Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Secret of the Rosary ( St. Louis de Montfort )

Dear little friends, this beautiful rosebud is for you; it is one of the beads of your Rosary, and it may seem to you to be such a tiny thing. But if you only knew how precious this bead is! This wonderful bud will open out into a gorgeous rose if you say your Hail Mary really well.

Of course it would be too much to expect you to say the whole fifteen mysteries every day, but do say at least five mysteries, and say them properly with love and devotion. This Rosary will be your little wreath of roses, your crown for Jesus and Mary.

Rosary Miracles

This is the month of the Rosary and so it comes as a timely reminder to read from a new book about yet another modern Rosary wonder.

The book is With Mary to Jesus, by Father Joseph M. Esper, and in it is related that 'in 1978, the Rosary saved a college girl from dying at the hands of the infamous serial killer Ted Bundy.

'He had just murdered or fatally injured all the other girls in a college sorority house, and then entered her room -- but some unexplainable force made him stop, drop his weapon, and flee.

'That particular girl had promised her grandmother she would pray the Rosary every night, and when Bundy entered her room, she was still clutching the Rosary beads in her hand.'

The date was January 15, the time approximately 3 a.m., when the horrific serial killer -- on the loose after a prison escape -- entered a sorority house and killed two sleeping women, Lisa Levy and Margaret Bowman, before searching for other victims.

The unnamed girl awoke to a man standing over her with a bat. When she opened her hands, Bundy looked at the rosary beads in them, and fled, notes another account; such is the power of our Mother’s protective mantle!

This was related to a priest, Monsignor William Kerr, of Tallahassee, Florida, who was called by police to accompany them to the Chi Omega sorority house at Florida State University -- where the girl was found catatonic and in fact would only speak to the priest (who died in May of 2009). Monsignor in his turn had related it to a priest named Gabriel Gillen, OP.

When Monsignor Kerr approached the near-catatonic girl, she told him her grandmother had made her promise before going off to college for the first time that she would pray the Rosary every night before bed for protection, even if she fell asleep praying it -- which she had that night; thus, when he entered, the beads were still clutched in her hands.

Bundy eventually confessed to over thirty murders, although the actual total remains unknown, with estimates of twenty-six to over a hundred (the general figure set around 35). Typically, notes a web biography, 'Bundy would bludgeon his victims, then strangle them to death,' sometimes along with sexual assault.

'Ironically, when Ted Bundy was on death row, awaiting execution for his crimes, he asked Monsignor Kerr to serve as a spiritual counselor, and the priest took the opportunity to ask about that terrible night,' notes the book's reference section. 'Bundy explained that when he entered the girl's room, he had fully intended on murdering her; some mysterious power was preventing him.'

'There are very powerful promises attached to praying the Rosary,' notes Father Esper. 'And not only does it aid our own spiritual growth -- it also undermines the kingdom of Satan. The famous Vatican exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth testified, 'One day a colleague of mine heard the devil say during an exorcism, 'Every Hail Mary is like a blow on my head. If Christians knew how powerful the Rosary was, it would be my end.'' Padre Pio, who called the Rosary an extraordinarily powerful weapon against Satan, once said, 'The Rosary is the weapon for these times.''

And so we pray.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

The Secret of the Rosary ( Saint Louis de Montfort )

The Secret of the rosary: "Poor men and women who are sinners, I, a greater sinner than you, wish to give you this rose, a crimson one, because the precious blood of our Lord has fallen upon it. Please God that it may bring true fragrance in your lives - but above all, may it save you from the danger that you are in.
Every day unbelievers and un-repentant sinners cry, 'Let us crown ourselves with roses.' But our cry should be, 'Let us crown ourselves with the roses of the Holy Rosary ' ( Saint Louis de Montfort )

Saturday, October 9, 2010

First Rose ~~Secrets of the Holy Rosary ( excerpts written by St. Louis De Montfort )~~

First Rose

The prayers of the Rosary

The Rosary is made up of two things: mental prayer and vocal prayer.
In the Holy Rosary mental prayer is none other than meditation of the chief mysteries of the life, death and glory of Jesus Christ and of His Blessed Mother.
Vocal prayer consists in saying fifteen decades of the Hail Mary, each decade headed by an Our Father, while at the same time meditating on and contemplating the fifteen principal virtues which Jesus and Mary practiced in the fifteen mysteries of the Holy Rosary.

In the first five decades we must honor the five Joyous Mysteries and meditate on them; in the second five decades the Sorrowful Mysteries and in the third group of five, the Glorious Mysteries. So the Rosary is a blessed blending of mental and vocal prayer by which we honor and learn to imitate the mysteries and virtues of the life, death, passion and glory of Jesus and Mary.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Sorrowful Mysteries

III. The crowning with thorns

Christ has been officially sentenced to death. However, the soldiers were in no hurry to finish off their prey. To the twisted wits of the soldiers, the praetorium courtyard suggested a mock court, and Jesus a mock King. Injury was added to insult when they clamped the King’s head in a royal crown, studded with thorns.

Jesus, the innocence of God, had no safeguard against pain.

IV. The carrying of the Cross
“Simon, a Cyrenian, carried the cross behind Jesus.”
Luke 23:26

By God’s command, the Mosaic Law summoned every Jewish man to the Holy City for the Passover. Simon, from faraway Cyrene, was only one poor, tired rustic among the hundreds of thousands of pilgrims dutifully thronging to Jerusalem. By chance he crossed the path of the soldiers leading Jesus to Calvary; by chance, Jesus fell to His knees just then; by chance, the guards caught sight of Simon and bullied him into service. Simon was taking part in the solemn ritual for which he had come – the sacrifice of the Paschal Lamb.

It is characteristic of the cross that it comes to us “by chance.” Let us remember, when we suffer, Jesus is with us in our pain helping us carry our cross.

V. The Crucifixion

"One of them ran to get a sponge; he soaked it in wine; and putting it on a reed, gave it to him to drink.”
Matt. 27:48

The bite of the whip kept Jesus conscious until He reached Calvary. There two soldiers tore away His clothing, which the drying blood had glued to His lashed Body. The morning’s endless scourging was relived in a single moment. Jesus reeled from the sudden torture. A coarse narcotic of wine, myrrh, and incense was put quickly to His lips – not to relieve His thirst, but to numb His senses. Jesus did not take the drug.

The gate of heaven has a cross for a key. It is Jesus who forged the key.

( Rosary meditations taken from The Holy Cross Family Ministries )

Sorrowful Rosary

May Our Lady give us a deeper understanding of suffering through the five Sorrowful Mysteries
I. The Agony in the Garden
“Father, if you are willing take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done.”
Luke 22:42

Christ knew He would suffer. He spent His life speaking the Truth. Those in authority did not like Him. Mary carried many fears for her Son in her Immaculate Heart. John hailed Him as the meek Lamb of God. Jesus spoke often of His death; invited others to do what He was about to do – “take up the Cross;” then deliberately went up to Jerusalem to His earthly doom. But when that long-awaited suffering was only a sunrise way, Jesus Christ fell upon His Face and bled at the thought of pain and asked that, if it were possible, the chalice be withheld.

To tremble at pain is Christlike. Suffering is not a good thing that merely appears evil. It is an evil which human nature shrinks from – and grace can sanctify.

II. The scourging at the Pillar

“I shall have him flogged.”
Luke 23:16

Christ shrank from pain, but did not refuse it. Late morning saw Jesus flung against a praetorium pillar, while the hired men of Rome wore themselves out whipping and lashing Him near to death. Every thump of the iron-weighted cords tore fresh red rents in His Flesh. Jesus, who the night before had turned wine to Blood, now shed that Blood like wine poured out. His Body is the chalice of His spilt-out Blood, and the cup He no longer asks His Father to remove.

God knows how desperate we feel when we ask Him to relieve our sufferings because God was with Jesus in all Jesus’ pain. To accept pain as Jesus did is to sanctify it – and ourselves.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Joyful Rosary Part 1

~~ join me in this day Prayers and Intercessions ~~

Let us pray humbly to Jesus, who does not abandon those who hope in Him:
– Jesus our God, hear us.

Christ our Lord, fill your Church with Your Light:
make her preach You to the nations, the deep mystery of our religion made visible in the flesh.
– Jesus our God, hear us.
Help the priests and ministers of the Church:
as they have preached to others, so may they themselves be faithful in Your service.
– Jesus our God, hear us.
By shedding Your Blood You brought Peace to the world:
keep us free from the sin of discord and the scourge of war.
– Jesus our God, hear us.
Give married couples an abundance of Your grace
to make them a more perfect symbol of Your marriage with Your Church.
– Jesus our God, hear us.
Grant all the dead forgiveness of their sins:
in Your Mercy bring them to new life with the Saints.
– Jesus our God, hear us.

Stay with us, Lord Jesus, for dusk is falling.
Accompany us on our road, revive our hearts, take pity on us and fill us with Hope,
so that with our brethren we may recognise You in the Scriptures and in the breaking of bread.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God for ever and ever.

May the Lord bless us and keep us from all harm; and may he lead us to eternal life.
Heaven opened with 3 Hail Mary Devotion

Act of Consecration to the Most Holy Trinity

With all my heart I praise Thee, Most Holy Virgin
above all Angels and Saints in Paradise, Daughter of
the Eternal Father, and I consecrate to Thee
my soul with all its faculties.

Hail Mary..

With all my heart I praise Thee, Most Holy Virgin
above all Angels and Saints in Paradise, beloved Mother
of the Son of God, and I consecrate to Thee my body
with all its senses.

Hail Mary..

With all my heart I praise Thee, Most Holy Virgin
above all Angels and Saints in Paradise, beloved Spouse
of the Holy Ghost, and I consecrate to Thee my heart
with all its affections, and beseech Thee to obtain for me from
the Most Holy Trinity all the graces necessary for salvation.

Hail Mary..

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