10/25/2021 – John Kendrick

10/25/2021 – John Kendrick

“When a shooter came into his classroom at STEM School Highlands Ranch on May 7, 2019, Kendrick Castillo confronted the shooter. He lost his life, buying time for others to get to safety. The heroism of the young man, who was posthumously made a member of the Knights of Columbus at the 137th Supreme Convention, was testified to by all who knew him. But as his father, John Castillo, recounts, Kendrick’s heroism was not limited to his self — sacrificing act.“I want people to understand and realize that it wasn’t that one act that he did that day,” John says. “But it’s how he lived and celebrated his life. He was my hero his entire life.”How did Kendrick live and celebrate his life? Through prayer, especially in his devotion to the rosary.“He prayed the rosary when he felt the need,” John Castillo said, “I never pried and asked when and why he did it, but he would pray.” (Evan Holguin)

10/24/2021 – Knights of Columbus

10/24/2021 – Knights of Columbus

Fr Michael McGiveney was the child of Irish immigrants in the USA. He started the Knights of Columbus in his parish. Today this group is a leading defender of the Church and protector of the unborn.

“Since the founding of the Order, Knights have had a strong devotion to the rosary. One of the few relics we have of our founder, Father Michael J. McGivney, is his rosary. …Though Knights have always been devoted to the Blessed Mother, it was Supreme Knight Virgil Dechant (who died last year at age 89) who best showed how our identity as Knights is tied to the rosary.

“Mary with her Knights … what challenge can we not face?” said Dechant, confident in the power of the rosary to strengthen the Knights. Inspired by this confidence, Dechant began the Knights’ practice of giving each new member of the Order a rosary.

This rosary is a defining mark of every man who joins the Knights of Columbus. That is why every new Knight promises to carry his rosary with him at all times and to pray it as often as he can – a promise which strengthens his devotion to the Blessed Mother.” (Evan Holguin)

10/23/2021 – Irish Rebellion and the Rosary

10/23/2021 – Irish Rebellion and the Rosary

The “Irish Rebellion of 1641” began 380 years ago today. The uprising against suppression of Catholics initially freed many towns in Ulster.

Because of acrimony between King Charles and Parliament it took until the next year before an army arrived to quell the rebellion. The rebellion had spread quickly to other parts of Ireland, gathering unarmed and untrained but ardent men who were in military terms no match for the professional soldiers who arrived.

However the army met a force it didn’t expect nor could it defeat….the rosary.

These “soldiers” all carried their beads and used them. They were also reinforced by the rosaries prayed in every cottage and castle in the land. The rebellion now called the Irish Catholic Confederacy.

It took the British ten years to suppress the rebellion. And this was only made possible by the two years of extreme brutality of Oliver Cromwell, and widespread martyrdom, and even he found that the one thing he could not defeat was the rosary and the faith it signified.

He famously wrote back to England:

“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.” (Oliver Cromwell 1649)

10/21/2021 – Power of the Rosary for God’s Mercy

10/21/2021 – Power of the Rosary for God’s Mercy

“King Alphonsus of Leon and Galicia (1118-1230) desired that all his servants honor the Blessed Virgin Mary, and so he hung a large rosary on his belt – despite having rarely prayed the rosary himself.

One day, the King fell ill and was given up for dead. He found himself standing before the judgment seat of Christ.

Moments before he was to be condemned, Our Lady swiftly interceded for him.

Our Lady weighed his sins on one scale. On another scale, she weighed his large rosary and the many rosaries that others had recited because of his example. The rosaries outweighed his sins.

And so, he was spared.Our Lady then said, “As a reward for the little service you did for me in wearing my rosary, I have obtained a great grace for you from my Son.“Your life will be spared for a few more years. See that you spend those years wisely, and do penance.” (Georgette Bechara)

In his remaining years, the King became devoted himself to Our Lady and the Rosary.

Courtesy of 1 in 10 Rosary Mission Ireland

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10/20/2021 – Blessed James Kern

10/20/2021 – Blessed James Kern

From childhood, Blessed James Kern, whose feast is today, loved the sound of his mother praying the rosary.

By the time he was in school, he had taken up the practice of the daily rosary. This would be the foundation of his prayer life to which as he grew he added daily Mass and Eucharistic Adoration.

By the age of 14, he understood that “that real love expresses itself in renunciation and sacrifice.’

He took a vow of virginity in preparation for a vocation to the priesthood. At 18, he was in the army, and a further vocation to reparation, and he offered himself as sacrifice for others.

James asked Jesus to give him a share in His crucifixion. Shortly after he was shot and suffered a chest wound that never healed. He understood this wound which caused him great pain as the answer to his prayer.

Discharged from the army, he entered seminary. This was the same year that the children of Fatima were told of the need for reparation by Our Lady. His years of seminary and priesthood were marked by pain and the struggle as he tried his best to complete his assignments in this condition. He offered his life and all he suffered in atonement for a schism that was taking thousands from the Roman Catholic Church in the Czech Republic and especially for a particular priest active in the Schism.

At the age of 27, Fr James Kern was deathly sick. One day a nurse seeing his condition said “ ‘You poor, poor martyr!’ He replied with great earnestness, ‘I’m not poor. Don’t you know that in every age God always needs some people to do the work and others to suffer? If the Savior appointed me to suffer, then I am ready to do it as long as it is His will.’

“Before Fr Kern died he also suffered a great spiritual desolation,

With tears in his eyes, he told a friend who was trying to comfort him: “this is happening only because God’s love permits it and because I love Him so much.”

But on the eve of his death he had the quiet confidence of one who had “run the race”. Looking forward to Our Lady’s promise that those who are faithful to her rosary will see her face and be comforted by her at their death he said, “tomorrow at this time I will see the Blessed Mother and my Guardian Angel.”

Courtesy of 1 in 10 Rosary Mission Ireland

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10/19/2021 – North American Martyrs

10/19/2021 – North American Martyrs

Today is the feast of the North American Martyrs.

These Jesuits of the 17th century left France to fulfill the Lord’s “Great Commission” to go out to the whole world to preach the Good News.

In accepting the mission they accepted martyrdom, trusting that God would give them the grace and placing their lives in the hands of the Blessed Virgin. Each one of them was girded with her rosary.

These two excerpts give us a glimpse of Rosary in their lives.

One of the martyrs Fr Isaac Jogues’ “total concern is for all those within reach of his love and compassion:… none whatsoever for himself. He was noted for his long hours of quiet prayer on his journeys and for saying the Rosary with his companions. This prayer life must have given him the vision to, as we say, “put his priorities in the right place!” (catholictradition.org)

One of St Isaac Jogues companion’s was Rene Goupil, a layman. Rene would be the first fruit of the mission. Fr Isaac Jogues describes his martyrdom:

“One evening with sad hearts, René and I went beyond the village stockade to pray more reverently apart from its noise. Two Indian youths came after us ordering us to go back to our long house.

I sensed some foreboding of what would happen and said to René:

‘My dear brother, let us commend ourselves to our Lord and to our dear Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary. I am afraid these Indians have some evil design…

“A few minutes earlier René and I had offered ourselves to Our Lord with intense devotion. We begged God to accept our lives and our blood, and to unite them to His life and His blood for the salvation of these pagan tribes.

We were returning to the village, praying our Rosary, of which we had already said four decades…”We paused at the gate of the stockade to hear what the two Iroquois had to say. One of them drew a tomahawk from under his blanket, and dealt René a blow on the head. René fell prostrate to the ground, uttering the holy Name of Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. We had often reminded each other to end our speech and our lives with that most holy Name…

“At the sound of the blow I turned around and beheld the tomahawk dripping with blood. I fell to my knees to receive the blow that would unite me to my dear companion. The Iroquois delayed. I rose again and rushed to René’s side as he lay expiring, but not before I had given him absolution. Since our captivity I had absolved him regularly every other day after his confession…

”These and the other North American Martyrs relied on the rosary.

They prayed on the beads they brought from home, they prayed it with knotted ropes and strings of nuts and seeds. After they were captured and they could no longer celebrate Mass or pray their breviary they still had the rosary. They counted the Aves, with pebbles, sticks, with their fingers. When they hadn’t these because their hands were bound or like Fr Isaac when his fingers were bitten off, the rosary could still continue to the end.

P.S. Another meeting with Dr Blythe Kaufman in relation to setting up Children’s Rosary groups around Ireland will take place this evening at 8pm. Here is the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84391513600?pwd=ZVpOTGZBZXVsZWxId2svVHNtV1RNdz09

10/08/2021 – St. Luke

10/08/2021 – St. Luke

Today is the feast of St Luke. It is tradition that St Luke knew the Blessed Mother. It is he who in his gospel, tells the stories that we ponder in the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary.

Who else could have told him of the Virgin Mary’s encounter with the Archangel Gabriel except Mary herself. Also, the very detailed description of her visit to Elizabeth and Zachary, of the birth of St John, of the Nativity of Jesus in Bethlehem, the homage of shepherds and kings.

The Presentation in the Temple and the prophetic and heartrending words of Simeon and the praise of the widow Anna. All of these episodes of Jesus’ earthly life must have been drawn from Mary.

Imagine Luke sitting quietly transfixed by these glimpses of Jesus through Mary and absorbing every word of Mary.

And what of the Sorrow of losing Jesus for three days, from his account it is easy to see that Luke was deeply affected by the pain Mary and Joseph suffered. And in the Finding of Jesus in the Temple, Luke faithfully records the exchange between Jesus and Mary as they ask each other “Why?”….. but they seem to accept it even though they don’t understand.

The rosary has been called the “School of Mary” and it would seem that St Luke was possibly her first student. As such St Luke was the first to reveal to the world the heart of Mary as he tells us more than once that she kept all that her Divine Son said and did in her heart.

Courtesy of 1 in 10 Rosary Mission Ireland

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