12/15/2021 – Sisters of Charity

12/15/2021 – Sisters of Charity

“The pounding on the barricaded door of the military hospital sent every heart thudding in terror. In the middle of the war in Brescia (Italy) in 1848, the wounded, sick, and those who cared for them knew what that pounding meant.

The shouts from beyond the door came from soldiers, not obeying any command but their inner desire to destroy and plunder.

Who could do anything to stop them?

The only people here were some Sisters, the Handmaids of Charity, who devoted themselves to helping the sick. The doctors had not even wanted them there. The doctors wanted medical people who were secular and military, not nuns. And in the face of this new danger they were even more useless! Worse than useless — because that Paula (as she was known) di Rosa was actually moving to open the door!

When the door swung wide, the soldiers saw their way blocked with a great crucifix held by Paula di Rosa and two candles held by two of the six sisters who stood by her.

Each sister girded with the rosary that hung from their belts. Suddenly their frenzy to destroy disappeared, and full of shame before this display of courage and faith, they slunk back into the shadows.” (catholic.org)“

That Paula!” is St Maria di Rosa whose feast day we celebrate today.

She was very delicate physically but strong in faith and energetic in zeal. Foundress of the Handmaids of Charity, a group of women consecrated for the glory of God through service to whomever He sent them (including crazed soldiers). A clue to her strength is in the name she chose at her vows…Sr. Mary of the Rosary!

Courtesy of 1 in 10 Rosary Mission Ireland

Don’t forget – 9pm is Rosary for Ireland on Radio Maria

12/14/2021 – St. John of the Cross

12/14/2021 – St. John of the Cross

St John of the Cross today’s saint is known as a great theologian and mystic. Although his writings have little explicitly stated about Our Lady. We know from his life that he was deeply Marian.

“It is in the life of the Saint that we find substantial proof of the centrality of Mary in his mind and heart. As a young boy, John was playing near a lagoon when he fell into the water and began to drown. He would recall that a beautiful lady, whom he later identified as Our Lady, came to his aid. Several years later, John fell into a deep well but was pulled out without injury. This miracle, too, he would attribute to the Blessed Virgin Mary. John’s early biographers also affirm that his decision to enter the Carmelites was largely influenced by the Marian character of the Order and his great love for Our Lady. When he planned to leave the Order to join the Carthusians, St. Teresa of Avila is said to have convinced him to stay and become the co-founder of her reform by appealing to Mary’s special patronage over the Carmelites. John was also known to attribute his miraculous escape from prison to the strength given to him from the Mother of God. Br. Martin of the Assumption, a regular traveling companion of St. John of the Cross, testified following John’s death: “He was so devoted to Our Lady that every day he prayed the Office of Our Lady on his knees.” And Martin added that, during their many journeys together, John would sing hymns to Our Lady. Finally, at the hour of his death, upon hearing the bell for Matins, John of the Cross said, “And I, too, through the goodness of the Lord, will have to say them with our Lady in heaven.”

And this is what those who are faithful to the daily rosary should aspire to, that they like St John of the Cross, in their last moments can whisper, “And I, too, through the goodness of the Lord, will have to say them with our Lady in heaven.”

Courtesy of 1 in 10 Rosary Mission Ireland

Don’t forget – 9pm is Rosary for Ireland on Radio Maria

12/11/2021 – Rosary for Advent

12/11/2021 – Rosary for Advent

“There is an ideal prayer for Advent…the Rosary.

Sure, the Rosary is a powerful prayer at any time of year, but here are three reasons why the Rosary is an ideal prayer for Advent.

The Rosary takes us to Jesus through Mary. Advent and Christmas are eminently Christ-centered seasons, for the obvious reason that they are focused on the birth of Christ; however, they are also intensely Marian. Our Lady lived the most intense Advent of all time as she carried Jesus in her womb. Her life and his were intimately intertwined with a closeness that can only exist between Mother and Son, and especially between the Creator and the Mother He created for Himself. Who better for us to turn to while preparing to celebrate Jesus’ coming?

The Rosary is contemplative.We can only imagine how Mary spent the last weeks of her pregnancy! Like every mother, she was thinking of a thousand practical things, was dealing with the physical difficulties of pregnancy, and had her hopes, dreams and anxieties. But she was also in a unique situation as she contemplated the words of the Angel Gabriel and the prophecies surrounding her Son.

The Rosary helps us to understand the full meaning of Christmas. As we contemplate the Joyful, Sorrowful, Luminous and Glorious mysteries, we could think we’re straying from the theme of Christmas. That’s not entirely true. The birth of Jesus wasn’t an isolated event; it was one step (an important one) on Jesus’ path from his Incarnation nine months earlier to his Ascension into heaven. Jesus wasn’t born just to be a cute baby in a manger; He was born to be our Savior. That means He was born to teach, to heal, and to die on the Cross. He was born to rise from the dead and ascend into heaven, giving us new life, opening the gates of heaven for us, and preparing a place for us. Praying all the mysteries of the Rosary during Advent gives us a holistic view of what we are celebrating – it helps us to see Jesus’ birth in the light of what comes before and after.

Whatever else we are doing during Advent to prepare ourselves for Christmas, it’s a great idea to include the Rosary, the prayer that leads us to Christ through Mary.” (Matthew Green, Aleteia.org)

12/10/2021 – Cardinal Burke – Pray the Rosary

12/10/2021 – Cardinal Burke – Pray the Rosary

Cardinal Raymond Burke recently urged us to pray the daily rosary.

At Fatima, “Our Lady indicated a specific intention: peace,” This “peace,” his eminence said, is not of the world but is “rather the peace obtained for us by the blood of the Cross of Jesus Christ.”

“The victory of peace is ultimately the victory over Satan who, since the sin of our First Parents, never ceases to tempt us to commit sin,” he said. “The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, is the privileged instrument through which God the Father sent God the Son into the world to win for us the victory.”

“The victory of peace, sought through the Immaculate Heart of Mary by praying the Holy Rosary and attained in the Sacred Heart of Jesus, overcomes the confusion, error and division, all the works of the Evil One, which so fiercely attack today the world and the Church,” he said.

12/9/2021 – (OLD) Rosary walks

12/9/2021 – (OLD) Rosary walks

Fr. Goyo Hidalgo writes,

“The Rosary has been a very central part of my life and it will always be.

Here are some stories of my life involving the Rosary:

1) When I was 5, I wanted to run from home (I don’t remember why).
My mother helped me pack (I don’t know why). The first thing she gave me was a rosary. I told her I didn’t know how to pray. She then taught me and I think that after the second decade, I decided to stay.

I still have that OLD rosary.

2) I learned to pray the Rosary with my Mom.

But I remember most praying the Rosary with my father while we walked through my quiet small town at night, even when he was tired. Fathers, pray with your kids. They will never forget.

12/8/2021 – Servant of God Walter Ciszek

12/8/2021 – Servant of God Walter Ciszek

Servant of God Fr Walter Ciszek died on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

This would seem to have been a special grace in response to his great devotion to Mary’s Immaculate Conception and Her Immaculate Heart.

Seven years after Our Lady asked for prayers and sacrifices for the Conversion of Russia, Pope Pius XI put out a call for missionaries to Russia. Still a seminarian, Walter Ciszek heard the call and offered his life and priesthood in response. In the more than 30 years he spent in Eastern Europe and Russia (23 years as a prisoner), the rosary was part of his everyday life.

When he couldn’t celebrate Mass, when he couldn’t pray the office, when he had no priest to whom he could confess, he could still pray the rosary.

“Every afternoon, I said three rosaries—one in Polish, one in Latin, and one in Russian.” It is for good reason that Our Lady recommends the rosary to all. The Rosary is always accessible.

Even in times of terrible hostility when it cannot be prayed aloud, when beads are confiscated, the rosary can still be prayed from the secret silence of our hearts to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

P.S. Just a reminder for the men. Exodus 90 will be starting in January. There is a special information meeting taking place on Zoom on Thursday at 8pm.Nathaniel from Exodus90 will be speaking. Some lads will give their own testimony. Please spread the word to men. Here is the link for the meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4946259738?pwd=RXZCL3RkbDdhOVVqejhhUFovblRKQT09#success

12/6/2021 – Fulton J Sheen Antidote to Anxiety

12/6/2021 – Fulton J Sheen Antidote to Anxiety

We live in anxious times. Advent should be a quietly joyous time of anticipation and preparation for the coming of Our Lord Jesus. This year, it can be easy to fall prey to the prevailing anxiety around us…”Will I get sick?” “Will we be locked down again?” “Will the shops have the gifts we want to buy?” “Will family members make it home for Christmas?”

The antidote to anxiety is the Rosary. Servant of God Archbishop Fulton Sheen explains, ““The Rosary is the best therapy for these distraught, unhappy, fearful, and frustrated souls, precisely because it involves the simultaneous use of three powers: the physical, the vocal, and the spiritual, and in that order.”

As Our Lady asks, “Pray the Rosary for Peace!”

Courtesy of 1 in 10 Rosary Mission Ireland

Don’t forget – 9pm is Rosary for Ireland on Radio Maria

12/5/2021 – Blessed Margaret of Castello

12/5/2021 – Blessed Margaret of Castello

Blessed Margaret of Castello was born disabled and blind. She was abandoned by her parents and she relied on the generosity of the townspeople for shelter. People were very poor and it was not easy to feed an extra person, however, everyone who took Margaret in found their family blessed in many ways and when she would leave one home there was usually another waiting their turn. She was a Dominican tertiary. In every home she lived her vocation teaching the children catechism and gathering all for Our Lady’s psalter (the rosary). Praying with Margaret was illuminating because she brought the mysteries of the Rosary alive as if she was there with Jesus and Mary. ‘Denied earthly sight, Margaret was favored with heavenly visions. “Oh, if you only knew what I have in my heart!” she often said. The mysteries of the rosary, particularly the joyful mysteries, were so vivid to her that her whole person would light up when she described the scene. She was often in ecstasy.’ (from Blessed Margaret, Community of Hope)