Thursday, December 05, 2013

THE ROSARY A WEAPON OF MASS CONSTRUCTION

Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

          As Our Lady of the Rosary, the Blessed Virgin Mary manifests herself as our spiritual Mother and the spiritual Mother of all mankind.  The Rosary is an invaluable gift she has given us, a powerful weapon she has placed in our hands.  The Rosary is a “weapon of mass construction.”   Praying it keeps us united to her, and aids us to live out our baptismal vocation.

          Father Frederick William Faber, noted 19th century convert and hymn composer, explained that “the Rosary is Mary’s testament, just as the Eucharist is Jesus’ testament.”  We may conclude that just as we find Jesus whole and entire in the Holy Eucharist, so Mary is present in her fullness in the Rosary.  When we receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, He unites Himself to us Body and Soul.  When we pray the Rosary, Mary unites us wholly to herself.

          In the words of Rosary devotee, G. Ferrera, “The Eucharist and the Most Holy Virgin as so closely united that it seems as though Mary’s heart beats in unison with the Heart of her Son, Who resides in our tabernacles.”  Whether we receive Jesus in Holy Communion or pray the Rosary, we can assimilate those heartbeats of Jesus and Mary, and make them our own.

          Praying the Rosary frequently pleases the Immaculate Heart of Mary as it enriches our understanding of revealed truth simply couched in the twenty mysteries of the Rosary – twenty engaging events in the lives of Jesus and Mary.  In this crown of prayer is found the most complete Marian devotion.  At Lourdes and Fatima Mary appeared holding a Rosary, and exhorted the visionaries and us to pray the Rosary because it is a universal means of grace and salvation. 

          St. Pio of Pietrelcina, who prayed the Rosary throughout his waking hours, reminded us to “Love Our Lady and help others love her.  Pray the Rosary always.”

Ven. Fulton Sheen declared that the Rosary “engages our fingers, our lips, our hearts in a vast symphony of prayer.  This is why it is the greatest prayer ever composed by man.”  And Ferrera exhorted us to love the “little crown of the Rosary by which graces flow from the hands of Mary to us.” 

          Let us pray the Rosary fervently to draw close to Mary, to keep her company, and to ask for the necessary graces for all humankind, for our country, for our families, for our personal salvation.

          Indeed Our Lady’s Rosary is an effective “weapon of mass construction” for the building of the Mystical Body of Christ.  It is an effective instrument to fulfill our baptismal call.
         

          

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Reminder - Hour of Grace for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception


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Because the Feast of the Immaculate Conception falls on the Second Sunday of Advent, the solemnity has been moved to Monday, December 9th.
The Blessed Virgin promised that whatever a person asked Her for during this Hour of Grace (even in impossible cases) would be granted to them, if it was in accordance with the will of the Eternal Father.
REQUEST OF BLESSED MOTHER FOR THE HOUR OF GRACE

1. Day and time of Hour of Grace - December 8th Feast of the Immaculate Conception - to be started at 12 noon and will continue until 1 PM (one full hour of prayer)

2. During this hour the person making the 'Hour of Grace' either at home or in the Church must put away all distractions (do not answer the telephone or answer any doors or do anything but totally concentrate on your union with God during this Special Hour of Grace)

3. Begin the Hour of Grace by praying three times the 51st Psalm with outstretched arms. Psalm 51 can be found below.

4. The rest of the Hour of Grace may be spent in silent communication with God meditating upon the Passion of Jesus saying the Holy Rosary, praising God in your own way or by using favorite prayers, singing hymns, meditating upon other Psalms, etc.

Please distribute this message to as many people as you can. Remember to pray for your country during this hour. The Blessed Mother has requested that Her message be sent throughout the entire world. Please help the Blessed Virgin Mary to fulfill Her Mission well ... that all souls be drawn to God and that Jesus will be loved in every heart. This is the Perpetual song of her Heart. Let it also be ours.

Psalm 51
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For the leader. A psalm of David,
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when Nathan the prophet came to him after his affair with Bathsheba.
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Have mercy on me, God, in your goodness; in your abundant compassion blot out my offense.
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Wash away all my guilt; from my sin cleanse me.
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For I know my offense; my sin is always before me.
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Against you alone have I sinned; I have done such evil in your sight That you are just in your sentence, blameless when you condemn.
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True, I was born guilty, a sinner, even as my mother conceived me.
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Still, you insist on sincerity of heart; in my inmost being teach me wisdom.
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Cleanse me with hyssop, that I may be pure; wash me, make me whiter than snow.
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Let me hear sounds of joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
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Turn away your face from my sins; blot out all my guilt.
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A clean heart create for me, God; renew in me a steadfast spirit.
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Do not drive me from your presence, nor take from me your holy spirit.
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Restore my joy in your salvation; sustain in me a willing spirit.
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I will teach the wicked your ways, that sinners may return to you.
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Rescue me from death, God, my saving God, that my tongue may praise your healing power.
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Lord, open my lips; my mouth will proclaim your praise.
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4 For you do not desire sacrifice; a burnt offering you would not accept.
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My sacrifice, God, is a broken spirit; God, do not spurn a broken, humbled heart.
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5 Make Zion prosper in your good pleasure; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
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Then you will be pleased with proper sacrifice, burnt offerings and holocausts; then bullocks will be offered on your altar.

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