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."

Prayer Requests: August & September

Posted by Jacob

Please join me in praying for those intentions submitted by readers over the past month.  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)

Husband’s safety and release from imprisonment (E, Australia); For healing of a mother and son, for the repose of the dearly departed (A, Denmark); Personal intentions (L, USA-VA); Personal intentions, guidance, health, hope (F, Philippines); Financial and occupational success (N, India); Healing and hope for an addicted family member (R, USA-CA); Protection of a family (J, Australia); Conversion (K, USA-OH); Healing of a marriage (B, India); Healing of an illness (C, Philippines); Resolution of legal difficulties (M, USA-IL); Healing upon a family and son (R, Philippines); Hope and peace for a family, healing of the diseased and blind (A, India); Protection and deliverance, financial success, repose of the departed souls (H, Philippines); Blessings upon a relationship (F, Malaysia); For a brother’s success in employment and finding a home (C, United Arab Emirates); Healing of a friend’s marriage (J, India); Freedom from addiction for a daughter (F, USA-CA); For the repose of a departed mother (J, USA-NY); Healing of a relationship (E, Philippines); Blessings upon a relationship (N, India); Financial assistance, healing of dental and hearing problems (M, Ireland); Blessings upon a devoted servant of God on her golden jubilee (A, India); For blessings upon children, reconciliation of relationships (D, USA-AZ); For blessings upon a relationship, citizenship and stability (A, Nigeria); Hope (J, Taiwan); Protection of children, healing of bullies (N, USA-NY); Personal intentions, healing and hope (K, USA-MD); Financial assistance, for friends struggling in business (P, Ireland); For an incarcerated brother (Y, India); Prayers for a family (M, India); For guidance and hope during a pilgrimage (A, Sri Lanka); Healing of a throat condition (M, USA-CA); Successful resolution to a legal situation, strength (T, Philippines); For healing of a wife’s condition (D, USA-TX); For an ill father, and those who care for him (D, USA-NY); Success in meeting a partner for a loving, God-fearing relationship (A, India); Healing of a chronic, painful condition (R, Philippines); Blessings and healing upon an aunt (M, India); Successful marriage, blessings upon a family, occupational assistance (T, India); Relationship success, economic freedom (V, Nigeria); Blessings upon children, improvement of relationships (I, USA-MD); The blessing of children (I, India); Patience and understanding for a family in a disagreement (D, India); Honesty in a relationship (M, Ireland); Blessings upon a daughter in medical school (M, Malaysia); Blessings upon pregnant wife and twins (J, USA-VA); Healing of a lung condition (T, USA-NC); Acceptance and support (A, Saudi Arabia);  For economic assistance, blessings upon family, end to legal difficulties (A, Philippines); Healing of a marriage, relationships with daughters (D, USA-CA); For a wayward son, for financial and economic security (C, USA-TX); Financial assistance, recovery of husband from stroke, promotion for daughter (S, Philippines); Successful examinations (L, Japan); Financial assistance for a mission, guidance in proclaiming the Gospel (E, Philippines); Land to build a house, blessed marriage (Y, Uganda); Healing of an ill mother (M, USA-CA); Financial security, employment for daughter, healing of mental illness (L, USA-MN); Personal intentions (M, Philippines); Continued spiritual development (L&E, Australia); Healing of a marriage (N, England); Guidance in finding a partner (P, USA-CA); Economic assistance (P, USA-MA); Healing of a brother with an addiction (M, USA-NY); Healing of a wife with chronic illness (J, India); Healing of cancer from a public servant (M, USA-NY); Healing of a daughter (P, Canada); Healing of deafness (M, India); Blessing and guidance upon mother, husband, and son (P, India); Good health for parents (A, USA-NY); Job security (T, South Africa); Guidance in relationship (M, Haiti); Financial and occupational assistance (M, Canada); Healing of chronic ear condition (B, England); Healing of a family (D, USA-CA); Resolution of sister’s legal difficulties (O, Nigeria).

"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)