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WEDNESDAY      October 7, 1998      SECTION ONE       vol 9, no. 196

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Be Reconciled in the Refuge of Reconciliation!

     After just finishing our multi-part series on Lourdes, we begin today a similar multi-part series on the "New Lourdes" which is, of course, the Apparitions in Betania to visionary Maria Esperanza de Bianchini on a small farm south of Caracas, Venezuela where the Mother of God has come to announce to the world that this is truly her "land of grace" and that she wants all her children to become "Ambassadors of Reconciliation." For the first part on The New Lourdes: Betania - Refuge of Reconciliation , click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS.

The New Lourdes: Betania - Refuge of Reconciliation
part one


Turn off the TV's, put down the newspapers and magazines for they mislead

      Those are not our words but rather from the Blessed Mother Mary who warns us how clever satan is and how his time is so short in her messages to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart. Our Lady also points out that the schism within the Church is coming and that from it her Divine Son Jesus' Church will emerge victorious as those who espouse heresy and apostasy will be weeded out and thrashed. She reminds us the only way to stay loyal to God is through prayer and dismissing the trappings and temptations of the world. For messages number 220 and 221, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages Two Hundred Twenty and Two Hundred Twenty-One

Message Two Hundred-Twenty, August 25, 1992

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)

Message Two Hundred-Twenty-One, August 28, 1992

(Feast of Saint Augustine)
(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)

Contrasts that we've contracted!

     Fittingly, on this Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary we bring you some serious appeteasers that will make one even more dedicated to praying the Rosary for we need a victory over vice and immorality more than ever. The special morsels of meditation we present today are truly food for thought about the "Answers in Antitheses" in which the real question is: Are we praying enough? Once you've read these contrasting situations you'll agree the answer is: No! But it's not too late to begin and what better way to make the Holy Rosary a daily habit than on Our Lady's special feast? For Answers in Antitheses, click on OKTOBERFEST FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS.

      Today's morsel of morality comes from EJB and BK via e-mail that tells the long and short of things in today's society and why we are in so much trouble as we near the millennium. It's an ideal food for thought appeteaser to bring you on this Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary:

Answers in Antitheses


LITURGY OF THE DAY

     Today is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Tomorrow we return to the regular liturgy with the 27th Thursday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies and meditations, and story on today's great feast, click on LITURGY

Wednesday, October 7, 1998

FEAST OF OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY

     As a result of the miraculous victory of the Christians over the superior Turk fleet in the landmark Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571 produced through Our Lady's intercession from the reverently praying her Holy Rosary, Pope Pius V proclaimed the date as the feast of Our Lady of Victory. The Rosary had been promulgated since Saint Dominic was given the Rosary in a vision in the early 14th Century. A century and a half later Pius V, a Dominican, realized intuitively that this was a manifestation of the power of the Rosary and declared it a great feast. His successor Pope Gregory XIII in 1573 made it obligatory for Rome and for the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary. Pope Clement XI established the feast in the Roman Calendar earmarking it for the first Sunday in October as the Dominicans had been celebrating it. In 1960, Pope John XXIII officially proclaimed October 7 as the set day and changed the name from to Our Lady of the Rosary which it has remained as to this day. Over the past two centuries the Rosary has been emphasized in the Mother of God's many, many apparitions - especially at Fatima and Medjugorje where Mary has stressed the vital importance of praying her Holy Rosary for Peace. She reiterates how it is the most powerful weapon we have, that each bead is a rose forming a beautiful bouquet she presents to God on our behalf and that each bead becomes a firm link in the chain that will bind satan forever. Outside of the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, the Rosary is the most important devotion we have in Holy Mother Church.

Thursday, October 8, 1998


PRAYER & DEVOTIONS

      Today's Preface of the Mass is taken from the Dominican Missal in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary:

On this feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary we praise, bless and proclaim your name. Consenting to the Divine Word, Mary became the Mother of God; embracing Your saving will, she became the handmaid of the Lord; devoting herself to the life and work of Your Son. Mary cooperated in the mystery of redemption. Because of this she stands before us, Mother and model of the Church.

      For other special prayers and devotions for this day, click on Prayers and Devotions regarding the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.

The Holy Rosary

     This is the prayer given to Saint Dominic to be promulgated to the whole world and to generations to come as a bouquet of roses Our Lady can take before the Triune Throne of God. It is a means, a devotion to bring us closer to her Divine Son by meditating on the Mysteries of the Rosary which parallel Jesus' life in three phases - the Joyful Mysteries comprising the Annunciation, the Visitation, the Nativity, the Purification, and the Finding of the Child Jesus in the temple; the Sorrowful Mysteries - those dealing with the Passion and Death of Our Lord: the Agony in the Garden, the Scourging at the Pillar, the Crowning of Thorns, Taking up the Cross, and the Crucifixion and Death of Jesus Christ; and finally, the Glorious Mysteries which treat the time of His Glorious Resurrection on: the Resurrection, the Ascension, the Descent of the Holy Spirits upon the Apostles and the Blessed Mother, the Assumption of Mary into Heaven, and the Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven and earth. We are asked to meditate on these mysteries as we recite, either aloud or silently, each bead. We begin this devotion with the Apostles' Creed wherein we profess our belief in all the Roman Catholic Church teaches and all that God asks of us. This is followed by the Our Father, the most perfect prayer composed by Jesus Himself. It is recommended to offer this first Pater Noster for the intentions of our father on earth - the Holy Father John Paul II whose pontificate is totally dedicated to Our Lady (Totus Tuus) and who is satan's greatest obstacle today. Then three Hail Mary's on the three beads, offered for an increase in the virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity and in honor of the Trinity. In preparation to meditate better on the Holy Rosary, it is recommended that we beseech the Blessed Mother to help us to prepare and pray with our heart: O Mary, daughter of the Father, teach us how to pray with Faith, O Mary, Mother of the Son, teach us how to pray with Love, and O Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, teach us how to pray with Hope. Then the Glory Be and it is recommended, in petition for all Our Lady asked at Fatima, that we pray the Fatima Prayer: "O My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy Mercy." Then pray the five decades composed of the larger Our Father bead and an acknowledgment of the particular Mystery and then ten Hail Mary's, one Glory Be and the Fatima Prayer, then repeat on the next ten beads until the end of the Rosary where we say the Salve Regina, better known as the Hail Holy Queen prayer:

     At Medjugorje, the Gospa - Our Lady - asks us, if possible to pray all fifteen decades for every Hail Mary prayed from the heart is another link in the strong chain that will bind satan forever. It is because of the miracle of the Rosary that the Iron Curtain fell and it is only through the Rosary that we can mitigate what lies ahead.

     Each year at this time an appeal is made by the coordinators of the Pilgrim Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe to as many people as possible to assist in a week-long Rosary for the intention of ending abortion - ending the culture of death and promoting the celebration of life. We are all asked to pray the Fifteen Decade Rosary for one hour during this week between October 4 (Respect Life Sunday) and October 13 (the Anniversary of the Final Apparition at Fatima). Though one full Fifteen Mystery Rosary is all you're asked during this week, you are encouraged to offer even more Rosaries for each Hail Mary prayed from the heart is a rose forming an awesome bouquet of Rosaries which Our Lady takes to her Divine Son. The Rosary is the ONLY ANSWER to halting the culture of death! God knows each person's heart so it is not necessary to tell anyone when or where you pray...just that you pray! That is vital!

Fifteen Promises of Mary to those who pray the Rosary

as given to Saint Dominic and Blessed Alan


September 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

   Dear children! Today, I call you to become my witnesses by living the faith of your fathers. Little children, you seek signs and messages and do not see that, with every morning sunrise, God calls you to convert and to return to the way of truth and salvation. You speak much, little children, but you work little on your conversion. That is why, convert and start to live my messages, not with your words but with your life. In this way, little children, you will have the strength to decide for the true conversion of the heart. Thank you for having responded to my call.

For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

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