciated!

I’m happy to announce that the first batches of Rosaries have been sent—some going to East Timor, an extremely poor country where many Catholics lack both basic prayer aids, as well as basic needs of every day life. Another batch of Rosaries is being sent to India, to the Saint Francis Xavier orphanage, a facility administered by Catholic priests and religious. I would humbly request that you pray that these Rosaries are well received, and assist those who use them in drawing closer to the Lord, through the intercession of our gracious Blessed Mother.


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