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."

September 7: Saint Clodoald

Posted by Jacob

Today, September 7, we celebrate the feast day of Saint Clodoald (also known as Saint Cloud, 522-560), a noble man born into privilege and royalty who renounced his life of ease for one of service to the Lord. Saint Cloud reminds us that our daily choices allow us to grow closer to, or further from, the great plan and gifts that the Lord has in store for us. By accepting God’s Will for us, we are able to better serve others, becoming a part of the grace and love of the Lord.

Clodoald was born in 552, the grandson of King Clovis the First of France. He was named after the city of the same name, suggested by the city-plotter, and foretelling of his life of humility and humble service. Clodoald was raised in Paris by his grandmother, Saint Clotilde, who instructed he and his two brothers—Theodoald and Gunther—in the ways of the faith. Clodoald and his brothers were also being groomed for the throne, with the area of control of their grandfather to be split amongst them. However, sadness and bitter family rivalry was to prevent that as the boys’ uncle, Clotaire I, had Clodoad’s brothers assassinated. Clodoald managed to escape to Provence, and drawn to a more contemplative life, renounced all claims to the throne.

In Provence, Clodoald found a mentor in Saint Severinus of Noricum, and lived and studied with him as a disciple for eleven years. Over time, he became known for his gentleness, humility, and counsel, and many visited him for spiritual direction and healing. Remembering the excess of his upbringing, Clodoald gave all he had to those in need, but gradually felt the need to return to society. Returning to Paris, he was received with joy, and at the urging of the people, was ordained a priest by Bishop Eusebius. As a priest, he went about his daily tasks with profound humility, diligence, and impact on those he encountered.

Saint Clodoald established a holy place at Nogent-sur-Seine that is now a collegiate church of canons regular called Saint Cloud. His relics are venerated there, whereas the village hosting his tomb has been renamed in his honor.

Today, as we celebrate the feast of Saint Clodoald, we pray for the acceptance of God’s Will in our own lives.

Prayer for Acceptance of God’s Will

Lord, teach me to be patient - with life, with people, and with myself. I sometimes try to hurry things along too much, and I push for answers before the time is right. Teach me to trust Your sense of timing rather than my own and to surrender my will to Your greater and wiser plan. Help me let life unfold slowly, like the small rosebud whose petals unravel bit by bit, and remind me that in hurrying the bloom along, I destroy the bud and much of the beauty therein.

Instead, let me wait for all to unfold in its own time. Each moment and state of growth contains a loveliness. Teach me to slow down enough to appreciate life and all it holds. Amen.


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