Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
“For greater things you were born.” (Ven. Mother Luisita)
Tuesday, July 5th Mt. 9: 32-38 Alleluia Verse: “I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my sheep, and mine know me.”
We are initiating a new segment for the Points of Meditation wherein Fr. Ed invites us to meditate each day on one of a series of articles on the Mystery of the Mass.
This is inspired by the Apostolic Letter by Pope Francis, DESIDERIO DESIDERAVI. Referring to the Vatican II document on the liturgy promoting the “full, conscious, active and fruitful celebration” of the Mass, Pope Francis makes these comments. “The ‘sense of mystery’ and awe Catholics should experience at Mass is one prompted by an awareness of the sacrifice of Christ and his real presence in the Eucharist. Beauty, just like truth, always engenders wonder, and when these are referred to the mystery of God, they lead to adoration.”
WALKING ENERGETICALLY TOWARD THE HOLY MOUNTAIN by Fr. Ed Broom, OMV
Begin by Reading I Kings 19: 1-8
Pursued by his mortal enemies, especially the wicked Queen Jezebel, Elijah was about to give up and abandon the end of his life to despair. Better if I were dead, was his moral conclusion, as he pondered his possible death at the hands of Queen Jezebel.
After the Prophet Elijah expended a day in fleeing for his life, he collapsed and was about to throw in the towel. He entered into a deep slumber. However, God would never abandon His faithful servant. An angel grabs hold of Elijah and wakes him up with the words: “Get up and eat.” Something like the substance of bread is presented to Elijah from the angel. Elijah does indeed eat, but then returns to his slumber. With determined persistence, the angel pursues Elijah shaking him again from his slumber, and once more insisting that he eat. Again Elijah is presented this bread-like substance to eat.
After consuming this bread given to him by the angel, Elijah arises and starts his journey toward the Holy Mountain. Invigorated by the energy flowing from the bread given to him by the angel, Elijah now walks for the length of forty days and forty nights. (This is the traditional period of the Holy Season of Lent and the number of days that Jesus spent in the desert praying and fasting.)
On the Holy Mountain, Elijah encounters God, not in the powerful wind, or in the earthquake, or even the fire; he encounters God in the gentle whispering of the wind.
BREAD FOR THE JOURNEY. It was the energy communicated by this bread of the angels that gave Elijah the capacity to pursue this journey of forty days and forty nights without any pause, and arrive safe and sound at his desired destiny. This Holy Mountain symbolizes the presence of a three times holy God.
ELIJAH AND YOU AND ME… The person of the Prophet Elijah, his predicament, his mortal enemies, and his flight symbolize my life and your life. Our enemies are many, persistent, and at times very insidious. Who are these enemies, what are they, and how can we conquer them?
The enemies could be categorized into three: the devil, the flesh, and the world. Jesus describes the devil as a liar and a murderer from the beginning. The serpent (the devil) lied to Eve; then Cain killed Abel. The world is an enormous and vast field where we can easily be sidetracked from our pursuit of God and our eternal salvation. How easy it is for the glimmer, the glamour and the gleeful seductions of the world to entrap us.
Finally, due to Original Sin and its effects that we call concupiscence, the bodily desires of the flesh prevail over the invitations and inspirations of the Holy Spirit. For that reason, Saint Louis de Montfort insists that we meditate upon the lure, attraction, and seductions of the world before making our total Consecration to Jesus through Mary.
To prove ourselves victorious in our rigorous and taxing journey to the Holy Mountain—which is really Heaven—we must be strong; we must nourish our inner being, our souls; we must eat the Bread of the angels. Not just once or twice, but during the whole course of our earthly pilgrimage.
WHAT IS THIS BREAD OF THE ANGELS? The response? It is JESUS who is truly and substantially present in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It is Jesus truly present in the Consecrated Host. It is Jesus every time we approach the Holy Sacrament of the Altar and receive Holy Communion.
Our journey towards Heaven is very long, very perilous, very dangerous, with countless obstacles, potholes, crevices, precipices, and dangerous cliffs that lead to destruction.
THE BEST SOLUTION AND REMEDY? Frequent, fervent and faith-filled reception of Holy Communion. If we can imitate the Prophet Elijah and nourish our immortal souls as often as possible with Holy Communion, the Bread of the angels, then we will be capable of arriving safely, securely and permanently at our eternal destiny—the Kingdom of Heaven.
What then are three practical conclusions that we can derive in meditating upon the Prophet Elijah, his nourishment and his arrival at the Holy Mountain of God?
1. FAITH AND BELIEF. We must have a firm and unshakeable faith and belief that Holy Communion, in the context of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, is truly and substantially the Bread of the Angels, the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus, the Son of the living God. May our prayer be: “Lord I believe, but strengthen my belief!”
2. HUNGER FOR THE BREAD OF LIFE. Saint Thomas Aquinas points out that one of the most important conditions in the efficacious reception of Holy Communion is a real hunger for God, a real hunger for Jesus, the Bread of Life! May the prayer of the Psalmist resound in the depths of our own hearts: “As the deer yearns for the running streams, so my soul yearns for you O Lord, my God.” (Psalm 41:1) As a dying man hungers for food, so should our soul hunger and thirst for Jesus the Living God, Jesus the Bread of Life.
3. WALK WITH ENERGY, ENTHUSIASM AND STRENGTH TOWARDS HEAVEN. After receiving Holy Communion, the Bread of Angels, may we walk with energy, enthusiasm, courage and strength towards the Mountain of Holiness, our Heavenly home. The obstacles are many—the devil, the flesh, and the world—but God is stronger than all of the enemies that can entrap us. In the words of the Psalmist: “Our help is in the name of the Lord who made Heaven and earth.” (Psalm 124:8)
Confronted by so many obstacles, and especially that of desolation which can lead us even into despair, let us eat the Bread of the Angels like the Prophet Elijah, and arrive safely at the Mountain of Holiness. Indeed, God Himself is our reward who will appear before us at the end of the long and perilous journey. Mary, Mother of the Incarnate Word, pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Monday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
“For greater things you were born.” (Ven. Mother Luisita)
Monday, July 4th Mt. 9: 18-26 Alleluia Verse: “Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death and brought life to light through the Gospel.”
On this July 4th, we give thanks that we still live in a free country, evident when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to abortion, reversing Roe v. Wade, a major pro-life victory! However, as we continue to fight the good fight, let us never forget that our true Freedom lies in our faith in Jesus Christ who destroyed death and brought us new life in Baptism, opening the door to all the Sacraments, especially Confession where we leave our self-centered life behind and strive to live other-centered lives, and most important, the most Holy Eucharist, Christ’s Real Presence among us!
ON THE VIRTUE OF FAITH… by Fr. Ed Broom, OMV
“BE ON GUARD, STAND FIRM FOR THE FAITH, BE COURAGEOUS, BE STRONG. YOUR EVERY ACT SHOULD BE DONE WITH LOVE.” (I CORINTHIANS 16:13-14)
What is the virtue of faith? It is a theological virtue that unites us with God in whom we believe, in who He is, and in what He says through the Word of God, through the Magisterium and the person of Peter, who is the Pope. A shorter definition, indeed easier to memorize is: “Faith is believing in God without seeing Him.” Faith, together with hope and charity, are infused within our souls in the moment of Baptism. However, like a tiny seed planted in the ground it must be cultivated, otherwise it can wither and die.
BIBLICAL VERSE. A very graphic Biblical verse, worthy of deep meditation or better yet contemplation is Saint Peter walking on the water, sinking, and then being lifted up by the hand of Jesus. (Mt 14:22-33) One of the principal reasons why Peter actually sank in the waves was that he lifted his eyes from the eyes of Jesus to look at the waves. This can be applied to all of us! When we fix our gaze into the loving eyes of Jesus then our faith, as well as our hope, remain firmly rooted, if you like anchored! However, once the worldly values lure us in the wrong direction and actually seduce us, then we—like Simon Peter—start to falter in our faith and eventually sink in the waves of our own sinfulness. Therefore, may we make a firm commitment and fight to be strong in the faith by striving to have Jesus always present to us in all times and places. As the Greek poet expressed it, quoted by Saint Paul: “In Him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:28)
WHAT ARE THE MAJOR OBSTACLES TO FAITH IN THE MODERN WORLD?
Related to the topic of faith, we should then ask and respond to this question, what are the major obstacles to faith in the modern world in which we live? There are many, but we would like to highlight a few:
1. LACK OF FORMATION IN THE FAITH. Often many have a very weak faith because their parents never made a concerted effort to teach and live the faith for their children. Parents must be the first teachers of the faith; they promised this on the day of their child’s Baptism. They should teach their children both by word and example.
2. LACK OF PERMANENT FORMATION. As in the life of any professional, a permanent process of formation is demanded. Doctors, Lawyers, Teachers, Writers, Priests—all must be constantly updating and upgrading their practice and profession; if not, they could lose their job. Likewise, as followers of Christ our formation process should be perpetual, up until the day the Lord calls us. We can never get to know and love God enough!
3. DISTRACTIONS AND WORLDLINESS. Today there are many distractions and worldliness that can pull us off the straight and narrow path that leads to salvation. Jesus says the path that leads to perdition is wide and spacious and many choose that path; whereas the path that leads to salvation is narrow and there are few who find it and follow it.
4. PRIORITIES. Also, without a serious cultivation of our faith, other things become our priority over God. However, our God is a jealous God who will take second place to no person, place or thing.
5. SIN. Finally, one of the major obstacles towards growing in our faith would be SIN. If we give in to sin and allow sin to be our master, then our faith can diminish, wither, dry up and perish!!! Then we actually become slaves to our sinful desires and passions.
Now let us move in the opposite direction and respond to how we can bolster our faith and be the means by which others will come back to the faith, grow in their faith, and become apostles like us bringing others back to the faith.
1. PRAYER. Every time we pray we are growing in our faith. Actually prayer is an act of faith because we are praying to a God whom we do not see. Servant of God, Father John Hardon, SJ made this observation with respect to faith. He noticed that most of those who had the faith and lost it, did so due to little prayer or the total abandoning of prayer. Therefore, let us make a strong decision and concerted effort to strive to grow in prayer every day.
2. SOLID SPIRITUAL READING. Saints have been converted by reading—as in the case of Saint Ignatius of Loyola who read the lives of the saints after his injury in the battle of Pamplona. Ignatius exclaimed: “If Francis can do it, so can I; if Dominic can do it, then so can I.” Why not decide to bolster your faith on a daily basis by applying yourselves to good spiritual reading. You might even start to read the lives of the saints; they indeed were the heroes of God, and men and women of extraordinary faith!
3. ACCEPT TRIALS LIKE SIMON PETER. When God sends you some trial or tribulation then why not accept it and call out like Simon Peter who was sinking in the waves: Lord, save me! Jesus did save him, and at the same time gently rebuked him with the words: “O man of little faith!” God actually sends you trials to strengthen your faith, like Job in the Old Testament and Peter in the New Testament.
4. EUCHARIST: THE BREAD OF LIFE. It must be said that the frequent, worthy, as well as fervent reception of the Eucharist, the Bread of Life, is by far one of the most powerful means to grow in our faith. “As the deer yearns for the running waters, so my soul yearns for you my God.” (Psalm 42:1) May the words of the Psalmist motivate us to grow in faith by growing in our faith and hunger for the Eucharist!
5. SHARE YOUR FAITH WITH OTHERS. It is interesting to note that when we share material things, we end up with greater poverty. Not so with spiritual gifts and treasures. The contrary is so! The more we give and share our faith with others, the more we enrich our own faith. Therefore, be open to opportunities that God places in your path—persons that you can share your faith with. Many do not have faith and may never have faith for this simple reason: no one has been ready and willing to share their faith with them. As the Prophet Isaiah expresses it: “Blessed are the feet that bring the good news.” (Is 52:7)
The last words of Jesus before He ascended into heaven were: “Go out to all nations and teach all that I have taught you; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Behold, I will be with you always until the end of the world.” (Mt 28:20) Indeed to be a follower of Christ is to be a missionary, always looking for times, places and circumstances to share the Good News of salvation. May Our Lady who said YES to God in the Annunciation and then went in haste to visit her cousin Elizabeth so as to bring the Good News to her, be our inspiration to know our faith, love our faith, grow in our faith, and be zealous to share our faith with the whole world!
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
“For greater things you were born.” (Ven. Mother Luisita)
SUNDAY, July 3rd Lk. 10: 1-12, 17-20 Jesus said to them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”
Jesus is sending out His disciples to every town and place He intends to visit. We are the disciples He is sending out today to prepare others to receive Jesus into their hearts and their lives. We have Fr. Ed’s exhortation and the help of the saints to set our hearts on fire!
“I cannot but thank God because he has willed in His infinite mercy to grant this sorrow to my heart so that by means of these arduous thorns I might return to a life that is more interior, more spiritual. Until this age, I was living too materially and now I need to refortify my soul for future struggles because from now on every day, every hour there will be a new battle to fight and a new victory to conquer.” (Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati)
GOD’S DESIRE: THE CONVERSION OF SINNERS by Fr. Ed Broom, OMV
One of the greatest desires of Almighty God is the conversion of sinners. That poor sinners will leave their sinful lifestyles and turn back to the love of God is high on the list of God’s desires.
Furthermore, Our Lady, who is the one closest to God Almighty, shares this same desire: that poor sinners will renounce their sinful lifestyles and return to God. Our Lady of Lourdes, who appeared 18 times in the year 1858 to the little peasant child, Bernadette Soubirous, asked the little girl to pray and to offer up sacrifices for the conversion of sinners. Very similar to the message of Lourdes was that of Our Lady of Fatima, who appeared 6 times in the year 1917 to three simple shepherd children, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta. Our Lady said with great sorrow in her heart that many souls were lost because there were not sufficient prayers and sacrifices offered for these poor sinners.
On July 13, 1917, Our Lady appeared to the three children of Fatima and revealed to them a graphic vision of Hell! From then on the children, but most especially Jacinta, offered many sacrifices for the conversion of sinners. This vision of hell left such a profound and indelible impression upon Jacinta that she offered all she possibly could in her short life for the conversion of poor sinners, to win souls for God.
The sacrifices of this little girl, beatified by Saint Pope John Paul II together with her brother Francisco, both later canonized by Pope Francis, were constant and heroic:
- She sacrificed her favorite food: those sweet and delicious grapes that grew on the hillsides of Portugal.
- She wore around her waist a rope which caused her discomfort all day.
- She sacrificed her lunch for the poor whom she met on the roadside.
- On a hot summer day, dying of thirst, she sacrificed drinking water.
- With the reminder of her brother Francisco, she offered up her headache.
- She prayed the prayers the angel taught her, prostrate on the ground.
- She prayed many, many Rosaries to Our Lady for the conversion of sinners.
- Interrogated and threatened by the local authorities, she was willing to suffer being burned to death in a cauldron of boiling oil rather than deny she saw Our Lady.
- Finally, Jacinta suffered a painful death, in which she died almost alone in a hospital far from her home. All this she did out of love for Almighty God and for the conversion and salvation of sinners. How much love this little girl had for God and God’s crown of creation in this world—the human person!
The saints are different in many ways, coming from different historical periods, diverse family backgrounds, widely diverse cultural environments, endowed with different temperaments as well as intellectual gifts. However, all the saints have this in common: a great love for God and a great love for what God really loves most in all of His creation, the salvation of the souls of all the human persons that He has created. This is what He desires first and foremost: their eternal salvation.
On one occasion a child entered into the office of a priest. The young boy, looking up on the wall, saw a few words written in Latin. Inquisitive, the boy asked the priest the meaning of those few words; the words were the motto and motor-force of the life of this great priest. The interpretation would be: “Give me souls and take all the rest away.” The name of this priest was the great Saint John Bosco; the name of the boy was Saint Dominic Savio. This boy turned to Bosco and said: “I am the cloth and you are the tailor; make me into a saint.” Before the boy turned 15 he was already dead. However, he reached his ardent desire: he died a saint! Both Bosco and Savio had this in common: great love for God and inflamed love for the salvation of souls.
One of the most pervasive maladies in the modern world, even all-pervasive within the Catholic Church, is the cancer of mediocrity. This is an all-pervasive, poisonous and contagious spiritual disease in which many Catholics, millions upon millions, have no fire, have no zeal, have no burning desire to work with God for the salvation of immortal souls.
The Word of God speaks powerfully against this spiritual condition with these words from the last book of the Bible, the book of Revelation: “The Amen, the faithful and true witness, the source of God’s creation, says this: I know your works: I know that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” (Rev 3:14-15)
Mediocre Catholics are lukewarm; they are tepid; they are lifeless. They are languid, slovenly and lazy. They have no fire, no zeal, no life, no strong desires. They have lost their first love, if indeed they had love in the first place! They suffer from an appalling spiritual anemia. They are living but not really alive spiritually! As the Word of God says so forcefully, God vomits or spits them out of His mouth. Living in this spiritual environment, all of us must fight forcefully so as not to slowly descend into this dangerous pit of mediocrity. The lives of the saints can spur us on as in the following examples.
Conversion to God and a Zeal for Souls
Both Saint Ignatius of Loyola and Saint Francis Xavier underwent powerful conversions which transformed both of them into fiery warriors of God with an ardent desire to save many souls. Ignatius was converted by receiving a near-fatal wound in the battle of Pamplona and by reading the lives of saints. Upon reading about the saints, a fire and ardent zeal was ignited in Ignatius’ heart to work with God for the salvation of immortal souls. In his classic, the Spiritual Exercises, he presents a meditation / contemplation The Call of the Temporal King so as to follow the call of the Eternal King. One of the primary purposes of this meditation is for us to listen attentively to the Call of the Eternal King, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and to work side by side with Jesus in striving for the conversion of sinners and the salvation of immortal souls.
Saint Francis Xavier went through his conversion by means of the doing the Spiritual Exercises under the direction of Saint Ignatius of Loyola in Paris. After completing the Exercises, Xavier was radically transformed and converted into a fiery warrior and disciple of the Lord of Lord’s, the King of King’s, Jesus Christ. After Xavier was ordained a priest, he became the secretary of Ignatius. The Pope wanted to send priests to India and other countries in the Far-East, following the missionary mandate of Jesus to go out to the whole world to preach and baptize. So Ignatius sent Francis Xavier. The last words that Ignatius said to Xavier, who would become one of the greatest missionaries in world history, were: Go set the world on fire! Thousands upon thousands of souls were saved in India, Malaysia and even Japan by Xavier, who desired ardently the conversion of sinners and the salvation of immortal souls. Many nights he could no longer lift up his arm because he had baptized so many individuals during the course of the day—that is truly love for the conversion and salvation of souls!
Now it is your turn! Enter into silence which will lead you into prayer. The Lord of Lord’s and the King of Kings is calling you right now. He wants you to work with Him in the conversion of sinners and the salvation of immortal souls. What can you do right now to bring at least one soul to conversion? Listen to these encouraging words in the Letter of Saint James: “My brothers, if anyone among you should stray from the truth and someone bring him back, he should know that whoever brings back a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.” (James 5:19-20)
In imitation of the saints, let us work hard now and we can rest for all eternity with the angels, the saints, Our Lady who is the Queen of angels and saints, and with God Himself. May we all be motivated by the virtue of apostolic zeal and an ardent desire to work with God in the salvation of countless sinners! Saint Thomas Aquinas reminds us that one soul is worth more than the whole created universe. Why? Saint Peter teaches us: “You were ransomed from your futile conduct handed on by your ancestors, not with perishable things like gold or silver, but with the precious blood of Christ as of a spotless and unblemished lamb. (I Peter 1:18-19). May the reality of the Precious Blood of Jesus that He shed on the cross on Good Friday, with all of the pain and anguish He suffered for the conversion of sinners and the salvation of their immortal souls, ignite within us zeal for the conversion and salvation of sinners. Right now God is speaking to your heart with these words: GO NOW AND SET ALL ON FIRE!!!
Saturday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
“For greater things you were born.” (Ven. Mother Luisita)
SATURDAY, July 2nd Mt. 9: 14-17 Entrance Antiphon: “Hail, Holy Mother, who gave birth to the King who rules heaven and earth.”
Saturday is the day dedicated to honoring the most Blessed Virgin Mary. After the sublime prayer of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which is Opus Dei, the work of God Himself, there is no prayer more pleasing to Mary than the recitation of the most holy Rosary. In praying the Rosary we walk with Mary through the mysteries of the life of Jesus, the Son of God made man for our salvation!
In addition to meditating on Fr. Ed’s excellent article, we can take any one of the Rosary Mysteries that touch us most right now, and contemplate how that mystery speaks to us in our life.
MARY AND THE FRUITS OF THE MOST HOLY ROSARY! By Fr. Ed Broom, OMV
Our Lady of Fatima appeared six times to the little shepherd children of Fatima from May 13th to October 13th—on which day occurred the great Miracle of the Sun witnessed by over 70,000 people.
The messages given by Our Lady were many, simple but very profound, and all related to the honor and glory of God and the salvation of immortal souls. Being a loving Mother, Mary wants what is most important and best for her children, and that is the salvation of their immortal souls for all eternity. A mother seeing her children in danger will run to their rescue. So Mary has run to our rescue.
THE MOST HOLY ROSARY: KEY TO SALVATION, LADDER TO HEAVEN, GATE OF ENTRANCE TO GOD’S GLORY.
In every one of the six Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, Our Heavenly Mother reiterated each time the same desire—and that was to pray the most Holy Rosary. If a Mother repeats herself to her children, then that repeated desire must be of capital importance; in this case, it is a matter of life and death, a matter regarding our eternal salvation! In sum, Mary wants to help us arrive safely at our heavenly home by the faithful recitation of the Holy Rosary.
This being the case, let us highlight some of the positive fruits that flow from the faithful recitation of the most Holy Rosary, that Our Lady of Fatima so ardently desires we pray for our salvation and the conversion and salvation of many sinners.
1. PRAYER IN GENERAL. Any prayer that we pray well is pleasing to Almighty God and will produce abundant fruits that we will only see upon our entrance into eternity.
2. GET TO KNOW THE WORD OF GOD. We should never forget that the most Holy Rosary is essentially a Biblical prayer; almost all of the Mysteries (20 in total) are derived explicitly from the Bible, which is the Living Word of God. For example, all of the five Joyful Mysteries are taken from the first two Chapters of the Gospel of Luke. Check it out!!!
3. VOCAL PRAYER. The Rosary is a wonderful prayer that we express vocally and it is a most efficacious tool to help children learn the art of prayer. By the way, the Fatima seers were mere children. Jesus said: “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Mt. 19:14)
4. MENTAL PRAYER. The Rosary introduces us to the art of mental prayer, sometimes called MEDITATION. Many saints—such as, Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Saint Teresa of Avila, and Saint Ignatius of Loyola—insist that mental prayer or meditation is absolutely indispensable to arrive at deeper spiritual growth!
5. IGNATIAN CONTEMPLATION. Furthermore, the Rosary prayed well introduces us to another form of prayer that is termed IGNATIAN CONTEMPLATION. By this is meant, the proper use of the imagination in which you apply yourself to one of the scenes, also called Mysteries, and imagine you are part of the scene itself, living and interacting with Mary, with Jesus, and in the Joyful Mysteries, even with good Saint Joseph.
6. TRANSFORMATION. It is a wise saying that we become like those with whom we live or associate. In other words, we tend to imitate those we live with or those we call friends. As the proverb says: “Show me who your friends are, and I’ll tell you who you are!” Applying this to praying the most Holy Rosary, if we are constantly thinking about Jesus, Mary, and Saint Joseph, talking to them, imagining interacting with them in their lives in contemplative prayer, then most likely we will start to imitate them. Until we can finally say in the words of the great Apostle Saint Paul: “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” (Gal. 2:20)
7. DISCIPLINE. What is lacking in the lives of many, and that might be us, is a lack of discipline, a lack of order. Saint Ignatius states that one of the primary purposes of the Spiritual Exercises is to ORDER THE DISORDER in our lives!If the Holy Rosary is prayed well, prayed regularly, prayed with love and devotion, then the Holy Rosary can serve as an indispensable tool to order the many disorders that characterize our lives.
8. OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE AND ORDERING. There is an interesting detail in the Apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico to Juan Diego on 12 December 1531. At one point, Our Lady told Juan Diego to cut the roses that were growing on the top of Tepeyac Hill. When he came down the hill, Our Lady actually ordered the roses in Juan Diego’s tilma with her own hands. This is symbolic of what Our Lady wants to do with us by our faithful recitation of the Holy Rosary. She wants to order the disorder in our lives. Often this means detach us from our attachment to sin!
9. PEACE OF HEART, MIND, BODY, AND SOUL. Another positive fruit of the faithful recitation of the Holy Rosary is that of peace of heart, mind, body, and soul—in other words, our total person! We all desire peace in our lives. Saint Augustine defines peace as such: “Peace is the tranquility of order.” As mentioned above, the recitation of the Holy Rosary brings about interior, as well as exterior, order. Consequently, the fruit will be peace. One of the many beautiful titles of Mary is QUEEN OF PEACE!
10. FILLS THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY WITH JOY. It must be said that every time we pray the Rosary individually, or in the context of the family, or in the context of the Parish, or wherever the Holy Rosary is recited with love, fervor, attention, and devotion, this homage paid to Mary, as well as to Jesus—the two are never separated, fills the Immaculate Heart of Mary with immense and overflowing joy! A gesture of attention and love shown to Mary will never be forgotten by our Heavenly Mother and she will repay you with abundant graces here and forever with eternal life!