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Saints who loved praying the Rosary

“You must know that when you ‘hail’ Mary, she immediately greets you! Don’t think that she is one of those rude women of whom there are so many. On the contrary, she is utterly courteous and pleasant. If you greet her, she will answer you right away and converse with you!”
~ St. Bernadine of Sienna

What do you think she would converse about? Just like a mother who is never tired speaking about her child, his likes and dislikes, his achievements and all those little details that only she knows about, Mary is eager to reveal her dear son Jesus to us. Continue reading

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15 promises granted by Mary to those who recite the Rosary

The Holy Rosary is an enormous source of grace and spiritual protection and is one of the most powerful prayers of the Catholic Church. Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the children to whom our Lady appeared at Fatima, once said,

“There is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families … that cannot be solved by the rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.”

After the holy sacrifice of the mass, the holy rosary is the prayer most pleasing to our Lady. Continue reading

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Memorial: Our Lady of the Rosary

History is a testament to the fact that our Lady in general and the rosary, in particular, has had profound and unparalleled power. When the Albigensian heresy was stealing many away from the faith, Our Lady helped St. Dominic to battle the heresy through the rosary. As a result, many were rescued from falling away into error and brought back to the fold. The rosary not only has power in spiritual battles but has also shaped history and the world in which we live. In our own time, on 13th May 1981, Pope John Paul II was protected from certain death at the hands of Mehmet Ali Agca, a Turkish gunman, when a bullet fired went straight into his abdomen but miraculously missed his vital organs. He attributed this to our Lady of Fatima and later made a pilgrimage to that town in Portugal placing the bullet in the crown of the statue of our Lady. The feast of Our Lady of Victory was instituted some 4 centuries earlier after the great naval battle in history, the Battle of Lepanto. Continue reading

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The Origin of the Rosary

One Sunday morning, as I was finalizing the content to share for youth catechesis, I felt the Lord telling me to share about his mother. Though initially reluctant to change the topic I had planned, I eventually gave in and shared about how Mary is the new Eve and the new ark of the covenant ahead of the feast of the Assumption. After some trying sessions with this batch of youth, I was feeling challenged to the point of questioning if it was really God’s plan for me to continue taking classes. But after sharing about Mother Mary that day, I found a turnaround in interest in the kid’s attitude to the classes and even my own enthusiasm to teach grew leaps and bounds. Continue reading