- Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. But simply say the word and my servant will be healed. –Mt. 8:8 Reflection: Faith is our great gift from God. Often faith is said to be a prerequisite for healing. We can never believe too much in his love—not that every prayer is answered the way “we” want it but that He will do the best things for us. more...
Today is the day to remember St. Isidor of Seville, the scholarly Bishop of Seville that helped the church defeat the first great heresy. As prolific writer and historian he wrote numerous books and even a liturgy!He has been suggested as the patron saint of the Internet and here are Rosarymart.com we've been selling rosaries on the Internet for 17 years. So it seems appropriate to recognize this amazing man and saint and to mark today in remembrance of him on his feast day today.Saint Isidore of Seville Prayer:O God, Who didst give blessed Isidore to Thy people as a minister of eternal salvation: grant, we beseech Thee more...
- Rosary prayer beads come in many materials: wood, plastic, glass, garnet, stones, and crystal among many others. Of all the beads it is the beloved and serene pearl that makes a particularly lovely choice for a new rosary, either for personal use or for a special gift. These round white shimmering beads have a long cultural history that enhances there use as rosary prayer beads and a rosary necklaces.To some, in western culture the round shape and the shimmering color of the pearl evokes the image of the moon and suggests peacefulness. To others they see a symbol of wealth and riches. Even today pearls can be found in high-end jewelry. And to others pearls stand as a representative of fertility and marriage and is the origin for their popularity with brides on their wedding day.But most importantly pearls represent beauty and sacred value. Regardless of the cultural context appreciation of pearl has been a symbol of beauty, grace and value since man started harvesting pearls some 6000 years ago. The unique shimmer and soft white color has always been appreciated and loved. Even in Matthew 7:6 it says “Do not give dogs what is holy; and do not throw your pearls in front of pigs..." more...
- This year March falls entirely within the liturgical season of Lent. The Feast of St. Joseph falls on March 19. It is a month of penance, mortification and contrition dedicated to St. Joseph, the great foster father of Jesus Christ. It is a month for meditation on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, more...
OCTOBER 2015: MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY
October, the month of the Holy Rosary, celebrates the spiritual beauty of the Rosary, emphasizing the need for prayer, fasting and sacrifice. The Rosary is a prayer. The rosary (notice lowercase) is a tool for this specific prayer. The Rosary is a Christocentric setting for Lectio Divina, that is, a meditation on the Life of Christ, particularly His Ministry, Passion, Death and Resurrection. The Rosary is the prayer of the saints, and has a is easy to pray. It offers hope and healing.Dates in BOLD are Holy Days of Obligation for October:
Oct. 1: St. Therese Lisieux
Oct. 2: St. Leger
Oct. 3: St. Menna
SEPTEMBER 2015: MONTH OF OUR LADY OF SORROWS
September, the month of Our Lady of Sorrows, remembers the suffering of Mary, Jesus' Mother. There are seven sorrows, seven afflictions that pierced her heart. Catholics commonly reflect upon each and they say daily one Our Father and seven Hail Mary's for each.
- The Prophecy of Simeon. (Luke 2:34–35)
- The Flight into Egypt. (Matthew 2:13)
- The loss of the child Jesus in the Temple. (Luke 2:43–45)
- Mary meets Jesus on the way to Calvary.
- Jesus dies on the cross. (John 19:25)
- The piercing of the side of Jesus, and Mary's receiving the body of Jesus in her arms. (Matthew 27:57–59)
- The body of Jesus is placed in the tomb. (John 19:40–42)
“Today a great silence reigns on earth, a great silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began.” (Ancient Homily for Holy Saturday: PG 43, 440A, 45C: LH, Holy Saturday, OR)
Holy Saturday is the day of great silence where Catholics consider the death of Jesus Christ. They are encouraged to ask: what is significant about His death, and about the silence in the tomb? First, the Church teaches that the death of Christ was necessary for the redemption of mankind; it wasn’t simply the sufferings of Christ that saved, but the separation of the soul from the body. For the consequences of Original Sin caused two deaths. The first is the physical death: the separation of the soul from the body. The second death is eternal life separated from God. Through experiencing the first death, Jesus redeemed man from the second death. more...
Palm Sunday is a day to honor Jesus as the Christ, that is, the Jewish Messianic King. It commemorates the day when Jesus rode through the streets on a borrowed donkey and the Jewish people spread palm branches and their garments before Him in homage. This signified their acceptance that their long-awaited prophecy was in the process of being fulfilled.
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion. Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you ; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on an ass, on a colt the foal of an ass.” (Zechariah 9:9) more...
When we look at a crucifix, Jesus’s body often looks fairly clean. We see a white or tan body with five obvious wounds: crown of thorns, pierced side, pierced hands and feet. There might be some drips of blood to emphasis the violence of the crucifixion. Missing mostly likely are the marks from the scourging on His back, shoulders, and legs. These wounds are assumed— being well known from the Scriptures (John 19:1; Matthew 27:26)— and artistically avoided, despite the fact that the scourging accounts for most of the wounds that Jesus received. Traditionally, it is held that Jesus suffered from 5,480 wounds (as revealed to St. Bridget of Sweden). Among these, there is one wound that is not often promulgated. This wound is on Christ’s shoulder:
“It is related in the annals of Clairvaux that St. Bernard asked Our Lord which was His greatest unrecorded suffering, and He answered: "I had on My Shoulder while I bore My Cross on the Way of Sorrows, a grievous Wound which was more painful than the others, and which is not recorded by men. Honor this Wound with thy devotion, and I will grant thee whatsoever thou does ask through its virtue and merit. And in regard to all those who shall venerate this wound, I will remit to them all their venial sins, and will no longer remember their mortal sins.” more...