The Key of My Heart is My Will! It is This Key That I Must Give to God!
In Psalm 39:9 of the Old Testament, it is written, “To do Thy Will, O my God, is all my delight. Behold, I come.” God loves me, and I must love Him in return. His delight is to be with me; let it be mine, to be with Him. The most effective transforming prayer that can be said comes from the heart. It is, “Thy Will be Done.” There is no doubt that the measure of a person’s moral holiness is the wanting and the doing of the Will of God: It is the measure of a person’s faith; it is the singular measure of our love for God; it matters not with what intensity we pray, or the measure of our personal faith; everything is contained in the wanting and the doing of the Will of God:
“THY WILL BE DONE
“Not all who call out, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of God, but he who does the Will of God.” Matt.7:21 “If you love Me, you will keep My Commandments.” John 14:15
There is a struggle in us and we must ask ourselves very honestly, “Do I really want God’s Will? Or, do I want Him to do my will?” Do I say in prayer, “Lord, what is Your Will, this is all I want?” Or, do I make my own plans first and then say, “Come on God, come on now and support my plans, I want to be healthy, happy, comfortable, respected and secure.” But, before answering these questions you must first ask yourself two questions:
1. Do I really believe deep down inside of me, that God wants my happiness more than I do? Do I really believe that?
2. Do I really believe that God knows better than I, what will make me happy? And, do I trust Him to give it to me?
When our prayers are not answered promptly and, in the way we have pleaded with God they should be, do we then pout saying, “God is not listening to us, it is useless and then do we quit praying?”
God knows more about achieving my eventual happiness than I ever can know. He is working out a bigger and more far reaching plan that I can even comprehend: A plan for my happiness. My wanting God’s Will and my doing God’s Will are going to have great bearing on my prayer. Thy Will be done is the prayer of a spouse. By these words, we, who are followers of Jesus, become also His spouses. When I surrender everything to Him, it is this very surrender which becomes the proof of my love. Our Lord approaches with burning desire, as the loving Spouse of my soul, and my gift to Him of my will is the only offering I can make which is worthy of Him. By my surrender, I become entirely His.
I LIVE NOW,
When I go to pray, do I ask God about my place in His plans! God has plans for the world and each one of us in the world. The plan for our lives is hidden in God from all eternity. These plans were revealed to the world by Jesus Christ. And, it is now for us to live out His plan to achieve His Divine Design for the world and souls. God wants to fill us with life, joy and peace. This can only be achieved when we become one Family of God, when we love God above all things and our neighbor for the love of God. We pray well when we say, “O Lord, what is my place in Your plan? O, God, be a light to my mind and a lantern to my feet. I know You have a plan for my life, what would You like me to do to help you achieve Your plan? What is the role You want me to play? What is the message I am to deliver, the song I am to sing, what act of love do You want from my life?” It is we who must seek to find our place in God’s plans for this is the only fitting response to His invitation of faith. “Dear Father, I know you have something special for me to contribute and I want to contribute it. What is Thy Will?” God does not have a specific will to regulate all our choices and every detail of our lives, overriding all individual decisions. This would deprive us of free will and our acts of love would be rendered sterile. God has a general will for all of His children, and it might be something like this, “Do something loving with your life, your talents and your time! Do something beautiful for Me! Make love your life principle!” The surest guide to the Will of God for each one of us is the daily duties of our state in life. We may know, with certainty, that these duties are, without doubt, God’s Will for us. If there is something special God wants us to do with our lives, He will place deep attraction in our soul for this thing: a religious vocation, a career, a partner for life, to give help to a certain person and so on. When these moments of grace come upon us, we sense that God is asking this special thing of us.
The YES that I say to God’s Will, means the acceptance of His plan in all the details of my life. I must accept who I am, the gifts I have been given, my shortcomings and strengths, the parents of whom I was born, the place in which I live, all the details of my life are God’s Will for me. I accept them, dear God, as Thy Will for me. When God created this world, there were lots of other worlds He could have made. He knew the details of each one, and He chose this one and me with this life of mine. Thy Will Be Done! This is what I too want, whatever You want of me. Everyone who will embrace the Will of God, wholeheartedly, will automatically eliminate 95% of the normal suffering that enters the life of a human being. What disturbs our peace of soul are the conflicting desires we possess. “I want this, I want that, I must have this, it must be that way.” We set our hearts on things and then we are crushed when our plans and desires are not realized. Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there is your heart.” If my treasure be the Will of God, I will always seek His Will and give my best effort, allowing God to bless it with success or failure. This alone is the secret of true peace. “You are my God, You know what will make me happy far better than I; do with me whatever You will.” There is complete peace in our surrender to God’s Will. We must want to become what God wants us to become, live only as long as He wishes us to live, accept the successes and failures He sends to us with perfect peace. In such a life, suffering must be given a different name. Even life or death holds little terror, if we cherish above all the Will of God. There will be no conflicts of interest. Oh! To want only what He wants, to accomplish only the things He has called me to do, to walk through only the doors He opens for me: This is true happiness.
Once I surrender to God, He carries me in His arms for He knows what is best for me. He is moving with me in the direction of Heaven. I must not be afraid He will drop me. I must stop grabbing on to the banisters of life. God whispers to me, “You must let go,” so that we can move toward Heaven. Do I look at Him with plaintive eyes, and say, “I am afraid You will drop me? I lack trust and conviction in Your Love and Your Wisdom. I am a fraction. My God make me whole!” Let me not faint when the crosses come.
The Road of Pain is the way to Heaven; the hurtful things in life are the most divine blessings, and these should be embraced as God’s greatest gifts. The cross makes me like Jesus. It is the pledge of union with His adorable Heart. There is no real love and no real holiness without the cross. Every trifling cross is a fragment of the Sacred Host, for in it, is contained our God, whole and entire.
My God, I believe, I adore, I trust and I love Thee! I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not trust and do not love Thee.
Archive for March, 2012
Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, March 28, 2012Thursday, March 29th, 2012
Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, March 21, 2012Friday, March 23rd, 2012
Fatima and the Morning Offering
The Mornging Offering
Our Most Important Acto fo the Day!
God has only one intention. He desires the salvation of all men. Through knowing Christ, man will come to know and love the Father. The modern world has a bitter need to see Christ in the streets. I am talking about the presence of Christ in Christians.
The Magdalens will come to adore Him in the Blessed Sacrament, but not before they have met Him in the streets. They must encounter the goodness of Him in the members of His Mystical Body. Every Christian has a missionary vocation. We are like the Mother of God, really. Our apostolic mission is to give Christ to the world. Our Lord complains to Margaret Mary, “Behold, this Heart which has so loved men, which has spared nothing, even to being exhausted and consumed, yet the greater part of men make me no return other than their ingratitude, coldness and forgetfulness. But, what is still more painful is those who are consecrated to Me treat Me thus.”
Spontaneous and whole-hearted consecration is the flower of real love. For the moment, we may not be called upon to pour forth our sweat and blood on the battlefields of apostleship, but we can PRAY! Our prayers, penances and good works are a power. Our prayerful army of penitent souls whose supplications and sacrifices daily ascend to God is a great strength to the Mystical Body of Christ. Before God, prayer is more powerful than an arm of steel. The salvation of another man’s soul may depend upon me. God gave to every man the command of loving his neighbor. On Golgotha, Christ looked down on His little flock, composed of the 3 Mary’s and St. John. Please God, give me the courage to keep vigil with them at the foot of the Cross.
Sanctifying Grace lifts man into the world of grace where the good he does and the evil he avoids, becomes infinitely meritorious.
By prayer we become, with Christ, the co-saviors of our brothers, helping God in the great work of Redemption without ever taking from Him one mite of glory. Prayer is a kind of priesthood without its responsibility. Through prayer, there is no limit to the number of souls we can reach. We cannot say one prayer for someone in need without receiving from the Hand of God a shower of graces for ourselves. Prayer is all embracing! It puts its arms around the whole world and draws all men closer to God.
Everyone who asks receives!Beneath the Cross, the Mother of God did what you do in the Morning Offering: She gave to God all that she had for the salvation of souls. Every sacrifice is an act of adoration and reparation. While the ritual of prayer is not the sacrifice, the offering of it is. In our prayer of adoration, we admit our dependence on God and God’s absolute rights over us. In the Morning Offering, we give our life over to God through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Sin is the assertion of our independence of God which directly contradicts the fact of our creature-hood.
Every sin is a denial of adoration of God. Through the Morning Offering, we give to God the Lamb who was slain on the Cross. It is an act of adoration and contrition. Uniting our prayers, works, joys and sufferings with all the Holy Masses being offered in the whole world and all those participating in them, is a powerful act of adoration, reparation and love.
Because of the living union we enjoy with one another and with Christ, we are able to do by the omnipotence of prayer some of the things which God does on the strength of His perfection. The wounded Heart of Mary at the foot of the Cross beckons all who look at her to ponder the focus of her love, and its complete devotedness to the Heart of God. It does not say, Love Me; it says, Love Him! Mary and the Son of God surrender themselves to one another completely. By His Passion, the Word of God, made man, fathered the new mankind. By her compassion, by her close physical and spiritual union with the Crucified, Mary, as Mother, brought forth the new mankind. Mary is the Mediatrix of all Graces.
Christ is the Head of the Mystical Body; Mary is its Heart!
On the occasion of the Jubilee at Fatima, Pius XII consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. On December 8, he solemnly renewed the consecration in the Basilica of St. Peter, at Rome. The consecration is the prayer of the Pope to Mary Immaculate. In it, he asks that our Mother grant to us many things. He does not ask for them as an outright gift, something she might obtain for us with no effort on our part, as one might ask for a miracle. NO! The prayer is a dedication, a consecration! The peace for which the Father of Christendom asks is the victory to which the Vicar of Christ will lead his people after they have fought for it and merited the grace of it. The consecration is the knight’s vigil on the eve of battle. He comes to Mary’s altar because the morrow’s battle will be in her honor and for the Kingdom of her Son. The Son through the Mother, the Mediatrix of All Graces, will give strength to the warrior’s right arm. But the man will wield the sword, not some angel. When there are enough right arms, strong in grace, the Mystical Body will be an irresistible fighting unit, spiritually armed and operating as one, able to overcome all those forces in the world that the devil can muster against it.
What does Our Lady ask all those consecrated to Her Immaculate Heart to do? Daily make the Morning Offering, pray the Rosary, confess and receive Holy Communion on First Saturday in reparation, and offer up the sacrifice of Daily Duty for the salvation of poor sinners. The Mystical Body needs health to grow and defend itself. We speed the establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth by devoting ourselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Mother and Son have always carried on the labor of Redemption together. Each morning, dedicate your day to Jesus through Mary.
Make faithfully and Fervently your Morning Offering. It is the most Important ACT of your day!
We cannot separate the apostleship of prayer from the apostleship of suffering for, by it, we offer to God our prayers, works and sufferings through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Our physical sufferings are nothing compared to the sufferings of our soul. Stand on any street comer, and look at the many sad faces, furrowed by worry and fear, masking the dark labyrinths of the mind where the soul wrestles with anxiety, loneliness, hurt, ingratitude and sorrow. When the Messiah came to us, He came as the Man of Sorrows. Because we are incorporated in Christ, none of man’s problems can be solved on the basis of individualism. No man is a being unto himself. He is everlastingly a part of the Body of Christ, who was the priest of His own sacrifice. Through suffering, we will have in our own body a Relic of the True Cross! The passion was everything that Divine Justice would demand from a sinful world as the price of those heavenly graces which would flood it and wash it clean. The work of pain is finished for Christ the Head. But His members still must suffer. The more we detest sin, the greater will be our efforts to destroy it – the better will be our prayer!
“To know Christ More intimately, To love Him more ardently, And to follow Him More closely!”
This is the mission of the Church and each one of us who love Jesus has an intimate part in it.
Never fail to plunge into the Ocean of Grace offered to us, each day, through the Morning Offering. In doing this, we will with one voice, one heart and one soul, greatly hasten the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
O MY GOD, in union with the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer Thee the Precious Blood of Jesus from all the Altars throughout the world, joining with It the offering of my every thought, word and action of this day. I desire to gain every indulgence and merit I can, offering them, together with myself, to Mary Immaculate whom Thou hast appointed the dispenser of the merits of Thy Precious Blood, especially by means of this Scapular (here kiss your Brown Scapular) that She may best apply them to the interests of Thy Most Sacred Heart. Amen.
One OUR FATHER, HAIL MARY and GLORY BE
Sweet Heart of Mary, Be My Salvation!
A Little While Longer, And Then ETERNITY!
Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Thursday, March 15, 2012Saturday, March 17th, 2012
Thanks Be To God For His Infinite Goodness To Me!
Gabriel Garcia Moreno was a Catholic, a President and a Martyr. He valued his precious Faith more than anything in his life and, in his youth, he formed a program of spirituality that he kept all the days of his life in spite of the horrendous demands made upon his time and energies. He lived in times violent and corrupt and is a wonderful ideal of father, husband, and soldier of Jesus Christ.
The continual realization of the greatness of God filled his soul with a sovereign contempt for earthly things and, hence, his absolute disinterestedness: His joy at being able to give to the poor, the sick, the widows and the orphans. His patience in trials was most edifying and no complaint was ever heard to pass his lips.
The RULE of life he wrote in his own hand was kept until his death:
1. Every morning when saying my prayers, I will ask especially for the virtue of humility.
2. Every day, I will hear Mass, say the Rosary, and read a chapter from the Imitation of Christ.
3. I will take care to keep myself as much as possible in the presence of God, especially in conversation, so as not to speak useless words. Before beginning any action, I will offer my heart to God.
4. I will say to myself continually: demon “I am worse than a and deserve Hell”; when I am tempted, I will ask myself: “What will you think of this in the hour of your last agony?”
5. In my room, I will never sit to pray when I can do so on my knees or standing. I will practice little acts of humility, like kissing the ground for example, and desire all kinds of humiliations, while taking care at the same time not to deserve them, I will rejoice when my actions or my person are abused or censured.
6. I will never speak of myself, unless it be to own my defects or faults.
7. I will make every effort, through the thought of Jesus and Mary, to restrain my impatience and contradict my natural inclinations, striving to be patient and amiable even with people who bore me. Never will I speak evil of my enemies.
8. Every morning, before beginning my work, I will write down what I have to do, being very careful to distribute my time well, to give myself only to useful and necessary business and to continue it with zeal and perseverance. I will scrupulously observe the laws of justice and truth, and have no intention in my actions save the greater glory of God.
9. I will make a particular examine, twice a day, on my exercise of different
10. I will avoid all familiarities, even the most innocent, as prudence requires. I will never pass more than an hour in any amusement and, in general, never before eight o’clock in the evening.
Those who knew him, bear witness to his scrupulous fidelity to this Rule of life. No matter what the demands of office, home or war obliged, he lived up to the Rule. He never omitted any pious practice, in camp or on a hurried journey; he would kneel in some hut or corner of the tent, or in the woods, and say the Rosary with his aide or anyone else who was present.
When it drew time for Holy Mass, he would often prepare the vestments for the priest and serve Mass. In the evening surrounded by his family, servants and aides-de-camp, he would read night prayers, read from pious books and express to all his love and confidence in God.
The one ambition of his noble soul was the reign of God in the souls of men. He had a great and tender love for Our Blessed Mother. He restored the shrine of the Lily of Quito. He would ask his people, visitors or workers, “Do you love the Blessed Virgin Mary? If they answered, “Oh! YES, with all our hearts,” he would say, “Well then, my children, let us kneel down all together and pray her Rosary that we may persevere in loving and serving God.”
The Catholic Church universally applauds this President of Ecuador, Gabriel Garcia Moreno. Honor and glory be to him who dared to say:
“A Catholic People Cannot Socially Deny Jesus Christ!”
The secret society of Freemasonry seeks to unite itself with the devil to destroy the reign of Jesus Christ upon earth, to destroy Christianity. It is the great enemy. Their rage against Garcia Moreno was universal and all Freemasonic newspapers throughout the world held him up for execution and he was solemnly condemned to death by their Great Council. At the opportune moment, the assassins attacked him, cutting off his arm and his hand and inflicting deadly wounds to his body. He was laid at the feet of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows where he expired. The body of Garcia Moreno was placed in a secretly and provisionally unknown grave in order to protect it from the risk of sacrilegious profanation. While we may not have the courage today to die for the faith, let us begin simply with the Rule of life set out by Garcia Moreno in his youth. Faithful to this Rule, with the strength of God, we will rise to the height of martyrdom if and when we are called.
A Little While Longer, And Then ETERNITY!
Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, March 7, 2012Monday, March 12th, 2012
Conceived of the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary
The entire life of Our Lady from her Immaculate Conception to her glorious Assumption is a symbol of the whole life of the Church and of our own spiritual lives. The history of the Church begins in the womb of the Virgin. Mary and the Church are two, yet one single mother, two virgins, yet one. Each is virgin, each is mother. Both conceived of the same Holy Spirit, without human seed. Both bore to God the Father a Child unblemished. Both are the Mother of Christ, but neither can bring Him to birth without the other.
The Church in the development of Her piety is guided by the Holy Ghost, and devotion to Holy Mother the Church cannot possibly run counter to our devotion to the Mother of God. The whole mystery of the Church is inseparably bound up with the mystery of Mary. We need to learn to see Our Lady in the Church and the Church in Our Lady. Our Blessed Mother is the Bride of the Holy Spirit and the Church is the Bride of Christ. We must be spiritual men to comprehend the mystery of Mary in the Church. What is needed, today, is a return to the Heart of Mary, so that our love of the Church as our Mother may grow together with our love for the Mother of Jesus.
God’s first words of salvation spoken outside the locked gates of Paradise indicate a woman, “I will put enmities between thee and the Woman, and thy seed and her seed; she will crush thy head and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel.” (Gen.3:15) The Lord hath spoken it. Satan is cast out of Heaven. The mystery of the Immaculate Conception is not only a personal privilege granted to Mary who was to become the Mother of God but also, through it, Mary becomes a figure of the Church. The Church is, therefore, the Woman fulfilling both Eve and Mary; She is at war throughout history, and Hers is the victory at the end. The Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God is, in the deepest sense, the consummation and the reality of our own personal salvation. The final battle is still to come, for the serpent lies in wait for the Woman’s heel. Look well at the Woman in the sky clothed with the sun, crowned with twelve stars, and with the moon spread underneath her feet; yes, it is indeed she, our Mother, it is indeed the Church. We can certainly say that the Woman of the Apocalypse is Mary, because she is the Mother of the Church, having given birth to the Head of the Church, and herself being the Daughter of the Church, and the holiest of its members.
‘Rejoice, O Virgin Mary, for Thou alone hast destroyed all heresies in all the world!’
The virginity of the Church means that She preserves intact Her faith in Christ. Heresy means loss of that virginity; it is breaking off the betrothal to Christ. Early Christians said that the Church, like Mary, is ever virgin and can never fall into Eve’s unfaithfulness. This is no more and no less than we say today with our doctrine of the Church’s infallibility. Heresy is unchaste; it is adultery towards Christ. The mystery of the perpetual virginity of Mary is dogma: A chaste womb shelters Christ in His physical and in His mystical Body.
Every time, we proclaim our belief in the Church, we are paying honor to Mary; and every witness of our love for Mary is a witness of our belief in the Church, for in Mary the Church became the Virgin Mother of God. What happened with Mary through the overshadowing of the Holy Ghost, is daily renewed mystically within the Church. The Church is in labor and travail, until Christ is formed in us and born of us. Whoever has childlike devotion to Mary, has found entrance to the deepest mystery of the Church. Mary is, indeed, the Mother of Christ’s members, that is, of ourselves. It is by her love that men have been born in the Church. It is through the mystery of the marriage, both human and divine at the incarnation, that our redemption began.
The deep significance of the marriage at Cana and the wedding feast is critical to our understanding of both Mary and the Church. Humanity is being changed into the wine of the life of grace while Mary is there. She is the Mother of all who are sanctified by their faith in coming to God. Whatever errors be taught in the false services of infidels, come from a denial of the incarnation which begins with a refusal to honor God’s holy Mother and, which continues with a rejection to honor the virginity of the Church.
Where the mother of Jesus is not, there can be no marriage! Jesus at Cana spoke of His hour ‘which was to come,’ the hour of His Death on the Cross, when His Blood was poured out for man’s salvation. On Calvary, the Church was given to Mary, “Woman, behold thy Son!”, and Mary was given to the Church, “Son, behold thy Mother!” Mary and the Church are one: The Woman at the foot of the Cross is the Woman of promise who would overcome Satan. Beneath the victorious Cross of the dying God stands the Woman who has won all of God’s battles, the holy Ecclesia! How lovable she is, this Mother of ours! Let us offer thanks to the Father and to Christ, Our Brother, that we have the privilege to be the Children of Mary, Our Mother, and of Holy Mother the Church. There can be no contradiction between a tender devotion to Mary and a deep love for the Church.
The Church is Mary in the world. In this journey through everyday life to the Cross, we find a new aspect of the mystery of Mary and the Church: the mystery of her inner strength amid ordinary life, unswerving faithfulness to Christ and powerful patience which enables her to go with Christ to Calvary and share in the joy of His Resurrection. Mary’s acceptance of the Incarnation was her acceptance of death. She gave her blood to Him, only that He might shed it for us. In Mary and in the Church, the destitute world becomes rich, and starving mankind is fed lavishly. Love is the fruit of our Baptism. It is by the spindle of true love in our every day tasks that we learn to meet Christ Crucified. Only on the Cross is found the true measure of our love.
Pentecost is the very pinnacle of our Redemption because the charity of God is poured into our hearts. Here, indeed, is fulfilled in all mankind what was begun in the heart of the Virgin at the Incarnation. The Heart of Mary is the beginning of the story; in her heart was performed in secret, what now at Pentecost, is open to the gaze of all mankind. The heart of Mary is the original upper room, where all redeemed mankind is gathered. Her heart is the vessel filled by the Holy Spirit. In her, we find all prophecies are fulfilled; in her begins the life of heavenly glory! Everything has its beginning in the Heart of Mary, and in her womb. The heart of the mystery of the Virgin Mary and the virgin Church, is the humble obedience of faith which opens itself in complete love and trust to the Holy Spirit Who overshadows her. In the midst of her heart, Eternity entered Time!
The Church’s history on earth is already a heavenly mystery: for She is always on the point of extinction. She is frequently persecuted and abides on the hill of Calvary. She is clothed with the sun in her heavenly glory and yet upon earth is always in the pains of childbirth. And, so it is true of the Christian who is in travail until Christ is formed in him and born of him. This new birth can happen only by dying to himself each day, that he may receive the life of God’s glory.
The final history of the body of the Woman who gave birth to God is the Assumption, the fulfilling in advance of what is promised to the whole Mystical Body of Christ. The prince of this world, the devil, was already defeated by the Woman, when the Word of God became the Fruit of her womb: “Behold, the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to Thy Word. THE ETERNAL FIAT!” The final glory of Mary is the final glory of the Church. When the Church celebrates the Assumption, She is celebrating her own final glory. Jesus and Mary are preparing for us a new paradise, which is the Church in all Her glory. Mary is always present within the Church in her express title, “Mother of Grace”. In her painful pilgrimage here on earth and through her painful history and purification by persecution, Holy Mother the Church must become like to Mary, who without blemish gave birth to her Son. Only then, will the Church wash away every blemish in those she brings to birth through Baptism.
“ We have, without hesitation, consecrated all mankind to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. May she, the most holy Mother of all the members of Christ, radiant now in body and soul in Heaven, and gloriously reigning with her Son, earnestly implore of Him, that mighty streams of grace may ceaselessly flow from the majestic Head upon all the members of the Mystical Body.” Pope Pius XII, 1943 – Mystici Corporis
Ave Maria Gratia Plena!
Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, February 29, 2012Friday, March 2nd, 2012
Pray the Rosary Daily:
Make the Sign of the Cross:
THE SIGN OF THE CROSS
In the Name of the Father and of the
1. While holding the Crucifix in the hand,
THE APOSTLES’ CREED
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day, He arose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen.
2. On the first large bead, recite the OUR FATHER:
Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Amen.
3. On the three small beads, recite the HAIL MARY
Hail Mary! Full of grace; the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
4. Recite the GLORY BE TO THE FATHER:
GLORY BE TO THE FATHER
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
5. Call to mind, the first Mystery and reflect upon it; then recite on the same large bead, the OUR FATHER.
6. On the ten small beads, recite the HAIL MARY, keeping in mind the Mystery.
7. Recite the GLORY BE TO THE FATHER.
Each of the subsequent Decades continue as in the first; Recall the Mystery, then say the OUR FATHER, ten HAIL MARY and the GLORY BE TO THE FATHER.
After each Decade, say the Fatima ejaculation: “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell; lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are most in need of Thy Mercy.”
8. After reciting the five Decades, say the
THE SALVE REGINA
Hail! Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve, to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears! Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed Fruit of thy womb, Jesus: O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
Pray for us,
LET US PRAY
O God, whose only begotten Son, by His Life, Death and Resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal salvation, grant we beseech Thee that, by meditating upon these Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise through the same Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY
PROMISES MADE TO BLESSED ALANUS
1. To all those who shall recite my Rosary devoutly, I promise my special protection and very great graces.
2. Those who shall persevere in the recitation of my Rosary will receive some signal grace.
3. The Rosary will be a very powerful armor against hell; it will destroy vice, deliver from sin and dispel heresy.
4. The Rosary will make virtue and good works flourish, and will obtain for souls the most abundant Divine mercies; it will substitute in hearts love of God for love of the world and elevate them to desire heavenly and eternal goods. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means!
5. Those who entrust themselves to me, through the Rosary, will not perish.
6. Those who shall recite my Rosary piously, considering its Mysteries, will not be overwhelmed by misfortune, nor die a bad death.
7. Those truly devoted to my Rosary shall not die without the consolations of the Church or without grace.
8. Those who shall recite my Rosary will find during their life and at their death, the light of God, the fullness of His Grace and will share in the merits of the Blessed.
9. I will deliver very promptly from Purgatory the souls devoted to my Rosary.
10. The true children of my Rosary will enjoy great glory in Heaven.
11. What you shall ask through my Rosary, you shall obtain.
12. Those who propagate my Rosary will obtain through me aid in all their necessities.
13. I have obtained from my Son that all the members of the Rosary Confraternity shall have for their intercessors in life and death the Saints of Heaven.
14. Those who recite my Rosary faithfully are my beloved children, the brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ.
15. Devotion to my Rosary is a special sign of predestination.
Imprimatur: Most Rev. Clarence G. Issenmann, STD,
LITANY OF LORETTO
Holy Mary, *
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins
Let Us Pray
Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, that we Thy servants may enjoy perpetual health of mind and body, and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, be delivered from present sorrow and enjoy everlasting happiness, through Christ Our Lord. Amen.