|Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
Thank you for your very strong help during the month of the Holy Rosary. Your gift will enable us to reach thousands of souls with Our Lady’s Rosary. At the moment, we are preparing Emma for his visit into Sudan where so many are dying. God bless you!!!
Mary, most holy, was standing at the foot of the Cross until the consummation of the great catastrophe. She came down with sure steps from Calvary and, without fear, assumed Her role as Mother of the Church. Just as evil had made war against Her Divine Son, so too, the monster of evil would likewise attack the Mystical Body of Christ. Blasphemies, insults and derisions must not upset us; we must remain firm and constant with Our Sorrowful Mother at the foot of the Cross of Christ. The Holy Rosary has been the victorious instrument over the Albigensians and the Turks in the whole of Europe. It has overcome superstition and barbarism. Who can fail to remember LEPANTO! The Rosary is particularly pleasing to the Blessed Virgin. So many souls redeemed by the Blood of Christ are being snatched from salvation by our Age of ‘enlightenment’. We must seek the protection of Mary and cling more and more to the practice of the Holy Rosary. It is the very badge of Christian piety. We can never do enough to promote this pious devotion among the faithful. May it be prayed at all times and in all places! The darker and more hostile the enemy, the greater need we have for the Holy Rosary. The Virgin of the Rosary is the most potent Help of Christians! Today, the satanic hate of the sects is directed at Christians. The very foundation of religion is being undermined with a boldness which grows daily more intense. Mary is our glorious Mediatrix. She is the mighty Mother of God. But, what is sweeter still, She is gentle, exquisite in tenderness, and of limitless love and kindness.
Let us hold the Rosary, once again, in very high honor for it is the synthesis of the whole Gospel: It is a family prayer, a garland of roses, a hymn of praise, a protection and defense, and a sure pledge of Eternal Life.
GUARDIAN OF SOULS
Through the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, God has given you the power to labor with Him in the procreation and formation of souls for Heaven. He has entrusted to you this privilege and duty: to instruct, to correct, guide, encourage and console them in His Name. God has given you the power to command and to teach. Be vigilant in warding off the evils which may prove injurious to any individual in the family or to the family as a whole. You must provide with tender solicitude for the spiritual and corporal needs of those whom God has entrusted to your care, securing the rights of each, and protecting the weak from the strong. You are to correct and punish leniently and charitably their faults and defects.
What glory and honor for a man to be thus made God’s helper and co-operate with Him in the salvation and sanctification of souls! You are the parents of these souls, not the master of them. You must act as a kind physician, not as a tyrant. Treat them not as slaves, but as children. Be meek, affable, and condescending. Paternally reach out to each one with a loving heart. Your constant preoccupation must be to maintain within your family a spirit of unity, that sweet bond of charity which causes the members to be of one heart and soul.
The Government of Souls is the ART of Arts: The SCIENCE of All Sciences!
God has entrusted the care of the weak to you who also are weak. If you humbly ask for His guidance, He will bless and sanctify your labors. You must absolutely put all your trust in Him. The imperfections in your children serve to train you in the art of governing. As you correct, form, and bear with them, it is you who will grow in prudence, zeal, mild firmness and discretion, and the ways of God. Be full of charity and indulgence for your children and your neighbors, bearing with them in all kindness.
Noble, generous and solidly virtuous parents are rarely disheartened. Never make any correction in haste or in anger, but always with prudence and with patience. Weak persons tend to be naturally more domineering, more cruel and more severe than those who are strong. You cannot fail to notice that, very often, it is the aged, the sickly, the sad and melancholy, the ill-humored, the full-blooded youth and those having poor talents, who are most prone to be more domineering.
A broad mind is indulgent in excusing, while overlooking and easily forgiving the faults of others. Be not narrow-minded; be not over-just; be not severe, or rigid, or hard toward others. Rather, be willing to excuse and forgive. Never measure the favors, which you do for others or keep count of the number of faults which you must daily pardon.
Prudence must be your compass. A lack of prudence will render you useless, and what is more, will be a positive evil to your family. A prudent parent is careful only to command what is just and easy to perform. He who wishes to secure perfect obedience should give but few orders. A wise guardian realizes that authority is conferred to edify and save, not to crush and destroy. Wisdom will inspire you to speak little and listen much.
The government of souls is a gift the Holy Ghost imparts to those parents who are most intimately united with Him in love and in constant prayer. Successful parenting is a mission beyond the power of even the holiest man, unless he is assisted by God.
The foundation of your office of parenting is piety and the spirit of prayer. Without God’s help, you labor in vain. Your most important duties lie in giving instruction, giving good example, and praying. Such a parent wins the hearts of his children, and subjects their wills to his. It is charity and tenderness, which make him singularly persuasive over his children, inducing them to love him, and increasing his love for them.
The office of a parent is not a rest, but a labor; not only an honor, but a burden; not a pledge of security, but a forecast of dangers. A parent will not be saved or lost alone. To fail to correct abuses of obedience and respect in the home is to authorize evil and open the door to every disorder. It is the ultimate ruin of peace. Good example is the shortest and most effective means of leading your children to God. A holy parent turns his home into a nursery of saints. A soul filled with divine love enkindles those souls among which it is placed.
A parent who is lacking piety and virtue is the scourge of his family. Parents, you must be holy in order to sanctify your children! You cannot impart to them what you yourself do not possess. You must hate and detest evil, inspiring your family with an aversion to sin, to vanity, and to impurity. You must be detached from the goods and vanities of this world and filled with divine love. Holiness alone is able to captivate minds, move hearts, instill confidence, subject wills, and compel children to sweetness and to virtue.
You cannot rule the will of another, unless you hold his heart in your hand!
But, how are you to capture the hearts of your children? You must live as a saint. Be meek, kind and amiable, affable and obliging to all. Your charity must always be generous, essentially active, and manifest itself by works. If you must correct, it should be done with kindness, frankness and patience. The title of parent is in reality only a slavery. You must serve your spouse and your children with respect, meekness and kindness, quickly forgiving and forgetting every fault committed against self.
Harshness, by embittering the heart, ruins everything and begets hatred. It is meekness which renders obedience easy, for we obey with pleasure the man who is meek and reasonable. A spirit of meekness is particularly divine. If God, Who is infinitely wise, powerful and just, governs us with consideration and with respect, what parent dare to govern with haughtiness and severity! Entreat rather than command. The gentle dove coos sweetly, caressing with its wing him who strikes it, for it has no gall. Let us be as doves, yielding to the will of others in all that is lawful.
A vigilant parent is ever on guard against the ambushes of the enemy. He has been given the sacred duty of protecting the souls entrusted to him. Constant vigilance is essential to protect your family from evil. Watchfulness has two objects: to anticipate and prevent evil, and to do good.
WORRY IS WEAKNESS
A good parent is attentive and watchful. He is not timid, easily alarmed, mistrustful or suspicious. You must imitate God’s large Heart which bears without worry all idolaters, unbelievers, heretics and schismatics — all the sinners of the world, patiently awaiting their conversion. Perfection bears with imperfection. You cannot correct those at fault, by repelling them. Receive them in a friendly manner, bear with them in patience, with gentleness and kindness. Be firm and clear in your correction. Bid your time till all are calm. Begin always with a prayer to the God the Holy Ghost and to Our Blessed Mother. The most profitable correction requires a calm heart and a tranquil mind, both by the one who receives it, and by the one who administers it. Do not reprove your child for every fault. Often repeated reproofs are wearisome. He, who is too often reproved, may become easily discouraged or grow reckless. Those who commit grievous faults should be treated with kindness.
The imperfections which may be found in every member of the family allow you to practice heroic virtue. Order and holiness are preserved only by continual combat. Virtue is deepened and strengthened by what is difficult. To be genuine, virtue must pass through the crucible of contradiction. Pray unceasingly and in a special manner for those children who are your most incorrigible ones. Prayer is often the only means by which their souls can be won over to Jesus Christ.
TAKE UP YOUR CROSS!
Yes, the life of every good parent is a martyrdom! It is to drink daily from the chalice of Jesus Christ Crucified. To be good parents, you must have a deep and true love of the Cross. It is by changing serpents into doves and tigers into lambs that you will be truly representative of Christ the Good Shepherd, and prove yourself a worthy parent, a man fit to beget and save souls.
Taken from “QUALITIES OF A GOOD SUPERIOR” by Fr. Gerreol Girardey – 1920.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Heart of my Mother, I unite to Thy Purity, Thy Sanctity, Thy Zeal and Thy Love, all my thoughts, words, acts and sufferings of This day, that there may be nothing in me that may not become through Thee, a pleasure to Jesus and an eternal gain for the souls of my family. Amen.
|ARE MY PRAYERS BEING HEARD?
There is no Christian life without prayer. Yet, we often pray with difficulty, distraction and complaint
“I am distracted when I pray;
We feel our prayers are not heard and do us no good. Thus, prayer is sadly abandoned. The reason for comments such as these, is that prayer is often misunderstood. We have the wrong idea of the principle of prayer and its fruits. We tend to judge prayer’s effectiveness by concrete, sensible and immediate results. This is a form of the heresy of pragmatism, according to which all things are to be evaluated upon the instant and practical results produced for oneself or for others. The only cure for prayers that have become infected with the virus of pragmatism is to review the primary purpose of prayer, its infallible benefit and its eternal merit for souls.
Almighty God wants three things for every human being that He has created: these, then, are the infallible fruit of prayer. The fourth thing is relative and must always be left to the wisdom, foreknowledge and goodness of God. Therefore, every Christian should make an agreement with God, covering his entire life, according to which he directs all the prayers he will ever say.
The First purpose of every prayer I ever say, O my God, will be to ask of Thee the grace to save my soul, to reach the happiness of Heaven, and to enjoy the glorious Beatific Vision of Thyself forever. No true prayer can ever bypass or rightly ignore this primary end of all human endeavors. No prayer could ever be granted by God if it asks for something that would interfere with the salvation of the one who prays. Every prayer that is directed first to the attainment of Heaven is infallibly heard.
The Second purpose of every prayer I say, O my God, will be to ask Thee for an ever-increasing measure of the means to salvation, that is the actual graces necessary to do Thy Holy Will, and the courage I shall need in using my free will to cooperate with those graces. God never wills an end for us without providing the means to attain it. Heaven is a supernatural goal, far above the capacity of man to achieve it through his own merits. Therefore, God’s Grace is needed if any man is to attain it. All the graces necessary to reach Heaven have been promised to man as the fruit of his prayers. My God, grant me the grace of perseverance in doing always Thy Holy Will.
The Third purpose of every prayer I ever say, O my God, will be to ask Thee for the grace of salvation for all whom I love, for all who are dependent upon me, for all whom I am indebted and, in a special manner, for my enemies. The purpose of prayer is too often smothered by thoughts of temporary and material blessings, or for the immediate and dramatic conversion of the one for whom the prayer is offered. The real purpose of prayers for others is to help them reach Heaven in the end, no matter how far from its path they may have drifted for years, or how many sufferings they may have to endure before reaching the goal. Our prayer for others should be humble and trusting: “O my God, I ask only to see them in Heaven someday, let nothing else that I ask interfere with Thy granting this petition.”
God wants the salvation of every person. God wants everyone who loves Him to pray and work for the salvation of others, especially those who are united to him in life by any bond of relationship or association. God accepts the prayers of one human being for another, sometimes manifestly, other times secretly, answering them all with the extraordinary graces needed by the wandering soul to reach Heaven.
The Fourth purpose of prayer is to obtain relief from anyone of a thousand forms of temporal suffering, if this be God’s Holy Will. There is no winning Heaven without some suffering. There is no sharing in the Redemption of Christ without a sharing in the Cross. God wants me to be perfect and perpetually happy in Heaven. God wants me to suffer something to win perfect happiness. God never asks or forces me to suffer more than I can bear. God will often take away temporal suffering in answer to prayer to show His Love, to give testimony to the power of prayer and to encourage His followers. But, He never does so when He knows that such relief would make it more difficult for that man to reach Heaven.
Let us pray with perseverance, attention and humility. God will be faithful to His promise: Whatever you ask, you shall receive, if we will pray as we ought. We must believe with all our heart and soul that God’s Will for us is perfect!
(by Fr. Miller, CSSR)
Only to rest where He puts me, only to do His Will,
Only to be what He made me, though I be nothing still!
Never to look beyond me, out of my little sphere,
Only to take what He gives me, meek as a little child,
Only to do what He bids me, patiently gladly today,
Only to watch in the working, lest I should miss His smile,
Only to look at Him ever, only to sit at His Feet,
For centuries, our cherished Catholic faith has been passed from person to person, parent to child, etc. Each of us carries in our heart a special memory of how God first graced us with the knowledge of the faith and how Our Blessed Mother, Saint Philomena, Venerable Pauline Jaricot and other saints changed our lives and brought us closer to Christ.
In our work in the Universal Living Rosary Association, we see first hand how millions of souls are currently living without that knowledge of God and are living outside of His grace. We have been given a beautiful opportunity to carry out Christ’s work and pass on our faith and blessings to others who would otherwise never be introduced to Our Lord, the Savior of all mankind. Just as we pray for the souls in Purgatory who have no one to pray for them, we should also make it a part of our life’s mission to pass on our faith to as many souls as possible who have no one else to pass it on to them, who don’t know Our Lord and His promise of salvation.
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