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Our Lady of the Rosary

Mary's life, like that of her son, will be a living out of her own canticle. She will enter into the mysteries of Christ's life. Like the Christian mystics after her, she will participate in a more intense way in the very mystery that she is sharing. As the model of intimacy with God, Mary will enter into the death and resurrection of her son. She will stand beneath the cross of his dying; she will rise with him body and soul in the mystery of her Assumption into heaven. Franciscans pray a seven-decade rosary, the Franciscan Crown, based on the Seven Joys of Mary, that for me summarizes what it means to enter into the mystery of how we are transformed by and into Christ. The mystic knows in a uniquely graced way these mysteries that we believe and live out as we try to be true to the mystery of our baptism.

—from the book Mystics: Twelve Who Reveal God's Love by Murray Bodo, OFM


† Saint quote
"Let us trust in him who has placed this burden upon us. What we ourselves cannot bear let us bear with the help of Christ. For he is all-powerful, and he tells us: 'My yoke is easy, and my burden light.'"
— St. Boniface

"What prevents us from receiving more abundant graces from God may be quite simply our not being sufficiently grateful and not thanking him for the graces he has already given us. There is no doubt that if we thank God with all our heart for each grace received, especially for the inspirations [of the Holy Spirit], he will grant us more."
— Fr. Jacques Philippe, p. 28
In the School of the Holy Spirit


The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was instituted following the Christian victory over the Turks at the Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571. Pope St. Pius V, the "Pope of the Rosary," attributed the naval victory of the Catholic forces, who were greatly outnumbered, to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our Lady was invoked on the day of battle through a papal campaign asking the faithful across Europe to pray the rosary for the triumph of the Church. In thanksgiving for the miraculous victory, Pope St. Pius V instituted a feast to be celebrated throughout the world every year on October 7th. Originally known as "Our Lady of Victory," the feast was changed to Our Lady of the Rosary to honor the spiritual weapon through which the Blessed Virgin Mary saved Catholic Europe from the threat of Muslim invasion.

"Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure."
Philippians 2:12-13


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Our Lady of the Rosary

Saint Pius V established this feast in 1573. The purpose was to thank God for the victory of Christians over the Turks at Lepanto—a victory attributed to the praying of the rosary. Clement XI extended the feast to the universal Church in 1716.

The development of the rosary has a long history. First a practice developed of praying 150 Our Fathers in imitation of the 150 Psalms. Then there was a parallel practice of praying 150 Hail Marys. Soon a mystery of Jesus' life was attached to each Hail Mary. Though Mary's giving of the rosary to Saint Dominic is recognized as a legend, the development of this prayer form owes much to the followers of Saint Dominic. One of them, Alan de la Roche, was known as "the apostle of the rosary." He founded the first Confraternity of the Rosary in the 15th century. In the 16th century, the rosary was developed to its present form—with the 15 mysteries: joyful, sorrowful and glorious. In 2002, Pope John Paul II added five Mysteries of Light to this devotion.




St. Justina of Padua (d. 304 A.D.) was a young and pious Christian woman who dedicated her virginity to Christ. She received baptism at the hands of St. Prosdocimus, the first Bishop of Padua in Italy. At the age of sixteen she was arrested for being a Christian under the persecutions of Roman Emperor Maximinian, and was ordered to make sacrifice to the pagan gods. When she refused, she was stabbed with a sword and left to die. Overlooking the field where she was martyred is a basilica named in her honor which holds her relics, as well as those of St. Luke the Evangelist, St. Matthias the Apostle, St. Prosdocimus, and other patron saints of Padua. Her feast was the day the Catholic naval forces won victory over the Turks in the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, which increased her popularity among the faithful. St. Justina of Padua's feast day is October 7th.


Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

Reading 1 Jon 1:1–2:1-2, 11
This is the word of the LORD that came to Jonah, son of Amittai:

"Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and preach against it;
their wickedness has come up before me."
But Jonah made ready to flee to Tarshish away from the LORD.
He went down to Joppa, found a ship going to Tarshish,
paid the fare, and went aboard to journey with them to Tarshish,
away from the LORD.

The LORD, however, hurled a violent wind upon the sea,
and in the furious tempest that arose
the ship was on the point of breaking up.
Then the mariners became frightened and each one cried to his god.
To lighten the ship for themselves, they threw its cargo into the sea.
Meanwhile, Jonah had gone down into the hold of the ship,
and lay there fast asleep.
The captain came to him and said, "What are you doing asleep?
Rise up, call upon your God!
Perhaps God will be mindful of us so that we may not perish."

Then they said to one another, "Come, let us cast lots
to find out on whose account we have met with this misfortune."
So they cast lots, and thus singled out Jonah.
"Tell us," they said, "what is your business?
Where do you come from?
What is your country, and to what people do you belong?"
Jonah answered them, "I am a Hebrew,
I worship the LORD, the God of heaven,
who made the sea and the dry land."

Now the men were seized with great fear and said to him,
"How could you do such a thing!–
They knew that he was fleeing from the LORD,
because he had told them.–
They asked, "What shall we do with you,
that the sea may quiet down for us?"
For the sea was growing more and more turbulent.
Jonah said to them, "Pick me up and throw me into the sea,
that it may quiet down for you;
since I know it is because of me
that this violent storm has come upon you."

Still the men rowed hard to regain the land, but they could not,
for the sea grew ever more turbulent.
Then they cried to the LORD: "We beseech you, O LORD,
let us not perish for taking this man's life;
do not charge us with shedding innocent blood,
for you, LORD, have done as you saw fit."
Then they took Jonah and threw him into the sea,
and the sea's raging abated.
Struck with great fear of the LORD,
the men offered sacrifice and made vows to him.

But the LORD sent a large fish, that swallowed Jonah;
and Jonah remained in the belly of the fish
three days and three nights.
From the belly of the fish Jonah prayed
to the LORD, his God.
Then the LORD commanded the fish to spew Jonah upon the shore.

Responsorial Psalm Jonah 2:3, 4, 5, 8

R. You will rescue my life from the pit, O Lord.
Out of my distress I called to the LORD,
and he answered me;
From the midst of the nether world I cried for help,
and you heard my voice.
R. You will rescue my life from the pit, O Lord.
For you cast me into the deep, into the heart of the sea,
and the flood enveloped me;
All your breakers and your billows
passed over me.
R. You will rescue my life from the pit, O Lord.
Then I said, "I am banished from your sight!
yet would I again look upon your holy temple."
R. You will rescue my life from the pit, O Lord.
When my soul fainted within me,
I remembered the LORD;
My prayer reached you
in your holy temple.
R. You will rescue my life from the pit, O Lord.

Alleluia Jn 13:34
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I give you a new commandment:
love one another as I have loved you.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 10:25-37

There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test Jesus and said,
"Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
Jesus said to him, "What is written in the law?
How do you read it?"
He said in reply,
"You shall love the Lord, your God,
with all your heart,
with all your being,
with all your strength,
and with all your mind,
and your neighbor as yourself."
He replied to him, "You have answered correctly;
do this and you will live."

But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus,
"And who is my neighbor?"
Jesus replied,
"A man fell victim to robbers
as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho.
They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead.
A priest happened to be going down that road,
but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.
Likewise a Levite came to the place,
and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.
But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him
was moved with compassion at the sight.
He approached the victim,
poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them.
Then he lifted him up on his own animal,
took him to an inn, and cared for him.
The next day he took out two silver coins
and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction,
'Take care of him.
If you spend more than what I have given you,
I shall repay you on my way back.'
Which of these three, in your opinion,
was neighbor to the robbers' victim?"
He answered, "The one who treated him with mercy."
Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."


Catholic Meditations
Meditation: Jonah 1:1–2:2, 11

Our Lady of the Rosary (Memorial)

The men offered sacrifice and made vows to [the Lord]. (Jonah 1:16)

Prayer, sacrifice, acceptance of God's will—these sound like the actions of pious men, don't they? Amazingly, these acts of faith in the "God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land," come not from a God-fearing Israelite but from pagan sailors (Jonah 1:9).

This is only one example of the irony and surprising reversals that make up the story told in the Book of Jonah. Time and again, unbelievers demonstrate true faith and heartfelt repentance, while Jonah spends his energy running from God or fighting his plan. For example, the sailors wake Jonah and beg him to pray during the storm, and the pagan king of Assyria orders his subjects to fast and turn from sin. And when God reveals his salvation, everyone is happy—except for Jonah!

Time after time, Jonah sets limits on God's actions and the reach of his mercy, only to be shown how limitless it really is. Though it is included in the collection of the prophetic books, Jonah is, at its heart, a parable that corrects the widespread notion that God only cares about his chosen nation, Israel.

Clearly, God's vision is far greater than Jonah's narrow viewpoint. God wants every human being on earth to receive his salvation and new life, not just his special people, Israel. Even when poor Jonah misses the point, God patiently works to expand his heart. He pursues Jonah even while he is fleeing; he saves his life and gives him a second chance. And he tries to teach him why he was so merciful toward the Ninevites.

Jonah can show us the difference between our narrow viewpoint and God's expansive vision. We can't let our ideas of who is acceptable and who isn't overshadow our grasp of God's desire to restore every sinner. As often as we, like Jonah, try to limit God's mercy, that's how often he extends it—frequently to the very people we think don't deserve it. That's the point: we all need mercy, and God offers it especially to those most in need. May we all allow God to stretch our expectations and to expand our vision!

"Father, thank you for your far-reaching love. Broaden my vision, and help me extend your mercy to everyone I meet."

(Psalm) Jonah 2:3-5, 8
Luke 10:25-37



We are called into God's Church for something, not for nothing surely. Let us wait and be cheerful, and be sure that good is destined for us, and that we are to be made useful.
—Blessed John Henry Newman
quoted in Newman: His Life and Spirituality by Louis Bouyer



"How could you do such a thing!–They knew that he was fleeing from the LORD..."
Because this man, Jonah, was fleeing from the Lord, others were facing death. A death Jonah did not care about.

Who is thy neighbor? And who are we to keep the power of mercy held within? Especially when God forgive others as we to be forgiven. Your neck is on the line with theirs...isn't it?


We pray today: "When my soul fainted within me,
I remembered the LORD; My prayer reached you
in your holy temple. You will rescue my life from the pit, O Lord."
The faintest and most sincere prayer reaches the heights of Heaven. All prayer connects us with God, but there are some that touches His heart. Can you imagine what it would take to have just one of your prayers answered? Like raising someone from the dead? How many laws of spirituality and physics that would have to be combated and the whole of time even, would have to be altered to suit your one need....can you fathom how awesome a feat you are asking for? Yet it happens. Yet...many forget.


In the Holy Gospel we heard ""You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind,
and your neighbor as yourself."
Did you get the conjunctive word? AND. OK?

Love God, with all you got, AND your neighbor as yourself. What does "as yourself mean?" All the way back to the book of Leviticus, our Lord says "Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against your own people. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD." Lev19:18
Love them as yourself? Love yourself? Or love them as you would love to be loved? Or is it all the same? Be what you want to see. Make others feel so special, even though nobody is making you feel special. Raise others up, even though you are being held down. You see?

There is one horrible atrocity with all those living outside of Church, and claim to have their own thing with God. I don't like how they love their neighbor. Most of these folks living alone hate others, or despise others, or call church goers a bunch of hypocrites. That is not what God likes, especially because you teach others to follow your horrible ways!

A spanish reflection said today "Alguien decía que el cristiano entra en la iglesia para amar a Dios y sale para amar al prójimo" and in English it says "Someone said that the Christian enters the church to love God and goes out to love his neighbor "
I ask for your prayers, I am coordinating a family festival for this weekend, I'm inviting thousands. Thousands of people. I am spending lots of time and money on the event. I am praying night and day about it, been working on it for months. I have invited God.
And I can't wait to see Him in all the beautiful people....


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Random Bible Verse 1
Nahum 1:7

7 The LORD is good,

a stronghold in the day of trouble;

he knows those who take refuge in him.

Thank You Jesus

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