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“Continue to pray the Rosary every day.”
~ Our Lady of Fatima to Sister Lucia

 

With all the talk today about “quality time” and the importance of “bonding” in the family, the Rosary is the perfect solution! Your family will be gathered together for a common purpose in the sanctity of your own home. And remember the motto: “The family that prays together, stays together.”

 

BENEFITS:

Here is what the Experts have to say about the many benefits you will receive from praying the family rosary:

  • Your Problems Will Be Solved: “The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of 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.” - Sister Lucia dos Santos

  • You Will Become a Better Person: "When people love and recite the Rosary they find it makes them better.” 
    - Saint Anthony Mary Claret

  • You will have PEACE: "If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary." - Pope Pius XI

  • You Will Shake the Heart of God: “Go to the Madonna. Love her! Always say the Rosary. Say it well. Say it as often as you can! Be souls of prayer. Prayer shakes the Heart of God, it obtains necessary graces!” 
    - Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

  • You Will Have a Closer Bond with Mary: “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!”  
    - Saint Bernardine of Siena

  • A Holy Death: “Whoever shall have a true devotion for the rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.” - The Blessed Virgin Mary

  • Eternal Salvation: “The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the rosary shall not perish.”
    - The Blessed Virgin Mary

 


In promoting the Family Rosary, we recognize that today’s family is under many pressures – work and school schedules, getting enough sleep, catching up with the laundry, paying the bills, etc., etc.

So here are a few tips from some experienced mothers and fathers who say, emphatically, “It can be done!”

 

PRACTICAL TIPS:


1). SET THE STAGE: Find a crucifix or statue of Our Lady* and place in a prominent spot in your living room. Set up a candle or two and a small vase of flowers (real or silk) to give a calm, restful and reverent feel to your “prayer place.” You will be amazed at how this ambience will affect the children. They will sense that something special happens here!

2). CARVE OUT SOME TIME: Most parents report that the end of the day is best. All the chores are done, the kids are in their pajamas and everyone is ready to “call it a day.” But by spending 15 minutes saying the Family Rosary, you will transform your ordinary day into a precious bouquet of love for Our Lady.

3). ENCOURAGE PARTICIPATION: One way to keep their little wandering minds engaged is to assign a different mystery to each child. “Jerry, will you please lead the third glorious mystery?” There’s nothing like a “pop quiz” to keep them on their toes! Many children actually enjoy the sense of responsibility this entails; it is an honor to lead the rosary.

4). HAVE A “PLAN B”: Stuff happens: especially in a family! So, have a contingency plan and you will never miss your chance to pray your rosary. For example, if you are going for a drive with the children in tow, go ahead! Pray your rosary in the car. (they can’t squabble as much if they’re praying, right?) With enough consistency, the day just won’t feel complete without your family rosary!

5). ORA ET LABORA: “Pray and work” This is the ancient Benedictine motto and it works for families, too. So, the dishes aren’t done (but you are!) and the laundry still needs folding. With monastic music to set the tone, assign one person as “leader.” The rest of the family can pray the rosary while doing what needs to be done to maintain order in your busy household. Our Lady is a mother; she understands!

6). CLICK HERE: to get your free “Rosary Guide.” It is beautifully illustrated and will help provide all the prayers and meditations your family will need to become Our Lady’s Prayer Warriors!

 

*If you don’t have one already, they can be purchased online at our store or “rescued” from any Goodwill or secondhand shop.

 

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QUOTES by POPES on THE ROSARY:

  • "Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world." - Pope Pius IX

  • "Among all the devotions approved by the Church, none has been so favored by so many miracles as the Rosary devotion." - Pope Pius IX

  • “The Rosary is the most beautiful and the most rich in graces of all prayers; it is the prayer that touches most the Heart of the Mother of God…and if you wish peace to reign in your homes, recite the family Rosary.”
    - Pope Saint Pius X

  • “Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors."
    - Pope Pius XI

  • “There is no surer means of calling down God's blessings upon the family... than the daily recitation of the Rosary.” - Pope Pius XII

  • “How beautiful is the family that recites the Rosary every evening.” - Pope John Paul II

  • “Dear young people, I invite you to value this traditional Marian prayer which helps us to understand better the central moments of salvation realized by Christ.” - Pope Benedict XVI

 


 

 

 

 

DAILY QUOTE for April 22, 2018

The prayer of the sick person is his patience and his accept...

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April 22

 

The prayer of the sick person is
his patience and his acceptance of his sickness
for the love of Jesus Christ.
Make sickness itself a prayer, for there is none
more powerful, save martyrdom!

St. Francis de Sales


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St. Theodore of Sykeon

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St. Theodore of Sykeon

Born in the Roman Galatian town of Sykeon in Asia Minor, Theodore was the son of a woman of ill repute, who kept an inn along the imperial highway.

As a child, he was so given to prayer that he would often give up a meal to spend time in church. From an early age he shut himself up first in the cellar of his mother’s house and then in a cave beneath a disused chapel. Later, for a time, seeking to further escape the world, he sought solitude on a mountain.

On a pilgrimage to Jerusalem Theodore assumed a monk’s habit, and though only eighteen years of age, was ordained a priest by his own bishop. His life was most austere, wearing an iron girdle about his body and only sparingly partaking of vegetables.

Endowed with the gift of prophecy and miracles, on a second pilgrimage to the Holy Land, he obtained abundant rain after a severe drought.

Theodore founded several monasteries, and ruled as abbot in Sykeon. He was consecrated Bishop of Anastasiopolis, though he deemed himself totally unfitted. After ten years he succeeded in relinquishing his post and retired to Sykeon.

From Sykeon he was recalled to Constantinople to bless the emperor and the senate and there healed one of the Emperor’s sons of a skin disease, reputedly leprosy.

Theodore had a great devotion to St. George and did much to propagate devotion to him.

He died in Sykeon on April 22, 613.

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The Miraculous Christ de la Vega

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The Miraculous Christ de la Vega

There was once in the city of Toledo, Spain a soldier, Diego Martinez, and a young woman, Ines de Vargas, who were in love.

Diego was called to fight in Flanders, so, at Ines’ insistence, before a crucifix known as The Christ de la Vega, Diego solemnly swore to marry her on his return.

With Diego gone, Ines felt lost and alone, and often sought solace at the foot of the Christ who had witnessed their solemn engagement.

Years went by, Ines always on the lookout. One day, at the head of a returning cavalry, she beheld her fiancé. She screamed and rushed to meet him, but he feigned not to know her, and passed on.

Successful in war and prowess, he had not only been promoted to captain, but had been knighted by the King, and no longer considered Ines a worthy prospect.

Tears being of no avail, the spurned young woman took her case before the governor of Toledo, Don Pedro Ruiz de Alarcon, claiming that Diego Martinez had sworn to marry her. But the captain denied such a vow, and with no witnesses, the case was about to be dismissed when Ines cried:

“Indeed, there was a witness–the Christ the la Vega!”

There was a stunned silence. But, this was Catholic Spain, and finally, judge, Diego, Ines, court and the curious repaired to the Basilica of St. Leocadia* , which housed the carved Christ.

Kneeling between Diego and Ines before the life-sized crucifix, Don Pedro held up a Bible and asked if He, Jesus Christ, Sovereign Lord, would indeed swear to the couple’s solemn vow to wed each other.

In the dead silence that ensued, all present heard a voice coming from the statue,

“I SWEAR.”

At the same time, to the astonishment of all, the statue’s right arm, descended, its hand coming to rest on the Bible which the judge held up.

So struck were Diego and Ines, that giving up all earthly plans, they entered religious life.

As to the Christ de la Vega, to this day, His right arm remains in the same position, and, some affirm, His mouth slightly open in the utterance of His witness.

 

By A.F. Phillips

*Now the Ermita del Cristo de la Vega

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In the dead silence that ensued, all present heard a voice coming from the statue,

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