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."

"Vacation" Prayer Requests, July

Posted by Jacob

During the month of July, I will be away from my computer on vacation.  While I will not be able to frequently post, I will continue to receive and lift all requests in prayer, during my daily Rosary... I just may not be able to respond immediately.

Have a safe and blessed July!

Please join me in praying for those intentions submitted by readers over the past week.  Together, we raise our voices in prayer.

"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints." (Ephesians 6:18)

 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with 
thanksgiving, present your requests to God." (Philippians 4:6)

Healing of a heart condition, transfer from difficult work placement (F, India);  Resolution to legal problems, reunification of a family (M, USA-NY);  Safety and protection for a son serving in the Marines (C, USA-IL);  For safe delivery of a child, for physical and mental health of mother and infant (A, Philippines); Healing from chronic condition, peace (M, USA-MD);  Resolution of a difficult family situation (E, USA-NY);  Healing upon an inmate, conversion to the faith (T, USA-SC);  End to depression, healing for a family financial assistance (M, Argentina);  Health and healing, financial assistance (H, Canada); Healing of a relationship (M, India);  Healing of a tumor (L, USA-NY);  Healing of a mother with cancer, peaceful repose of a father (E, Philippines);  Successful surgery and healing of a wife (A, USA-NY);  Healing of memory loss for father, health for daughter (T, USA-CA);  Successful recovery of a lost mentally ill individual (T, USA-NJ);  For grace in the spiritual direction of others (C, USA-MO);  Health and safety for a pregnant woman and child (V, Namibia);  Restoration of a relationship, healing of a mother with cancer (S, India);  Blessings upon a relationship (K, Serbia);  For the mental health of a daughter, that she may receive the assistance needed (D, USA-FL);  For a son struggling with mental illness (C, Finland);  For successful employment, financial assistance, and fulfillment for an unemployed brother (H, United Arab Emirates);  Spiritual, emotional, and financial liberation (C, Philippines);  Healing of physical and mental illnesses (H, USA-IN);  Blessings upon a family (C, Ireland);  True conversion for a family (A, USA-CO).

"Hear my prayer, O God; listen to the words of my mouth." (Psalm 54:2)
"If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." (Matthew 21:22)


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