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Why Does The Blessed Virgin Mary Always Wear Blue?

The Blessed Virgin Mary In A Blue Mantle.

​The color has multiple spiritual meanings, each revealing a different attribute of the Mother of God.
When viewing Christian art from the past thousand years or so, there is one color that is almost always associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary: blue.




Why is that? What significance does it have?
To start off, the color blue has deep biblical roots in the Old Testament. According to Dr. R. Jared Staudt, the color is specifically mentioned as the color of the people of Israel in the book of Numbers.
    Speak to the people of Israel, and bid them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put upon the tassel of each corner a cord of blue; and it shall be to you a tassel to look upon and remember all the commandments of the Lord, to do them, not to follow after your own heart and your own eyes, which you are inclined to go after wantonly. (Numbers 15:38-39)




For the people of Israel blue brings to mind the following of God’s Commandments, as opposed to a person’s selfish will.
This was perfectly lived out by the Blessed Mother who said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). She was the faithful “Daughter of Zion” who fulfilled the call of obedience that God had asked of the Israelites.
Additionally, Numbers indicated that “the Levites are to ‘spread over [the Ark of the Covenant] a cloth all of blue’ (4:6). And further: ‘And over the table of the bread of the Presence they shall spread a cloth of blue’ (4:7).”




Mary is traditionally referred to as the new Ark of the Covenant, as she held within herself the Divine Presence of God.
On the other hand, the Byzantine/Orthodox tradition of clothing Mary in blue has a different meaning.


Blue
in iconography represents transcendence, mystery, and the divine. It is the color of the sky and as a result is viewed as a heavenly color.


Red in contrast is seen as an earthly color, the color of blood.
Jesus is typically depicted in icons with a blue outer garment and a red inner garment, symbolizing how divinity wraps his humanity.


Mary on the other hand is seen with a red outer garment and a blue inner garment, representing how she carried divinity (Jesus) within her humanity.
When Mary appeared to Saint Juan Diego, she wore a blue-green mantel. 
According to the Knights of Columbus, “the star-speckled green-blue mantle symbolizes the heavens.


In addition, the mantle’s color indicates her royalty, since only the native emperors could wear cloaks of that color.”


So blue is a very important color in the artistic traditions of Christianity and has deep spiritual meanings that bring out different attributes of the Blessed Mother. It is a sacred color, one that reminds us of Mary’s faithfulness and her privileged role in salvations history.



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Why is the Blessed Virgin Mary always wearing blue? By Philip Kosloski For Aleteia.



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What Do Catholics Mean When We Call Mary “Ever Virgin”?

We as Catholics firmly believe that Mary is “ever virgin.” The Catechism asserts, “The deepening of faith in the virginal motherhood led the Church to confess Mary’s real and perpetual virginity even in the act of giving birth to the Son of God made man” (#499). Given this teaching, the perpetual virginity of Mary has traditionally been defended and examined in three parts: Mary’s conception of Christ (virginitas ante partum); her giving birth to Christ (virginitas in partu); and her remaining a virgin after the birth of Christ (virginitas post partum). This formulation was used by many of the early Church Fathers– St. Augustine, St. Peter Chrysologus, Pope St. Leo the Great, St. Gregory Nazianzus, and St. Gregory Nyssa. For example, the Catechism quotes St. Augustine’s elaboration: Mary “remained a virgin in conceiving her Son, a virgin in giving birth to Him, a virgin in carrying Him, a virgin in nursing Him at her breast, always a virgin” (#510).

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The Meaning Of The Mysterious Third Secret Of Fatima, According To Cardinal Ratzinger.

Blessed Virgin Mary


The Meaning of the Mysterious Third Secret of Fatima, According to Cardinal Ratzinger.

    

One of the most intriguing things about the Fatima apparitions of 1917 is the Mysterious Third Secret.


And one of the most trust-worthy guides to understanding it correctly is Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (who later became Pope Benedict XVI).


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A Protestant’s Defence On The Perpetual Virginity Of The Blessed Virgin Mary.

A Protestant Defense of Mary’s Perpetual Virginity.
If you deny the perpetual virginity of Mary, you’ll have a hard time finding support in the tradition – even among Protestants.
The Catholic Church teaches that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was not only a virgin before Jesus was born but remained a virgin perpetually thereafter. If you don’t buy it, you’re not alone: many Protestants find this to be just another silly Catholic belief that can be quickly dismissed by anyone with a basic knowledge of Scripture since the Bible says Jesus had brothers and sisters.
One such example is Matthew 12.46: “While he was still speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him.” Other examples include Matthew 13.55, Mark 6.3 (this one mentions sisters), John 2.12, John 7.3, John 7.5, John 7.10, Acts 1.14, 1 Corinthians 9.5, and Galatians 1.19.
Here’s a traditional response:
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Buying A Blessed Rosary: Is It Sinful?

​Full Question
I have always liked old rosaries and have over the years bought many rosaries at various places. I have never re-sold any rosary I have bought, but the question of simony has come up in my conscience lately. Is it sinful for me to buy these, knowing that many of the old ones are most likely blessed?

Answer
The Catechism defines simony as the buying or selling of spiritual things (cf. CCC 2121). By your account, it is not your intention to buy a spiritual good (such as the graces using the rosary with the proper disposition can help us achieve) but only the rosary itself. This is not a sin. When you are ready to use them, you should have them blessed again.

Is It Ok To Wear The Rosary As A Necklace? 

Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum university.

Q: I have seen people wear the rosary as a necklace and, in fact, I had a fifth-grader ask me during CCD if that was a sin. I told her that I didn’t believe it was a sin per se, but that as it is a wonderful prayer and most favored by the Blessed Mother, that I thought it disrespectful, not very reverent (regardless if the rosary is blessed or not). The student promptly asked about my decade rosary bracelet, “What about wearing it like a bracelet?” It’s a good question, in light of the cross and rosary “look-alikes” that seem to be ubiquitous these days in fashion jewelry. What do we tell young girls? — J.M., Leavenworth, Kansas Continue reading

The Angel Of Peace Fatima – The Second Apparition.

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The Second Apparition of the Angel. 
“The Angel said to us:  

‘What are you doing? Pray! Pray very much! The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary have designs of mercy for you. Offer prayers and sacrifices constantly to the Most High.’   

‘How should we make these sacrifices?” I  asked. 

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The Angel Of Peace, Fatima – The First Apparition.

PORTUGAL, 1916                       

The Angel of Peace, Fatima.
The Angel of Peace appeared three times to the little shepherds of Fatima to prepare them for the future apparitions of the Virgin Mary and to lift them up with Holy Communion to the supernatural state.   

During the third apparition, the Angel gave Holy Communion to Lucia with a Host from which fell some drops of the Precious Blood which were gathered in the chalice. 

Francisco and Jacinta, who had not yet made their First Communion, were instead given the contents of the chalice in its place. In this apparition the Angel said to them:   

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Miracles Of The Rosary (18).

The Blessed Virgin, Rewards Little Girl Who Prays Her Rosary With Devotion.

Two girls (two little sisters) were saying the Rosary very nicely and devoutly in front of their home. A beautiful Lady suddenly appeared, walked towards the younger—-who was only about six or seven—-took her by the hand, and led her away. Her elder sister was very startled and looked for the little girl everywhere. At last still not having found her, she went home and heart-brokenly told her parents that her sister had been kidnapped. For three whole days the poor father and mother sought the child but could not find her.

At the end of the third day they found her at the front door looking extremely happy and pleased. Naturally they asked her where on earth she had been, and she told them that the Lady to whom she had been saying her Rosary had taken her to a lovely place where she had given her delicious things to eat. She said that the Lady had also given her a Baby Boy to hold, that He was very beautiful and that she had kissed Him over and over again.

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The Blessed Virgin Mary Is The Mother Of God.


The Blessed Virgin Mary Is The Mother Of God (St. Luke 1:41-45)–There’s Something About Mary! (Catholic and Biblical Defense)

INTRODUCTION:  A couple of my Evangelical Protestant friends have accused me of “obsessing” about the Blessed Mother in my posts on facebook. Since I converted from Protestant to Catholic in 2010, they believe that I am paying too much attention to Mary. Actually, the reverse is true. Since my Protestant friends are so uptight about my newfound relationship with Mary, they focus too much attention on that one issue! As a result, I find myself spending an undue amount of time defending Catholic teaching about Mary, Jesus’ Mother, because (through my Elder Brother, Jesus) she is my Mother, too (St. John 19:25-27).  And anyone who says anything negative about my Mamma is goin’ hear back from me!  Check out the following Protestant objection and my response to the challenge, based on orthodox Catholic and Biblical theology….

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The Virgin Must Be Brought And Taught To All Men, For She Is Their Mother: Virgo Praedicanda

A theme dear to Pope Leo XIII was that Mary is the Mother of all people, and that God has implanted the germ of love for her in every heart, even in those who hate her or do not know her. This germ is meant to grow, and like any capacity it can be fostered by giving it proper conditions. Souls must be approached and informed as to the maternal role of Mary.

The Second Vatican Council has proclaimed that universal motherhood of Mary (LG 53, 65), and has declared that she is so much the source and model of apostleship that the Church must depend on her in its efforts to save all people. (LG 65) Continue reading

Indulgences For Praying The Rosary.

INDULGENCES



An Indulgence is the remission before God of the temporal punishment due for sins which have already been forgiven as far as their guilt is concerned.
 Indulgences are granted by God through the Catholic Church which, as minister of the Redemption, dispenses and applies the treasury of the satisfaction won by Christ and the Saints.

Though the guilt of sin and the eternal punishment it may have merited are remitted by sacramental absolution, measurable punishment before or after death is still required in order to satisfy God’s justice, even for sins already forgiven. To the extent we fail to atone sufficiently for our sins during our lifetimes on earth, we will suffer for a given “time” in Purgatory. An Indulgence cancels or lessens this non-eternal punishment.

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The Salutation Of The Holy Rosary Is Worthy Of The Queen Of Heaven.

THE SALUTATION OF THE ROSARY IS WORTHY OF THE QUEEN OF HEAVEN.



“The Holy Angels in Heaven salute the most Blessed Virgin with the Hail Mary—-not audibly, but with their angelic intelligences. For they are fully aware that through it reparation was made for the fallen Angels’ sin, God was made man and the world was renewed”
(Blessed Alan).

One night when a woman Confraternity member had retired, Our Lady appeared to her and said:


“My daughter, do not be afraid of me. I am your loving Mother whom you praise so faithfully every day. Be steadfast and persevere; I want you to know that the Angelic Salutation gives me so much joy that no man could ever really explain it.”
(Guillaume Pepin, in Rosario aureo Sermon 47).

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Do You Know That The Rosary Is a Key Weapon In The Fight Against Satan? The Story of Blessed Bartolo Longo

October is the month of the Rosary, one of the most potent weapons against the power of evil, as the life of Blessed Bartolo Longo — the Apostle of the Rosary, whose anniversary coincidentally falls this month — dramatically shows.

While much of contemporary Christianity has been reduced to moralistic, therapeutic Deism, Catholicism has retained its supernatural roots. The dangers of Devil worship, and the antidote to such poison, continues to be a Catholic preserve.

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A Revelation Of Our Blessed Lady To Blessed Alan De La Roche On The Power, Value And Holiness Of The Rosary.

THE POWER, VALUE AND HOLINESS OF THE ROSARY:

A Revelation of Our Blessed Lady to Blessed Alan de la Roche.



THROUGH THE ROSARY,
hardened sinners of both sexes became converted and started to lead a holy life, bemoaning their past sins with genuine tears of contrition. Even children performed unbelievable penances; devotion to my Son and to me spread so thoroughly that it almost seemed as though Angels were living on earth. The Faith was gaining, and many Catholics longed to shed their blood for it and fight against the heretics. Thus, through the sermons of my very dear Dominic and through the power of the Rosary, the heretics’ lands were all brought under the Church. 
People used to give munificent alms; hospitals and churches were built. People led moral and law-abiding lives and worked wonders for the glory of God. Holiness and unworldliness flourished; the clergy were exemplary, princes were just, people lived at peace with each other and justice and equity reigned in the guilds and in the homes.
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How To Pray The Holy Rosary (12) – Various Methods: The Glorious Mysteries.

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How To offer Up This Decade.


The Glorious Mysteries.
ELEVENTH DECADE: We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this eleventh decade in honor of Thy triumphant Resurrection and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, a lively faith.
One Our Father, ten Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father . . .

Grace of the Resurrection come down into my soul and make me really faithful.

Twelfth Decade: We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this twelfth decade in honor of Thy glorious Ascension, and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, a firm hope and a great longing for Heaven.
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How To Pray The Holy Rosary (11) – Various Methods: The Sorrowful Mysteries

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How To Offer Up Each Decade


The Sorrowful Mysteries.
Sixth Decade: We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this sixth decade in honor of Thy mortal Agony in the Garden of Olives and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, perfect sorrow for our sins and the virtue of perfect obedience to Thy Holy Will.

One Our Father, ten Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father . . .
Grace of Our Lord’s Agony, come down into my soul and make me truly contrite and perfectly obedient to Thy Will.
Seventh Decade: We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this seventh decade in honor of Thy Bloody Scourging and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, the grace to mortify our senses perfectly.

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How To Pray The Holy Rosary (10) – Various Methods: The Joyful Mysteries.

VARIOUS METHODS

SO AS TO MAKE the recitation of the Holy Rosary easier for you, here are several methods which will help you to say it in a good and holy way, together with meditation on the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries of Jesus and Mary. Choose whichever method pleases you and helps you the most: you can make one up yourself, if you like, as several holy people have done before now.

METHODS OF SAYING THE MOST HOLY ROSARY SO AS TO DRAW UPON OUR SOULS
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How To Pray The Rosary (9) – Indulgence

INDULGENCES

THIS IS THE right time to say a little about Indulgences which have been granted to Rosary Confraternity members so that you may gain as many as possible.

Briefly, an Indulgence is a remission or relaxation of temporal punishment due to actual sins, by the application of the superabundant satisfactions of Jesus Christ, of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of the Saints—-which are contained in the Treasury of the Church.
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How To Pray The Rosary (8) – perseverance

Continued from ‘Proper Dispositions’.


PERSEVERANCE

5. As a fifth point I must add also perseverance in prayer. Only he will receive, will find and will enter who perseveres in asking, seeking and knocking. It is not enough to ask Almighty God for certain graces for a month, a year, ten or even twenty years; we must never tire of asking. We must keep on asking until the very moment of death, and even in this prayer which shows our trust in God, we must join the thought of death to that of perseverance and say: “Although he should kill me, I will trust in Him” [1] and will trust Him to give me all I need.
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See The New Title The Blessed Virgin Mary Will Likely Get This Year

The Blessed Virgin Mary will likely get a new title this year in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Fatima apparitions and what do you think this new title will be?

Earlier this month, the International Marian Association submitted a request to Pope Francis, asking for the public recognition of the title of Mary as “Co-Redemptrix with Jesus the Redeemer.”

As reported by CatholicOnline

The 10 page document was submitted by the Theological Commission of the International Marian Association, a group of more than 100 theologians, bishops, priests, religious, and lay leaders from over 20 countries dedicated to the “full truth and love of Mary, Mother of Jesus.” It comes during the 100th year anniversary of the Marian apparitions at Fatima, Portugal.
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How To Pray The Rosary (7) – Proper Dispositions

PROPER DISPOSITIONS


PREDESTINATE SOULS, you who are of God, cut yourselves adrift from those who are damning themselves by their impious lives, laziness and lack of devotion—-and, without delay, recite often your Rosary, with faith, with humility, with confidence and with perseverance.
Our Lord, Jesus Christ, told us to follow His example and to pray always—-because of our endless need of prayer, the darkness of our minds, our ignorance and weakness and because of the strength and number of our enemies. Anyone who really gives heed to this Our Master’s commandment will surely not be satisfied with saying the Rosary once a year (as the Perpetual Members do) or once a week (like the Ordinary Members) but will say it every day (as a member of the Daily Rosary) and will never fail in this—-even though the only obligation he has is that of saving his own soul.
1. “We ought always to pray and not to faint.” [1] These are the eternal words of our Blessed Lord Himself. And we must believe His words and abide by them if we do not want to be damned. You can understand them in any way you like, as long as you do not interpret them as the world does and only observe them in a worldly way.

 

Our Lord gave us the true explanation of His words—-by means of the example He left us. “I have given you an example that as I have done to you, so you do also.” [2] And “He passed the whole night in the prayer of God.” [3] As though His days were not long enough, He used to spend the night in prayer. Over and over again He said to His Apostles: “Watch ye and pray”; [4] the flesh is weak, temptation is everywhere and always around you. If you do not keep up your prayers, you shall fall . . . And because some of them evidently thought that these words of Our Lord constituted a counsel only they completely missed their point. This is why they fell into temptation and sin, even though they were in the company of Jesus Christ.
Dear Rosary Confraternity members, if you want to lead a fashionable life and belong to the world—-by this I mean if you do not mind falling into mortal sin from time to time and then going to Confession, and if you wish to avoid conspicuous sins which the world considers vile and yet at the same time commit “respectable sins”—-then, of course, there is no need for you to say so many prayers and Rosaries. You only need to do very little to be “respectable”: a tiny prayer at night and morning, an occasional Rosary which may be given to you for your penance, a few decades of Hail Marys said on your Rosary (but haphazardly and without concentration) when it suits your fancy to say them—-this is quite enough. If you did less, you might be branded as a freethinker or a profligate; if you did more, you would be eccentric and a fanatic. But if you want to lead a true Christian life and genuinely want to save your soul and walk in the saints’ footsteps and never, never, fall into mortal sin—-if you wish to break Satan’s traps and divert his flaming darts, you must always pray as Our Lord taught and commanded you to do.

 

If you really have this wish at heart, then you must at least say your Rosary or the equivalent, every day. I have said “at least” because probably all that you will accomplish through your Rosary will be to avoid mortal sin and to overcome temptation. This is because you are exposed to the strong current of the world’s wickedness by which many a strong soul is swept away; you are in the midst of the thick, clinging darkness which often blinds even the most enlightened souls; you are surrounded by evil spirits who being more experienced than ever and knowing that their time is short are more cunning and more effective in tempting you.
It will indeed be a marvel of grace wrought by the Most Holy Rosary if you manage to keep out of the clutches of the world, the devil and the flesh and avoid mortal sin and gain Heaven! If you do not want to believe me, at least learn from your own experience. I should like to ask you if, when you were in the habit of saying no more prayers than people usually say in the world and saying them the way they usually say them, you were able to avoid serious faults and sins that were grievous but which seemed nothing much to you in your blindness. Now at last you must wake up, and if you want to live and die without sin, at least mortal sin, pray unceasingly; say your Rosary every day as members always used to do in the early days of the Confraternity.
When our Blessed Lady gave the Holy Rosary to Saint Dominic she ordered him to say it every day and to get others to say it daily. Saint Dominic never let anyone join the Confraternity unless he were fully determined to say it every day. If today people are allowed to be Ordinary Members by saying the Rosary merely once a week, it is because fervor has dwindled, and charity has grown cold. You get what you can out of one who is poor in prayer. “It was not thus in the beginning.”

 

Three things must be stressed here; the first is that if you want to join the Confraternity of the Daily Rosary and share in the prayers and merits of its members, it is not enough to be enrolled in the Ordinary Rosary or just to make a resolution to say it every day; as well as doing this you must give your name to those who have the power to enroll you in it. It is also a very good thing to go to Confession and Holy Communion especially for this intention. The reason for this is that the Ordinary Rosary Membership does not include that of the Daily Rosary, but this latter does include the former.

 

The second point I want to make is that, absolutely speaking, it is not even a venial sin to fail to say the Rosary every day, or once a week, or even once a year.
The third point is that whenever illness, or work that you have performed out of obedience to a lawful superior or some real necessity, or even involuntary forgetfulness has prevented you from saying your Rosary, you do not forfeit your share in the merits and your participation in the Rosaries of the other Confraternity members. So, absolutely speaking, you are under no obligation to say two Rosaries the next day to make up for the one you missed, as I understand it, through no fault of your own. If, however, when you are ill, your sickness is such that you are still able to say part of your Rosary, you must say that part.

 

“Blessed are (those) who stand before thee always.” [5] “Happy they who dwell in your house! Continually they praise you.” [6] “Oh, dear Lord Jesus, blessed are the brothers and sisters of the Daily Rosary Confraternity who are in Thy presence every day—-in Thy little home at Nazareth, at the foot of Thy Cross on Calvary, and around Thy throne in Heaven, so that they may meditate and contemplate Thy Joyous, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries. How happy they are on earth because of the wonderful graces that Thou dost vouchsafe to them, and how blessed they shall be in Heaven where they will praise Thee in a very special way—-for ever and ever!”
2. The Rosary should be said with faith—-for our Blessed Lord said “Believe that you shall receive; and they shall come unto you.” [7] If you believe that you will receive what you ask from the hands of Almighty God, He will grant your petitions. He will say to you: “As thou hast believed, so be it done to thee.” [8] “If any of you want wisdom, let him ask of God—-but let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.” [9] If anyone needs wisdom, let him ask God with faith, and without hesitating, and through his Rosary—-and what he asks shall be given him.

 

3. Thirdly, we must pray with humility, like the publican; he was kneeling on the ground—-on both knees—-not on one knee as proud and worldly people do, or with one knee on the bench in front of him. He was at the back of the Church and not in the sanctuary as the Pharisee was; his eyes were cast down, as he dared not look up to Heaven; he did not hold his head up proudly and look about him like the Pharisee. He beat his breast, confessing his sins and asking forgiveness: “Be merciful to me a sinner” [10] and he was not in the least like the Pharisee who boasted of his good works and who despised others in his prayers. Do not imitate the pride of the Pharisee whose prayer only hardened his heart and increased his guilt; imitate rather the humility of the Publican whose prayer obtained for him the remission of his sins.
You should be very careful not to do anything out of the ordinary nor to ask nor even wish for knowledge of extraordinary things, visions, revelations or other miraculous graces which Almighty God has occasionally given to a few of the Saints while they were reciting the Rosary. “Faith alone suffices”: faith alone is quite enough for us now that the Holy Gospels and all the devotions and pious practices are firmly established.
Even if you suffer from dryness of soul, boredom and interior discouragement, never give up even the least little bit of your Rosary—-for this would be a sure sign of pride and faithlessness. On the contrary, like a real champion of Jesus and Mary, you should say your Our Fathers and Hail Marys quite drily if you have to, without seeing, hearing or feeling any consolation whatsoever, and concentrating as best you can on the mysteries. You ought not to look for candy or jam to eat with your daily bread, as children do—-but you should even say your Rosary more slowly sometimes when you particularly find it hard to say. Do this to imitate Our Lord more perfectly in His agony in the garden: “Being in an agony, He prayed the longer,” [11] so that what was said of Our Lord (when He was in His agony of prayer) may be said of you too: He prayed even longer.
4. Pray with great confidence, with confidence based upon the goodness and infinite generosity of God and upon the promises of Jesus Christ. God is a spring of living water which flows unceasingly into the hearts of those who pray. The Eternal Father yearns for nothing so much as to share the life-giving waters of His grace and mercy with us. He is entreating us: “All you that thirst, come to the waters . . .” [12] This means “Come and drink of My spring through prayer,” and when we do not pray to Him He sorrowfully says that we are forsaking Him: “They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living water.” [13]

 

We make Our Lord happy when we ask Him for graces and if we do not ask, He makes a loving complaint: “Hitherto you have not asked anything . . . ask and you shall receive . . .  seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you.” [14]

 

Furthermore, to give us more confidence in praying to Him, He has bound Himself by a promise: that His Eternal Father would grant us everything that we ask in His name.
 1. Luke 18:1.

2. John 13:15.

3. Luke 6:12.

4. Matt. 26:41.

5. 3 Kings 10:8.

6. Ps. 83:5.

7. Mark 11 :24.

8. Matt. 8:13.

9. James 1:5, 6.

10. Luke 18:13.

11. Luke 22:43.

12. Isaiah 54:1.

13. Jeremiah 2:13.

14. John 16:24 and Matt. 7:7.
Source:

The Secret of the Rosary By St. Louis De Montfort.

How To Pray The Rosary (5) – With Reverence

WITH REVERENCE



I WOULD like to add that the Rosary ought to be said reverently—-that is to say it ought to be said, as far as possible, kneeling, with the hands joined and clasping the Rosary. However, if people are ill they can of course say it in bed or if they are traveling it can be said on foot—-and if infirmity prevents people kneeling it can be said seated or standing. The Rosary can even be said at work, if people’s daily duties keep them at their jobs, because the work of one’s hands is not by any means always incompatible with vocal prayer.

Of course, since the soul has its limitations and can only do so much, when we are concentrating on manual work we cannot give our undivided attention to things of the spirit, such as prayer. But when we cannot do otherwise this kind of prayer is not without value in Our Lady’s eyes and she rewards our good will more than our external actions. 

 

I advise you to divide up your Rosary into three parts and to say each group of mysteries (five decades) at a different time of day. This is much better than saying the whole fifteen decades all at once.

If you cannot find the time to say a third part of the Rosary all at one time, say it gradually, a decade here and there. I am sure you can manage this; so that, in spite of your work and all the calls upon your time, you will have said the whole Rosary before going to bed.
Saint Francis de Sales sets us a very good example of faithfulness in this respect: once when he was quite exhausted from the visits of the day and remembered, towards midnight, that he had left a few decades of his Rosary unsaid, he would not go to bed until he had finished them on his knees, notwithstanding all the efforts of his secretary who saw he was tired and begged him to let the rest of his prayers go until the next day.

And do let me remind you just once more to copy the faithfulness, reverence and devotion of the holy friar who is mentioned in the Chronicles of Saint Francis and who always said his Rosary very devoutly and reverently before dinner. (I have told this story in an earlier post) see Crown Of Roses: http://www.francismary.org/crown-of-roses-meaning-of-the-rosary/


Source:

Secret of the Rosary By St. Louis Marie De Montfort.

How The Blessed Virgin Mary Saved Renowned Rock Star Paddy Kelly

How the Blessed Virgin Mary Saved This Young Rock Star’s Life
His name is Paddy Kelly.

For those of you who are rock fans, At twenty years old he was a teenage sensation, a huge rock star and lived in a 17th century castle in Europe. He had all the riches, fame, fortune and the adulation of millions. His music group has sold over 50 million records worldwide.
His band, The Kelly Family, sold out the huge Westtaleanhalle in Dortmund, Germany nine times in a row. A feat no other musician has since accomplished. They filled football stadiums, some shows with over 250,000.
He was born in Ireland to American parents. He has eleven brothers and sisters and most of them sang in the band. They started out singing in the streets of Europe, but quickly their incredible singing talents took them to the top. Paddy Kelly became a huge idol with adoring female fans. He had body guards in public. He was hounded by paparazzi where ever he went and traveled by private jet and helicopters. He was recognized everywhere. He really was a Star.
He “had it all.” But despite the fame and money he began to feel empty and isolated.
He felt lost. He felt his soul was dying.
Even with the love of his family, he began to fall into depression, even despair. He lost the sense of who he was and all his ideals and false securities began to break down. He felt like he wanted to end his life. Nothing made sense to him anymore. Material goods and money, not even his music made him happy.
This was when a deep search for the truth began. He asked himself, “If all this doesn’t make me happy then what is the sense of life. Why do I exist?” He eventually asked the question, “Who can tell me who I am? Who has the true answers to my questions?”
At a moment of deep crisis, standing on a ledge of his room, ready to kill himself, he sensed in him a voice telling him to “hold on, hold on,” and after this moment passed, he wept bitterly at what he had almost done.
Soon, after he began to search his spiritual side. He read about eastern religion like Buddhism, and even the Koran, but it was the Gospels that seemed to pull him in a new direction. He felt the Gospels were alive. At a chance meeting with a gathering of priests near his palatial home, he felt his spirit grow. Still, he struggled with depression and sadness.
Then one day, he was “zapping” his television and by chance he came across a program about Lourdes, the shrine dedicated to an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
His first thought was that shrines of the Virgin Mary were “only for blue-haired grandmothers and naive people who believe anything”. But he felt pulled to Lourdes like a magnet. He decided to go. But he was certain that the town would be filled with “horrible plastic statues” and would be no place for a “rock star” to find God. When he arrived at Lourdes, to his surprise not only were “gray haired grandmothers” praying the Rosary, but many young people dressed in a way he thought was “cool” and they liked rock and roll. He therefore joined the youth program.
Then that evening hanging out with the youth group there came a moment of “Prayer and Silence” and during that moment he felt a simple, yet deep peace in his heart. He was experiencing a deep presence of someone inside of him. Wow! He thought God is accessible and this came to him through the Blessed Virgin Mary. He realized that Mary was not some Christian myth, but a person.
He felt Mother Mary asking him to give life a second chance. He felt she wanted to help him and he no longer felt alone. He had grown up Catholic, but now he knew that he could meet God and that night he gave life a new chance. He decided to live his life according to God’s will. He knew Mary had planted the seed of faith in Lourdes and now he also knew only through prayer could his faith grow. As his spiritual quest moved forward, he found his brothers and sisters also saw that money and fame did not bring happiness.
A few years ago, he and two of his brothers and sisters decided to go to the youth festival in Medjugorje. Here he met Fr. Jozo and quickly through his words, counsel and abundance of graces a deep movement of conversion with God came to his brothers and sisters and in the months and years to follow. Through Mary, through Medjugorje, he finally came to know Jesus.
He believed that God existed, but he had not yet experienced the Holy Spirit in a deep and powerful way. He wanted to know if Jesus was truly the Son of Man. He wanted to believe it and not just tell himself so or because the Church said so. He wanted to feel the interior confirmation of the Holy Spirit. Then one morning the Holy Spirit entered his heart in a real way.
On a quiet sunny morning, the Holy Spirit came to him. He believed and then with great excitement he called his brothers and sister that he loved so much and said to them “Jesus is God, Jesus is God, Jesus is God!”
Today Paddy Kelly tours with his band bringing his joyful music and love of Mary to happy audiences around the world.