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 11: Saint Gummarus

Posted by Jacob

Today, October 11, we celebrate the feast of Saint Gummarus (also known as Saint Gommer or Gommaire, died 714), knight of King Pepin, founder of Lier (in modern-day Belgium), and worker of many miracles. The faith and patience of Saint Gummarus are recounted in pious legend, and he is venerated for his virtues.
Gummarus was the son of the Lord of Emblem, born in Lier. He received no formal education, and was unable to read and write. However, he demonstrated a profound holiness and sense of piety, innately grasping theological concepts, and putting them into practice with constant works of charity and mercy. Gummarus served in the court of Pepin the Younger, who raised him to a high post and proposed a marriage between he and a lady of good social standing. Her name was Guinmarie, and the were married.

Gummarus was in for a surprise, however, as upon marriage he discovered that his new wife was extravagantly greedy, cruel, and disinterested in the ways of the faith. Gummarus, however, rather than become disheartened, persisted in patience and virtue, living the life of a saint, enduring constant trials and sufferings at her hands. For years, he encouraged his wife to engage in acts of charity, given their social standing, but she refused, preferring to spend the money on herself. Gummarus was left to minister to those in need on his own.

Life continued in this difficult manner until Gummarus was summoned by King Pepin to serve in the army. He traveled, leading troops in battle with Christian instruction and fortitude for eight years, serving in Lombardy, Saxony, and the Aquitaine. At the end of that time, returning home, Gummarus discovered that his wife had thrown all things into disorder, and that few among his servants, vassals or tenants had escaped her oppression. She was so mean that she even refused beer to the reapers at harvest, quite uncommon in that region of the world! Gummarus made full restitution and satisfaction to every wronged member of the community and the staff, seeking them out, begging forgiveness, and offering penance and prayer. Guinimarie was so far overcome by his patience and kindness as to be ashamed of her past conduct, and for a time appeared penitent. However, this was only temporary, and when she returned to her cruel and capricious ways, Gummarus was forced to leave. With Saint Rumbold, he became a hermit at Nivesdonck, and subsequently founded the abbey at Lier. There he died in 714. His relics, venerated in the abbey today, are processed through the streets of Lier each October in celebration of his feast day.

Many miracles and patronages are attributed to Saint Gummarus. He is, for example, the patron bad marriages, woodworkers, and of all those with “a broken face.” One miracle he is said to have performed occurred one day while sitting with his wife. She was so cruel that the oak tree which they say beneath—an old, sturdy tree—cracked and broke, falling to the ground. Gummarus removed his belt, wrapping it around the fractured tree, which immediately mended itself and bloomed. Saint Gummarus is further known for creating a miraculous spring by tapping the earth with his walking stick. The spring led to the healings of many, including the deaf and mute (some of which regained their voice and found they were able to now speak Latin!) and the crippled.

Saint Gummarus found himself in a difficult situation. He had pledged to the Lord to love his wife, who turned out to be quite difficult to live with. Despite these challenges, Gummarus remained steadfast and patient, turning to the Lord and to works of virtue and charity to sustain himself in the midst of his daily trials. We might be reminded of Saint Gummarus on those days when our lives feel much the same way. How might we persevere in the ways of the Christ by helping others?

Year 2: Day 284 of 365
Prayer Intentions: Patient Endurance.
Requested Intentions: Successful work placement, continued health (A); Grace and healing for a family (P); Healing of a father (M); Academic success for son, employment for husband and brother (B); Freedom from anxiety and panic attacks (R); Health and healing in preparation for surgery (C); Healing of a chronic illness (P); Safety of a family during storms (A); Successful home ownership (P); Healing of a marriage (M); Employment for a husband, blessings for a marriage (E); Successful examinations for a daughter, healing of a relationships (V); Blessing for a family (V); Healing of baby girl M and all children suffering (M); Special intentions (R); Business success, peace, health (E); Conversion and deliverance of those who suffer, increase in vocations (M); Financial security and safe housing (M); For a daughter (K); Conversion of a family, deliverance of the souls in Purgatory (S); Successful marriage (A); Health, safety, grace, success of a building project (A); Successful treatment and recovery from cancer (D); Clear speech for a child (C); Conversion of a family (A); Successful employment (S); For the healing of impaired vision (F); For a couple experiencing difficulties (L); Successful employment after finishing college (M); Mother’s health (A); Financial security, freedom from anxiety (S).


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