“Mondays with Mary” – Venerable Fulton J. Sheen on Mary and the Rosary

Since October is the Month of the Rosary, I found it fitting to write yet another blog post focusing on the importance of the Holy Rosary. Last week, I wrote a blog post, which was picked up by New Advent, on the many blog posts I have written on the Rosary. Including that one, it was eleven, and this will now be number 12. Instead of me giving you some insight on this passage before I share it with you, I am going to abstain from my usual commentary and just share with you the passage. It comes from Venerable Fulton J. Sheen’s book, Seven Words of Jesus and Mary: Lessons from Cana and Calvary The bolded words below are mine since those passages stood out for me when I first read this text.

“If you have never before prayed to Mary, do so now. Can you not see that if Christ himself willed to be physically formed in her for nine months and then be spirutally formed by her for thirty years, it is to her that we must go to learn how to have Christ formed in us? Only she who raised Christ can raise a Christian.

To develop that spiritual comradeship with Jesus and Mary, the rosary is the most effective. The word rosary means a “garland of roses” culled from the Garden of Prayer. Each decade requires only between two and three minutes; thus the whole rosary requires a little over ten minutes.

If you do not say it all at once and on your knees, then say one decade when you arise in the morning, another decade on your way to work, another decade as you sweep the house or wait for your check at the noon lunch hour, another decade just before you go to bed; the last decade you can say in bed just before falling off to sleep.

When you are under twenty-five, you have time for only one decade before falling to sleep; when you get to be forty, you will have time for two; and when you are sixty, you will have time for a dozen.

Because the “Hail Mary” is said many times in the course of a rosary, do not think of it as a sterile repetition, because each time it is said in a different setting or scene as you meditate, for example, on such mysteries as the Birth of Our Lord, the Crucifixion, the Resurrection, and so on. You never thought as a child when you told your mother you loved her that it had the same meaning as it did the last time you told her. Because the background of the affection changed, its affirmation was new. It is the same sun that rises each morning, but it makes a new day.

What are some advantages of the rosary:

1. If you say the rosary devoutly, and all that it implies, every day of your life, you will never lose your soul.

2. If you wish for peace in your heart and in your family and an abundance of heavenly gifts on your household, then assemble your family each night and say the rosary.

3. If you are anxious to convert a soul to the fullness of God’s Love and Life, teach that person to say the rosary. That person will either stop saying the rosary or he will receive the gift of Faith.

4. If a sufficient army of us said the rosary every day, the Blessed Mother would now, as in the past, obtain from her Divine Son the stilling of the present tempests, the defeat of the enemies of human civilization, and a real presence in the hearts of tired and straying men.

5. If the cooling of your charity has made you unhappy on the inside and critical of others, then the rosary, through meditation on Our Lord’s great love for you on the cross and your Mother’s affection for you on Calvary, will rekindle your love of God and of neighbor and restore you to a peace which surpasses all understanding.

Do you think that in honoring Our Lady with the rosary you are neglecting Our Lord. Did you ever know anyone who ignored you by being kind to your mother? If Our Lord said to you, “Behold thy Mother,” it well behooves us to respect her whom Our Lord chose above all the creatures of earth. In any case remember, even though you wanted to, you could not stop with her. As Francis Thompson put it:

The celestial Temptress play, And all mankind to bliss betray; With sacrosanct cajoleries And starry treachery of your eyes, Tempt us back to Paradise! 

I hope the words of Venerable Fulton J. Sheen has helped you to understand the importance of the Holy Rosary, Mary’s role in it, and how it leads us closer to Jesus.

Feel free to share this post with your family and friends. I know many people adore Archbishop Fulton Sheen and are waiting with great anticipation for his elevation to Sainthood by the Catholic Church.

Venerable Fulton J. Sheen…Pray For Us.

Our Lady of the Rosary…Pray For Us.

 

How Important is the Holy Rosary? Well, I Have Written on it 13 Times

Today, in the Latin rite of the Catholic Church, we celebrate the memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary. The Holy Rosary is important and should be prayed by all the faithful as it has been told to do so by Our Lady in apparitions. There are two important components to the Holy Rosary – one is meditation on the mysteries of the Rosary, and two, vocal prayer. The most important aspect of the Holy Rosary is that it focuses on the life of Jesus Christ. Through the intercessory prayer of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we meditate and pray the life of Jesus Christ.

So how important is the Holy Rosary? Well, I have written on it 10 times. Below is the collection of blog posts, mostly from my series “Mondays with Mary”, I have written on the Holy Rosary beginning in 2012. Please feel free to share this post or any of these others with family and friends.

1. “Mondays with Mary” – The Holy Rosary (May 7, 2012)

2. “Mondays with Mary” – The Holy Rosary, Part Deux and St. Therese of the Child Jesus (September 30, 2012)

3. Our Lady of the Rosary (October 7, 2012)

4. “Mondays with Mary” – The Holy Rosary Through the Words of Blessed John Paul II (October 8, 2012)

5. “Mondays with Mary” – 37th Annual Arizona Rosary Celebration in Phoenix, Arizona (October 22, 2012)

6. “Mondays with Mary” – The Saints and Popes on the Holy Rosary (October 29, 2012)

7. “Mondays with Mary” – 7 Benefits of Praying the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary (August 19, 2013)

8. “Mondays with Mary” – The Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary (October 7, 2013)

9. “Mondays with Mary” – Pope St. John Paul II on Our Lady of the Rosary (October 6, 2014)

10. “Mondays with Mary” – The Method of Praying the Rosary of the Mater Dolorosa (June 29, 2015) – This rosary is different than the Loretto Rosary, but still an important prayer to be prayed.

11. “Mondays with Mary” – Venerable Fulton J. Sheen on Mary and the Rosary (October 7, 2015)

12. “Mondays with Mary” – 40th Annual Arizona Rosary Celebration in Phoenix, Arizona (October 26, 2015)

Our Lady of the Rosary…Pray for Us.

Nuestra Señora del Santisimo - Damián Domingo

Nuestra Señora del Santisimo – Damián Domingo

With today’s blog post, that would be now 13 times.

Updated 1/17/2016. 

“Mondays with Mary” – ‘Mary’s Psalter’

Since today is the last Monday for October of this year, and since October is considered the Month of the Holy Rosary by the Catholic Church, I thought it would be good to turn our attention to another “Rose” from St. Louis De Montfort’s great work on the Rosary, The Secret of the Rosary. We can never learn enough or read enough from the many great Saints that lived before us. In years to come, people will be reading about and learning from the Saints that are living today.

Speaking on the Psalter or Rosary of Our Lady, St. Louis De Montfort says the following…

“Ever since Saint Dominic established the devotion to the Holy Rosary up until the time when Blessed Alan de la Roche re-established it in 1460 it has always been called the Psalter of Jesus and Mary. This is because it has the same number of Angelic Salutations as there are psalms in the Book of the Psalms of David. Since simple and uneducated people are not able to say the Psalms of David the Rosary is held to be just as fruitful for them as David’s Psalter is for others.

Mary and the Rosary

But the Rosary can be considered to be even more valuable than the latter for three reasons:

1. Firstly, because the Angelic Psalter bears a nobler fruit, that of the Word Incarnate, whereas David’s Psalter only prophesies His coming;

2. Secondly, just the as real thing is more important than its prefiguration and as the body is more than its shadow, in the same way the Psalter of Our Lady is greater than David’s Psalter which did no more than prefigure it;

3. And thirdly, because Our Lady’s Psalter (or the Rosary made up of the Our Father and Hail Mary) is the direct work of the Most Blessed Trinity and was not made through a human instrument.

Our Lady’s Psalter or Rosary is divided up into three parts of five decades each, for the following special reasons:

1. To honor the three Persons of the Most Blessed Trinity;

2. To honor the life, death, and glory of Jesus Christ;

3. To imitate the Church Triumphant, to help the members of the Church Militant and t to lessen the pains of the Church suffering;

4. To imitate the three groups into which the Psalms are divided:

a. The first being for the purgative life,

b. The second for the illuminative life,

c. And the third for the unitive life;

5. And finally, to give us graces in abundance during our lifetime, peace at death, and glory in eternity.”

So as we close out this year’s Month of the Rosary, let us pray for the special intercession of Our Lady of the Rosary and St. Louis De Montfort, that through their prayers and the Holy Rosary we may contemplate the mysteries of the Gospel message proclaimed by Jesus Christ and grow closer to Him each day and every day we pray the Rosary. Amen.

“Mondays with Mary” – Pope St. John Paul II on Our Lady of the Rosary

Tomorrow, October 7, is the Marian feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, and although I have written quite extensively on this topic in the past, it’s fitting yet again to draw upon the words of one of our most recently declared saints, and for many of us, our beloved saint, Pope John Paul II. His love for the Rosary and the Blessed Virgin Mary has inspired many Catholic Christians across the globe to also have a devotion to Mary through the Rosary. If you follow the Facebook page, My Mother Mary, you will see that the administrators every day whether they are home or traveling always find the time to pray the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. As prayer should, it has become ingrained into their daily lives.

Since its inception through the development of St. Dominic and the Dominicans, the Holy Rosary has been on the lips of many saints, through both prayer and teaching. It’s the one Marian prayer that focuses deeply and profoundly on the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. In his document, Marialis Cultus (For the Right Ordering and Development of Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary), Pope Paul VI, says,

“As a Gospel prayer, centered on the mystery of the redemptive Incarnation, the rosary is therefore a prayer with a clearly Christological orientation. Its most characteristic element, in fact, the litany-like succession of Hail Mary’s, becomes in itself an unceasing praise of Christ…The Jesus that each Hail Mary recalls is the same Jesus who the succession of the mysteries proposes to us – now as the Son of God, now as the Son of the Virgin…at one time there was a custom, still preserved in certain places, of adding to the name of Jesus in each Hail Mary reference to the mystery being contemplated” (#46).

ROSARY IS 'FAVORITE PRAYER' OF POPE JOHN PAUL II

Now that we have briefly drawn upon Pope St. John Paul II’s successor, let us turn our attention to five statements from the Polish Pope on Our Lady of the Rosary –

1. “You show your devotion to Mary by celebrating her feasts, by daily prayer in her honor and especially the rosary, and by imitating her life. May that devotion grow stronger every day” (Manila, Philippines, 1983).

2. “Turn to Mary most holy, your heavenly, Mother; pray to her with fervor, especially by means of the rosary; invoke her daily, in order to be authentic imitators of Christ in our day” (Nuaro, Italy, 1985).

3. “Mary enters the house of her relative, she greets Elizabeth, and hears her words greeting. These words are familiar to us. We repeat them innumerable times, especially when we meditate on the mysteries of the rosary: ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb’ (Lk. 1:42). That is how the wife of Zachary greets Mary” (Altotting, Germany, 1980).

4. “The rosary is the prayer through which, by repeating the angel’s greeting to Mary, we try to draw considerations of our own on the mysteries of Redemption from the Blessed Virgin’s meditation. Her reflection began at the moment of the Annunciation and continues in the glory of the Assumption” (L’Osservatore Romano, 1983).

5. “…In harmony with the tradition of many centuries, the Lady of the message indicates the rosary, which can rightly be defined as “Mary’s prayer”: the prayer in which she feels particularly united with us. She herself prays with us. The rosary prayer embraces the problems of the Church, of the See of St. Peter, the problems of the world. In it we also remember sinners, that they may be converted and saved…”(Fatima, Portugal, 1982).

As we celebrate Our Lady of the Rosary tomorrow, let us keep in our hearts and minds the words of Pope St. John Paul II, asking for his intercession and the intercession of Mary under her title of Our Lady of the Rosary.

Also, feel free to share this post and these quotes on your social media sites in order to evangelize the world of the importance of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

All Praise and Glory to Jesus Christ Now and Forever! Amen.

Source:

Bunson, Margaret R., John Paul II’s Book of Mary. Our Sunday Visitor. 1996.

“Mondays with Mary” – Our Lady Help of Christians

This coming Saturday, May 24, is the Marian feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians. This has always been an interesting feast to me since I developed a devotion to St. John Bosco about ten years ago. It was Don Bosco who often went to the Blessed Virgin Mary under this title asking for intercession. The main church (pictured below) of the Salesian Order in Turin, Italy bears the title, Maria Avxilivm Christianorvm Ora Pro Nobis – Mary, Help of Christians Pray for Us. It was dedicated on June 9, 1868.

Our Lady Help of Christians - Turin, Italy.

Our Lady Help of Christians – Turin, Italy.

Our Lady Help of Christians originated in the sixteenth century with the invocation, Auxilium Christianorum (Help of Christians) during the Battle of Lepanto. It was during the battle in 1571 where the Catholics of Europe prayed the Holy Rosary to defeat the Islamic warriors who threatened Christianity. In praise and thanksgiving for the pivotal outcome of the battle, Pope St. Pius V in 1573, instituted the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7.

Around one hundred years later, Christianity would find itself at odds with the Ottoman Empire. The emperor at the time of the Holy Roman Empire, Leopold I of Austria, took up arms against the Turks on numerous occasions. During one specific occasion, Leopold found himself against 200,000 Turks as they surrounded the city of Vienna.

Recognizing that he needed Heavenly help, he took shelter at Pasau in the Shrine dedicated to Mary Help of Christians. On the feast of Our Lady’s birthday, September 8, a strategic battle plan was devised and a great victory was won on September 12, the feast of the Holy Name of Mary. While praying the Holy Rosary, with the emperor, all of Europe shouted – “Mary, Help!”

On July 5, 1808, the armies of Napoleon arrested Pope Pius VII after they entered the Vatican. Pope Pius VII would be chained and sent first to Savona and then to Fontainbleau where he would remain for three years. During his five years in prison, the Holy Father asked God to free him from captivity. If God answered his prayers and restored him to the Papacy, he would honor the Blessed Virgin Mary with a feast day. On May 24, 1814, Napoleon was forced to release Pius VII. He returned to Rome in great triumph and offering thanksgiving. One year later, the Holy Father instituted the feast, Our Lady Help of Christians, to protect the Papal States.

Although other dioceses adopted this feast day over the years, it is not part of the universal calendar of the Catholic Church. When St. John Bosco founded his order of both men and women religious, he declared to them that the Salesians main objective was to promote the veneration of the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist and devotion to the Mary under this title.

Our Lady Help of Christians…Pray for Us!

Sources:

New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia – http://www.newadvent.org

Catholic News Agency – http://www.catholicnewsagency.com

“Mondays with Mary” – The Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

October is considered the Month of the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary and that is why for the next three weeks; we will take up Mary’s Role in the New Testament. Mary’s role in the New Testament is deeply rooted in the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary. Let’s first begin today with the memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary.

ROSARY IS 'FAVORITE PRAYER' OF POPE JOHN PAUL IIFor many Catholics, who pray this Marian prayer worldwide every day, the Rosary is a daily prayer offered through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary that meditates upon the Gospels and the life of Jesus Christ. Blessed John Paul II says, “The Rosary, though clearly Marian in character, is at heart a Christocentric prayer” (Rosarium Virginis Mariae On the Most Holy Rosary).

On October 7, 1571, the first Sunday of October, Don Juan of Austria won his famous naval battle over the Turks at Lepanto. When giving praise and thanksgiving, he attributed the victory because of the praying of the Holy Rosary and the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Because the Christians were victorious over the Turks through Our Lady’s intercession, Pope St. Pius V (1566-1572) established an annual feast on October 7 and titled it, Our Lady of Victory.

Pope Gregory XIII (1572-1585), the immediate successor to Pope St. Pius V, enhanced the title to “of the Rosary.” He gave its Office to any church that there was an altar consecrated to Our Lady of the Rosary.

In the year 1716, the army of Emperor Charles VI, under the military leadership of Prince Eugene, had a tremendous victory near Belgrade over the Turks. This occurred on the Feast of Our Lady of Snows and while the Society of the Holy Rosary members were offering sacred prayers in the city of Rome. Some time after, in the city of Corcyra, the Turks were forced to surrender that city.

Mary and the Rosary

In light of these great victories, Pope Clement XI (1700-1721), gave the Universal Church the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary. Before this time, it was only a regional feast in the Church. Pope Benedict XIV (1740-1758) entered the feast into the Roman Breviary. The feast was given a feast of second class under Pope Leo XIII (1878-1903). Pope Leo also made an invocation addition to the Litany of Loreto. He implemented – Queen of the Most Holy Rosary…Pray for Us.

In the year 1961 and during the pontificate of Blessed John XXIII, the title of this feast became, Our Lady of the Rosary. The Rosary, which has played a major role in the Church for centuries, has its birth and infancy through the great saint and founder of the Dominicans, Saint Dominic de Guzman.St. Dominic

For a more information on the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, please see these five “Mondays with Mary” posts –

1. “Mondays with Mary” – The Holy Rosary

2. “Monday with Mary” – The Holy Rosary, Part Deux and St. Therese of the Child Jesus

3. “Mondays with Mary” – The Holy Rosary Through the Words of Blessed John Paul II

4. “Mondays with Mary” – The Saints and the Popes on the Holy Rosary

5. “Mondays with Mary” – 7 Benefits of Praying the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Our Lady of the Rosary…Pray for Us!

This post is dedicated to the repose of the soul of my grandmother (on my Mom’s side), Carmela Tino, who passed away 33 years ago on this day.

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Source:

Hoever, Rev. Hugo, S.O.Cist., Ph.D., Lives of the Saints, Catholic Book Publishing, New York, 1989.

Our Lady of the Rosary

On May 14 of this year, I wrote a blog post for “Mondays with Mary” on Our Lady of Fatima. During these approved apparitions, the Blessed Mother appeared at Fatima as “Our Lady of the Rosary.” My blog post on the Fatima apparitions and Our Lady of the Rosary can be found in the preceding link. I hope you get the change to read it and share it with your family members and friends. Remember to pass along my posts to those same individuals in your life, especially if they have fallen away from the Catholic Church. It is my ministry with this blog to help you bring your loved ones back into the fold of the Catholic Church.

Our Lady of the Rosary…Pray for Us!

Our Lady of Fatima…Pray for Us!