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."

January 28, 2013: Saint Julian of Cuenca, Model of Charity

Posted by Jacob

Today, January 28, we celebrate the feast day of Saint Julian of Cuenca (1127-1208), second bishop of Cuenca, Spain, professor, hermit, priest, preacher, patron saint of Cuenca, Spain and rain.

Saint Julian was born in Burgos, Spain.  There, he studied at the cathedral school, followed by the University of Palencia where he earned his doctorate.  He was appointed professor of philosophy and theology in 1153, at the age of 26.  For the next ten years, not only did he devote himself to teaching, he used his free time to make baskets and other trade goods, donating all he made to the poor of the city.  Saint Julian lived on the principal of charity, always doing for others.

After a decade of work, he left Palencia to enter life as a hermit, to spend time in quiet contemplation with his thoughts of God.  He found a modest home outside of Burgos, on the banks of the picturesque Arlanzon river. He was eventually ordained, and received minor orders.  He continued to live a life of charity, mortification, and solemn contemplation of the Lord.

Following some time, he and his companion, Lesmes, set off as itinerant preachers, traveling throughout Spain, as far as Cordoba and Toledo.  There, in Toledo, he was appointed archdeacon.  Along with his administrative duties, Saint Julian continued his tradition of basket-making to raise money for the poor.  He preached and served as archdeacon of Toledo for five years, before being chosen as the second bishop of Cuenca.

Until his death, Julian continued his preaching, instituting significant reform to the clergy of the area.  He spent his free time in charitable work for all members of the city—Christian, Jew, and Muslim alike.  One each year Saint Julian retired to the country, where he entered into silent contemplation, generally accompanied by basket making.  It is said that on one of these retreats, Jesus appeared to him in the guise of a beggar, thanking him for his lifetime of charitable works.

Saint Julian’s relics lie in the Cathedral of Cuenca, where he is honored as patron saint and protector of the city.

Prayer for Charitable Hearts

Thank You Lord for the many graces and blessings you have placed in my life.
I offer You my heart-felt gratitude for Your countless gifts to me each day.
In turn, dear Lord, help me to be aware of the needs of my least sisters and brothers, and to respond to those those who are poor and less fortunate with generous expressions of charity, kindness and caring.

On that day Lord, when I finally stand before You to give an account of my life, I pray I will hear you say, “Come O good and faithful servant to share your Father’s joy, for when you saw me hungry, thirsty, naked, homeless, ill and imprisoned, you offered your gifts in charity and you lovingly did it for me”.


Post a Comment

Thanks for leaving a comment. If you wish to submit a prayer request, however, please do so above, using the "Contact" tab.