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."

April 30: Saint Aimo, Model of Charity

Posted by Jacob

Today we celebrate the feast day of a lesser-known saint, Saint Aimo (died 1137).  Saint Aimo was a monk, born near Rennes, France, in a difficulty time of poverty and sickness.  As a young man, he entered the Benedictine monastery at Savigny, France (in modern-day Normandy).  There, he demonstrated his charity and love for all those in the community.

Of particular note, Saint Aimo fearlessly ministered to members of the community who were afflicted with Leprosy.  Given his seeming lack of personal fear, and confidence and joy in his work, his superiors assumed that he, too, was infected with the dreaded illness.  As such, he was segregated from the community, as was the practice in that day, and spent his days as a laybrother in humble service to the ill.

Over time, his superiors realized that he was not infected with leprosy.  Saint Aimo, who never complained at his isolation, was eventually returned to the general population of the community, selected to become a priest, and ordained.  He went on to preach charitable kindness and experience mystical ecstacies.

The life of Saint Aimo reminds us all of our call to service, charity, and love for one another.  All too often, we may refrain from helping others, either out of concern for ourselves, our health, the appearance it might give to others, or our own financial security.  As with Saint Aimo, we must remember that the Lord will care for us and provide for us, as we do for our brothers and sisters.  Today, we pray for charitable hearts open to the needs of those in our community and our world.

O my Jesus, Thou who art very Love, 
enkindle in my heart that Divine Fire 
which consumes the Saints and transforms them into Thee. 

Lord our God, 
we offer Thee our hearts 
united in the strongest and most sincere love of brotherhood; 
we pray that 
Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament 
may be the daily food of our souls and bodies; 
Jesus may be established as the center of our affections,
even as He was for 
Mary and Joseph.
Finally, O Lord, may 
sin never disturb our union on earth; 
and may we be eternally united in 
heaven with Thee 
Mary and Joseph and with all Thy Saints.


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