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Pledge to Pray the Rosary on July 4th

RosaryFriends,

I recently received a message from a group called America Needs Fatima. This is a pretty solid group reminding us that what we need here in the US is to return to Jesus. And there is no creature better able to help us than His very own Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

In this message, which will be reproduced below, the group’s lead guy, Robert Ritchie, challenges us all to put our faith in action by pledging to pray the Rosary this Independence Day.

In his own words:

We desperately need spiritual solutions.

Will you please join thousands of America Needs Fatima members in praying the Rosary on July 4th?

 YES, I’ll pray the Rosary for America on July 4th.

July 4th is America’s birthday. Hurrah!

It’s the perfect time to pray the Rosary, asking the Blessed Virgin Mary to beg God to send desperately needed spiritual solutions to our nation.

When: July 4, 2011, 6PM

What: Pray the Holy Rosary

Why: To solve America’s growing moral, economic, family and national crisis

See, the more people who pray the Rosary on July 4th the more Our Lady will intervene for us before the Throne of Almighty God.

To win graces that we desperately need to save our children, families, and homes from the terrible decline that is affecting our society AT EVERY LEVEL.

YES. Pledge to say the Rosary for America on July 4th

There are still good things happening in America. For example, recently, there was a tremendous outpouring of Catholic reaction against a very offensive and blasphemous display of Our Lady of Guadalupe in a floral bikini at the Oakland Museum in California.

In reparation for this blasphemous display, hundreds of Catholics stood outside the museum in prayerful protest and prayer.

But this type of blasphemy is becoming more frequent in our secular world, which shows there’s still a lot of work to be done. So please:

Pledge to pray the Rosary for America on July 4th

See, those who seek to remove God and His holy law from our society fight press on:

  • abortion murders innocent unborn babies
  • the institution of the family is weakened by impure customs; and
  • threatened by the legalization of homosexual “marriage”
  • the sexual revolution pervades popular culture especially in television, media, movies and the Internet

However, the worst result of this secularist offensive is the rejection of God by which people disdain His wise and loving action and refuse His grace for our country.

And without His grace, how can we live?

How can our leaders properly govern?

From where will they get wisdom and strength to solve our great and complex problems?

And besides all these moral problems, how can we maintain our treasured national identity, while adopting a just and balanced solution for the immigration dilemma?

How can we solve our need to become self-sufficient in energy? How can we resolve our economic problems? How can we maintain a wise, strong and careful military strategy?

The answer is: we can’t do any of these things without the friendship of God. For without His grace, life is only disgrace and disaster.

And we cannot gain the friendship of God, without the intercession of His Most Holy Mother.

Now, the best way to win God’s graces for America is to beg Our Lady to intervene for us, by the power of the Holy Rosary.

That’s why I invite you to  pray the Rosary for America on July 4th .

Sincerely, 

Robert E. Ritchie

Robert E. Ritchie

America Needs Fatima

www.ANF.org

So let’s make this Independence Day a day of independence from sin!

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Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

This is the most quintessentially Catholic prayer known to the popular culture today. As I see it, devotion to the Mother of Our Saviour, who is also Our Blessed Mother by adoption, can only lead to deeper faith, love and service to Jesus. The Rosary is simply like taking a guided tour of Jesus’ life as seen through the eyes of Mary.

It is she, the perfectly created and Immaculately born Blessed Virgin, that provides for the us the example of full and true Christian discipleship. She is our new Eve and the closest person to Christ to have ever walked this earth sans Joseph. Only Mary knows Jesus almost as intimately as the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus is her son and Mary is the Theotokos – the God-bearer.

Through the Rosary, the Mother of God prays with us and for us, contemplating the mysteries of the Life and Passion of her (and our) Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Read the Bible at Mass

Reflections from the (on their way to being) Saints

“The rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next.  The power of the rosary is beyond description.”

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

via Scriptural Rosary: Famous Quotes About the Holy Rosary

Learn from our Catholic Culture
Pope Benedict XVI invites all families to pray the Rosary for the intentions of the Pope, the mission of the Church and peace. “It is as if every year Our Lady invited us to rediscover the beauty of this prayer, so simple and profound.” The Rosary, a “contemplative and Christocentric prayer, inseparable from the meditation of Sacred Scripture,” is “the prayer of the Christian who advances in the pilgrimage of faith, in the following of Jesus, preceded by Mary,” said the Pontiff.


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Madonna of the Rosary by Lorenzo Lotto. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

Our Lady of the Rosary
This feast was instituted by Pope St. Pius V in thanksgiving for the great naval victory over the Turks at the battle of Lepanto on this day in the year 1570, a favor due to the recitation of the Rosary. This victory saved Europe from being overrun by the forces of Islam.

Lepanto, perhaps the most complete victory ever gained over the Ottoman Empire, on October 7, 1571, is commemorated by the invocation “Help of Christians,” inserted in the Litany of Loretto. At Belgrade the Turks were defeated on the Feast of Our Lady ad Nives in 1716.   A second victory gained that year on the Octave of the Assumption determined Pope Clement XI to command the Feast of the Rosary to be celebrated by the universal Church. Leo XIII added the invocation “Queen of the most Holy Rosary, pray for us,” to the Litany of Loretto. The Feast is in reality a great festival of thanksgiving for the signal and countless benefits bestowed on Christendom through the Rosary of our blessed Queen.

In modern times successive popes have urged the faithful to pray the Rosary. It is a form of contemplative prayer, mental and vocal prayer, which brings down God’s blessing on the Church. It is a biblically inspired prayer which is centered on meditation on the salvific mysteries of Christ in union with Mary, who was so closely associated with her Son in his redeeming activity.

Things to Do:

1. [T]he recitation of the Rosary could be made more solemn in tone “by introducing those Scriptural passages corresponding with the various mysteries, some parts could be sung, roles could be distributed, and by solemnly opening and closing of prayer.”

2. The custom of making an insertion in the recitation of the Hail Mary, which is an ancient one that has not completely disappeared, has often been recommended by the Pastors of the Church since it encourages meditation and the concurrence of mind and lips.

Insertions of this nature would appear particularly suitable for the repetitive and meditative character of the Rosary. It takes the form of a relative clause following the name of Jesus and refers to the mystery being contemplated. The meditation of the Rosary can be helped by the choice of a short clause of a Scriptural and Liturgical nature, fixed for every decade.

  • Foods for this feast: Since the origin of this feast came from the Christian fleet defeating the Turks at the Battle of Lepanto in 1570 through the intercession of Mary through the Rosary, why not make a cake in the shape of a ship? See the top bar for a cut-out cake, or make moderations to this Ship Cake. Read more about the Battle of Lepanto for ideas. 
  • St. Pius V was a very holy Dominican, who wore his scratchy habit underneath his papal robes, and walked around Rome barefoot. He ate just to sustain himself, and fasted frequently. We should use his example and remember to fast and pray the Rosary for the conversion of Islam.

via Catholic Culture | Liturgical Year

Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

This is the most quintessentially Catholic prayer known to the popular culture today. As I see it, devotion to the Mother of Our Saviour, who is also Our Blessed Mother by adoption, can only lead to deeper faith, love and service to Jesus. The Rosary is simply like taking a guided tour of Jesus’ life as seen through the eyes of Mary.

It is she, the perfectly created and Immaculately born Blessed Virgin, that provides for the us the example of full and true Christian discipleship. She is our new Eve and the closest person to Christ to have ever walked this earth sans Joseph. Only Mary knows Jesus almost as intimately as the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus is her son and Mary is the Theotokos – the God-bearer.

Through the Rosary, the Mother of God prays with us and for us, contemplating the mysteries of the Life and Passion of her (and our) Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Read the Bible at Mass

Reflections from the (on their way to being) Saints

“The rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next.  The power of the rosary is beyond description.”

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

via Scriptural Rosary: Famous Quotes About the Holy Rosary

Learn from our Catholic Culture
Pope Benedict XVI invites all families to pray the Rosary for the intentions of the Pope, the mission of the Church and peace. “It is as if every year Our Lady invited us to rediscover the beauty of this prayer, so simple and profound.” The Rosary, a “contemplative and Christocentric prayer, inseparable from the meditation of Sacred Scripture,” is “the prayer of the Christian who advances in the pilgrimage of faith, in the following of Jesus, preceded by Mary,” said the Pontiff.


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Madonna of the Rosary by Lorenzo Lotto. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

Our Lady of the Rosary
This feast was instituted by Pope St. Pius V in thanksgiving for the great naval victory over the Turks at the battle of Lepanto on this day in the year 1570, a favor due to the recitation of the Rosary. This victory saved Europe from being overrun by the forces of Islam.

Lepanto, perhaps the most complete victory ever gained over the Ottoman Empire, on October 7, 1571, is commemorated by the invocation “Help of Christians,” inserted in the Litany of Loretto. At Belgrade the Turks were defeated on the Feast of Our Lady ad Nives in 1716.   A second victory gained that year on the Octave of the Assumption determined Pope Clement XI to command the Feast of the Rosary to be celebrated by the universal Church. Leo XIII added the invocation “Queen of the most Holy Rosary, pray for us,” to the Litany of Loretto. The Feast is in reality a great festival of thanksgiving for the signal and countless benefits bestowed on Christendom through the Rosary of our blessed Queen.

In modern times successive popes have urged the faithful to pray the Rosary. It is a form of contemplative prayer, mental and vocal prayer, which brings down God’s blessing on the Church. It is a biblically inspired prayer which is centered on meditation on the salvific mysteries of Christ in union with Mary, who was so closely associated with her Son in his redeeming activity.

Things to Do:

1. [T]he recitation of the Rosary could be made more solemn in tone “by introducing those Scriptural passages corresponding with the various mysteries, some parts could be sung, roles could be distributed, and by solemnly opening and closing of prayer.”

2. The custom of making an insertion in the recitation of the Hail Mary, which is an ancient one that has not completely disappeared, has often been recommended by the Pastors of the Church since it encourages meditation and the concurrence of mind and lips.

Insertions of this nature would appear particularly suitable for the repetitive and meditative character of the Rosary. It takes the form of a relative clause following the name of Jesus and refers to the mystery being contemplated. The meditation of the Rosary can be helped by the choice of a short clause of a Scriptural and Liturgical nature, fixed for every decade.

  • Foods for this feast: Since the origin of this feast came from the Christian fleet defeating the Turks at the Battle of Lepanto in 1570 through the intercession of Mary through the Rosary, why not make a cake in the shape of a ship? See the top bar for a cut-out cake, or make moderations to this Ship Cake. Read more about the Battle of Lepanto for ideas. 
  • St. Pius V was a very holy Dominican, who wore his scratchy habit underneath his papal robes, and walked around Rome barefoot. He ate just to sustain himself, and fasted frequently. We should use his example and remember to fast and pray the Rosary for the conversion of Islam.

via Catholic Culture | Liturgical Year

Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

This is the most quintessentially Catholic prayer known to the popular culture today. As I see it, devotion to the Mother of Our Saviour, who is also Our Blessed Mother by adoption, can only lead to deeper faith, love and service to Jesus. The Rosary is simply like taking a guided tour of Jesus’ life as seen through the eyes of Mary.

It is she, the perfectly created and Immaculately born Blessed Virgin, that provides for the us the example of full and true Christian discipleship. She is our new Eve and the closest person to Christ to have ever walked this earth sans Joseph. Only Mary knows Jesus almost as intimately as the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus is her son and Mary is the Theotokos – the God-bearer.

Through the Rosary, the Mother of God prays with us and for us, contemplating the mysteries of the Life and Passion of her (and our) Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Read the Bible at Mass

Reflections from the (on their way to being) Saints

“The rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next.  The power of the rosary is beyond description.”

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

via Scriptural Rosary: Famous Quotes About the Holy Rosary

Learn from our Catholic Culture
Pope Benedict XVI invites all families to pray the Rosary for the intentions of the Pope, the mission of the Church and peace. “It is as if every year Our Lady invited us to rediscover the beauty of this prayer, so simple and profound.” The Rosary, a “contemplative and Christocentric prayer, inseparable from the meditation of Sacred Scripture,” is “the prayer of the Christian who advances in the pilgrimage of faith, in the following of Jesus, preceded by Mary,” said the Pontiff.


Maddona_of_the_Rosary_Lorenzo_Lotto_057

Our Lady of the Rosary
This feast was instituted by Pope St. Pius V in thanksgiving for the great naval victory over the Turks at the battle of Lepanto on this day in the year 1570, a favor due to the recitation of the Rosary. This victory saved Europe from being overrun by the forces of Islam.

Lepanto, perhaps the most complete victory ever gained over the Ottoman Empire, on October 7, 1571, is commemorated by the invocation “Help of Christians,” inserted in the Litany of Loretto. At Belgrade the Turks were defeated on the Feast of Our Lady ad Nives in 1716.   A second victory gained that year on the Octave of the Assumption determined Pope Clement XI to command the Feast of the Rosary to be celebrated by the universal Church. Leo XIII added the invocation “Queen of the most Holy Rosary, pray for us,” to the Litany of Loretto. The Feast is in reality a great festival of thanksgiving for the signal and countless benefits bestowed on Christendom through the Rosary of our blessed Queen.

In modern times successive popes have urged the faithful to pray the Rosary. It is a form of contemplative prayer, mental and vocal prayer, which brings down God’s blessing on the Church. It is a biblically inspired prayer which is centered on meditation on the salvific mysteries of Christ in union with Mary, who was so closely associated with her Son in his redeeming activity.

Things to Do:

1. [T]he recitation of the Rosary could be made more solemn in tone “by introducing those Scriptural passages corresponding with the various mysteries, some parts could be sung, roles could be distributed, and by solemnly opening and closing of prayer.”

2. The custom of making an insertion in the recitation of the Hail Mary, which is an ancient one that has not completely disappeared, has often been recommended by the Pastors of the Church since it encourages meditation and the concurrence of mind and lips.

Insertions of this nature would appear particularly suitable for the repetitive and meditative character of the Rosary. It takes the form of a relative clause following the name of Jesus and refers to the mystery being contemplated. The meditation of the Rosary can be helped by the choice of a short clause of a Scriptural and Liturgical nature, fixed for every decade.

  • Foods for this feast: Since the origin of this feast came from the Christian fleet defeating the Turks at the Battle of Lepanto in 1570 through the intercession of Mary through the Rosary, why not make a cake in the shape of a ship? See the top bar for a cut-out cake, or make moderations to this Ship Cake. Read more about the Battle of Lepanto for ideas. 
  • St. Pius V was a very holy Dominican, who wore his scratchy habit underneath his papal robes, and walked around Rome barefoot. He ate just to sustain himself, and fasted frequently. We should use his example and remember to fast and pray the Rosary for the conversion of Islam.

via Catholic Culture | Liturgical Year

One Minute Meditations: Prayer

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“Immaculate Virgin, I know very well that I am only a miserable wretch, and all I do is increase each day the number of my sins…”

You told me the other day that was how you spoke to Our Mother.

And I was confident in advising you with assurance to pray the Holy Rosary. Blessed be that monotony of Hail Marys which purifies the monotony of your sins!

St. Josemaria Escriva, Furrow, #475

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One Minute Meditations: Prayer

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“Immaculate Virgin, I know very well that I am only a miserable wretch, and all I do is increase each day the number of my sins…”

You told me the other day that was how you spoke to Our Mother.

And I was confident in advising you with assurance to pray the Holy Rosary. Blessed be that monotony of Hail Marys which purifies the monotony of your sins!

St. Josemaria Escriva, Furrow, #475

via myCatholic.com » Customizable Catholic Homepage.

One Minute Meditations: Prayer

Rosary
Image via Wikipedia

“Immaculate Virgin, I know very well that I am only a miserable wretch, and all I do is increase each day the number of my sins…”

You told me the other day that was how you spoke to Our Mother.

And I was confident in advising you with assurance to pray the Holy Rosary. Blessed be that monotony of Hail Marys which purifies the monotony of your sins!

St. Josemaria Escriva, Furrow, #475

via myCatholic.com » Customizable Catholic Homepage.

Catholic men find spiritual sustenance in rosary

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David Calvillo used to think praying the rosary was for “old ladies and funerals.”

Then he went to a Catholic men’s retreat in 2008, where for the first time he felt the rosary’s spiritual power as he prayed it with 79 other men.

Calvillo, 49, is now on a crusade to convince Catholics that “real men pray the rosary,” the name he gave a nonprofit he founded last year.

The rosary, a cycle of prayers said while worshippers finger a string of beads, is not gender-specific. Yet many men say they have always associated the rosary with women, especially older females.

There’s no way to know whether the number of men praying the rosary is increasing, but nearly 9,000 people have indicated they like “Real Men Pray the Rosary” on the group’s Facebook page.

Angel Pérez, 49, of Rialto, changed his view of the rosary after he heard a priest at a Catholic conference several years ago exhort men to pray the rosary to grow spiritually, strengthen their families and serve as an example to their children.

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Real men do pray the Rosary! Try to pray it daily.

Catholic men find spiritual sustenance in rosary

David Calvillo used to think praying the rosary was for “old ladies and funerals.”

Then he went to a Catholic men’s retreat in 2008, where for the first time he felt the rosary’s spiritual power as he prayed it with 79 other men.

Calvillo, 49, is now on a crusade to convince Catholics that “real men pray the rosary,” the name he gave a nonprofit he founded last year.

The rosary, a cycle of prayers said while worshippers finger a string of beads, is not gender-specific. Yet many men say they have always associated the rosary with women, especially older females.

There’s no way to know whether the number of men praying the rosary is increasing, but nearly 9,000 people have indicated they like “Real Men Pray the Rosary” on the group’s Facebook page.

Angel Pérez, 49, of Rialto, changed his view of the rosary after he heard a priest at a Catholic conference several years ago exhort men to pray the rosary to grow spiritually, strengthen their families and serve as an example to their children.

via pe.com

Real men do pray the Rosary! Try to pray it daily.

Catholic men find spiritual sustenance in rosary

David Calvillo used to think praying the rosary was for “old ladies and funerals.”

Then he went to a Catholic men’s retreat in 2008, where for the first time he felt the rosary’s spiritual power as he prayed it with 79 other men.

Calvillo, 49, is now on a crusade to convince Catholics that “real men pray the rosary,” the name he gave a nonprofit he founded last year.

The rosary, a cycle of prayers said while worshippers finger a string of beads, is not gender-specific. Yet many men say they have always associated the rosary with women, especially older females.

There’s no way to know whether the number of men praying the rosary is increasing, but nearly 9,000 people have indicated they like “Real Men Pray the Rosary” on the group’s Facebook page.

Angel Pérez, 49, of Rialto, changed his view of the rosary after he heard a priest at a Catholic conference several years ago exhort men to pray the rosary to grow spiritually, strengthen their families and serve as an example to their children.

via pe.com

Real men do pray the Rosary! Try to pray it daily.