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“Continue to pray the Rosary every day.”
~ Our Lady of Fatima to Sister Lucia

 

With all the talk today about “quality time” and the importance of “bonding” in the family, the Rosary is the perfect solution! Your family will be gathered together for a common purpose in the sanctity of your own home. And remember the motto: “The family that prays together, stays together.”

 

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BENEFITS:

Here is what the Experts have to say about the many benefits you will receive from praying the family rosary:

  • Your Problems Will Be Solved: “The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary…There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.” - Sister Lucia dos Santos

  • You Will Become a Better Person: "When people love and recite the Rosary they find it makes them better.” 
    - Saint Anthony Mary Claret

  • You will have PEACE: "If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary." - Pope Pius XI

  • You Will Shake the Heart of God: “Go to the Madonna. Love her! Always say the Rosary. Say it well. Say it as often as you can! Be souls of prayer. Prayer shakes the Heart of God, it obtains necessary graces!” 
    - Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

  • You Will Have a Closer Bond with Mary: “You must know that when you ‘hail’ Mary, she immediately greets you! Don’t think that she is one of those rude women of whom there are so many — on the contrary, she is utterly courteous and pleasant. If you greet her, she will answer you right away and converse with you!”  
    - Saint Bernardine of Siena

  • A Holy Death: “Whoever shall have a true devotion for the rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.” - The Blessed Virgin Mary

  • Eternal Salvation: “The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the rosary shall not perish.”
    - The Blessed Virgin Mary

 

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In promoting the Family Rosary, we recognize that today’s family is under many pressures – work and school schedules, getting enough sleep, catching up with the laundry, paying the bills, etc., etc.

So here are a few tips from some experienced mothers and fathers who say, emphatically, “It can be done!”

 

PRACTICAL TIPS:


1). SET THE STAGE: Find a crucifix or statue of Our Lady* and place in a prominent spot in your living room. Set up a candle or two and a small vase of flowers (real or silk) to give a calm, restful and reverent feel to your “prayer place.” You will be amazed at how this ambience will affect the children. They will sense that something special happens here!

2). CARVE OUT SOME TIME: Most parents report that the end of the day is best. All the chores are done, the kids are in their pajamas and everyone is ready to “call it a day.” But by spending 15 minutes saying the Family Rosary, you will transform your ordinary day into a precious bouquet of love for Our Lady.

3). ENCOURAGE PARTICIPATION: One way to keep their little wandering minds engaged is to assign a different mystery to each child. “Jerry, will you please lead the third glorious mystery?” There’s nothing like a “pop quiz” to keep them on their toes! Many children actually enjoy the sense of responsibility this entails; it is an honor to lead the rosary.

4). HAVE A “PLAN B”: Stuff happens: especially in a family! So, have a contingency plan and you will never miss your chance to pray your rosary. For example, if you are going for a drive with the children in tow, go ahead! Pray your rosary in the car. (they can’t squabble as much if they’re praying, right?) With enough consistency, the day just won’t feel complete without your family rosary!

5). ORA ET LABORA: “Pray and work” This is the ancient Benedictine motto and it works for families, too. So, the dishes aren’t done (but you are!) and the laundry still needs folding. With monastic music to set the tone, assign one person as “leader.” The rest of the family can pray the rosary while doing what needs to be done to maintain order in your busy household. Our Lady is a mother; she understands!

6). CLICK HERE: to get your free “Rosary Guide.” It is beautifully illustrated and will help provide all the prayers and meditations your family will need to become Our Lady’s Prayer Warriors!

 

*If you don’t have one already, they can be purchased online at our store or “rescued” from any Goodwill or secondhand shop.

 

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QUOTES by POPES on THE ROSARY:

  • "Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world." - Pope Pius IX

  • "Among all the devotions approved by the Church, none has been so favored by so many miracles as the Rosary devotion." - Pope Pius IX

  • “The Rosary is the most beautiful and the most rich in graces of all prayers; it is the prayer that touches most the Heart of the Mother of God…and if you wish peace to reign in your homes, recite the family Rosary.”
    - Pope Saint Pius X

  • “Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors."
    - Pope Pius XI

  • “There is no surer means of calling down God's blessings upon the family... than the daily recitation of the Rosary.” - Pope Pius XII

  • “How beautiful is the family that recites the Rosary every evening.” - Pope John Paul II

  • “Dear young people, I invite you to value this traditional Marian prayer which helps us to understand better the central moments of salvation realized by Christ.” - Pope Benedict XVI

 


 

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Better a few staunch and sincere Catholics,
than many compliant with the enemies of the Church
and conformed to the foes of our Faith.

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St. Rose Philippine Duchesne

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St. Rose Philippine Duchesne

Born on August 29, 1769 in the French city of Grenoble, Rose Philippine was baptized in the Church of St. Louis. She was educated at the Convent of the Visitation of Ste. Marie d'en Haut and, against her father’s wishes, became a novice there when she was eighteen years old. However, the French Revolution caused much disruption for the nuns, and when the Sisters of the Visitation were expelled from their convents, Rose returned home.

She cared for the sick and the poor, helped fugitive priests, visited prisons, and taught children. Some time after the Revolution ended, she unsuccessfully tried to reestablish the Visitation community, and ultimately gave the convent to St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, foundress of the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and joined the Order. When the Bishop of New Orleans, William Du Bourg, requested nuns for his thriving diocese in Louisiana, Rose and four other nuns made the trip to America in 1818.

Rose and the nuns were sent to Missouri, pioneers of the New World. There, as well in neighboring states, they established multiple schools, built a convent, an orphanage, a mission school for Indian girls, a boarding academy and a novitiate for her Order. However, the strenuous and difficult regime of work for her apostolate took its toll on her body. She died in St. Charles, Missouri in 1852 after spending more than 30 years as a pioneer in the evangelization of the New World. She was canonized in 1988. Rose was truly devoted to God, and prayed in her every spare moment. Because of this, the Indians began to call her “Quah-kah-ka-num-ad,” or "Woman-Who-Prays-Always."

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The Conversion of Alphonse Ratisbonne

Born in 1814, Alphonse Ratisbonne was from a family of wealthy, well-known Jewish bankers in Strasbourg, France. In 1827, Alphonse’s older brother, Thèodore, converted to Catholicism and entered the priesthood, thus breaking with his anti-Catholic family whose hopes now lay in the young Alphonse. At 27, Alphonse was intelligent and well mannered. He had already finished his law degree, and decided to travel to Italy before marrying and assuming his responsibilities in the family business. However, God had other plans for him.

While in Rome, Alphonse visited works of art, and strictly out of cultural curiosity, a few Catholic churches. These visits hardened his anti-Catholic stance, and nourished his profound hatred for the Church. He also called on an old schoolmate and close friend, Gustave de Bussières.

Gustave was a Protestant and several times had tried, in vain, to win Alphonse over to his religious convictions. Alphonse was introduced to Gustave’s brother, Baron de Bussières, who had recently converted to Catholicism and become a close friend of Father Thèodore Ratisbonne. Because of the Baron’s Catholicism and closeness with his turncoat brother, Alphonse greatly disliked him.

On the eve of his departure, Alphonse reluctantly fulfilled his social obligation to leave his calling card at the Baron’s house as a farewell gesture.

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Hoping to avoid a meeting, Alphonse intended to leave his card discreetly and depart straight away, but was instead shown into the house. The Baron greeted the young Jew warmly, and before long, had persuaded him to remain a few more days in Rome. Inspired by grace, the Baron insisted Alphonse accept a Miraculous Medal and copy down a beautiful prayer: the Memorare. Alphonse could hardly contain his anger at his host’s boldness of proposing these things to him, but decided to take everything good-heartedly, planning to later describe the Baron as an eccentric.

During Alphonse’s stay, the Baron’s close friend, Count de La Ferronays, former French ambassador to the Holy See and a man of great virtue and piety, died quite suddenly. On the eve of his death, the Baron had asked the Count to pray the Memorare one hundred times for Alphonse’s conversion. It is possible that he offered his life to God for the conversion of the young Jewish banker.

A few days later, the Baron went to the church of Sant’Andrea delle Fratte to arrange for his friend’s funeral. Alphonse reluctantly went with him, all the while making violent criticisms of the Church and mocking Catholic practices. When they arrived, the Baron entered the sacristy to arrange the funeral while Alphonse remained in the church.

When the Baron returned just a few minutes later, the young man was gone. He searched the church, and soon discovered his young friend kneeling close to an altar, weeping.  Alphonse himself tells us what happened in those few minutes he waited for the Baron: “I had only been in the church a short while when, all of a sudden, I felt totally uneasy for no apparent reason. I raised my eyes and saw that the whole building had disappeared. Only one side chapel had, so to say, gathered all the light. In the midst of this splendor, the Virgin Mary appeared standing on the altar. She was grandiose, brilliant, full of majesty and sweetness, just as she is in the Miraculous Medal. An irresistible force attracted me to her. The Virgin made a gesture with her hand indicating I was to kneel.”

When de Bussières talked to Alphonse, he no longer found a Jew, but a convert who ardently desired baptism. The news of such an unexpected conversion immediately spread and caused a great commotion throughout Europe, and Pope Gregory XVI received the young convert, paternally. He ordered a detailed investigation with the rigor required by canon law, and concluded that the occurrence was a truly authentic miracle. 

Alphonse took the name Maria Alphonse at baptism, and, wishing to become a priest, was ordained a Jesuit in 1847. After some time, and at the suggestion of Pope Pius IX, he left the Jesuits and joined his brother Thèodore in founding the Congregation of Our Lady of Sion, dedicated to the conversion of the Jews. Father Theodore spread his congregation throughout France and England, while Father Maria Alphonse went to the Holy Land. In Jerusalem, he established a house of the congregation on the plot of land where the praetorium of Pilate had formerly stood.

The two brothers died in 1884, both famed and well-loved for their exceptional virtues.  

By Armando Santos  

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