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."

December Prayer Reqeusts

Posted by Jacob

Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ!

As 2012 draws to a close, please join me in praying for those intentions submitted by during the month of December.  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)

Restoration of a relationship, protection of an unborn baby (E, United Arab Emirates); Healing and freedom from pain for a child afflicted with a skin disorder (M, USA-DE);  Freedom from anxiety, healing, protection, financial assistance for a family (M, United Arab Emirates); End to addiction, healing of a mental health issue, grace in a relationship (G, United Kingdom); countless blessings and healing in the Lord, for true conversion, faith, humility, love, and submission, for hope (E, United Kingdom); Successful employment, hope (J, USA-AZ); Blessings and healing of a mental illness (A, USA-NY);  Protection and health of unborn twins (J, USA-VA); Healing of a relationship, trust in the Lord (K, USA-NY); Healing of a kidney and colon condition (J, USA-AZ);  Healing of a mental illness, blessings upon a relationship (L, USA-CA); Safe return of a son in the military (M, USA-MA);  Financial assistance (P, India); Renewed hope, trust, and faith in the Lord (P, India); Healing of a sick husband, protection and blessings upon a family (S, India); Healing of depression (B, United Kingdom); Safe return of military personnel overseas (B, USA-CT); Successful business enterprise, financial assistance (C, Nigeria); Blessings upon a family, successful employment (D, USA-WA); Blessings upon a couple and unborn child, end to addiction, return to the faith (M, Italy); Healing of a granddaughter, blessings upon a family (A, USA-MA); Healing of a brother (A, USA-VA); Healing of a marriage (D, USA-NM); For renewed faith, commitment to praying the Holy Rosary (G, USA-MA); For those that labor in service to the Lord (P, USA-SC); Urgent needs (L, United Kingdom); Healing of a sister’s relationship and difficult work situation (J, Canada); Blessings of children, healing of a sister, protection of a family (C, United Arab Emirates); Hearing of prayers, blessings of the Lord (A, Canada); Blessings upon a marriage and children (N, USA-CO); Repose of the departed, forgiveness (R, United Kingdom); Blessings and healing upon a marriage (M, United Kingdom); Healing of a brain condition (J, United Kingdom); For a terminally ill mother, for comfort for her caregivers (M, USA-CA); Hope in the Lord, financial assistance, blessings upon a home (N, Uganda); Strength to end a bad habit (P, USA-PA); Health, healing, financial security, specific intentions (A, Philippines); Blessings upon sons (A, Philippines); Blessings upon a marriage, financial security (M, USA-CA); For blessings upon a relationship, for renewed faith (M, USA-DC); Blessings upon a grandchild and family (D, Canada); Healing of a mother, employment of a friend (M, Philippines); Healing of family members, successful studies for a daughter, end to husband’s addiction (S, India). 

"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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