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."

October 31: Saint Wolfgang of Ratisbon

Posted by Jacob

Today, October 31, we celebrate the feast day of Saint Wolfgang or Ratisbon (924-994), missionary, priest, and bishop. Throughout his life, Saint Wolfgang worked to reform the Church and those he encountered, encouraging them to greater faith, humility, and love for the Lord.

Wolfgang was born in Swabia (Germany), the son of a nobleman. As a child, he was educated by a friendly, local priest. As he advanced in age, he was sent to the abbey of Reichenau (on Lake Constanz) to continue his education. There, he met and befriended the man who would remain his “best friend,” Henry, the younger brother of the bishop of Wurzburg. In Wurzburg, the bishop had established a school, and Henry convinced young Wolfgang to travel with him to receive the finest education of the time.

Wolfgang excelled at academics, and came to be known as the best student of the school. With Henry, who was equally devout and pious, Wolfgang remained at the school as a teacher upon completion of his formal studies. Subsequently, Henry was elevated to the position of Archbishop of Trier, and again persuaded Wolfgang to accompany him to that city to teach in the cathedral school. There, Wolfgang met Saint Rambold, a monk known for his reform and zeal for the Lord, and joined him in strengthening the faith of the congregation and community there.

Upon Henry’s death in 964, Wolfgang left Trier to become a Benedictine monk, joining the community at Einseideln. Recognized at once for his teaching prowess, Wolfgang was immediately put in charge of the abbey school, which soon earned a reputation as the best in the region.

Wolfgang took his vows and was ordained by Saint Ulric in 971. His first priestly mission was to Hungary, but yielded nothing but disappointment. However, despite the poor outcome, he was appointed as bishop of Regensburg by Emperor Otto II and Saint Rambold. While Wolfgang would have preferred to retire to a quiet monastic life, he obediently accepted the position. Contrary to the practices of the day, Wolfgang continued to dress in his monk’s robes and declined the live of riches and privilege typical of bishops at that time.

Once in place, Saint Wolfgang undertook immediate reform of the clergy, monasteries, and convents in the city. He recognized that the people, without models to look up to in their clergy and religious, would slip into less than devout worship. In reforming the monasteries and convents, he reformed the entire region! With love and vigor, he shepherded his people, preaching widely and zealously. Saint Wolfgang modeled the love of Christ, giving all he had to those in greater need. Despite his profound service to those around him, he felt drawn to the monastic life he loved, attempting on multiple occasions to become a hermit. Each time, the love and need of the people drew him back to the city. He earned the name the Great Almoner, due to his preaching, his teaching abilities, his charity, and his care for lay people in his diocese.

The religious and laity of the diocese of Regensburg came to appreciate the idealism and courage and holiness of their bishop. When he died in 994 while on a trip down the Danube, his body was brought back and enshrined in Regensburg. It quickly became a center of pilgrimage, and many miracles have been recorded at his tomb. In 1054, Pope Saint Leo IX canonized Saint Wolfgang as a model of the bishop who is ready to correct as well as direct the flock entrusted to him.

Lord, help us to follow in your footsteps just as your Apostles did, that we may be a good example to others. Grant us the graces we need to be good disciples and always lead our friends on the path to holiness. Saint Wolfgang, pray for us. Amen.

Day 304 of 365
Prayer Intentions: Lives of good example to others; Reform and renewal of the clergy.
Requested Intentions: Spiritual growth and family peace (A); Freedom to immigrate (D); End to debt (N); Restoration of a marriage (J); Complete recovery of son (P); Recovery of parish priest, health of mother, conversion of son (J); Successful employment, end to depression (J); Successful immigration and employment (S); Conversion of an unloving daughter (M); Recovery of husband, health of mother, economic freedom (R); Freedom from depression, restoration of family relationships (N); Restoration of a relationship (J); Healing of friends from cancer (J); Complete healing of a friend with pancreatic cancer (J); Recognition of God’s Will; Obedience in vocation (J); Successful employment (M&I); For a son who struggles (S); Conversion (P); For family, peace, and social justice (J); Son’s employment (K); Discernment of the Lord’s will (A); Mother’s full recovery from a stroke (K); Employment (P); For family’s prosperity and employment (M); For a husband’s addiction (F); Health in a relationship, literary representation (D); For a mother struggling with cancer (P); Employment and financial assistance (L); End to work troubles, return to health (R); For a husband’s recovery from alcoholism (M); Healing of a father following stroke (S).


  1. Anonymous said...

    Wow. Great story! I was wondering if there was a patron saint of strokes and this is just what I needed!

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