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" "In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t." ~Blaise Pascal

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Worth Revisiting - The Rosary Will Bring Back A Harvest of Holiness

Thank you Allison Gingras at Reconciled To You  and Elizabeth Riordan at Theology Is A Verb  for  hosting Catholic bloggers at Worth Revisiting. It is a privilege for us to share our work with you and your readers.

I decided to share this post from May 9, 2015:

 

Rosary Reflection – The Rosary Will Bring Back A Harvest of Holiness 

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[Another prophetic but ignored excerpt and plea from the Apostolic Letter On The  Rosary of The Virgin Mary]
"The Rosary of the Virgin Mary, which gradually took form in the second millennium under the guidance of the Spirit of God, is a prayer loved by countless Saints and encouraged by the Magisterium. Simple yet profound, it still remains, at the dawn of this third millennium, a prayer of great significance, destined to bring forth a harvest of holiness. It blends easily into the spiritual journey of the Christian life, which, after two thousand years, has lost none of the freshness of its beginnings and feels drawn by the Spirit of God to “set out into the deep” (duc in altum!) in order once more to proclaim, and even cry out, before the world that Jesus Christ is Lord and Saviour, “the way, and the truth and the life” (Jn 14:6), “the goal of human history and the point on which the desires of history and civilization turn”.

Eucharistic Reflection - It's Called Communion


"[Another] sign of true love is to do good to the beloved and to share with him whatever one possesses, even giving him one’s heart and oneself. True love is never idle, but it always strives to do good for the beloved. 

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But what greater gifts and goods than those which Christ gives us in this Sacrament? In it, we receive the body and blood of Jesus, with all that He merited through that body and blood. We receive Christ and all His merits and sufferings so that we are made sharers in all this through the Sacrament, according to the dispositions with which we receive it. Hence, this Sacrament is called Communion, because through it, God communicates to us not only the body and blood of Christ, but a share in all His sufferings and merits.”

(Venerable Louis of Granada, O.P. from Summa of the Christian Life)

Monday, October 15, 2018

Monday Musings - Recite The Rosary Like A Child

"The rosary is not a tedious prayer just because the person is always repeating the Hail Mary. Each Hail Mary recited, with the contemplation of the mysteries, is always said with a different feeling and the intensity of the prayer is not monotonous. It is an intensity of love. 

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Does not a child call his mother all the time? His cry: "Mom!" is different according to the need that inspires and animates it. Therefore, recite the rosary like a child, invoking our Heavenly Mother and imploring her help."

  (Servant of God, Dolindo Ruotolo Champions of the Rosary)

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Worth Revisiting - Rosary Reflection - Have You Enlisted Yet?

Thank you Allison Gingras at Reconciled To You  and Elizabeth Riordan at Theology Is A Verb  for  hosting Catholic bloggers at Worth Revisiting. It is a privilege for us to share our work with you and your readers.

Here is my contribution:


 

Rosary Reflection - Have You Enlisted Yet? 

(Originally posted May 25, 2015)

 

Eucharistic Reflection - Focus On He Whom You Should Love


“…the principal proof and work of true love is to desire to be united with the beloved. One who loves has all his faculties fixed on the one he loves: intellect, memory, will, imagination, etc. As a result, love is an alienation or ecstasy; it is a self-imposed exile from self, causing a man to be transported to the beloved. 

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Christ manifested this effect of love when He instituted the Eucharist, because one of the reasons for which He instituted it was to incorporate us to Himself and make us one with Himself. That is also why He used the species of food, for as the food we eat becomes part of ourselves, so Christ said: 'He that eats My flesh and drinks My blood, the same abides in Me and I in him’.”

(Venerable Louis Granada, O. P. from the Summa of the Christian Life)

Monday, October 8, 2018

Monday Musings - The Rosary - Prayer and Instruction


In his spirituality, St. Dominic used to have recourse also to material means in prayer, and among other endeavors he made use of the beads to count the “Hail Marys.” Then, noting the people’s ignorance concerning religion, and having to combat the Albigensians who denied the fundamental truths of Christianity, Dominic, inspired by God, thought it well to have the people meditate a truth or mystery every ten “Hail Marys.” Thus, while giving to the people an easy manner of praying, he also gave a simple means of instruction.


(Blessed James Alberione from Champions of the Rosary)