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: July & August

Posted by Jacob

As many of you know, I recently returned from Guatemala (see the lovely Mayan Crucifix, left), where I had the privilege of meeting some incredible families, blessed by the Lord in faith, hope, love, and enduring spirit!  I will be writing more about that trip soon.  In the meantime, I have been trying to "catch up," which has been difficult, so I apologize for the lack of recent posts.

Please join me in praying for the intentions submitted by readers over the past several weeks.  I had over 100 requests awaiting me upon my return!  Together, as a prayer community, we can accomplish great things!

Prayer Requests: July and August

During this month, please join me in lifting the following intentions  submitted through this blog, to Our Lord and Savior, through the intercession of Our Blessed Mother:

Healing for a cancer survivor, financial security, protection of children (C, USA-VA); Financial support for a struggling school (P, India); Successful employment (N, Trinidad & Tobago); Blessings upon a family, freedom from sin (R, USA-CT); For specific intentions of hope and healing (A, Philippines); Reconciliation of relationship between granddaughter and mother (C, USA-NY); Successful employment (A, India); Healing of a mother post-surgery (L, USA-PA); Hearts of hope and faith (N, Switzerland); Repose of soul of husband, financial security (R, USA-CA); Success in job and business (B, Ireland); Healing of a mother and the ill (R, Philippines); Blessed custody arrangement, family harmony (I, USA-CA); Blessings upon a family, healing, hope (S, USA-NJ); For Catholic parishioners in Lesotho (T, Lesotho); Healing, strength, confidence for a daughter (J, Australia); Financial security, health and safety (M, Philippines); Employment and financial security (C, Nigeria); Healing, children blessed by God (M, Lesotho); Successful studies and employment for daughter, freedom from anxiety and worries (M&C, United Kingdom); Successful employment, financial security (R, Cameroon); Freedom from mental illness and anxiety, marriage blessed by God (M, Denmark); Blessings upon a Catholic school (K, USA-MT); Healing of a wife’s eyesight (R, USA-NV); For healing (R, USA-MD); Successful employment, financial security (K, South Africa); Successful employment, financial security (I, USA-FL); Financial security and health for a family (D, USA-PA); Blessings upon a marriage, financial security (N, USA-MI); Conversion of a husband (B, United Kingdom); Successful employment, financial security (J, USA-NY); Blessings of children (M, USA-CT); Healing of a brain tumor (J, United Kingdom); End to family distress (I, India); Blessings upon a family (S, USA-TX); Financial security (D, India); Employment of husband (B, United Kingdom); Healing of arthritis and diabetes (I, Zimbabwe); Safety and protection of a son (M, USA-VT); Blessings and guidance (E, USA-NY); Successful employment, financial security (G, USA-OR); Health, blessings, and financial security (M, USA-CA); Healing and discernment (M, USA-TX); Peace and reconciliation of family, discernment in vocation (G, Uganda); Freedom from addiction (F, Australia); Healing of a relationship with mother (L, India); Blessings upon a parish family (A, USA-FL); Successful local employment (K, Ireland); Blessings upon a family (J, Brazil); The Lord’s mercy upon a father (J, USA-NY); Financial security, successful business (R, India); Healing of many, financial security (D, United Kingdom); For a family to heed the Lord’s will (B, USA-MA); Successful employment, financial security (R, USA-LA); Healing and comfort (M, India); Location of lost important items (J, Philippines); Relationship blessed by God (M, Philippines); Healing on a family, deeper relationship with Christ (G, Philippines); Freedom from addiction, healing, blessings upon a relationship (T, USA-CO); Repose of souls (M, USA-NJ); Blessings and healing upon children (S, USA-NY); Blessings and healing for a family (B, France); Successful studies and examinations (A, Philippines); Healing for a family (A, Philippines); Healing of a family, healing of the mentally ill (B, USA-MA); Relationship blessed by God (C, Philippines); Successful sale of home (T, Canada); Blessings upon a family (L, Nigeria); Relationship blessed by the Lord (M, India); Successful fundraising for academics, health of aging parents (E, Kenya); Deepening relationship with God, blessings and conversion for children and grandchildren (P, USA-CA); Healing, protection, guidance, security for a family (J, Nepal); Blessings upon a family, employment, children (C, United Arab Emirates); Blessings and a positive attitude (A, Qatar); Discernment regarding religious life (M, Ghana); Healing from cancer, blessings upon a relationship (O, Ireland); Successful academic studies (J, England); Financial security, healing and guidance (P, Uganda); Healing and an end to addiction (D, India); Blessings from God on relationships, healing, strength (R, USA-NJ); Reconciliation of a relationship (L, India); Success in occupational and academic pursuits (C, Philippines); Resolution of legal difficulties (R, India).