Tuesday, October 1, 2019

THE ROSARY .... It's Not just for Catholics anymore! ;)

October is traditionally the month of the Holy Rosary and what a treasure trove of history, Scripture and blessings it IS!
Many of us were raised praying this devotion on the life of Jesus. Many of us (especially in our youth) zipped through it with hurried repetition without even considering the mysteries. What a LOSS!!
The Rosary is praying Scripture. I like to think of it as taking Mary's hand and letting her walk me through the life of Jesus. So many protestants just see it as 'vain repetition', but they miss the whole point of the devotion in that our meditation on the mysteries bring us closer to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts almost as if we were there. However, once realized ... more and more non Catholics have taken up rosaries and now join in this most personal devotion with a much better understanding of why and to Whom it is offered.

I've had some times when I got lost in the mysteries practically smelling the hay and animals at the Nativity; or feeling the profound devastation and utter emptiness accompanied with the crashing thunder and lightening when our dear Lord breathed His Last.
If you totally immerse yourself in the mysteries, you will find that the rosary is hardly a chore, but most definitely a total JOY that you will look forward to daily with much love and devotion. This is the goal. To become as close to Jesus and Mary as is humanly possible. If we really love someone, don't we want to know EVERYTHING about them and always wanting to learn more, right?

The whole rosary is actually 20 decades broken into 4 sets of mysteries meditated on different days of
the week as noted below. The Scripture references are also available, should you need a little brush up on what you want to be thinking about as you say the prayers. (The prayers are found in Scripture as well ... yes, even the HAIL MARY!  The only part that isn't in Scripture was added by the Church where we ask Mary to pray for us now and at the hour of our death.) The whole rosary gives honor and glory to God, concentrating on the life and ministry of Jesus.

So actually, when we say a set of mysteries on a particular day, that's really just a 'chaplet' because the WHOLE Rosary, as we said earlier, consists of 20 decades. But if you can do just one set of mysteries a day it will be extremely beneficial for mind, body and soul.

 Any questions, please don't hesitate to ask ... make October the month of a new beginning with greater devotion to Jesus!! BLESSINGS!!

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The Apostle, St. John tells us exactly how to recognize the spirit of truth from the spirit of falsehood. He says "as for them, they are of the world - and the world listens to them because they speak the language of the world. But we are children of God and those who know God: LISTEN TO US. Those who are not of God REFUSE TO LISTEN TO US. That is how we can tell the spirit of truth from the spirit of falsehood." ~1 John 4:6 [The "us" to whom St. John refers are the Apostles, and their successors the Bishops.]

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Prayer to avoid the Sin of PRIDE:
“Oh My Jesus help me to avoid the sin of pride when I speak in Your Name. Forgive me if I ever belittle anyone in Your holy Name. Help me to listen Jesus when Your Voice is spoken and fill me with Your Holy Spirit so that I can discern the truth of Your Word when You call out to mankind. Amen.”

A prayer of St. Teresa of Avila:
O my God! Source of all mercy! I acknowledge Your sovereign power. While recalling the wasted years that are past, I believe that You, Lord, can in an instant turn this loss to gain. Miserable as I am, yet I firmly believe that You can do all things. Please restore to me the time lost, giving me Your grace, both now and in the future, that I may appear before You in "wedding garments." Amen.

“My children, let your speech be chosen with great care—it must be a light in the world. Know and believe that all you say has repercussions in time and eternity. Therefore, choose your words with wisdom and prudence, choosing to remain silent rather than fill the air with useless chatter or worse, gossip or virulent speech. Let your speech be a perfect mirror of your peaceful heart, a heart firmly grounded in the love of God and in complete trust in His goodness. Silence is often the more virtuous path. Bridle your tongue and you will be working for peace in the world.”

In the Name of Jesus I renounce as lies all thoughts that enter my mind from the evil one who accuses. By the authority of Jesus, I command them to leave me. I consecrate my mind to God for transformation into His Thoughts for my protection, salvation and His glory.



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Through the grace of God and many prayers, I survived a double surgery (with cancer) in the fall of 2008. Since then has becoming increasingly important to me to enhance my prayer life. I have taken on the task of praying for strangers and those with little hope and much adversity. To that end, I've also begun (July '09), to make rosaries and related items to put prayer into the hands of as many as I can that will PRAY for others.

The world is at the precipice ... we need to TAKE ACTION ... NOW. Time for fence sitting is quickly coming to an end. We all need to do what ever we can in the way of PRAYER & PENANCE to beg God's Grace upon humanity that we may shake away this sinfulness and pride to get back on the road that leads to heaven and our Glorious Triune God!

After you have made a decision that is pleasing to God, the devil may try to make you have second thoughts. Intensify your prayer time, meditation, and good deeds. For if satan's temptations merely cause you to increase your efforts to grow in holiness, he'll have an incentive to leave you alone.
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