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."

February 21: Blessed Pepin I of Landen

Posted by Jacob

Today, February 21, we celebrate the feast day of Blessed Pepin I “The Old” de Landen (alson known as Pippin, 591-640), Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia, husband to Blessed Ituberga de Metz, and father to Saints Begga, Gertrude, and Bavo. Blessed Pepin was the most powerful man in the Austrasian empire during his lifetime, playing a major role in revolution and improvement of the lives of the people. Described as “a lover of peace and the constant defender of truth and justice,” Blessed Pepin upheld the tenets of the Christian faith during a time of decadence and licentiousness.

Blessed Pepin with Saint Begga
Blessed Pepin, aided by his equally holy wife, worked to spread the faith throughout the kingdom, defended Christian towns from Slavic invaders, and chose responsible men to fill vacant sees. He found time in his busy life to take active part in the raising of his children. His daughter Begga devoted herself to charitable acts, later canonized. His second daughter, Gertrude, entered the convent of Nivelles (founded by her mother), and was also later canonized. His eldest son, Grimoald, filled Pepin’s governmental seat upon his death, and his youngest son, Bavo, became a hermit, devoting his life to the Lord, later canonized.

Pepin was praised by his contemporaries for his good government and wise counsel. He suffered exile on one occaision, after reprimanding the king for his licentious lifestyle. Soon recalled, he thereafter served with the king for many years despite his enemies plts to turn the king against him. In 629, for reasons unknown, he retired to his estates, where he remained until his death. Pepin of Landen was buried at Landen, but his relics were later translated to Nivelle, where they are now enshrined with those of his wife and daughter Gertrude.

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