7th October – Our Lady of the Rosary

Today we commemorate Our Lady of the Rosary. I put an article in this week’s newsletter illustrating the stature of this great prayer. It is something that we should say daily – as Our Lady requested 6 times at Fatima – not just at special occasions like wakes and funerals.

john20paul-iiOctober – Month of the Holy Rosary: This is a good time to renew our commitment to this wonderful prayer. We should make a special effort to say it within our families mindful of the proverb that a family that prays together, stays together. This is what St John Paul said about the Rosary: “From my youthful years this prayer has held an important place in my spiritual life. The Rosary has accompanied me in moments of joy and in moments of difficulty. To it I have entrusted any number of concerns; in it I have always found comfort. Twenty-four years ago, on 29 October 1978, scarcely two weeks after my election to the See of Peter, I frankly admitted: “The Rosary is my favourite prayer. A marvellous prayer! Marvellous in its simplicity and its depth. Against the background of the words Ave Maria the principal events of the life of Jesus Christ pass before the eyes of the soul. They take shape in the complete series of the joyful, sorrowful and glorious mysteries, and they put us in living communion with Jesus through – we might say – the heart of his Mother. At the same time our heart can embrace in the decades of the Rosary all the events that make up [our] lives. Our personal concerns and those of our neighbour, especially those who are closest to us, who are dearest to us. Thus the simple prayer of the Rosary marks the rhythm of human life”.

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Tomorrow Ann McElhinney is the keynote speaker at the Pro Life Campaign National Assembly. She is an investigative journalist who was astounded with her investigation of abortionist Dr Kermit Gosnell. He has been called America’s biggest serial killer for the women and babies killed at his infamous abortion clinic – for which he is serving 3 life sentences. Here is a 1 minute trailer to her presentation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkJOeDJv4Z8

 

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