06/26/2022 – St. Josemaria Escriva

06/26/2022 – St. Josemaria Escriva

Today is the feast of St Josemaría Escrivá.

He spoke often of the rosary establishing it as part of the life of his Opus Dei community.

“The Rosary is said not with the lips alone, muttering Hail Marys one after the other. —For a Christian, vocal prayer must spring from the heart, so that while the Rosary is said, the mind can enter into contemplation of each one of the mysteries.” (Furrow, no. 477)

“Take the Holy Rosary, one of the most deeply rooted of Christian devotions. The Church encourages us to contemplate its mysteries. She wants to engrave upon our heart and our imagination, together with Mary’s joy and sorrow and glory, the spellbinding example of Our Lord’s life, in his thirty years of obscurity, his three years of preaching, his ignominious Passion and his glorious Resurrection. To follow Christ — that is the secret.” (Friends of God, no. 299)

“Develop a lively devotion for Our Mother. She knows how to respond in a most sensitive way to the presents we give her. What is more, if you say the Holy Rosary every day, with a spirit of faith and love, Our Lady will make sure she leads you very far along her Son’s path.” (Furrow, no. 691)

“You always leave the Rosary for later, and you end up not saying it at all because you are sleepy. —If there is no other time, say it in the street. It will, moreover, help you to have presence of God.” (Furrow, no. 478)

“Immaculate Virgin, I know well that I am only a miserable wretch, and all I do is increase each day the number of my sins…’ You told me the other day that was how you spoke to Our Mother. And I was confident in advising you with assurance to say the Holy Rosary. Blessed be that monotony of Hail Marys which purifies the monotony of your sins!” (Furrow, no. 475)

“The Rosary is most effective for those who use their intelligence and their study as a weapon. Because that apparently monotonous way of beseeching Our Lady as children do their Mother, can destroy every seed of vainglory and pride.” (Furrow, no. 474)

“The Holy Rosary: the joys, the sorrows, and the glories of the life of Our Lady weave a crown of praises, repeated ceaselessly by the Angels and the Saints in Heaven — and by those who love our Mother here on earth. —Practice this holy devotion every day, and spread it.” (The Forge, no. 621)

“The holy Rosary is a powerful weapon. Use it with confidence and you will be amazed at the results.” (The Way, no. 558)

“Become little. Our Lord hides Himself from the proud and reveals the treasures of His grace to the humble. Never fear if, when thinking on your own, daring and childish words and affections escape from you. Jesus wants this. Mary encourages you. If you say the Rosary in this way, you will learn to pray well.” (Holy Rosary, no. 23)

“A sad way of not praying the Rosary is to leave it for the end of the day. If you say it when going to bed, it will be done at best badly and with no meditation on the mysteries. It will be difficult then to avoid routine, which is what drowns true piety, the only piety worth the name.” (Furrow, no. 476)

06/25/2022 – Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

06/25/2022 – Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Today is the wonderful feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

“Mary, give me your Heart: so beautiful, so pure, so immaculate; your Heart so full of love and humility that I may be able to receive Jesus in the Bread of Life and love Him as you love Him and serve Him in the distressing guise of the poor.” – Saint Teresa of Calcutta

“Be Not Afraid; my Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.” – Our Lady of Fatima to Saint Lucia

“Sacrifice yourselves for sinners and say many times, especially when you make some sacrifice: ‘O Jesus, it is for Thy love, for the conversion of sinners and in reparation for sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” – Our Lady of Fatima

“If you put all the love of the mothers into one heart it still would not equal the love of the Heart of Mary for her children.” – Saint Louis de Montfort

“The Immaculate alone has from God the promise of victory over Satan. She seeks souls that will consecrate themselves entirely to her, that will become in her hands forceful instruments for the defeat of Satan and the spread of God’s kingdom.” – Saint Maximilian Kolbe

“I want My Church to…put the devotion to this Immaculate Heart beside the devotion to My Sacred Heart.” – Jesus to Saint Lucia

“Tell everybody that God grants graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary” – Saint Jacinta

Immaculate Heart, Virgin Mary…Pray for Us

06/24/2022 – Feast of the Sacred Heart

06/24/2022 – Feast of the Sacred Heart

Today is the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is also normally the feast of the Birth of St John the Baptist.

This convergence is Providential and gives us much to meditate on when we pray the Second Joyful Mystery the Visitation.

Picture the scene, Mary carrying the newly conceived Jesus nestled beneath her Immaculate Heart leaves Nazareth and hurries to the house of her cousin Elizabeth who Mary has learned from the Angel Gabriel is with child and is in her Sixth Month.Nazareth, and Ein Karem, where Elizabeth and Zachary lived, are 80 miles apart, as the bird flies, but much longer on the dusty, rocky, often uphill “roads” of the time.

It was a dangerous trip, Joseph would surely have accompanied Mary, but even then they would have to have travelled in a caravan of people. Waiting for a caravan and then travelling at that pace would have made the trip take longer.

Within days of conception, the child’s embryonic cells start to organise. Soon a definite pattern begins to develop. Some cluster of cells progenitors of the fetal brain seem to direct others, others begin to form the heart. By four weeks the fetal heart begins to beat.

When the unborn babies Jesus and John met, through the meeting of their mothers, there was surely a meeting of the then tiny new Sacred Heart of Jesus with the innocent and receptive older heart of His cousin John. This Cor ad cor loquitur is a model for us. Jesus offers the burning love of His Sacred Heart to us, and hopefully like the future Baptist, we leap for joy.

06/23/2022 – St Joseph Cafasso

06/23/2022 – St Joseph Cafasso

St Joseph Cafasso, celebrated his Mass at 4:30 am.

Walking to the chapel every morning he had to walk along a certain street which always seemed to be littered from the previous night’s carousing.

As he walked down the street, he often saw an old woman walking up and down the street praying the rosary. One morning, he stopped to ask her what she was doing so early.

“I am cleaning the streets from last night.” Sins cost. This woman knew that fresh sins were committed every night and she was making reparation for them with the rosary.

06/22/2022 – St.Cardinal John Fischer and St Thomas Moore

06/22/2022 – St.Cardinal John Fischer and St Thomas Moore

St Therese the Little Flower said:

“The Rosary is a long chain that links heaven and earth. One end of it is in our hands and the other is in the hand of the Holy Virgin.”

We celebrate today St Cardinal John Fischer and St Thomas More, both imprisoned in the Tower of London for refusing to sign King Henry VIII’s Oath of Supremacy.

In the tower far above the busy city and removed from the intrigues of the palace, the rosary was indeed their link to the Blessed Virgin.

In their isolation, praying their rosaries, they were able to seek forgiveness for the malice of the royal court from Jesus in the heavenly court where as martyrs they were soon to serve.

06/21/2022 – Power of the Rosary

06/21/2022 – Power of the Rosary

A Lady sent this beautiful witness to the power of the rosary.

“I think it is fair to say that a lot of times I pray I find it difficult to trust completely even though it says in the Bible ” whatever you ask for, in faith, you will receive”.

Recently Our Lady performed a miracle for me and my family. I was away with my teenage daughters in Dungarvan for the weekend and Sunday morning I started the car for the journey home only to see the battery light come on. I was afraid to turn the car off again and I rang my husband who told to keep driving for as long as I could.

I got to the next town after asking the Holy Souls to help us but then I felt I was really prompted by my Guardian Angel to pray the Rosary. As it was Sunday we offered Our Rosary to Our Lady just asking her to intercede for us and bring us home safely one way or another.

The battery light kept getting brighter but the car kept going. When we were halfway home and after completing the Glorious Mysteries we started praying the Joyful Mysteries in thanksgiving to Our Lady. Do you know when the car stopped? At our front gate!

She had brought us home safely. When I went in home knowing we had been blessed with a miracle my husband told me the car should have stopped after 15 minutes!! Our Lady gave us 1 hour and 15 minutes! Praise God! The car will be with the mechanic for a few days but this reminds us again to “ask and you will receive”. Thank you Mother from your loving daughter.”

P.S. Hope you can make the Rally for Life in Dublin on July 2nd, gathering at Parnell Square from 1.30 pm.

Archbishop Eamon Martin, and Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly, will concelebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at 12 noon prior to the Rally, in St Saviour’s church in Dominic Street, close to Parnell Square.

06/20/2022 – Ireland Penal Times

06/20/2022 – Ireland Penal Times

During the reigns of King Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth I and King Charles II there were terrible persecutors of the Catholic Church in Ireland. Many Irish Bishops, priests, religious and lay people accepted martyrdom rather than give up their faith.

“During the Penal times in Ireland, when it was illegal to be Catholic, the faithful clung to their rosaries and refused to cave. On failing to subdue them in the 17th century, Oliver Cromwell wrote to his superiors, “All is not well with Ireland yet. You gave us the money, you gave us the guns. But let me tell you that every house in Ireland is a house of prayer, and when I bring these fanatical Irish before the muzzles of my guns, they hold up in their hands a string of beads, and they never surrender.” It was the power of the Rosary that kept Ireland Catholic in spite of centuries of persecution.” (Meg Hunter-Kilmer)

Today is the feast of seventeen of these martyrs. Running through the story of every Irish martyr is devotion to the Holy Mass, loyalty to the pope and a love of the Holy Rosary. All of them prayed the rosary, If their rosaries was taken from them they made new rosaries with anything they could find but never did they want to be parted from Our Lady’s circlet.

In fact, one of the only relics of the 17 Irish Martyrs that has survived is a rosary which is kept in St Joseph’s Cistercian Abbey in Roscrea, Tipperary.

06/18/2022 – Fr. Dominic

06/18/2022 – Fr. Dominic

St. Louis de Montfort tells this story,

“Father Dominic, a Carthusian, who was deeply devoted to the holy Rosary, had a vision in which he saw heaven opened and the whole heavenly court assembled in magnificent array. He heard them sing the Rosary in an enchanting melody, and each decade was in honour of a mystery of the life, passion, or glory of Jesus Christ and his holy Mother.

Fr. Dominic noticed that whenever they pronounced the holy name of Mary they bowed their heads, and at the name of Jesus they genuflected and gave thanks to God for the great good he had wrought in heaven and on earth through the holy Rosary. He also saw our Lady and the Saints present to God the Rosaries which the Confraternity members say here on earth. He noticed too that they were praying for those who practice this devotion.

He also saw beautiful crowns without number, which were made of sweet-smelling flowers, for those who say the Rosary devoutly. He learned that by every Rosary that they say they make a crown for themselves which they will be able to wear in heaven. This holy Carthusian’s vision is very much like that which the Beloved Disciple had, in which he saw a great multitude of angels and saints, who continually praised and blessed Jesus Christ for all that he had done and suffered on earth for our salvation.”

The Blessed Virgin Mary is a gift from God as St. Louis de Montfort said in his book, True Devotion to Mary:“God the Father made an assemblage of all the waters and He named it the sea (mare). He made an assemblage of all His graces and he called it Mary (Maria). This great God has a most rich treasury in which He has laid up all that He has of beauty and splendour, or rarity and preciousness, including even His own Son: and this immense treasury is none other than Mary, whom the saints have named the Treasure of the Lord, out of whose plenitude all men are made rich.” (The Secret of the Rosary)

06/17/2022 – Solomon of the woods

06/17/2022 – Solomon of the woods

“In 1380 there lived near Lesneven (Brittany) a good old man named Solomon. He had no one to care for him, lived alone, and did not associate with any person; he walked with his eyes to the ground, but his heart in Heaven.

He was a simple man of the woods, and he slept in the open under an oak tree near a fountain.

Solomon loved to swing from the branches of a tree that hung over the fountain, all the while singing his praises to “Ave Maria!” at the top of his lungs. He begged for bread each day to obtain his meals, and in doing so he was often laughed at, jeered at and otherwise mistreated by the small boys. He was commonly known to one and all as “The Fool of the Wood.”

As the years went by, old and crippled as he was, he might be seen every evening hobbling toward the chapel of the Blessed Virgin where he spent most of the night in prayer after the villagers had returned to the warmth and security of their own homes. One day, while the villagers were on their way to the chapel, they found the old man in the snow dying of exposure. They tried to help him, but it was too late for their kindness, as the old man soon died with the words “Ave Maria” on his lips. The fool of the wood had finally gone to his Queen in Heaven. Legend further relates that he was buried in an out-of-the-way place in Lesneven, for he had no family to mourn him.

When spring came, a snow-white lily rose from the outcast’s grave, and on the delicate petals of the lily, in letters of gold, the words “Ave Maria!” could be seen. The grave was opened, and it was soon discovered that the lily had taken root in the mouth of the penniless old hermit. News of the miracle drew crowds to the scene, and a church was built to honor Our Lady of the Forest whose feast is today. “(Woman in Orbit)

06/16/2022 – Traditional Feast of Corpus Christi

06/16/2022 – Traditional Feast of Corpus Christi

Today is the traditional feast of Corpus Christi (The Body of Christ). In Ireland and many other countries the feast is transferred to Sunday.

As a great aid to the Church, Pope John Paul II gave us the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary. The fifth Luminous mystery is the Institution of the Most Holy Eucharist .

In this decade, we meditate on the Divine mystery of the Real Presence of Jesus……Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in Holy Communion. This total Self giving of Jesus to us took place at the Last Supper which was the First Mass. It was completed on the Cross on Good Friday when Jesus said, “It is finished” and died.

It is astonishing that we, mere creatures, can receive God into our bodies. How humble and loving is Our God to make Himself so small and to want to make Himself small so that he can come right into us.