Here Jesus lets us catch a glimpse of the mystery of his total consecration to his mission: “I must be about my Father’s work” (Catechism, 534). margin-left:0px !important; Third Sorrowful Mystery - The Crowning with ThornsThank you Lord Jesus for making reparation to the Father for all my spiritual sins of pride, avarice, sloth and envy. But Mary was not subject to the Law, because of the special circumstances of Christ's Birth. What does it feel like to find Him?5. What great things has God done for you? So let us pray that we have the strength to live as Jesus did — humbling and meekly. } Though they did not know what their future would bring, they welcomed the birth of their child lovingly. Pray for the unity and the strengthening of all Christian families that they will truly bring the Kingdom of the Father to this earth. We pray for expecting mothers, especially those with unplanned pregnancies (like Mary) and those who are scared of their future. Teach me to take up my cross each day, to greet those I meet along the way with kindness, and to quickly rise up each time I fall. I held Him in my arms: He was the very Savior of the world. Lead all men and women who have committed the sin of abortion to repentance and back to your loving embrace. []. Sign up receive future communication from the parish and the diocese. We thank You for giving us an example of humility and obedience. Everyone has a mission, especially your children that God has given to you. Mary was not one to cling to her child with overprotective love, as some mothers do. Because my eyes have seen the salvation which you have prepared for all the nations to see. How are you being called to counter the norms and standards of the world?13. We pray that we make an effort to attend Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Luke 1:28-35, 38 – And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! Leapt for joy...notice here that St. John the Baptist, Elizabeth's child, is the first to experience the joys of Mary and Jesus. For behold as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy." Khaled, his wife and 3 children (2 are shown in the photo at right) survived. I have always liked their prayer intentions and prayed with them, myself, standing outside abortion centers. Jesus imparts wisdom to the rabbis who listen in the Temple. #tab_container_10927 .wpsm_nav-tabs > li > a:before { Application Questions1. She gave her consent that Jesus could be sacrificed and she too would suffer as Simeon prophesied. Mary emphasized God's work in her life and God's mercy in the lives of all people. How are you responding?5. They must know all too well the feelings Mary and Joseph experienced when they couldn’t find their son for 3 days. He was born surrounded by peasant shepherds, not a royal court. God even used the oppression of the Roman government to bring about your salvation: because in this time of oppression, my Son, your Savior, was born. She whispers “yes” knowing that her life is forever changed and possibly going to be mu… background-image: none; He also began in the humility of a boy who obeys his parents. Stay Connected. display:none !important; How does Jesus carry on a dialogue with You? border: 1px solid #ca8620 !important; margin-bottom:30px; The prophesy of the Messiah. Eternal Father, your humble servant Mary presented Jesus to you in the Temple.Through Jesus and Mary, may the Church be animated by a pure faith, strong hope and ardent love. I was so filled with God's Love that I had to share my Joy with Elizabeth and her house hold.My children, never doubt that God can work a miracle in your Life even if things seem humanly impossible: all things are possible with God. display:none !important ; Ponder Mary's role and the fulfilled prophecy.17. Messengers of God, in daily circumstances and opportunities, come to me, too. 4th Joyful Mystery. In response, Mary proclaimed her “Magnificat,” a beautiful song of praise to God for the mercies He was showing to Israel and the whole world. Expectant parents around the world today, especially those forced to flee their homes, deal with similar unknowns. Mary and Joseph offered a sacrifice, in accordance with the Law: "a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons" (Luke 2:24), to redeem the Son of God, Who needed no redemption. Joseph went with the men and I with the women. For many souls go to Hell because there is no one to pray for them.” Together let us answer Our Lady's call to prayer and conversion. Your bead-by-bead guide to praying the Rosary. That’s love. } Yet in announcing this to her, the angel Gabriel also revealed that Mary's cousin Elizabeth is six months' pregnant. We pray for a sense of joy when we follow the path God sets before us. This was a very emotional moment for Elizabeth, a very moving experience. Maybe Mary’s heart skipped a few beats. Do you always understand what Jesus tells you? The nature of Jesus’ birth sets the stage for how He lived His life and provides a foundation for His teachings. “Even the closest of human relationships are challenged by the absolute demands of the Kingdom” (John Paul II, Rosarium Virginis Mariae, 20), Jesus’ obedience to his mother and legal father fulfills the fourth commandment perfectly and mirrors his obedience to his Father in heaven” (Catechism, 532). (Luke 1:43). Points to Ponder1. In the precocious wisdom of a 12-year-old boy, Jesus gives his parents and the teachers a glimpse of his true stature. But here He is, "sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them, and asking them questions" (Luke 2:46). padding:20px; background-color: #dd9933 !important; -Luke 1:79. With those words—her fiat—the Virgin Mary placed her trust in God. The repetition in the Rosary is meant to lead one into restful and contemplative prayer related to each Mystery. The trappings of this life literally trap us into living only for this world which amount to absolutely nothing in Jesus’ Heavenly kingdom. He will come to Earth in some way that we will experience with our senses (see Him, hear Him, etc. We lift up to You all parents who are desperately seeking missing children. I had heard that Zechariah had become mute: he had doubted the Lord: he doubted that God could work a miracle in his life. We pray for forgiveness for the times where we haven’t accepted God’s plan for us. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. THE JOYFUL Mysteries of the Holy Rosary allow us to meditate on the early life of Jesus Christ.Let us remember that the Holy Rosary is Mary’s testimony of Jesus: her experiences of His life, His ministry, and the Gospel.. “At first the children would sit by themselves, alone, in a corner,” Malak says. [ Think about how prayer and study ought to be a dialogue with God.14. @media (max-width: 768px) { John Hardon, S.J., in his Modern Catholic Dictionary, "are expressions of the New Covenant, where happiness is assured already in this life, provided a person totally gives himself to the imitation of Christ." Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. Visitation: That pregnant mothers will have a safe delivery. There was nothing of the self in Mary. God wants me to sacrifice even in small things, too. We ask You to bless them and keep them safe and healthy. You obey this command when you pray the Rosary and especially when you meditate upon this mystery, the Visitation. Pray to the Heavenly Father: pray that He will give you the grace through my prayers to accept His will in all things. Lord, remind me that God never gives me a challenge I cannot handle (especially with your intercession Mother Mary). Before the Syrian civil war began, Hassan Zaroid (shown right) was a business owner in the city of Homs. The angel Gabriel’s words and Elizabeth’s together make up the bulk of the Hail Mary prayer. How is He working in your life?12. cursor: default; We pray for mercy and the conversion for those who seek to harm the most innocent amongst us. Elizabeth is much older than Mary and was thought to be infertile because of her age and because she had no children. Have mercy on us, Lord, and fill us with good things, for we are hungry for You and for Your love. Through this mystery, she can help your heart accept what your mind cannot understand. Naming the spiritual aim for each of the twenty decades will focus ourconscious intention in a powerful way as we pray the Our Father, Hail Mary’s, and Glory Be of each Mystery. We pray for the forgiveness and conversion of those in society who mock or persecute the faithful. 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