09/26/2022 – Feast of Mary Divine Shepherdess

09/26/2022 – Feast of Mary Divine Shepherdess

Today is the Feast of Mary, the Divine Shepherdess.

In 1703 Mary was given the title Divine Shepherdess, bestowed upon her by Father Isidore of Spain after a vision in which the Blessed Mother appeared to him as a shepherdess.

Father Isidore … erected small shrines to Our Lady along the roadways. They taught the people how to sing the rosary walking along the street. This custom Father Isadore brought with him on returning to Seville. In such a worldly atmosphere this came as a surprise to the people. Cantina and tavern loungers found themselves sliding out of the taverns and joining him, to become part of the sheepfold of Mary.

During one of these rosary procession street tours Christ’s words, ‘I am the Good Shepherd” flashed across the Father’s mind. That night he had a vision of the Blessed Virgin. She appeared as a young shepherdess with a crook in her hand and a large straw hat falling over her shoulders….

“Our Lady,” he said, sat on a rock under a tree. Her face radiated divine and tender love. Over a red tunic she wore a jacket of white sheepskin such as shepherds wore; from her shoulders hung a blue mantle. A large straw hat, held by a ribbon, dangled over her left shoulder.

Near her right hand was a shepherd’s crook, symbolic of the love and care she gives her children. In her left hand she held a rose, while the right hand rested on the head of a lamb, which had sought shelter in her lap. The flock of sheep which surrounded her carried in their mouths – the Virgin’s Flower.

P.S. The Coastal Rosary for LIFE & FAITH in Ireland is on Sunday October 9th at 2.30pm. Sign up a location at www.coastalrosaryireland.ie

09/23/2022 – St. Padre Pio

09/23/2022 – St. Padre Pio

Today is the feast of St Padre Pio.

“Padre Pio was always seen fingering his Rosary beads and was known to be a great lover of the Rosary.

Here are just a few of the many things St Pio said of the rosary.

”Satan wants to destroy this prayer, but in this he will never succeed. The Rosary is the prayer of those who triumph over everything and everyone. It was Our Lady who taught us this prayer, just as it was Jesus who taught us the Our Father.”

“In times of darkness, holding the Rosary is like holding your Blessed Mother’s hand. Pray the Rosary every day. Abandon yourself in the hands of Mary. She will take care of you.”

“The attention must be on the “Hail Mary” and to the greetings which you give to the Virgin and on the mysteries which you contemplate. She is present in all the mysteries and she participated in everything with love and pain.”

“Love our Lady and make her loved; always recite the Rosary and recite it as often as possible.”

(Kathleen Hattrup)

09/22/2022 – Feast of Naming of Mary

09/22/2022 – Feast of Naming of Mary

Today is the traditional feast of the naming of the infant Mary by her parents Ss Joachim and Ann.

In her mystical The City of God, Venerable Maria Agreda describes this event “Mary named by Saint Anne.”Being informed of these and many other mysteries, the holy angels heard a voice from the throne speaking in the person of the Father:“

Our chosen One shall be called MARY, and this name is to be powerful and magnificent. Those that shall invoke it with devout affection shall receive most abundant graces; those that shall honor it and pronounce it with reverence shall be consoled and vivified, and will find in it the remedy of their evils, the treasures for their enrichment, the light which shall guide them to heaven. It shall be terrible against the power of hell, it shall crush the head of the serpent and it shall win glorious victories over the princes of hell.

”The Lord commanded the angelic spirits to announce this glorious name to Saint Anne, so that what was decreed in heaven might be executed on earth. The heavenly Child, lovingly prostrate before the throne, rendered most acceptable and human thanks to the eternal Being; and She received the name with most admirable and sweet jubilation.The holy angels honored and acknowledged Most Holy Mary as the future Mother of the Word and as their Queen and Mistress enthroned at the right hand of her Son; they showed their veneration of her holy name, prostrating themselves as it proceeded from the throne in the voice of the eternal Father, especially those, who had it written on the devices over their breast.

On the eighth day after the birth of the great Queen, multitudes of most beautiful angels in splendid array descended from on high bearing an escutcheon on which the name of MARY was engraved and shone forth in great brilliancy. Appearing to the blessed mother Anne, they told her that the name of her daughter was to be MARY, which name they had brought from heaven, and which Divine Providence had selected and now ordained to be given to their child by Joachim and herself.The more than happy father accepted the name with joy and devout affection. They decided to call their relatives and a priest and then, with much solemnity and festivity, they imposed the name of Mary on their Child.

The angels also celebrated this event with most sweet and ravishing music, which, however, was heard only by the mother and her most holy Daughter.Thus was the divine Princess named by the Holy Trinity; in heaven, on the day of her nativity, and on earth, after eight days.”In the Holy Rosary we are blessed to pray the Holy Name of Mary twice in every Ave. We should pray her name with great love, the love of a child for his Mother and the love of a loyal subject for his Queen.

09/21/2022 – Protected from the sea by the Holy Rosary

09/21/2022 – Protected from the sea by the Holy Rosary

Eileen wrote to us saying:

“In 1986, our family spent nine weeks of the summer in Co. Kerry. The house was in a field, 1.5 miles from the nearest village. The sea was half a mile away, and there was a stream running past the end of the garden.

My husband worked in Dublin Monday to Friday and he came down to Kerry every weekend to join us. I was alone with the children with no car, no television, no radio or phone.

One Thursday evening in August at 7pm approx., I looked out the kitchen window and to my disbelief I saw what was the sea making its way up the back garden. Immediately I took up the mats on all the floors and put them across chairs so they would not be ruined by the flood. The five children and myself knelt down and prayed the Rosary.

I then went to the neighbour to ask her to mind the children while I ran up to my brother-in-law’s house to ask him if we should leave the house.

He was shocked when he saw the sea in the back garden. Later, we heard there was a German neighbour on the mountain side with binoculars and he said the tide turned about 8pm. The house and shop nearby were flooded. The food in the shop was destroyed and the fridge was floating in water. The two chalets further up the road were two feet deep in water. Not a drop entered our house! Thank you Mother of the Holy Rosary.”

09/16/2022 – The added rosary

09/16/2022 – The added rosary

“My Grandparents made a trip to Italy in 1980. While there, they were able to see the Vatican and they purchased 5 rosaries to give to each of their grandchildren. After you purchase the rosaries, you could have Pope John Paul II bless them, and then they would mail them back to the families. So, this is what my grandparents did and when they returned home, they anxiously waited for the rosaries to appear in the mail.

When they arrived, the 5 white crystal rosaries were in the box, along with a pink crystal rosary! They didn’t understand why they received this extra rosary and they put it aside. It was a few months later that my mother found out that she was pregnant, and in September of 1982, she had a little girl. Saint Pope John Paul II knew my grandparents wanted to give ALL of their grandchildren a rosary from their trip!” ( Epic Stories of the Rosary by Laura Hensley)

P.S. The Coastal Rosary for LIFE & FAITH in Ireland is on Sunday October 9th at 2.30pm. Sign up a location at www.coastalrosaryireland.ie

09/04/2022 – Blessed Dina Belanger

09/04/2022 – Blessed Dina Belanger

The Rosary was the mainstay of Blessed Dina Belanger, today’s saint, from her childhood in Quebec until her death.

Dina felt the call of a religious vocation but because of family and educational obligations she could not enter yet. At 16 years Dina had to go live in the big city of New York.

To guard her heart which she had already given to Jesus she “drew up a rule of life for herself: morning and evening prayers, daily Mass and Communion, Rosary; at least ten minutes of meditation in the morning, and weekly confession. She also included her duties towards her neighbour and herself. In addition, she examined her conscience each night.”

Returning home at nineteen, she experienced a “dark night” in her soul, and to survive this ordeal she again turned to the Rosary.When at last she received the religious habit, Dina wrote ‘I was a Religious of Jesus and Mary! On my breast, the cross; at my waist, the blessed Rosary. I now belonged forever to that institution which I cherished as the hand that led me to this blessed sanctuary of peace and love.

O Jesus, make me worthy of the title I bear. Help me to pay the debt of gratitude…..fashion my soul Yourself, according to the spirit of ‘Jesus-Marie’,…. Act in me with Your sweet Mother to the praise of these Sacred Names.’ After only six years, in the weeks before her death, one of the Sisters would always come and pray the Rosary by Dina’s bedside. This caused the dying nun to say one day, ‘Holy Communion is my bread, the Rosary, my dessert!'”

As she lay dying, nuns “were saying the Rosary aloud by her bedside. (Dina followed the prayer and) moved her lips in response. At the fifth decade, the recitation was interrupted so as not to tire her; but the dying nun raised her beads at eye level beseechingly as though requesting the continuation of the prayers.”

09/03/2022 – First Saturday

09/03/2022 – First Saturday

Happy First Saturday.

Jesus explained the five great sins committed against Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart to Sr. Lucia on May 29-30, 1930, saying:

“There are five kinds of offences and blasphemies spoken against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

First: blasphemies against the Immaculate Conception

Second: against her Virginity

Third: against the Divine Maternity, refusing, at the same time, to receive her as the Mother of mankind

Fourth: those who seek publicly to implant, in the hearts of children, indifference, disrespect, and even hate for this Immaculate Mother

Fifth: those who revile her directly in her sacred images

Here, dear daughter, is the motive that led the Immaculate Heart of Mary to petition Me to ask for this small act of reparation (The First Saturdays). And, out of regard for her, to move My mercy to pardon those souls who have had the misfortune to offend her. As for you, seek endlessly, with your prayers and sacrifices, to move Me to mercy in regard to these poor souls.”

09/02/2022 – st Teresa of Child Jesus

09/02/2022 – st Teresa of Child Jesus

Sr Francisca Teresa of the Child Jesus of the Holy Face (named after the Little Flower) turned 99 years old this year. She has been a cloistered Carmelite nun for almost 80 years.

Sister was the oldest of eight children. She recalls that her grandmother’s love of the Blessed Virgin “ served as a guide in my life,” “My family was very decisive in my vocation. My father was a man of prayer, he not only went to Mass, I saw him pray.

Praying the Rosary as a family for me was an everyday thing,” “The Blessed Virgin held a privileged place in my family, She was the mistress of the house, the Queen of the home.” Even though “we didn’t lack difficulties in life, when you have faith, everything is experienced differently, even suffering finds its meaning. I learned all this in my family.”

Sister Francisca Teresa has wonderful words for us “ I can say that I have been happy in my consecrated life,” In religious life “I haven’t been without difficulties, but it’s worth living a life given to God. The greatest desire of my heart has been union with Jesus, to be Light with him. And I very much want to see him soon.”Sister Francisca Teresa calls Mary “My Dear Mother Virgin” and that “in her I find everything. I invite you to try invoking her as a mother.” (ACI Prensa)

Abbeyleix – Our Lady’s Grotto, Ballinakill, Thornberry at 1pm

Arklow – St Mary’s Park at Main Street

Athlone – Fair Green Car Park at 1pm

Carlingford – Opposite the Village green and beside the Coastal Wall at 1pm

Cork – 2pm at the Grand Parade

Dublin – North Earl Street (by the Spire) at 2pm

Ennis – The Square at 1pm

Kells – Headford Place at 4pm

Kilkenny – 1pm at St James’ Green (next to the Cathedral)

Knock – 1pm at the Plaza

Limerick – Thomas Street at 1pm

Moville Inishowen – market Square at 1pm

Portadown – Market Street at 1pm

Sligo – Wine Street Car Park at 2pm

Thurles – Outside Scoil Angela, The Square at 2pm

Tralee – The Square at 1pm

Tubbercurry (Sligo) – The Square at 3pm

Waterford – Barronstrand Street (near McDonalds) at 3pm

Wexford – On the Quay (Opposite South East Radio) at 12 Noon

09/1/2022 – Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple

09/1/2022 – Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple

When we meditate on the Fourth Joyful Mystery of the Holy Rosary, the Presentation in the Temple, we sometimes picture the scene. The Infant Jesus is just 40 days old. The Blessed Virgin and St Joseph carry Him into the Temple to fulfil the command of the Old Law, that every boy child who was born first was to be offered to God. When all that the law required was fulfilled Simeon, an old and holy man, praises God that he had seen Jesus, the salvation of Israel. He then turns to Mary and is inspired to tell her that her Son Jesus would be a “sign of contradiction” and that her own heart would be pierced.

An elderly woman approaches, she is Anna, the prophetess, today’s saint. Anna has lived in the Temple serving with prayer, fasting and service since she was widowed as a young woman. Seeing the Baby, she also praises God for sending the Redeemer. She then goes to tell everyone that she encounters, about the great grace of Jesus.

Anna may have known Mary as there is a tradition that Mary was raised in the Temple. Maybe Anna took care of Mary during her childhood years?