05/05/2022 – Blessed Edmund Rice

05/05/2022 – Blessed Edmund Rice

Today is the Feastday of our own Blessed Edmund Rice, the founder of the Irish Presentation and Christian Brothers, a religious order and an apostolate, that brought education to everyone, even the poorest, who up to then were usually excluded from education.

Apostles found apostolates and it is Our Lady who forms apostles.
Edmund Rice was no exception. Though he set out to be a businessman, the design of heaven for his life was to use his business acumen in the service of God. He came to his vocation in many ways including personal tragedy.

It was his fidelity to the rosary and daily Mass that enabled him to discern his path in every circumstance. In fact he came to rely so much on Our Lady’s rosary as his compass that when he died and memories were gathered from the many people who knew him, one after another talked about his practice of praying the rosary on every journey long or short: walking to Mass, travelling to other Irish towns, visiting a family, or just getting the soft Waterford air.

With this practice of praying the rosary on the way and on the way back, giving Our Lady control over all of his undertakings, it is no wonder that so many of them were successful!

P.S. There will be Mens’ Rosaries of Reparation happening around the country this coming Saturday. Also praying for peace in Ukraine and our troubled world.

Athlone – Fair Green Car Park at 1pm

Arklow – St Mary’s Park at 2pm

Cork – 2pm at the Grand Parade

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

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

Knock – 1pm at the Plaza

Letterkenny – Market Square (next to BOI) at 1pm

Limerick – Thomas Street at 2pm

Longford – Market Square at 1pm

Newcastle – Main St (Outside the Newcastle Centre) at 1pm

Sligo – Wine Street Car Park at 2pm

Thurles – Outside Scoil Angela, the Square at 3pm

Tralee – 1pm at the Square

Wexford – On the Quay at 1pm

05/04/2022 – First Wednesday – St. Joseph

05/04/2022 – First Wednesday – St. Joseph

Today is the First Wednesday of the month, a day dedicated to St Joseph the “silent” member of the holy family.

Fittingly today is the anniversary of Sr Mary Aimee, an obscure French Carmelite, who wrote the Twelve Degrees of Silence. This work chronicles this holy nuns journey into the heart and will of God.

It may seem counter intuitive, but the rosary is a powerful path to the silence that Sr Mary Aimee encourages us to embark on. The rosary in its rhythmic repetition, creates a space where we can step out of the noise of our whirling thoughts and the activity surrounding us. Entering Mary’s home in Nazareth, the cave in Bethlehem, stepping into the warm water of the sunlight Jordan, listening to the night sounds of Gethsemane, feeling the wind on Mt Tabor we are transported into the gospels to kneel silently and take in all the lessons that Mary asks us to consider.

And when we finish our rosary and leave this silent space we bring those lessons with us. Rosary by rosary, living more and more in God’s love.

05/03/2022 – Luminous mysteries

05/03/2022 – Luminous mysteries

The Luminous Mysteries have been a great gift to those who pray the rosary.

In them we meditate on Jesus’ public life from its beginning, the Baptism of Jesus until its end in the Institution of the Holy Eucharist on Holy Thursday.

Praying the Luminous decades we reflect of the the lessons that Jesus taught and also meet many of the people close to Jesus in His Mission like today’s saints Apostles Philip and James the Just.

St Philip was a disciple of St John the Baptist and may have witnessed the Baptism of Our Lord, St James was a relative and may have been at the Miracle of Cana. We know for sure that they were both with Jesus as He proclaimed His Kingdom and the Forgiveness of Sin. We can go to these two apostles in our rosary meditations and ask them to bring us closer to the Heart of Jesus in His mysteries after all they were there as Jesus revealed His heart and poured out His Grace to the multitudes.

05/02/2022 – St. Jose Maria Rubio

05/02/2022 – St. Jose Maria Rubio

In the town in the south of Spain where today’s saint, St. Jose Maria Rubio came from there is a little museum.

One of the most precious items of veneration in the museum is the holy priest’s rosary. This relic was always with the “Apostle of Madrid”, he prayed it daily. His motto “Do what God wants, and want what God does.” echoed Our Lady’s Fiat something he contemplated at the beginning of every rosary.

And it was his devotion to God’s Will and his attachment to Mary that made his priesthood so spiritually adventurous. For example, “While confessing, a lady came and gave him the directions to a man who had to confess soon, as he was dying.

That evening, Rubio went to visit the dying, and following the directions, he had to go to a third floor without a lift. When he finally arrived, knocked and asked for the gentleman, “It’s me” the gentleman said “but I think that someone has played a practical joke on you, as you see I’m in perfect health. Come on, man! have a drink and relax after you have had to climb so many stairs.”

Entering the room, Rubio saw a portrait on the wall, and while the man served him a drink. Rubio said that the lady was the one who sent him. The man laughed and said that the lady was his mother who died some years ago. Then, the gentleman said; “Look, anyway, as you are here, I’m going to confess because it’s been years since I entered a church, and so your journey will not have been in vain”. He confessed and died that night.”

P.S. Send us in a picture of your MAY ALTAR with your name and town, and I will put them up on Facebook. Ave Maria

04/25/2022 – Guglielmo Marconi

04/25/2022 – Guglielmo Marconi

Today is the birthday of the inventor of the radio and telegraph, Guglielmo Marconi.

For a century since Marconi invented radio has been used in many ways and for many purposes: communicating the truth, spreading lies, entertainment, wholesome and not.

Radio is a tool and it is up to us to use it for good.A beautiful way to give glory to God while saving souls and sanctifying the gift of radio is to turn the dial to Catholic radio. In Ireland, we are blessed with both Radio Maria and EWTN.

With Radio Maria you can join with others in prayer through out the day and especially join in praying for Ireland before bed at 9pm. Remember, Jesus promised that where two or more are gathered, He will be there and wherever Jesus is His Mother will be.

04/23/2022 – William Shakespeare

04/23/2022 – William Shakespeare

Today is the birthday of William Shakespeare. A fascinating debate surrounds him to this day. “Was Shakespeare, a nominal Anglican really a secret Catholic”

It is not hard to find a “shadow play” within each of his plays that would seem to be speaking to the persecuted Catholics of his time.

Even more interesting is the thesis that his sonnets, though secular, are patterned after the rosary. The word “rose” is prominent in his poems. There are 153 sonnets (154 counting a second variation of one of them) as there were 153 Aves/Hail Marys in the Rosary at the time. Even more intriguing is that to some extent the sonnets are roughly grouped in tens/decades and at times seem, in a secular way, to mirror the rosary mystery in particular and generally, follow the pattern of Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious.

The debate of whether or not Shakespeare was Catholic will not be settled this side of heaven but remember Shakespeare in your rosary today please.

04/22/2022 – Walter Macken

04/22/2022 – Walter Macken

Fifty five years ago today, a national treasure, actor and writer, Walter Macken died at his home in the gaeltacht village of Menlo, Galway. Walter was a man of deep faith, attending daily mass when he could, and praying the daily rosary with his beloved wife Peggy.

Reading his works, especially his trilogy on the Irish Famine (Seek the Fair Land, The Silent People and The Scorching Wind), it is obvious that his strong faith was important in understanding his characters and accompanying them in their joys and sufferings.

One of the happiest days of Walter’s life was the day his son Walter Jr was ordained a priest. Fr Walter remembers his parents as important influences on his vocation and the priestly work he has undertaken since his ordination which included authoring the book “A Meditation on the Mysteries of the Rosary”.

P.S. Date for the diary for the Ladies. The fourth Annual Women of Faith Conference will be live on Radio Maria on Saturday May 7th from 2pm. We have great speakers for you: Sr Consilio (Cuan Mhuire), Wendy Grace, Dr Edward Sri, Sr Susan Evangelist, and Fr Freddy Warner.

04/21/2022 – Spanish Crosses And Religious Symbols

04/21/2022 – Spanish Crosses And Religious Symbols

Spanish authorities have been removing crosses and other Catholic symbols. They excuse the sacrilege on the basis that they have a political association connected to the Spanish Civil War and that it is necessary to purge this period of Spanish history.

However this destruction of religious symbols would seem to be part of a more general effort of the Spanish ruling party to purge Catholicism from the hearts of Spanish people.

It is possible that the purge is having the opposite effect in some hearts. At the end of February this year, thousands of the faithful, mostly young people, attended Mass in the Church of St Michael and then peacefully processed through the streets of Madrid, with the pilgrim Virgin statue praying the rosary for the sanctification of youth.

04/20/2022 – Mother Angelica’s 99th birthday

04/20/2022 – Mother Angelica’s 99th birthday

It is Mother Angelica’s 99th birthday!

I am sure that many many English speaking people, who pray the rosary, have prayed it with Mother Angelica on EWTN.

She was of course a Poor Clare nun and founder of EWTN. The rosary was a part of Mother. She prayed it frequently.

It runs through her hands as she talks to guests on her show. She holds it up to her audience when she is exhorting them to pray more and she was healed through the rosary.

Paola Albertini, an Italian woman who alleged that Our Lady appeared to her while she prayed the rosary on several occasions, visited Mother Angelica at the TV studio on a mission from the Blessed Virgin. She asked Mother if she would pray the rosary with her and when they were finished Paola asked her to take off her leg braces as she wouldn’t need them anymore….she was cured two days later Mother was able to appear on the youth programme “Life on the Rock”, to let the world know to rejoice with her because after 40 years of pain, she had been healed by the Blessed Mother through the rosary.

04/17/2022 – First Glorious Mystery

04/17/2022 – First Glorious Mystery

Points to consider when meditation on the First of the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary.

This is the greatest of the miracles of Jesus.

Jesus was laid in a borrowed tomb. The tomb belonged to Joseph of Arimethea. The body of Jesus was hastily placed there without the usual burial ceremony because the Sabbath was drawing near.His body was wrapped in Linen and anointed with some spices.

Then a large rock was rolled in front of the tomb.The enemies of Jesus and the High Priests went to Pilate. Knowing that Jesus promised to rise from the dead on the third day, they asked that guards be placed at the tomb in case the followers of Jesus came and stole His body in order to fool people into believing that He did in fact rise from the dead.

Pilate did as they asked.And so a guard was sent and secured the tomb.After the Sabbath the Holy Women went to the tomb so they could finish anointing Jesus’ body.

But, Jesus had already rose.There was an earthquake and an angel came down from heaven, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it. The guards were so frightened they ran away in fear.

Mary Magdalen was the first person to the tomb. She cried out in sorrow when she saw that Jesus’ body was missing for she thought it had been stolen.Mary Magdalen ran to Peter and John. She cried, “They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.” -John 20:2

Peter and John ran to the tomb to see for themselves. John, being much younger, outran Peter and arrived first.When Peter arrived he entered the tomb. There he saw that the linens that Jesus’ was wrapped in were on the floor but that the cloth that covered Jesus’ face was folded neatly and placed somewhere separate from the other linens.

At that moment they both believed that Jesus had risen as He said He would.Meanwhile, Mary Magdalen remained outside the tomb, crying. Two angels appeared to her and asked her why she was sad.She answered…”Because they have taken away my Lord; and I know not where they have laid him.” -John 20:13

She turned around and saw Jesus standing there yet she did not recognize Him.He asked her…”Why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, thinking it was the gardener, saith to him: Sir, if thou hast taken him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. Jesus saith to her: Mary. She turning, saith to him: Rabboni [which is to say, Master].

Jesus saith to her: Do not touch me, for I am not yet ascended to my Father. But go to my brethren.” -John 20:15-18

She went back to the other disciples and proclaimed, “I have seen the Lord.” But they did not believe her.The other woman later arrived at the tomb.Upon entering they saw an angel sitting inside. He told them Jesus had risen.

Delighted, they ran back to tell the others. On the way they met a man clothed in white.He told them…”Be not affrighted; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified: he is risen, he is not here, behold the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee; there you shall see him, as he told you.” -Mark 16:2-7

(Adapted from www.how-to-pray-the-rosary.com)