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By The Rosary Network
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August 15, 2020, Solemnity of The Assumption, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

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October 19, 2020, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)
[Comment: Divine Aid] Friends of the Rosary, Last Saturday we read how Jesus Christ promised divine aid to the apostles (LK 12:8-12). Now, as it was in the first century, Jesus Christ’s followers cannot succeed in spreading the truth and saving souls only with earthly tools. In our mission, we need the Helper, the Holy Spirit, and His espouse, the Virgin Mary. Through prayer, the Holy Ghost comes and assists us. Supernatural help has kept the Catholic Church alive in the last twenty centuries, despite incessant persecution. Evil forces’ goal has always been to eliminate the belief in the Son of the Living God. The darkness has tried everything and will continue doing so. However, in the end, the Church will prevail, as Jesus revealed it to us. Don’t forget that the Immaculate Mary did crush the head of the serpent-dragon. As Padre Pio said, the Rosary is our weapon against the evils of the world today. "The Rosary is the prayer of those who triumph over everything and everyone." [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York]     [Today's Video Podcast]
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October 19, 2020
October 18, 2020, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)
Friends of the Rosary, We visited today the shrine and monument dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Cerro de Los Ángeles, Hill of the Angels, about 6 miles south of Madrid, Spain. In this place, Saint Madre de las Maravillas de Jesus – or Madre Maravillas – founded a Discalced Carmelites convent a century ago. Born in Madrid, she built here a nuns' house following the St. Terese of Avila's rule, upon a fourteenth-century monastery dedicated to Our Lady of the Angels. She also established several houses for her order across Spain and even set up one in India. In addition, she founded the "Association of Saint Teresa". Madre Maravillas – canonized by John Paul II in 2003 – was unique in defending and cultivating the devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is our source of love, mercy, grace, sanctification, and salvation. Enjoy the video tour. St. Madre Maravillas pray for us! [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York]   [Today's Video Podcast]
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October 18, 2020
October 17, 2020, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)
[Comment: Sins Against the Holy Spirit] Friends of the Rosary, We read today that Jesus said to his disciples (LK 12:8-12): “Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.” In other words, all sins are forgiven except one: a sin against the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ frightening exhortation refers to the sin of rejecting God’s grace, mercy, and salvation. Friends, the Lord respects the freedom with which He created us. He also respects a sinner’s decision to refuse to be forgiven. Consequently, this sinner keeps God from forgiving him. That’s why sinning against the Holy Spirit is unforgivable. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York] — For fostering within our hearts a greater sorrow for sin as well as a deeper trust in the Divine Mercy. For cultivating a humble and contrite soul. For identifying in our society what is right and what wrong, and avoid the traps of darkness that present as a right what is evil. We see this with the crime of the unborn, which is presented as women's reproductive rights. For receiving the power of the Holy Spirit in this meditation of the Rosary today. — We've posted at our TheRosaryNetwork.org website six cases of this sin that were taught by Pope Saint Pius X taught in his Catechism. — [Today's Rosary in Video]
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October 17, 2020
October 16, 2020, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)
[Comment: Our Senses Fail] Friends of the Rosary, We pay too much attention to our senses; to what we perceive and what we feel. In the 12th century, St. Thomas Aquinas composed the Tantum Ergo hymnal, and in one verse he mentioned the failure of the senses. He literally wrote in Latin: praestet fides supplementum, sensuum defectui, which means: let faith provide a supplement for the failure of the senses. The faith imprinted in our soul can help grasp what human existence is all about and how the Heavens and earth are connected. Friends, knowing that we are incapable of understanding the immense power of the Holy Spirit, we should react with humility and pray. Prioritizing our senses, mixed with our fears and frustration, is the wrong approach. Let’s be open to receive the Holy Spirit. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York] __ For renewing our devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus today in the Memorial Day of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, the Seventeenth-century French nun and mystic. Jesus Christ revealed to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque His great desire of being loved by men and of withdrawing them from the path of ruin. For understanding that the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the source of love, mercy, grace, sanctification, and salvation. For properly carrying our own crosses, and offering our suffering for the conversion of sinners and in reparation of the sins committed against the immaculate heart of Mary and the sacred heart of Jesus [Today's Rosary in Video]
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October 16, 2020
October 15, Memorial of St. Teresa of Avila, 2020, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)
[Comment: Contemplating Christ's Presence] Friends of the Rosary, We celebrate today the Memorial of the Spanish Carmelite reformer, mystic, and doctor of the Church, St. Teresa of Avila. She was canonized forty years after her earthly death, in the early 17th century, with three of her greatest contemporaries: St. Ignatius Loyola, St. Francis Xavier, and St. Philip Neri. They all enriched the Church, challenging the heresy of Luther and other Protestants. Together with her close collaborator, the priest and writer Saint John of the Cross, she founded the Order of Discalced Carmelites, characterized by a life of poverty, silence, and solitude. Facing fierce opposition within the Church, she built 30 monasteries during her life and a worldwide order of nuns. Through intense prayer and after receiving the Holy Communion, Teresa of Avila contemplated Christ’s presence. Sometimes, her whole body levitated. Far from being excited about these ruptures, she "begged God very much not to give me any more favors in public." St. Teresa's health failed many times during her life, suffering malaria and other diseases. Moreover, she experienced a dramatic final illness. She stated that it was God's chosen means of calling her into his presence forever. She wrote in her autobiography: "O my Lord, and my spouse, the desired hour now comes." (...) "The hour wherein I shall pass out of this exile, and my soul shall enjoy in your company what I so earnestly longed for." [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York] __ For learning from the spirituality and contemplative mental prayer of St Teresa of Avila. She developed the practice of recalling herself into the presence of God. The Lord was, in fact, with her always. For having the moral courage, the Spanish mystic and saint showed in front of anyone, no matter the consequences. (And she was even denounced to the Inquisition of that time) Today, for being open to the Holy Spirit and able being able to proclaim the Kingdom of Heaven among our friends, relatives, and anyone we can reach. [Today's Rosary in Video]
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October 15, 2020
October 14, 2020, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)
[Comment: Defend the Rosary] Friends of the Rosary, In today's Gospel, Jesus Christ expresses his judgment on the Pharisees, the religious leaders of the time. He said to them: "You impose on people burdens hard to carry, but you yourselves do not lift one finger to touch them". (LK 11:42-46) Today, the world is in peril from the well-organized anti-Christian forces. But also the Church is equally in danger from the enemy within. In 1965, Our Lady of Carmel of Garabandal said to the visionary girls that "Many Cardinals, many Bishops, and many priests are on the road to perdition and taking many souls with them." Later, in 1972, Pope Paul VI hinted at the infiltration of the darkness. He said that it seemed that "the smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God". Friends, we all are sinners and we need to be able to discern the attacks of the enemy. One type of assault comes from those suggest that we should abandon the Holy Rosary. The Rosary is a daily prayer to the Immaculate Mary and the Holy Trinity. After the Holy Mass, comes the Rosary. Let's keep a vigilant eye on those who do not revere the Rosary, or plot against it. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York] [Today's Rosary in Video]
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October 14, 2020
October 13, 2020, Anniversary of the Sixth Fatima Apparition and “Miracle of the Sun”, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)
[Comment: Fatima] Friends of the Rosary, On October 13, 1917, in Fatima, Portugal, around 70,000 people witnessed the largest miracle ever recorded. The “Miracle of the Sun” or “the day when the sun danced” took place exactly as the Virgin Mary promised to the three shepherd children – Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta Marto. The supernatural event proved the validity of the Fatima Marian apparitions. It also showed that the Divinity, contrary to what was said in the atheist and Masonic culture at that time, was alive and attentive to humanity, even though men were embroiled in war and dying from the flu and other calamities. The apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima proved to the world even if the man has separated God from his existence, God is present in human history and doesn’t abandon us. Mary told the children that the power of prayer through the Holy Rosary, along with penance for sinners, is stronger than anything, and can change the course of history. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York] ___ For persevering in prayer as Our Lady of the Rosary told to the three children. The Holy Trinity never abandons us. For receiving the grace to understand the meaning of our suffering and sorrows and offering them for our redemption. For understanding the cross as our glorious sign of victory. [Today's Rosary in Video]
30:55
October 13, 2020
October 12, 2020, Feast of Our Lady of the Pillar, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)
[Comment: First Marian Apparition] Friends of the Rosary, We celebrate today not only Columbus or the Indigenous Day but most importantly the feast of Our Lady of the Pillar, Nuestra Señora del Pilar. The Virgin of the Pillar is the patron of Spain and all Hispanic people. Precisely, on October 12, 1492, the feast of the Virgin of the Pillar, Christopher Colombus first sighted American land, and that’s when the first Mass was celebrated in this continent. Nuestra Señora del Pilar has its origin in the first Marian apparition in history, which took place in the year 40, in Saragossa, Spain, when the Mother of God was physically alive on earth. Saint James the apostle was trying to evangelize pagans without much success in the old Hispania, a Roman province. Then the Virgin Mary appeared to him on a column, on a pillar in the bank of the river Ebro. The Immaculate encouraged James promising that she would stand “from that moment until the end of time in order that God may work miracles and wonders through my intercession for all those who place themselves under my patronage.” The shrine of Our Lady of the Pillar in Saragossa is the first church dedicated to Mary in history. Today is a monumental, impressive basilica. It has survived invasions and wars. In the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939 anti-catholic forces in government dropped three bombs on the church and none of them exploded. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York] [Today's Rosary in Video]
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October 12, 2020
October 11, 2020, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)
[Comment: Carlo Acutis] Friends of the Rosary, On Saturday 10, in Assisi, Italy, Carlo Acutis, a 15-years old Italian web programmer, became the first millennial to be beatified by the Catholic Church. Now he is one step away from canonization. Blessed Carlo Acutis died of leukemia in Milan on October 12, 2006, on the feast of Our Lady of Pillar (Virgen del Pilar). He offered his illness and his pains for the Pope and the Church. The mass at the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi drew huge attention worldwide given that Acutis has inspired many young people by his witness. Carlo Acutis was an ordinary, spontaneous, likable boy who loved the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. He often said, "the Eucharist is my highway to heaven". At the age of seven, he wrote: "To be always united with Jesus, this is my life program." Carlo felt a strong need to show people that Jesus Christ is close to us and it is beautiful to enjoy his friendship and grace. He went to Mass and prayed the Rosary every day while practicing charitable acts. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York] — For following the example of the Blessed Carlo Acutis, who brought the fruit of holiness, showing that this is a goal reachable by all of us. For the end of the pandemic by turning into Our Blessed Mother. The COVID pandemic started in communist China is a reminder of our shared vulnerability, but also our common responsibility for the good of one another. For receiving the grace of the glorious mysteries, making our souls faithful, hopeful, wise, and devoted to Mary. Carlos Acutis pray for us! - [Today's Rosary in Video] [More about Carlo Acutis at our Website
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October 11, 2020
October 10, 2020, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)
[Comment: Hope on Earth] Friends of the Rosary, The Virgin Mary is the daughter of the Father, the Mother of the Son of God, and the spouse of the Holy Spirit. No other creature ever created has a more intimate connection to the Holy Trinity. The Queen of Heaven – who is all-perfection – is our joy in life, our sweetness, and our hope here on Earth. The Most Holy Rosary is a gift to humanity that came through the Virgin Mary. The Rosary reminds us of the moment when God became man, the Word made Flesh, along with nineteen other mysteries that we try to understand. The same way that God came to us through the Immaculate Mary, we can go to Him through Her. Let’s rejoice by praying today the Joyful Mysteries. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York] — [Today's Rosary in Video]
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October 10, 2020
October 9, 2020, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)
[Comment: Working with Jesus] Friends of the Rosary, "Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters." These are the words of Jesus Christ, as we read today in the Gospel (LK 11:15-26). The Son of God is extremely merciful and patient waiting for our conversion. But at the same time, He is crystal clear on the path of our salvation. "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6) Friends, we tend to look to alternative ways to the truth, especially in these pandemic times. However, the reality is that either we are working with Jesus Christ or we are working against Him. He said, ”Whoever is not with me is against me." Our Rosary is a reminder of this fundamental truth. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York] — For unconditionally surrendering to Jesus Christ and embracing the only way that leads us to our earthly and eternal salvation. For meeting Jesus Christ through Mary while we pray the mysteries of the passion and death of Jesus Christ. May the tears of the Mother of God lead to our salvation. [Today's Rosary in Video]
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October 9, 2020
October 8, 2020, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)
[Comment: Persistence] Friends of the Rosary, We often talk in the opening comment about the importance of perseverance in prayer. Our eternal Father wants the very best for all of us, starting with the salvation of our own souls. And that’s why we are invited to pray and do it with persistence. In today’s reading (LK 11:5-13), Jesus Christ literally tells us, “Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Friends, we may not always receive what we ask for, especially at our time, but our heavenly Father will provide what we really need at the right time. Let’s have trust in Jesus and Mary. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York] ––– For understanding that the Lord waits patiently for us. He hears us and is pleased by our faith. He always responds, but sometimes the voice is a whisper or some unexpected event or insight. Also, for having in mind that Jesus is already knocking at our door, pleading with us to let him enter. As we learn in the first mystery today, let’s be open to the Holy Spirit. We invoke his grace in today’s Holy Rosary. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York]   [Today's Rosary in Video]
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October 8, 2020
October 7, 2020, Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)
[Comment: Battle of Lepanto] Friends of the Rosary, Each year, on October 7 we celebrate the memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary. In the 16th century, the Virgin Mary intervened at the request of Pope St Pius V and avoided the invasion of Europe by a very powerful Islamic army. That would have been the end of Christianity in the Western Hemisphere. Pope Pius V did not only prayed, but he organized a fleet called the Holy League to confront the navy of the Ottoman Empire. He also promoted Rosaries all across Europe and went on a personal incessant prayer, Rosary after Rosary. The European population was so scared then and reacted with such faith in Mary that Christians won the Battle of Lepanto, in Greece. As we say in the Memorare, when we implore for the help to Our Blessed Mother, She always answers. In Portugal and Austria, in the 20th Century, massive Rosary prayers stopped the Communist threat. Would we end up with a pandemic today, if millions of people were praying the Rosary? No one in our community has any doubt about it, right? Let’s hold our most salvific tool. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York] [Today's Rosary in Video] — In the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, for rediscovering, as Pope Francis invited today, the beauty of the rosary prayer this month, and for encouraging people to carry a Rosary with them in their hands or their pockets. As Pope said, the recitation of the rosary is the most beautiful prayer we can offer to the Virgin Mary; it is a contemplation on the stages of the life of Jesus the Savior with his Mother Mary and is a weapon that protects us from evils and temptations. “In some evenings we can feel useless and lonely. It is then that prayer will come and knock on the door of our hearts,” he said. “And even if we have done something wrong, or if we feel threatened and frightened when we return before God with prayer, serenity and peace will return as if by a miracle.” • Month of the Rosary and Our Lady of Victory • The Battle of Lepanto, on page 16 of the free ebook “The Rosary, A Gift From Heaven”
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October 7, 2020
October 6, 2020, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)
[Comment: No Need to Worry] Friends of the Rosary, Jesus teaches us today through Martha that we unnecessarily worry and get anxious about many things (LK 10:38-42). We just need to put our minds and senses on the Lord. He provides everything we need. We might think that this is not realistic considering the issues, problems, and difficulties we all face every day. But as St Paul wrote in one of his letters (PHIL 4:6-9) “the peace of God surpasses all understanding; it will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Inspired by the Holy Spirit, Paul told us “have no anxiety”, and gave us a solution to overcome our problems: “By prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God”. To get a better understanding of this and other mysteries we daily pray the Holy Rosary. Today, we reflect upon the passion and death of our Savior. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York] [Today's Rosary in Video]
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October 6, 2020
October 5, 2020, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)
[Comment: Tenants, Not Owners] Friends of the Rosary, We read yesterday in the New Testament the parable of the landowner who planted a vineyard (MT 21:33-43). The owner of the vineyard is the Lord and we are the tenants, the wretched men who insult the Author of Life and make the mistake of thinking that we own the world. Naturally, the outcome of this behavior is a total disaster for our souls. Friends, we are just tenants. Everything we have is on a loan. Even our own lives. Never forget that our lives are not about us and we are under the Divinity's judgment. In our blindness and pride, we refuse to listen to Jesus Christ and his Blessed Mother. We have received a fertile vineyard in the form of many gifts and talents. If we are smart, we should use them for God. More specifically, to help to build the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York] --- Today, on the Memorial of Polish nun Saint Faustina Kowalska, we pray for following her footsteps of the devotion to Divine Mercy and God's merciful love. For always keeping in mind that we are tenants, never owners in the vineyard of the Lord. Since Adam and Eve, one of the most fundamental spiritual mistakes of mankind has been that we own the world. For building our daily lives upon the cornerstone of human existence, Jesus Christ. For the end of the pandemic through prayers to Jesus and Mary by holding the Most Holy Rosary.  [Today's Rosary in Video]
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October 5, 2020
October 4, 2020, Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)
[Comment: Giant of Holiness]   Friends of the Rosary, We celebrate today the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the Italian medieval saint, and father of the Franciscan order. He was a “giant of holiness”, as Pope Benedict XVI recalled. Francis’ father was wealthy but the saint chose a life of poverty. His way of life would give rise to the Franciscan movement, attracting a huge number of followers. Francis also shared Jesus’ sufferings through his imitation of Christ. Two years before his death, he miraculously received Christ’s wounds, the stigmata, in his hands, feet, and side. St. Francis of Assisi, who spent two decades on missionary preaching and penance, taught that “the secret of true happiness is to become a saint, close to God”. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York]  [Today's Rosary in Video]
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October 4, 2020
October 3, 2020, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)
[Comment: Month of the Rosary] Friends of the Rosary, October is the month of the Rosary. Annually, this month is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary, primarily due to the fact that on October 7th we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. On this day in 1571, a Christian military coalition led by Spain defeated the Turkish Muslim forces in Lepanto, Greece. The Christians won due to the intercession of the Virgin Mary and the massive prayer of the Holy Rosary. The miraculous help of the Mary avoided Western Hemisphere to fall under the violent Islamic Ottoman Empire. As an offering of thanksgiving, Pope St. Pius V declared this day as the feast day of Our Lady of Victory, later known as Our Lady of the Rosary. The Battle of Lepanto is not the only historic event where the intervention of the Immaculate Mary through the Holy Rosary changed the course of history. This, your host Mikel, wrote a little ebook collecting surprising stories around the Rosary. Here is the link, https://therosarynetwork.org/free-book-the-rosary-a-gift-from-heaven/ [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York] __ For extending the devotion of the Holy Rosary. The rosary, as given to St. Dominic, is a meditation on the mysteries of the Incarnate King, as well as a meditation on the sorrows and joys of His Mother. The Rosary is what the world needs to overcome darkness and the plans of those who deny the only truth, Jesus Christ. For fighting our own weaknesses and sins and pursuing the goal of having our names are written in heaven. For the quick recovery of President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and all of the victims who have contracted the COVID virus. [Today's Rosary in Video]
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October 3, 2020
October 2, 2020, Memorial of the Guardian Angels, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)
[Comment: Angelic Guardianship] Friends of the Rosary, It is a truth of our Catholic faith that each soul has assigned to it a guardian angel. In today's Gospel, Jesus points out that all people, even little children, have a guardian angel in heaven watching over us and looking at the face of God throughout their mission on earth (Matthew 18:10). It is also written that the Lord Jesus was strengthened by an angel in the Garden of Gethsemane and that an angel delivered St. Peter from prison. So each of us has an angelic guardianship from our birth and until death. These spirits – servants and messengers from God; "Angel" in Greek means messenger – guide us to heaven only if we desire it. Because, as St. Thomas Aquinas wrote, angels cannot act directly upon our will or intellect. Today's feast, which appeared in Spain during the sixteenth century, is an invitation to pray to our guardian angels. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York] __ For recognizing that angels are our protectors and guides in the path toward salvation. They assist us on our earthly pilgrimage by helping us in temptation and protecting us from physical danger. With such bodyguards, what are we to fear? As St. Bernard of Clairvaux, wrote, "As often as you sense the approach of any grave temptation or some crushing sorrow hangs over you, invoke your protector, your leader, your helper in every situation. Call out to him and say: Lord, save us, we are perishing." The prayer to the guardian angels has been present in the Church since at least the beginning of the 12th century: Angel of God, my Guardian dear, to whom His love commits me here, ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York] — [Today's Rosary in Video]
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October 2, 2020
October 1, 2020, Memorial of St. Thérèse of Lisieux (Luminous Mysteries)
[Comment: Little Acts of Charity] Friends of the Rosary, Today, while we pray our daily Rosary we honor the life of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus – St. Thérèse of Lisieux, popularly known as "the Little Flower”. Many miracles have been attributed to her intercession. St. Thérèse of Lisieux was a French Carmelite nun who died of tuberculosis at the age of 24 in 1897. Her interior life is known through her autobiography called Story of a Soul. She inspired millions by her "little way" of always performing little acts of charity, along with little sacrifices not caring how unimportant they seemed. St. Thérèse wrote, "Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, nor even at their difficulty, but at the love with which we do them." Declared Doctor of the Church by Pope John Paul II, St Therese said, “Jesus does not demand great actions from us but simply surrender and gratitude.” [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York] — For following the example of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, who devoted herself to living a life of holiness, doing all things with love and childlike trust in God. St. Thérèse of Lisieux had childlike confidence in God's providence and merciful love, being ready to be at the service of others at all times. She understood that Love was everything, that it embraced all times and places. She was the third woman to be proclaimed Doctor of the Church, after Saint Catherine of Siena and Saint Teresa of Avila. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York]   [Today's Rosary in Video]
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October 1, 2020
September 30, 2020, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)
[Comment: Evil Tongue] Friends of the Rosary, Wisdom comes from above. And wisdom, as St. James writes in his third letter of the New Testament, is peaceable, gentle, full of mercy, and good fruits. Here on earth, as we stumble we regrettably follow unspiritual, even demonic practices. One comes from the lack of control of our tongue. As James, the Apostle says our tongue is full of evil and deadly poison, especially when we curse people. Too many times, our tongue sets on fire the entire course of life. This is evil, contrary to our desired path to holiness. We must humbly ask for help from Heaven to avoid having a poisoned tongue. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York] [Today's Rosary in Video]
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September 30, 2020
September 29, 2020, Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael Archangels, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)
[Comment: Servants and Messengers of God]  Friends of the Rosary, We celebrate today the feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael Archangels. They all three have important roles in the history of salvation. Their existence is a truth of faith. They are heavenly beings, servants, or messengers of God. They are pure, created spirits, non-corporeal; they have intellect and will, and are immortal. Saint Michael is the “Prince of the Heavenly Host,” the leader of all the good Ángels who fight against Satan and evil spirits. He is the protector of all humanity from the snares of the devil. St. Gabriel was the angel chosen by God to be the messenger of the Annunciation. St Gabriel announced to mankind the mystery of the Incarnation of the Word in the womb of Mary. His greeting to the Virgin, “Hail Mary, full of grace,” is the foundation of Hail Mary’s prayer and the Holy’s Rosary. Saint Raphael, whose name means “God has healed”, appeared to St. Joseph and to the shepherds, and strengthened Jesus during his agony in the garden of Gethsemane. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York]   [Today's Rosary in Video]
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September 29, 2020
September 28, 2020, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries) | Video Tour of St Michael Shrine (Spain)
[Comment: St Michael the Archangel] Friends of the Rosary, Saint Michael the Archangel, captain of the Heavenly army, started to appear in the fifth century as the protector of Christian kingdoms. In the eight century, Saint Michael appeared in the Aralar mountains of the Kingdom of Navarre, in the north of Spain. The Archangel saved from an Evil Dragon a Christian Crusader who was doing penance tied by heavy chains. In this place, a sanctuary was then built and later six pieces of the Holy Cross were brought here by crusaders. Those pieces would be included as relics in a unique image of Saint Michael – the first one where Saint Michael holds the Cross of Jesus Christ. In the twelfth century, a Romanesque shrine was built in these mountains under the name of “Santuario de San Miguel de Aralar.” A local hero of Navarre, Francis Xavier, would expand the devotion to Saint Michael worldwide. We pray the Rosary today in this special place, while we talk to Fr. Mikel Garciandia, the chaplain in charge of San Miguel. He is sending the Rosary Network a special blessing. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York]   [Video Tour Podcast]
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September 28, 2020
September 27, 2020, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)
[Comment: The Rosary Way] Friends of the Rosary, Today, Sunday the 27th we pray the Glorious Mysteries of the Holy Rosary in Garabandal, in northern Spain. In this sacred place where Our Lady of Mount Carmel appeared from 1961 to 1965, the faithful built “the Rosary way”, a trail that includes the 20 mysteries of the Rosary. It starts with the Joyful Mysteries and continues with the Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries. The path ends up with a Glorious Cross, installed at the same height as the Calvary in Jerusalem, at 738 meters. The Garabandal apparitions were recently featured in a documentary available on YouTube, https://www.garabandalthemovie.com/en/ Watch it; you will enjoy it. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York] [Video Tour Podcast]
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September 27, 2020
September 26, 2020, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries) | Video Tour of Garabandal
[Comment: Our Lady of Mount Carmel] Friends of the Rosary, We pray today's Holy Rosary by following the footsteps of the four visionaries of San Sebastián de Garabandal – Conchita, Mari Cruz, Mari Loli, and Jacinta – in northern Spain. The apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Michael the Archangel occurred between July 2, 1961, and November 13, 1965. The first apparition was St. Michael the Archangel, preparing the schoolgirls for the apparitions of Our Lady of Mount Carmel of Garabandal. Word of the apparitions spread quickly and many were viewed by thousands of villagers from the Cantabrian mountain region. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York] [Video Tour Podcast]
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September 26, 2020
September 25, 2020, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)
[Comment: Garabandal] Friends of the Rosary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Saint Michael the Archangel appeared from 1961 to 1965 to four young schoolgirls in a rural village of San Sebastian de Garabandal in northern Spain. The visitations numbered in the thousands drew huge crowds, and featured phenomena, much of it filmed or photographed, with thousands of witnesses. Garabandal apparitions are the continuation of Fátima. Our Lady of Mount Carmel – la Virgen del Carmen de Garabandal – asked to lead good lives, make many sacrifices, give much importance to the Eucharist, and visit frequently the Blessed Sacrament. We pray today’s Sorrowful Mysteries from Garabandal. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York] [Video Podcast of Today's Rosary] ___
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September 25, 2020
September 24, 2020, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)
[Comment: Holding Mary’s Hand] Friends of the Rosary, Padre Pio lived with the Rosary in his hands. He was always seen fingering his Rosary beads in his monastery in San Giovanni Rotondo, in Italy, where he lived and is now buried. We’ve collected seven of his key thoughts about the Rosary: • ”It was Our Lady who taught us this prayer, just as it was Jesus who taught us the Our Father.” • ”In times of darkness, holding the Rosary is like holding your Blessed Mother’s hand.” • “Pray the Rosary every day.” • ”Abandon yourself in the hands of Mary. She will take care of you.” • “She is present in all the mysteries and she participated in everything with love and pain.” • “Love our Lady and make her loved.“ • “Satan wants to destroy this prayer, but in this, he will never succeed.” [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York] [Video Podcast of Today's Rosary] ___ For following the holiness of Padre Pio based on prayer, charity, and patient suffering, always with his Rosary in hand. Padre Pio lived the Franciscan spirit of poverty with detachment from self, from possessions, and from comforts. For being open to the Holy Spirit, amend our lives and pursue holiness, following the fruits of the Luminous Mysteries that we pray today. ___
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September 25, 2020
September 23, 2020, Memorial of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)
[Comment: Patient Suffering] Friends of the Rosary, Today, we commemorate the Memorial of the Italian Franciscan priest St. Pio of Petrelcina, better known as “Padre Pio”, a saint of the last century. Known for his patient suffering, fervent prayer, and miracles, he became a worldwide point of pilgrimage. During the first World War, he offered himself as a spiritual “victim” for the end to the conflict, accepting suffering as a form of prayer for peace. At that time, while praying before a cross, Padre Pio received the Stigmata – Christ's wounds – in his own flesh. These mystical but real wounds would remain with him for 50 years. He would hear confessions from dawn to dusk, was able to read souls, bi-locate, levitate, and heal by touch. About the Rosary, Padre Pio said: "Some people are so foolish that they think they can go through life without the help of the Blessed Mother. Love the Madonna and pray the Rosary, for her Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today. All graces given by God pass through the Blessed Mother." Padre Pio died in 1968, at the age of 81, and was declared a saint in 2002. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York] [Video Podcast of Today's Rosary] ___ For learning on the virtue of patient suffering that Padre Pío so well exemplified. For being able to proclaim the Kingdom of Heaven among our friends, relatives and anyone we can reach, for we are called to be apostles of Jesus Christ. For seeing a truly Catholic judge, naturally pro-life and pro-eternal life, seated at the Supreme Court of the United States. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York]   ___ • Video & Voice of St. Pio
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September 23, 2020
September 22, 2020, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)
[Comment: Second Wave] Friends of the Rosary, The United States marked today a somber milestone: 200,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus. Moreover, doctors worry about an “apocalyptic fall” as the COVID virus spreads. Eight months later, the main question still is who conceived, financed, and released this virus? Why generate a global pandemic? Humanity has been hit badly but it hasn’t reacted as it should: by turning to Jesus Christ. A second wave is on, although we continue with our relativism, pride, and unbelief. How long until we react? Five centuries ago, the pandemic was fought with Rosaries. Why don’t we do the same now? The Immaculate Mary can easily stop this global crisis but we need to ask for Her intercession. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York] [Video Podcast of Today's Rosary] ___ For understanding the new efficacy that the Most Holy Virgin Mary gave to the Rosary in Fatima. As Sr. Lucia, the last visionary of Fatima said, "there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot be solved by the Rosary". For being able to console all of the victims of the COVID disease through the grace we receive while praying together in this community, and with the help of our salvific tool, the Most Holy Rosary. For properly reflecting on the mysteries of passion and death of Jesus Christ – that we pray today. And for receiving the infinite love of Jesus Christ and the grace of his Blessed Mother.
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September 22, 2020
September 21, 2020, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)
[Comment: Fatima The Movie]  Friends of the Rosary, The movie “Fatima” is on display on major online platforms, including YouTube. Let me share the link to free access. The movie, based on historical events, features the story of Lucía and the other two young shepherds, Francisco and Jacinta, recently declared saints. “Fatima” is an emotional, intense, faith-based drama, that we recommend. It narrates the negative reaction to the apparitions of the Virgin Mary and rightly conveys the message of Fatima. Pray the Rosary every day and do penance and sacrifices for the conversion of sinners and in reparation to the sins committed against the immaculate heart of Mary and the most sacred heart of Jesus. This message seems medieval, taken even from the Stone Age, right? Wrong, it cannot be more timely. The Holy Rosary and constant sacrifices for Jesus and Mary are exactly what the world needs today. Dismissing it is just going in the opposite direction. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York] [Video Podcast] ___ For following the example of St Matthew, Apostle, and Evangelist, whose feast we celebrate today Monday, September 21st. We want to understand the call of Jesus, leaving everything and following Him, as Matthew did. For receiving the grace of the joyful mysteries, making our souls humble, charitable, poor in spirit, obedient and pious. For the health of David Calzada, who is fighting for his life.  
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September 21, 2020
September 20, 2020, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)
[Comment: Trust in the Sacred Heart of Jesus] Friends of the Rosary, I’m reaching you today from the Cerro de Los Angeles, Hill of the Angels, the geographic center of Spain, in the south of Madrid. The site hosts a fourteenth-century monastery named Our Lady of the Angels (Nuestra Señora de Los Ángeles), a shrine, and a magnificent monument dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Holy Trinity’s ways are not our earthly ways. The parable of the vineyard explained in today’s Gospel (MT 20:1-16A) shows that the landowner —meaning, the Lord — rewards and distributes His grace according to His will. That might upset us, prompting to say: “It’s just not fair.” Well, once again we’re wrong. What really works, even in our daily life, is God’s will and justice, because we poorly manage our affairs. It is better to surrender and follows Jesus Christ’s will and grace. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York] [Video Podcast] ___ For always trusting in Jesus Christ and Immaculate Mary, knowing they want to give us peace on earth and save our souls for eternity. For consecrating ourselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, like Spain, the US and many other countries did so, despite the unbelievers’ anti-Christian agenda. Friends, if I may, I’d like to ask to join me in prayer for the health of David Calzada, a web engineer of the Rosary Network. He is fighting for his life in the ICU against the COVID. David needs to recover and to see the light of Jesus and Mary.
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September 20, 2020
September 19, 2020, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)
[Comment: Rosaries in Heaven] Friends of the Rosary, Father Dominic of Prussia was a Carthusian monk and ascetical writer, born in Poland in the fourteenth century. Deeply devoted to the Holy Rosary, he received numerous spiritual favors. According to St Louis de Montfort's narration, Dominic the Carthusian had this vision. He saw the whole heavenly court assembled and singing the Rosary in an enchanting melody. Each decade was in honor of a mystery of life, passion, or glory of Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother. The heavenly court bowed their heads at the name of Mary and genuflected at the name of Jesus, giving thanks to God. They were praying too for those on earth who practice this devotion. Beautiful crowns of flowers were held for those who say the Holy Rosary devoutly. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York] [Video Podcast] ___ We pray today to continue practicing daily devotion of the Holy Rosary as Our Lady of Fatima requested. For hearing the Word of Jesus Christ, embracing it with generous heart, and bearing fruit through perseverance – as the Gospel (LK 8:4-15) teaches us today. For seeing an unequivocally pro-life and pro-eternal life judge seated on the Supreme Court. Killing unborn children is a modern holocaust and a criminal offense to the Holy Trinity. Let's pray for my friend and director of systems at IBL, David Calzada, who is at the ICU fighting against the COVID virus.
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September 19, 2020
September 18, 2020, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)
[Comment: Patience, Never Sadness] Friends of the Rosary, We cannot live as Christians without participating in the Sacrifice of the Cross. We absolutely need the Sorrowful Mysteries to meditate upon the passion and death of Jesus Christ. Immaculate Mary reminded it in her last apparitions, including the one at Garabandal in Spain, sixty years ago. The Lamb of God emptied himself and gave His life to save humanity, showing us the way to the truth on earth and the door to eternity. We need to walk embracing the virtue of patience to deal with tribulations and difficulties. We must be patient but never with a sad expression. Patient and always hopeful, inspiring non-believers. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York] [Video Podcast] ___ For seeing the Holy Eucharist resumed soon because the Christian life cannot be sustained without the Sacrifice of the Mass, the community of the Church, and the Communion.  With masses only broadcasted online and no Eucharist, the enemies of the faith claim victory and advance their plan of darkness for humanity. Today we ask immaculate Mary for her grace so we can show perfect sorrow for our sins and the virtue of perfect obedience to the Divine Will.
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September 18, 2020
September 17, 2020, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)
[Comment: Meaning of Existence] Friends of the Rosary, What‘s the meaning of our existence? St Paul provided a great explanation (ROM 14:7-9): “None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself. For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord; so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.” Profound words: We live for Jesus Christ. We serve the Lord and take care of each other. Is this complicated to apply at our battleground here on earth? For sure, being Christian is not an easy job. Let’s be opened to the Holy Spirit, as the first Luminous Mystery teaches. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York] [Video Podcast] 
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September 17, 2020
September 16, 2020, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)
[Comment: Why God Sacrificed His Son?] Friends of the Rosary, Why did God send his only Son to our dysfunctional world? God knew in advance that we wouldn’t recognize His Son, treating Him like a criminal. Despite so, Jesus Christ came from Heaven and went to the poor, the forgotten, and those crippled by sin. Jesus brought the light and love of God and set on earth the Catholic Church, His Mystical Body. And through the sacrament of Baptism, we became members of that Body. We've committed to imitate and serve Jesus. By modeling our lives around Jesus and His Mother, we've made our life's mission to carry the forgiving love of the Divinity to the darkest places. The Divinity just wants us to flourish and might be saved from our sins. The Holy Rosary is our instrument to save us and save others. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York] [Video Podcast]  __ For understanding that the Heavens come to us purely out of love, not to condemn us but we might be saved by imitating Jesus Christ. In speaking to Nicodemus, Jesus revealed him, “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” For receiving the grace and strength to fight hatred, violence, rejection, and death itself. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York]
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September 16, 2020
September 15, 2020, Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)
[Comment: Seven Sorrows] Friends of the Rosary, Today we commemorate the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, and we are invited to reflect on Mary’s deep suffering in relation to Her Son. The Virgin Mary experienced seven great sorrows, from the flight into Egypt to the crucifixion and death of Jesus. The heart of the Blessed Mother was pierced by seven swords. Immaculate Mary stood at the foot of the Cross and held Jesus taken from the Cross, as dramatically reflected Michelangelo’s Pieta. In her suffering as co-redeemer, Our Lady reminds us of the tremendous evil of sin and shows us the way of true repentance. These are the seven sorrows, along with the readings: At the prophecy of Simeon: "You yourself shall be pierced with a sword - so that the thoughts of many hearts may be laid bare." (Luke 2:25-35). At the flight into Egypt: "Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt." (Mt 2:13). Having lost the Holy Child at Jerusalem for three days: "You see that your father and I have been searching for you in sorrow." (Luke 2:48). Meeting Jesus on his way to Calvary: (Luke 23:27-31; John 19:17). Standing at the foot of the Cross: "Near the cross of Jesus there stood His mother." (John 19:25). Jesus being taken from the Cross: (Psalm 130; Luke 23:50-54; John 19:31-37) At the burial of Christ: (Isaiah 53:8; Luke 23:50-56; John 19:38-42; Mark 15:40-47) [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York] [Video Podcast] __ For the devotion to the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady while we pray today the Sorrowful Mysteries. May the tears of the Mother of God lead to our salvation. For learning from the Martyrs across history who shed their blood for Christ. This feast today—which dates back to the 12th century—is dedicated to the spiritual martyrdom of Mary, who is the Queen of Martyrs. September is traditionally dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows.
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September 15, 2020
September 14, 2020, Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)
[Comment: Sign of Triumph] Friends of the Rosary, Today we celebrate the Exaltation, the Triumph of the Holy Cross — the instrument of our redemption. With this feast day, we commemorate the recovery of the True Cross, which was placed on Mt. Calvary by St. Helena, in the fourth century. When we make the Sign of the Cross, we give our entire self to Jesus Christ — mind, soul, heart, body, will, thoughts. Jesus Christ is our life, our salvation, and our resurrection. Through Him, we are saved and made free. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York] [Video Podcast]
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September 14, 2020
September 13, 2020, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)
[Comment: Serving Him] Friends of the Rosary, The Lord is merciful and forgives our sins. We just need to confess our sins, amend our lives, and do penance. After all, we are God’s children, created at His image. The Holy Trinity just wants to bring all souls to Heaven, and that’s why the Divinity gives us unlimited opportunities to repent and convert into the truth. We’ve been created to serve the Lord in this life and enjoy Him in the next one. In consequence, we must show mercy and charity and forgive others. We are far from being perfect, so better to abandon our ego and pride and be humble. This way we will dramatically improve our daily lives and take of our soul for eternity. Since all of this is easy to say but difficult to achieve, we ask the grace of Jesus and Mary through our daily Rosary. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York] [Video Podcast]
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September 13, 2020
September 12, 2020, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)
[Comment: Perseverance in Prayer] Friends of the Rosary, Through the Holy Rosary, we persevere in asking Jesus and Mary for all our needs, both spiritual and corporal. As long as we don’t stop asking and we don’t lose courage, our petition will be answered. Perseverance in prayer is critical. Only the one who keeps on asking, seeking, and knocking will receive. God is a spring of living water that flows unceasingly into the hearts who pray. The Lord is infinite goodness and generosity. We make Him happy when we ask. As John (16:24) and Matthew (7:7) wrote, ask and you will receive, seek, and you will find, knock and the door will be opened. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York]
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September 12, 2020
September 11, 2020, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)
[Comment: Heinous Attack] Friends of the Rosary, Nineteen years ago, on September 11, 2001, America suffered the worst terrorist attack in history, with almost 3,500 innocents dead. It was an attack not just on the United States, but on all of humanity. Today in the US we observe the date as the “Patriot Day”, while we turn to prayer and remember the families of those who died, those who were injured, and all the selfless first responders and brave persons who risked their lives to save others. Almost two decades later, we sadly see that evil-inspired ideologies, terrorism, and wars still persist. We seek the light and guidance of Jesus Christ, knowing that real comfort, strength and hope only comes from Heaven. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York]
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September 11, 2020
September 10, 2020, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)
[Comment: Where Is Jesus?]      Friends of the Rosary, We often say, think, and even complain that we don’t find Jesus in our daily life. Where is Jesus Christ? Jesus is in the cross, in the suffering. That’s where we find Jesus. That is where He awaits us. And where is Mary? At the foot of the Cross seeing Her Divine Son pierced and disfigured, and asking us to reflect on the Passion and the Death of the Savior. No one wants trouble and difficulty, but the reality is that we need our cross. We need challenges and struggle to redeem ourselves and enter eternity. We imitate the virtues of Jesus and Mary because deep down we know that salvation is based on modeling our existence around the Author of Life. The Holy Rosary is our instrument to achieve this goal. Always keep it with you. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York]
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September 10, 2020
September 9, 2020, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)
[Comment: Reparation]     Friends of the Rosary, The Holy Angels in Heaven, with their angelic intelligence, salute the Virgin Mary with the Hail Mary. Through the Hail Mary, reparation was made for the fallen Angel’s sin, God was made man, and the world was renewed. Blessed Alan de la Roche explained this, highlighting that the salutation of the Rosary is worthy of the Queen of Heaven and Earth. We also know that the Hail Mary, along with the Holy Rosary, drives off the Evil–who is the enemy of the human race and seeks our ruin. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York]
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September 9, 2020
September 8, 2020, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)
[Comment: Mother of God and Humanity]   Friends of the Rosary, Today is the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Nine months after the Immaculate Conception, on December 8th, we celebrate the birth of Mary as the child of Saints Joachim and Anne, on September 8th. Mary was conceived and born immaculate and full of grace. As St Augustine described, the birth was an event of cosmic and historic significance. Our Lady was born to be the mother of the Savior of the world, the spiritual mother of all men, and the holiest and most perfect of God's creatures. We rejoice that the Mother of God is Our Mother, too. In Mary all human nature is exalted. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York] [Video podcast]
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September 8, 2020
September 7, 2020, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)
[Comment: Heavens Rejoice] Friends of the Rosary, Blessed Alan de la Roche, the fifteen-century theologian who continued the expansion of the Rosary started by St Dominic, had a vision about the power, value, and holiness of the Rosary. According to this revelation, narrated by St Louis de Montfort, the Virgin Mary said to Alan de la Roche: “When you say the Rosary the angels rejoice, the Blessed Trinity delights in it, my Son finds joy in it too, and I myself am happier than you can possibly guess. After the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, there is nothing in the Church that I love as much as the Rosary.” [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York]
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September 7, 2020
September 6, 2020, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)
[Comment: Temptation] Friends of the Rosary, We continuously fall into temptation, despite our high hopes. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. As St Paul explained in his first letter to Corinthians that with temptation, God also provides the way to escape it, so we may be able to endure. St John the Apostle wrote that if we confess our sins, the Lord, who is faithful, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Collectively, one of the most extended sins, yet socially accepted, is sexual immorality. St Paul stated that every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. We need to pray hard for not to fail into temptation. [Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York]
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September 6, 2020
September 5, 2020, Feast of Mother Teresa, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)
[Comment: Filled with the Light of Christ] Friends of the Rosary, Today is the feast of St Teresa of Calcutta, Mother Teresa, a universal symbol of Jesus’ mercy and preferential love for the poor and the forgotten. Born in Macedonia, Europe, in 1910, and died on September 5, 1997, this contemporary saint founded in India an order of nuns, the Missionaries of Charity, which would become a driving force worldwide. The congregation took care of forgotten men, women, and children who were dying in the street. Mother Teresa set up homes for AIDS sufferers, for prostitutes, for battered women, and orphanages for poor children. She was focused on the poorest of the poor, those who had no one to care for them. She was a soul filled with the light of Christ, on fire with love for Him. Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. She received the prize “for the glory of God and in the name of the poor.” [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org] Today's Holy Rosary: For following the merciful example of Mother Teresa. She proclaimed God’s thirsting love for humanity, especially for the poorest of the poor. Today, at the end of each mystery, we will remember a key thought of Mother Teresa. 1st Joyful Mystery Mother Teresa said, "A sacrifice to be real must cost, must hurt, must empty ourselves. The fruit of silence is prayer, the fruit of prayer is faith, the fruit of faith is love, the fruit of love is service, the fruit of service is peace." 2nd Joyful Mystery Mother Teresa started each day in communion with Jesus in the Eucharist and then went out, Rosary in her hand, to find and serve Him in “the unwanted, the unloved, the uncared for.” 3rd Joyful Mystery Mother Teresa said, "Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in His love than in your own weakness." 4th Joyful Mystery Mother Teresa was a fierce defender of the unborn. Mother Teresa of Calcutta said, "If you hear of some woman who does not want to keep her child and wants to have an abortion, try to persuade her to bring him to me. I will love that child, seeing in him the sign of God's love." 5th Joyful Mystery Mother Teresa was a luminous messenger of the Lord. She said, “God still loves the world and He sends you and me to be His love and His compassion to the poor.”
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September 6, 2020
September 4, 2020, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)
[Comment: Closer to Jesus and Mary] Friends of the Rosary, Today we contemplate the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ through five sorrowful mysteries. Pope Francis said this week: "Each time we fix our gaze on the image of Christ crucified, we contemplate that He, as the true Servant of the Lord, has accomplished his mission, giving life, spilling his blood for the pardoning of sins." It is critical that we resist and never retreat in the face of the trials and suffering we witness every day. Our Mediatrix in Heaven intercedes for us, helping us in our struggle against our weakness and against the evil spirits that roar trying to devour us. The Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary is our weapon of choice in this dramatic battle. There isn't a more effective sword against darkness. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org]
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September 5, 2020
September 3, 2020, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)
[Comment: Closer to Jesus and Mary] Friends of the Rosary, The Holy Rosary allows us to be closer to Jesus and Mary. By reflecting on the 20 mysteries of the Rosary we model our lives around 20 essential virtues. As a result of it, our existence here on earth dramatically improves. The sacrifice of spending 20 to 25 minutes per day praying the Rosary clearly pays off. The Virgin Mary gave the Rosary to the Catholic Church, trough St Dominic, as a tool for our salvation. If people knew the meaning of the Holy Rosary, they wouldn’t miss it. Let’s share with others our own experience. We are the witnesses and servants of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org]
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September 4, 2020
September 2, 2020, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)
[Comment: Struggle] Friends of the Rosary, We pray today the Glorious Mysteries. The glory of Jesus passed through His Death and Passion. Our Savior didn’t scape the cross and avoid the Father’s will. He embraced His cross, for our salvation, showing us the way to eternity. As Pope Francis said this week, “the life of Christians is always a struggle.” Francis emphasized: “The Bible says that the life of the believer is a militancy: fighting against the bad spirit, fighting against Evil.” The dark spirit tries to distance ourselves from the cross of Jesus, pushing us to embrace earthly temptations. We do have moments of devotion, fervor, and goodwill, as in this Holy Rosary, but, as Pope Francis stated when the cross comes, we flee. Let’s do our best by taking up our cross and participating with Christ in the salvation of the world. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org]
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September 3, 2020
September 1, 2020, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)
[Comment: Thinking Like Jesus and Mary] Friends of the Rosary, St Paul encouraged us (ROM 12:1-2) to renew our mind in order to discern what's the will of God and what's perfect. We must learn to think like Jesus and Mary. Otherwise, we fail, falling into despair. The sad reality is that we choose an easy faith based on the glory—far from difficulties and suffering—rather than a faith rooted in the Calvary of the cross. Jesus didn’t come to remove our cross. He came to give meaning to our suffering and alleviate our struggle. We need to be courageous and accept our sinful condition and our own personal cross, which redeems us. By imitating Jesus and Mary—with the help of the Holy Rosary—we will receive the crown of glory and the reward of eternal life. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org]  
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September 2, 2020
August 31, 2020, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)
[Comment: New Eve] Friends of the Rosary, Today, the New Testament's reading shows Jesus announcing that His second coming will take place, although He doesn't say when. It can be tomorrow, it can be a thousand years from now. Jesus said: “For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory, and then he will repay all according to his conduct.” (MT 16:21-27) Friends, we are much better served by living for Christ in the present. We must live alert every single day, faithfully praying the Holy Rosary. This way, when the Church passes through the expected, final trial led by the Antichrist—that will shake the faith of many believers—we will be better prepared for the return of Our Savior. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org]  [This Rosary Prayer in Video]
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September 1, 2020
August 30, 2020, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)
[Comment: Second Coming] Friends of the Rosary, Today, the New Testament's reading shows Jesus announcing that His second coming will take place, although He doesn't say when. It can be tomorrow, it can be a thousand years from now. Jesus said: “For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory, and then he will repay all according to his conduct.” (MT 16:21-27) Friends, we are much better served by living for Christ in the present. We must live alert every single day, faithfully praying the Holy Rosary. This way, when the Church passes through the expected, final trial led by the Antichrist—that will shake the faith of many believers—we will be better prepared for the return of Our Savior. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org] [This Rosary Prayer in Video]
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August 31, 2020
August 29, 2020, Memorial of the Passion of St John the Baptist, Holy Rosary Live (Joyful Mysteries)
[Comment: Moral Courage] Friends of the Rosary, Today is the Memorial of the Passion of St John the Baptist. Besides our Lord and our Lady, St. John the Baptist is the only one whose birth and death are celebrated. St John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus. He lived as a hermit in the wilderness and, inspired by the Holy Spirit, preached that people should repent of their sins and be baptized. Herod imprisoned John because he had the moral courage to blame him to his face for his illegal union with his sister-in-law Herodias. Later, Herod would order the beheading of the saint. Today's reading (Mark 6:17-29) narrates the circumstances of his execution. John the Baptist shed his blood for the truth and died for Christ. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org]
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August 30, 2020
August 28, 2020, Memorial of St Augustine: Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)
[Comment: Restless Heart] Friends of the Rosary, Today is the Memorial Day of St Augustine of Hippo, Doctor of the Church, and one of the most influential theologians in the history of Christianity, especially regarding the Trinity, grace, and the Church. Through incessant prayers and tears, her mother St Monica instrumented St Augustine's conversion, along with the sanctity of Milan's Bishop Ambrose. Born in the fourth century in what is today Algeria, in the North of Africa, St Augustine was made bishop Hippo at the age of 41, founded religious orders, and wrote two influential books, Confessions and The City of God. He won mighty battles against heretics, including Pelagius, who denied the necessity of grace. St Augustine–who before his reformation experienced all kinds of excesses—recognized the nature of earthly satisfactions. Restless is the heart until it rests in God, he famously stated. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org]
28:12
August 29, 2020
August 27, 2020, Memorial of St Monica, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)
[Comment: A Mother's Tears] Friends of the Rosary, Today's is the Memorial Day of St Monica, the virtuous mother of St Augustine of Hippo. Born in the fourth century in the north of Africa, she is honored for her Christian virtues—particularly the suffering caused by her husband's adultery, a Roman pagan named Patricius—along with her prayerful life dedicated to the conversion of her son. She spent night after night praying and weeping for her son Augustine—who would later describe her mother's holiness in his Confessions. St Monica is venerated worldwide for her long-suffering patience, penance, and incessant prayer. The city of Santa Monica, in California, was named after her, as were the "weeping" springs outside the city. The tears she shed over her son's early impiety symbolize every mother's patience and perseverance on prayer for the good of the family. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org]
27:39
August 28, 2020
August 26, 2020, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)
[Comment: Grace of Faith] Friends of the Rosary, With the virtue of faith—the fruit of the first Glorious Mystery—we are able to escape from the mythical cave of Plato and emerge from shadows and darkness. How many people do claim that they would like to have faith? Friends, we are very lucky for our Catholic faith—the only true faith. Faith is our richness and a special grace from the Lord that brings us to hope, wisdom, and eternal happiness—all of these fruits of meditating on the Holy Rosary. To be a person of faith and believe in the Resurrection means to resist the idolatry of today’s relativism and extreme rationalism. All of these false ideas are traps spread by the enemies of the Truth. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org]
26:45
August 27, 2020
August 25, 2020, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)
[Comment: Thorns in the Flesh] Friends of the Rosary, Each of us suffers from different things, in different ways. We endure hardships, temptations, diseases, carrying our own crosses. Paul the Apostle, in his second letter to the Corinthians, complained to the Lord about “a thorn in the flesh” that has given to him. We don’t know exactly what was that pain. It could be partial blindness, physical scars from the many beatings he endured, a temptation he was struggling with, o simply deep remorse from his past sins. St Paul asked the Lord three times to remove his thorn. But God told him: “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor 12:9). We can identify ourselves in our struggles with Paul’s “thorn in the flesh”. In the end, St Paul considered his suffering–whatever it was–as a blessing, and even a source of strength. How? Through Jesus Christ. We pray and meditate today on the mysteries of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ. [Written by Mikel A][Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org]
25:18
August 26, 2020
August 24, 2020, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)
[Comment: Love of Neighbor] Friends of the Rosary, The Visitation, the second Joyful Mystery, teaches about the love of neighbor. Jesus said that the two greatest commandments are love the Lord with all your heart, mind, and soul, and love your neighbor as yourself (Matt 22:34-40). Note that the Lord didn’t request just to be a nice and friendly guy or have a heart of gold. Real love is willing the good of the other, and then doing something about it. The love of neighbor is to show a perfect charity toward the other. [Written by Mikel A][Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org]
26:56
August 25, 2020
August 23, 2020, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)
[Comment: Saving Souls] Friends of the Rosary, The Son of the Living God came down to earth to save souls. St Denis, the 3rd-century martyr and Bishop of Paris, said that there is nothing nobler and pleasing to God than to cooperate in the work of saving souls and to frustrate the devil's plan for ruining them. Jesus Chris built his Church upon the rock of Peter (MT 16:13-20) to undo the work of darkness. The empire of the Evil One was upset with the foundation of the Catholic Church, the mystical body of Jesus Christ. The Virgin Mary, the protectress of the Church, told us to pray the Rosary to save souls. Across history, we have seen the evil forces have an overwhelming fear of the Rosary. This is our spiritual sword. [Written by Mikel A][Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org]
35:38
August 24, 2020
August 22, 2020, Queenship of Mary Memorial, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)
[Comment: Consecration to Mary] Friends of the Rosary, Today is the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary Memorial, a feast instituted by Pope Pius XII in 1954. Therefore, we celebrate Mary as the Queen of Heaven and Earth—the fifth Glorious Mystery of the Rosary. We seek protection under her maternal mantle, knowing that She is concerned with our own salvation. As Pope Pius XII declared, she petitions with maternal prayers, and she obtains what she seeks, by standing at the right hand of Her Son. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org]
30:21
August 23, 2020
August 21, 2020, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)
[Comment: Thy Will Be Done] Friends of the Rosary, We read this week (Mat 20:1-16) about the parable of the landowner who hires people at various times of the day and then pays everyone the same. From our human perspective, this is unfair. But we are wrong. The Father, who knows everything about everyone, distributes His graces as he sees fit. And this is great. Our knowledge is very limited and essentially we don't know what we want and need. We say "thy will be done" for a reason. When we self-deny and put our lives in the hands of Jesus and Mary, with the help of the Holy Rosary, then we spectacularly improve, gain peace and happiness. This is an empirical fact. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org]
26:21
August 22, 2020
August 20, 2020, Holy Rosary Live (Luminous Mysteries)
[Comment: Invited by the Father] Friends of the Rosary, The Creator of the Universe invites us to a wedding—a joyful feast for his son (Matt 22:1-4). However, we, the guests, mostly refuse to come, arguing many reasons: we don't have time, we are not in the mood for a feast because of the difficulties, economic problems, and diseases we are facing, etc. Even when a special ambassador comes to us explaining why this joyful feast is the best thing we can do, we reject the invitation and even mistreat, insult, and beat this envoy. A few invitees who reluctantly attend, go in bad shape, poorly dressed. What an exhibition of ignorance and disrespect. The Father sent His Only Son, Jesus Christ, and we didn't recognize Him. It happened two thousand years ago, and it is happening today. Let's be open to the Holy Spirit, meet Jesus through Mary, repent for our sins, aspire to holiness, and venerate Jesus in the Eucharist. We pray today the Luminous Mysteries. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org]
26:44
August 21, 2020
August 19, 2020, 4th Apparition in Fatima Celebration Day, Holy Rosary Live (Glorious Mysteries)
[Comment: Offer the Suffering] Friends of the Rosary, On August 19, 1917, at four o'clock in the afternoon, it took place the fourth supernatural apparition of the Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal. Our Lady reminded Lucia to pray the Holy Rosary every day, and revealed: "Pray, pray much, and make sacrifices for sinners, for many souls go to hell because there is no one to sacrifice and pray for them." Two of the three Fatima seers, Jacinta and Francisco, died as children, victims of a flu pandemic. They offered up their suffering and pain for the love of Jesus and Mary. The two young saints offered their sacrifice in reparation of the sins committed against the most sacred heart of Jesus and the immaculate heart of Mary. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org]
30:05
August 20, 2020
August 18, 2020, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)
[Comment: Parishes with the Rosary] Friends of the Rosary, The Holy Rosary is a Heaven-given prayer that has divine power-the power to touch our hearts and to fill them with virtues. St Louis de Montfort explained that Catholic parishes that keep on preaching the Rosary get transformed and faith flourishes. Meanwhile, those parishes that given up the Rosary generally fall back into their sinful ways again. Parishes with the Rosary persevere in grace and advance every day in virtue. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org]
27:08
August 19, 2020
August 17, 2020, Holy Rosary Live (Joyful Mysteries)
[Comment: 150 Days] Friends of the Rosary, Today is our 150th Rosary, prayed every day without fail. Back in March, we started live streaming from the New York area a daily Rosary as a response to the pandemic. We asked for the protection of Our Lady of Fatima. Since then, the flow of grace has been abundant, beyond imagination. As the fifteenth century's Pope Julius III said, the Rosary, inspired by God, opens more easily Heaven through the favors of Our Lady. In these five months together, we learned about the virtues of Jesus and Mary. This meditation has led us closer to Our Savior Jesus Christ through the Virgin Mary. We rejoice today by praying and meditating on the Joyful Mysteries. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org] 
25:38
August 18, 2020
August 16, 2020, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)
[Comment: Persisting in Faith] Friends of the Rosary, In today's Sunday reading, a Canaanite woman persisted in her petition to Jesus to heal her tormented daughter. Initially, Jesus refused to answer but after seeing the woman’s faith the daughter was healed. Bishop Barron explains that God wants us to ask persistently—not in order He might be changed but we might be changed. The Lord forces us to wait so we change by making ourselves worthy vessels of faith, hope, and charity. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org] [Full Broadcast on YouTube and Facebook]  
25:24
August 17, 2020
August 15, 2020, Solemnity of The Assumption, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)
[Comment: Joy Increased] Friends of the Rosary, Today, August 15th is the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven, a major–and joyful–feast day. The Solemnity celebrates today both the departure of Mary from her earthly life and the assumption of her body and soul into heaven. This doctrine was dogmatically defined–after it was divinely revealed–seventy years ago by Pope Pius XII. The assumption was proclaimed this way: “The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever-Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.” Mary shared Jesus Christ’s heavenly destiny, perfectly united with the life and redemption work of His Son. As Pope Francis said today, it was a humanity’s milestone: Our Lady set foot in Heaven. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org ] [Resources: Pope Francis: Mary’s Assumption was a ‘giant leap for mankind’; The Assumption of Mary: 12 Things to Know and Share]
31:21
August 16, 2020
August 14, 2020, Feast of St Maximilian Kolbe, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)
[Comment: Patron of Suffering] Friends of the Rosary, Today is the Memorial Day of St Maximilian Kolbe, a Polish priest and martyr of charity who founded the Militia of the Immaculate Mary. Maximilian Kolbe was a ground-breaking theologian and evangelizer. His goal was to “win the world for the Immaculata.” In 1941, the Nazis imprisoned him in the Auschwitz death camp. There he offered his life in exchange for the father of a large family who was to be executed. He was condemned to slow death in a starvation bunker. Later, his impatient captors decided to end his life with a lethal injection. John Paul II proclaimed him the Patron of Our Suffering Century. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org | Live Broadcast Every Day at 7:30 pm ET from New York on our YouTube and Facebook Channels ]
26:08
August 15, 2020
August 13, 2020, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)
[Comment: Constant Forgiveness] Friends of the Rosary, Peter asked Jesus, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus replied: “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.” (Matthew 18:21 - 19:1) This is the reading in today's Gospel. The Lord taught us the necessity of constant forgiveness. Agonizing on the cross, Jesus asked the Father to forgive those who were torturing Him to death. We forgive, because Jesus, who is the Truth, forgave. He forgave us first and did it many times, despite our unspeakable sins offending and killing the Author of Life. If we don't forgive, sin stays on us, and we might easily become slaves of sin and evil. To be free and follow Jesus and Mary, we must forgive, regardless of how difficult it is. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org | Live Broadcast Every Day at 7:30 pm ET from New York on our YouTube and Facebook Channels ]
24:53
August 14, 2020
August 12, 2020, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)
[Comment: The Assumption] Friends of the Rosary, The month of August is dedicated to The Immaculate Heart of Mary. And this Saturday 15th is the solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. The Assumption was an ancient belief, dating back to the apostles themselves. In 1950, Pope Pius XII proclaimed the Assumption of Mary a dogma, a truth revealed by the Holy Spirit, with these words: “The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever-virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heaven.” The Assumption completed God's work of redemption in Mary. It was not fitting that the flesh that gave life to the Lord himself should ever undergo corruption. The Mother of Jesus was bodily taken up and entered eternity, giving us hope and joy. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org | Live Broadcast Every Day at 7:30 pm ET from New York on our YouTube and Facebook Channels ]
26:14
August 13, 2020
August 11, 2020, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)
[Comment: Finest Devotion] Friends of the Rosary, According to St Louis Mary De Montfort, one day Our Lady revealed to Blessed Alain de la Roche, a fifteenth-century French theologian, the following: After the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which is the most important and living memorial of the Lord’s passion, there is no finer devotion or one of the greater merit than that of the Holy Rosary. “The Holy Rosary is like a second memorial and representation of the life and passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ,” wrote Louis De Montfort. St Dominic, who received the Rosary from the Virgin Mary, explained that while saying the Rosary people gain countless indulgences that are not attached to many other devotions. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org | Live Broadcast Every Day at 7:30 pm ET from New York on our YouTube and Facebook Channel ]
25:20
August 12, 2020
August 10, 2020, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)
[Comment: Narrow Space] Friends of the Rosary, The fruit of the first Glorious mystery is faith. With the first Hail Mary, we ask for the increase of faith. To follow the truth and enjoy eternal happiness by serving Jesus, we need abundant faith. Wait, we all have faith, right? Well, only until we get seriously challenged. Meaning, until we face a big storm, a moment of darkness, or see our life at peril. Take St Peter, one the chosen disciples and holder now of the keys of Heaven. After confidently walking on the water toward Jesus, he felt he was about to drown and abandoned his faith. Our egos and fears constraint us to our narrow space. Only when we self-deny handing our will and freedom to Jesus and Mary, we realize that we participate in something and Someone infinitely greater than ourselves. Then, we understand and see. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org | Live Broadcast Every Day at 7:30 pm ET from New York on our YouTube and Facebook Channel ]
26:38
August 11, 2020
August 9, 2020, Feast of St Edith Stein, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)
[Comment: Loving the Cross] Friends of the Rosary, This month, we celebrate two martyrs of Auschwitz death camp, St Maximilian Kolbe, on August 14, and St Teresa Benedicta, Edith Stein, today. They both suffered the worst horrors of the twentieth century. Edith Stein was a brilliant university professor and an influential German philosopher. Born into a prominent Jewish family in 1891 in Breslau, Germany, she converted to Catholicism. One day Edith Stein discovered the autobiography of Teresa of Avila. After reading it, she exclaimed, “This is the truth”. She decided to imitate Teresa of Avila by becoming a Discalced Carmelite nun, adopting the name of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. She was arrested by the Nazi regime, and along with all Catholic of Jewish extraction and her own sister Rosa Stein–also a Catholic–, was killed in a suffocating gas chamber in Auschwitz on August 9, 1942. Proclaimed saint by John Paul II, Teresa Benedicta learned to love the Cross of Jesus. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org | Live Broadcast Every Day at 7:30 pm ET from New York on our YouTube and Facebook Channel ]
29:14
August 11, 2020
August 8, 2020, Feast of St Dominic, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)
[Comment: Weapon to Reform the World] Friends of the Rosary, We celebrate today the feast day of St. Dominic Guzman, the Spanish medieval priest who received the Holy Rosary from the Virgin Mary for the whole Catholic Church. He also founded the Order of Preachers, known as Dominicans. Along with the Franciscans, the Dominicans became a key Order to maintain the purity of the faith. Born in Caleruega, Castile, Spain, at the end of the twelfth century, Dominic observed, while traveling in the south of France the gravity of the Albigensian heresy. This unchristian heresy deadly poisoned souls by saying that the material world was evil and hence denying the Incarnation and the sacraments. Deeply concerned, St Dominic withdrew into a forest near Toulouse. For three days and three nights, he prayed unceasingly, wept, and did harsh penances for the souls of the heretics. He used his discipline so much that his body was lacerated and finally fell into a coma. At this point, the Blessed Virgin appeared to him, accompanied by three Angels. She gave her the Rosary saying: “Dear Dominic, do you know which weapon the Blessed Trinity wants to use to reform the world?” As instructed, Dominic Guzman used the Rosary as a powerful means of converting the Albigensians and other sinners. At the end of his earthly life, he converted over 100,000 people leading them to the truth. His mother, Joanna of Aza, and his brother Manes were beatified by the Church. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org | Live Broadcast Every Day at 7:30 pm ET from New York on our YouTube and Facebook Channel ]
33:19
August 9, 2020
August 7, 2020, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)
[Comment:  Taking Our Cross] Friends of the Rosary, The fruits and the virtues to cultivate of the fifth mystery of Jesus dying in the cross—that we pray today—are self-denial, perseverance, and salvation. Moreover, as we learn in today’s reading (MT 16:24-28), Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” You might wonder if this message is insensitive and too extreme because, after all, we are already suffering countless difficulties and disappointments in our daily lives. The factual reality is that Jesus’ words mean hope and joy. How is that? Look, in our fear, lack of charity, and faith—and in many cases, with our pride and rebellion—we have lost sight of who Jesus, the Father, the Holy Spirit, the Virgin Mary, the saints, and our Heavenly family are. They are love and they are rooting for us. When we understand that our path to the fullness of life here on earth is to serve the Lord, because we were created with that purpose, then we comprehend that losing our life for Christ is in truth to save it. We serve Jesus and Mary in this life and we enjoy their presence in the next one. Saints, with all their suffering, were the happiest people on Earth. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org | Live Broadcast Every Day at 7:30 pm ET from New York on our YouTube and Facebook Channel ]Friends of the Rosary,
31:49
August 8, 2020
August 6, 2020, Transfiguration Feast: Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)
[Comment: God’s Face] Friends of the Rosary, We commemorate today the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord (MT 17:1-9), the biblical passage we reflect on the fourth Luminous mystery. Before his Passion and Death, Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them to a retired mountain. There, the Man-God appeared transfigured in a brilliant white light. The three apostles present were wonderfully delighted with the glorious vision, which included Moses and Elijah. The Transfiguration showed that Jesus’ redeeming work had two phases: the suffering of the Cross and the glory of the Resurrection. The Transfiguration anticipated the glory of heaven, where we will see the Lord face to face. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org | Live Broadcast Every Day at 7:30 pm ET from New York on our YouTube and Facebook Channel ]Friends of the Rosary,
26:07
August 7, 2020
August 5, 2020, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)
[Comment: Saints and the Rosary] Friends of the Rosary, There are many saints who bounded themselves to pray the Rosary every single day. St Francis of Sales and St Charles Borromeo strongly recommended this devotion to anyone. The greatest Popes, from St Pious V to St John Paul II said the Rosary every day. St Ignatius of Loyola, St Francis Xavier, St Francis Borgia were deeply devoted to the Rosary. Contemporary saints who prayed it were St Theresa of Calcutta, St Josemaria Escriva, and St Padre Pio, among many others. And here is an interesting thought. St Alphonsus Liguori said: “It is more efficacious to say the Rosary in the company with others than to say it alone.” [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org | Live Broadcast Every Day at 7:30 pm ET from New York on our YouTube and Facebook Channel ]Friends of the Rosary,
25:12
August 6, 2020
August 4, 2020, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)
[Comment: Contemplating the Passion] Friends of the Rosary, Contemplating and meditating on the Passion and Death is an absolute need for every Christian.   The Virgin Mary insisted on it in Her latest apparitions, including the one of Garabandal in the sixties in Spain.   St Augustine emphatically said the turning our thoughts to the suffering of Our Savior was the most fruitful spiritual exercise.   Time and time again, Jesus invited St Faustina Kowalska to contemplate the Passion as a way to plumb the depths of the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. “No greater love has no one than to lay down His life for his friends.”  (John 15:13)   The Holy Rosary commemorates the whole life and passion of Jesus Christ. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org | Live Broadcast Every Day at 7:30 pm ET from New York on our YouTube and Facebook Channel ]
25:44
August 5, 2020
August 3, 2020, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)
[Comment: Heaven Rejoices] Friends of the Rosary, The mysteries we pray today are rightly called joyful because of the joy they gave to the whole universe. St Louis Mary de Montfort explained that Our Lady and the angels were overwhelmed with joy when the Son of God was incarnate. St Elizabeth and St John the Baptist were filled with joy by the visit of Mary and Jesus. Heaven and Earth rejoiced at the birth of Our Savior. Holy Simeon was filled with joy when he took the Holy Child in his arms. The doctors were lost in admiration at the answers of Jesus at the temple of Jerusalem. And Mary and Joseph were exultant when they found the Child Jesus after three days of search. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org | Live Broadcast Every Day at 7:30 pm ET from New York on our YouTube and Facebook Channel ]
23:32
August 4, 2020
August 2, 2020, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)
[Comment: Love of God] Friends of the Rosary, Neither distress, ideologies, people, persecution nor even death can separate us from the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ. We are bound to the Creator as his children, as St. Paul reminds us in his letter to the Romans today (ROM 8;35, 37-39). It is a big lie to say that Jesus and Mary have abandoned you and do not love you. Quite the contrary. Jesus and Mary are dying for you and me. To perceive this merciful love in a more intense way we must serve God and take care of our neighbors. Jesus is interested not only in instructing us but in feeding us as well, as we read today through the miracle of the multiplication of fishes and loaves. Let’s express our love to our Heavenly family by saying the Holy Rosary. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org | Live Broadcast Every Day at 7:30 pm ET from New York on our YouTube and Facebook Channel ]
24:23
August 3, 2020
August 1, 2020, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)
[Comment: Lady of Light] Friends of the Rosary, The name Mary means “lady of light”. The Virgin Mary was chosen as the Lord’s instrument to incarnate the Eternal Word. Through the Annunciation–the greatest event on history–the world was redeemed and peace was restored between God and man. In the Rosary we rejoice by invoking Our Lady, the most perfect of God’s creatures. When we honor Our Lady of the Rosary, Jesus is glorified. The mother of Jesus and our spiritual mother lighted up Heaven and Earth. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org | Live Broadcast Every Day at 7:30 pm ET from New York on our YouTube and Facebook Channel ]
27:52
August 2, 2020
July 31, 2020, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)
[Comment: St. Ignatius of Loyola] Friends of the Rosary, Today is the Memorial Day of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus–the Jesuits–and one of the greatest Spanish saints, along with St. Dominic, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Francis Xavier, and others. The Jesuits started in the sixteenth century as the Church’s spiritual troops in the battle against the spread of Protestantism in Europe. St. Ignatius sent Francis Xavier to the Indies, and other disciples were dispersed around the world, declaring war against paganism, superstition, and heresy. The Jesuits would become the largest Catholic organization in the service of evangelization and culture–with hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide today. Willing to die for the faith and devoted to gain souls for the greatest glory of God, St. Ignatius of Loyola underwent the hardest trials, even imprisonment and beating almost to death. Favored by God with wonderful spiritual lights and power over demons, St. Ignatius wrote the book of the Spiritual Exercises, often used today for retreats and individual discernment. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org | Live Broadcast Every Day at 7:30 pm ET from New York on our YouTube and Facebook Channel ]
27:26
August 1, 2020
July 30, 2020, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)
[Comment: Good and Evil] Friends of the Rosary, In our society, good and evil are often confused or intermingled. What’s wrong is even presented as justice and collective rights. Inverting the values is a sin against the Holy Spirit. People might end up unknowingly worshipping the anti-Christ. We all need discernment to detect today’s lies. Prayer and good deeds can be a source of discernment. As we read today, Jesus reminded us (Mt 13, 47-53) “at the end of the age, the angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.” Christ’s judgment shows things as they are, good or evil. Every day, five times in the Fatima prayer we ask to be saved from the fires of hell. We also seek the protection of St Michael the Archangel. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org | Live Broadcast Every Day at 7:30 pm ET from New York on our YouTube and Facebook Channel ]
26:21
July 31, 2020
July 29, 2020, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)
[Comment: Martha Served] Friends of the Rosary, Today is the memorial day of Saint Martha. Martha, her sister Mary of Bethany, and their brother Lazarus were close friends of Jesus. Martha made a strong statement of faith in Jesus right after her brother’s death, outside the tomb of Lazarus who had died four days earlier. “Jesus told her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’ She said to him, ‘Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world” (John 11:25-27). Martha’s great faith would be confirmed by Jesus’ raising her brother Lazarus from the grave. In an earlier well-known passage of the New Testament, we saw an active Martha preparing the meal for Jesus and the Lord instructing her not to be anxious and worried about many things. Jesus emphasized the importance of contemplating Him before all things. Later, Martha, infused with her faith, would appear serving the Lord at a house of Bethany.  There Jesus was reclining at the table with Lazarus raised from the dead. As John’s Gospel tells, Martha served. Doing so, she showed us the way of Christian life. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org | Live Broadcast Every Day at 7:30 pm ET from New York on our YouTube Channel ]
33:59
July 30, 2020
July 28, 2020, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)
[Comment: Pandemic]           Friends of the Rosary, A coronavirus resurgence is hitting much of the world. The increase of the daily new cases is a worrisome reminder that crushing the virus was not a one-time event. This COVID-19 pandemic and the economic downturn have revealed who we truly are, what we believe, and what kind of people and society we have become. It's a moral test and invitation to set our priorities straight, getting rid of distractions. At our community of the Rosary Network, we believe that the answer should be prayer and full trust in Jesus and Mary. We'll notice then that the Holy Spirit comes to heal and comfort us. Trials and difficulties won't go away, but we'll know how to proceed. Let's meditate today on the passion and death of Jesus Christ, picturing our Savior sweating drops of blood for all our sins. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org | Live Broadcast Every Day at 7:30 pm ET from New York on our YouTube Channel ]
26:46
July 29, 2020
July 27, 2020, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)
[Comment: Kingdom at Hand]         Friends of the Rosary, This month, we read Jesus’ parables of the Kingdom of God in the New Testament. Our Savior is not talking about a distant eternity. He teaches us that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Jesus meant that we need to start building the truth now and here, without further delay. We must transform the Earth into the Kingdom of Heaven. The Lord trusts in our hands and our voice to build a new reality. He sends us the Spirit, the God’s power, in our help. For sure, we will find injustice, lies, and evil. It’s not our function to uproot the weeds of the harvest. Evil exists. But our mission, as servants, is to harvest good seed. The Householder, the Lord, will burn the weeds. We are just builders. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org | Live Broadcast Every Day at 7:30 pm ET from New York on our YouTube Channel ]
31:30
July 28, 2020
July 26, 2020, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)
[Comment: Holy Lives]         Friends of the Rosary, Today, we commemorate Saints Anne and Joachim, parents of the Virgin Mary and grandparents of Jesus Christ. Through the visions of the German, mystic nun Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, we learned about the virtuous and holy lives of Anne and her husband Joachim, who was of the line of David. Saint Anne gave birth to Mary, free from original sin. Joachim and Anne embraced in ecstasy, the light shone around them, and the Immaculate Conception of Mary took place. The heavens above opened and the Holy Trinity and angels rejoiced over the Immaculate Conception of Mary. The Virgin Mary was formed in the blood of Saint Anne, just as the God-man Jesus was formed in the blood of Mary. Anne taught Mary to love, pray, and serve the Lord. Mary would live in all perfection, humility, and virtue. [Video Podcast on YouTube and Facebook] [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org | Live Broadcast Every Day at 7:30 pm ET from New York on our YouTube Channel ]
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July 26, 2020
July 25, 2020, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)
[Comment: The James’ Way]       Friends of the Rosary, Today is the festivity of Saint James, the brother of John the Evangelist, and the first Apostle to be martyred. James was one of the three Apostles who were particularly close to Jesus. He was with his brother and Peter at the Transfiguration and in the Garden of Gethsemane. After the Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus, he traveled to preach to Spain, Roman Hispania at that time. While he was praying upon the banks of the Ebro River in Caesaraugusta, Saragossa, he experienced the first apparition of the Virgin Mary, in a mystical phenomenon known as bilocation. It was the first Marian supernatural apparition; it occurred in the year 40th while Mary was still alive on earth (she was living in Jerusalem). The Blessed Mother would become Our Lady of the Pillar, Nuestra Señora del Pilar, in Spanish. James would be the patron saint of Spain and the pilgrims. After James was beheaded in Jerusalem by the order of Herod Agrippa, his remains were transported to the end of the earth, the Finisterre, in northwestern Spain, in Galicia. There, he is venerated at Santiago de Compostela, a medieval pilgrimage site, the James’ Way, el Camino de Santiago, still very popular today. [ Video Podcast,  https://youtu.be/wQKm3ql4N6w ] [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org | Live Broadcast Every Day at 7:30 pm ET from New York on our YouTube Channel ]
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July 26, 2020
July 24, 2020, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)
[Comment: Resisting Through Prayer]     Friends of the Rosary, In the Gethsemane garden (Luke 22:39-46), Jesus, praying earnestly, sweating drops of blood, found His disciples asleep, exhausted from sorrow. Jesus asked them: “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” Temptation is a reality of human life that nobody, not even Jesus in His humanity, could escape. How do we resist, so temptation doesn’t get the best of us? Through prayer. Prayer transforms us. We don’t understand why and how this happens, but it happens. When we surrender, the Father, in His infinite love, answers and creates a new future for us. As Our Lady of the Rosary requested, we pray for us and for all who have no one to pray for them. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org | Live Broadcast Every Day at 7:30 pm ET from New York on our YouTube Channel ]
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July 25, 2020
July 23, 2020, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)
[Comment: Looking But Not Seeing]   Friends of the Rosary, Our radical ego, along with our particular interpretation of suffering, determines our views. We are absorbed by our convictions, anxieties, and material interests. Additionally, society’s rules today–mostly contrary to the true faith–lead us into this direction. We are so dependent on our emotions that we are unable to believe and experience the healing power of the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth. Add to it our pride of not accepting anything that we cannot physically see, touch, and understand. In today’s reading, Jesus explains that He speaks in parables because we “look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.” With the help of our most gracious advocate, the Virgin Mary, we open the eyes of our heart to the Holy Spirit in order to understand the mysteries and the fruits of the Kingdom–wonderfully summarized in our daily Rosary, a true gift from Heaven. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org | Live Broadcast Every Day at 7:30 pm ET from New York on our YouTube Channel ]
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July 24, 2020
July 22, 2020, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)
[Comment: First Witness of the Resurrection] Friends of the Rosary, Today is the liturgical feast of St. Mary Magdalene, a follower of Jesus, on par with the Apostles. She was one of the three women present at Christ’s crucifixion. Jesus Himself had healed her of evil spirits and infirmities. Mary Magdalene was the first recorded witness of the Resurrection. She announced to the grieving Apostles the bodily rising of Christ from death. The first Glorious Mystery proclaims today that Jesus is truly alive, not in a metaphorical sense. Heaven and Earth, the two orders of our existence, are coming together. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org | Live Broadcast Every Day at 7:30 pm ET from New York on our YouTube Channel ]
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July 23, 2020
July 21, 2020, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)
[Comment: The Holy Spirit Interceding]     Friends of the Rosary, In the Rosary meditation, we ask for our petitions and intentions to be fulfilled, rightfully so, within the Divine Will. We often convert our prayer in a list of petitions; however, we don’t really know what it is convenient for us. Saint Paul explained in this eighth letter to the Romans, that the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness and intercedes for us by praying for what we should. The Spirit aligns our request to God’s will. Saint Ignatius of Loyola said the love and grace of God were wealth enough. The Spirit, whom the Father sends in name of Jesus, comes upon us, giving us peace and helping to set our priorities. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org | Live Broadcast Every Day at 7:30 pm ET from New York on our YouTube Channel ]
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July 22, 2020
July 20, 2020, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)
[Comment: False Creeds and Prophets]   Friends of the Rosary, As it happened in the time of the early Church, today we also see many false creeds and prophets. How do we detect them? Saint John gave us a clue in his first letter. "Whoever rejects that Jesus is from God is a false prophet." Moreover, that is the spirit of the Antichrist, said John the Apostle. The first leaders of the early Church openly talked about the presence in the world of the Antichrist. The Antichrist denies the Father and the Son. “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil,” said St. Peter. We implore Our Lady of the Rosary to keep us alert, so we detect who wants to destroy us. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org | Live Broadcast Every Day at 7:30 pm ET from New York on our YouTube Channel ]
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July 21, 2020
July 19, 2020, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)
[Comment: Sacrilegious Attacks] Friends of the Rosary, This Friday, a Church in New Haven, Connecticut, was attacked with satanic symbols painted on the door. Also, this month, statues of the Virgin Mary and Jesus in Tennessee, New York, Boston, Miami, and Colorado Springs were vandalized. In Los Angeles, a fire destroyed the church of the Mission San Gabriel, founded by St. Junipero Serra. In Ocala, Florida, a man crashed a minivan into a Catholic Church and then lit it on fire. This vandalism against the true Faith is happening in the U.S. and all over the world. In Spain and Europe, we are even witnessing profanations of the Eucharist. These sacrilegious attacks are manifestations of the anti-Christ and evildoers. We hold our Rosary, asking for the intercession of the Virgin Mary, God’s most perfect creature who crashed the head of the dragon. Our Blessed Mother told us that “at the end, my immaculate heart will triumph”. With this certitude, we pray today the Glorious Mysteries. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org | Live Broadcast Every Day at 7:30 pm ET from New York on our YouTube Channel ]
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July 20, 2020
July 18, 2020, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)
[Comment: Being Marian] Friends of the Rosary, Protestant Christians and even many Catholics question our devotion to the Virgin Mary. We passionately believe in Mary as the Spiritual Mother of all humankind, as Jesus instructed in the Cross to Saint John. We reach our brother Jesus Christ and our Almighty Father through the Virgin Mary. Meeting Jesus through Mary is the fruit of the second Luminous mystery. Our Lady’s full acceptance of God’s plans for humanity and the incarnation that followed was the most extraordinary event in human history, along with the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. We need to be Marian to be Christian. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org | Live Broadcast Every Day at 7:30 pm ET from New York on our YouTube Channel ]
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July 19, 2020
July 17, 2020, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)
[Comment: Mercy] Friends of the Rosary, We read this week in the New Testament about Pharisees’ views hiding into the Law when they just were playing politics and pursuing personal gain. This might sound familiar today. Jesus went beyond this hypocrisy and highlighted what is God about, mercy. “I desire mercy, not sacrifice,” said Jesus. In his infinite mercy, the eternal Father is just waiting for all of His children, including the worst sinners–as we remind every day with the Fatima prayer. God sacrificed His own Son so we could model our lives following Him. However, the majority still don’t get it and keeps on badly beating the Lord. As we picture in the first Sorrowful Mystery, Jesus, in His anguish, continues sweating drops of blood due to our sins. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org | Live Broadcast Every Day at 7:30 pm ET on our YouTube Channel ]
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July 18, 2020
July 16, 2020, Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)
[Comment: Star of the Sea] Friends of the Rosary, Today, July 16th is the liturgical feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. In the 13th century in Palestine, the Virgin Mary appeared to an Englishman called Saint Simon Stock–a prior of the Carmelite Order–and gave him the Brown Scapular and the Carmelite brown habit. The Brown Scapular, a medal that shows thanksgiving to Mary, has been a popular devotion since the 15th century. Our Mother promised to protect anyone who wears the Scapular. In Catholic-majority countries, there has been a particular devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel–la Virgen del Carmen, in Spanish. In coastal towns of Spain and Latin America, la Virgen del Carmen is venerated as Stella Maris, Star of the Sea. The visionaries of Fatima reported that Our Lady of Mount Carmel was among the titles claimed by Mary. Four decades later, in the sixties, the Blessed Virgin of Mount Carmel appeared in San Sebastian de Garabandal, Spain. In Garabandal, the Virgin Mary asked to lead good lives, make many sacrifices, give much importance to the Eucharist, and visit frequently the Blessed Sacrament. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org | Live Broadcast Every Day at 7:30 pm ET on our YouTube Channel ]
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July 17, 2020
July 15, 2020: Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)
[Comment: Counting Gold Coins] Friends of the Rosary, By each Hail Mary, we bless both Jesus and Mary. The value of each Hail Mary is beyond human comprehension. There is an interesting story of one saint, the German Benedictine nun Saint Gertrude, who lived in the thirteen century. One day, Saint Gertrude had a vision of Our Lord counting gold coins. She had the courage to ask what Jesus was doing. He answered: “I’m counting the Hail Marys that you have said; this is the money with which you can pay your way to Heaven.” [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org | Live Broadcast Every Day at 7:30 pm ET on our YouTube Channel ]
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July 16, 2020
July 14, 2020: Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)
[Comment: Spiritual Warfare] Friends of the Rosary, As it was in the time of the Roman Empire, today darkness mostly runs the world. People opposed to the Lord continue poisoning the minds and hearts of many, trying to turn them from the kingdom of truth, joy, and goodness of the Holy Spirit. In this spiritual warfare, we naturally stand with God’s kingdom of light. To resist the attacks, we hold our most powerful spiritual sword, crafted by Heaven: the Holy Rosary. As we carry our own crosses, we know that much tribulation and suffering awaits us. However, we need to persevere. How? By modeling our lives into the example of Jesus and Mary and embracing the fruits of the mysteries. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org | Video Podcast Available ]   
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July 15, 2020
July 13, 2020, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)
[Comment: Third Fatima Apparition]  Friends of the Rosary, Over a century ago, on July 13th, 1917, the Virgin Mary appeared for the third time to the three shepherds of Fatima, in Portugal. Our Lady asked us to sacrifice for sinners, and when doing so, to say this prayer: “O Jesus, this is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” Immediately after, the Virgin revealed to the children a terrifying vision of hell full of demons and lost souls amid indescribable horrors. To save the souls from hell, Mary assured that “God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart.” [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org | Video Podcast Available ] Resource:   • Read what happened in Fatima, along with details of the three secrets, on the free PDF eBook, “The Rosary, A Gift From Heaven”
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July 14, 2020
July 12, 2020: Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)
[Comment: Meaning of Hail Mary] Friends of the Rosary, When we say properly the Hail Mary, we love, bless, and glorify the Holy Trinity. By each Hail Mary, we give Our Lady the same honor that God gave Her when the Archangel Gabriel greeted Her. The second part of the Hail Mary reveals the words of Saint Elizabeth, inspired by the Holy Spirit. The third part, added in the year 430 in the Council of Ephesus to condemn the Nestorian heresy, presents the Blessed Virgin Mary as the true Mother of God. When we praise Mary, God the Father is glorified, because, as Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort explained, we are honoring the most perfect of His Creatures. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org | Audio Podcast Available ]
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July 13, 2020
July 11, 2020: Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)
[Comment: Immortal Soul] Friends of the Rosary, We spend our lives defending ourselves against assaults on our “body”, that is, diseases, misfortunes, temptations. That’s fine. However, what really matters is our precious, eternal, and immortal soul. There are people in this world who can kill our bodies but cannot kill the soul. And there is the Evil, the enemy of the Spirit, who can destroy both our body and soul, as Jesus warned us. To take care of our soul, a virtue to cultivate is humility. As St Augustine wrote, humility is the foundation of all other virtues. We learn about Humility from the Virgin Mary through her entire holy life and especially in the first mystery of the Annunciation, when She said yes to the Lord, opening the door of hope in human history. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org | Audio Podcast Available ]
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July 12, 2020
July 10, 2020, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)
[Comment: Persecution] Friends of the Rosary, In today’s reading of the New Testament, Jesus predicts the persecution of his followers. It’s happening now in many parts of the world. Saint John described in his first letter that “the world lies in the power of the evil one”. We certainly see much wickedness and darkness around us. But we are of God, and “God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.” (1 John 4). Jesus Christ, through His Cross and Resurrection, saved us and set us free. We follow the light of the world, no matter the suffering and difficulties. As Jesus promised, “whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org | Audio Podcast Available ]
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July 11, 2020
July 9, 2020, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)
[Comment: What the Lord Wants] Friends of the Rosary, In the third Luminous mystery, Jesus Christ proclaims that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand and calls to conversion. The Lord, reigning with all majesty, is concerned about us. The Virgin Mary told it us many times via her apparitions throughout the last three centuries. In his second letter, Saint Peter reveals to us that the Lord is long-suffering because He “is not willing that any should perish” and “all should come to repentance”. What really matters is then our conversion by turning from the slavery of sin and believing in Jesus Christ crucified and risen from the dead. Can we do that? [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org ] [Video Podcast at TheRosaryNetwork.org]
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July 10, 2020
July 8, 2020, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)
[Comment: Becoming a Missionary] Friends of the Rosary, When you discover something beautiful you are eager to share it. Similarly, once you fully comprehend certain aspects of the mysteries of the life of Jesus and Mary you can become a sort of missionary. All of the prophets and saints who experienced a vision of God received a mission in parallel. Jesus explained that “the harvest is abundant but the laborers are few.” The Christian life revolves around two requirements: conversion and mission. Let’s place ourselves under the mantle of the Virgin Mary.   [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org] [Video Podcast at TheRosaryNetwork.org]
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July 9, 2020
July 7, 2020, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)
[Comment: Offer the Suffering] Friends of the Rosary, Suffering is part of the human experience. No one is exempt. Everyone brings his own cross. Even Jesus Christ, the Man-God who came to free us from the slavery of sin, experienced a dramatic Passion and Death. For many, suffering leads to atheism and agnosticism, which ultimately results in a deeper pain. For Christians, torments should lead to a closer relationship with Jesus and Mary. How so? When we offer our suffering and sacrifices to Jesus, amazing things happen. St Paul, in his letter to the Colossians, said: “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake”. This is a mystery we all can experience. Let’s pray today the five Sorrowful Mysteries. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org] [Video Podcast at TheRosaryNetwork.org]
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July 8, 2020
July 6, 2020, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)
[Comment: Why We Pray the Rosary] Friends of the Rosary, Why do we pray the Rosary on a daily basis? We all get challenged by this question. The people around us often do not help with the answer. Many will tell us that we are just praying it in a mechanical, repetitive way... almost fanatically. This answer, along with the fact that we get distracted with many thoughts, may discourage us. Remember what Saint Louis Mary of Montfort, the Saint of the Rosary said:  “Only faith suffices”. To pray the Rosary we just need faith in Jesus and Mary. Here is an answer to the question of why pray the Rosary: because our Lady of Fatima requested it. And we want to be in grace with the Virgin Mary. We need to. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org]   [Video Podcast at TheRosaryNetwork.org]
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July 7, 2020
July 5, 2020: Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)
[Comment: Doubts] Friends of the Rosary, We all doubt because we are weak and imperfect. We need we make an effort and leave behind our lack of faith. The apostle St. James the Great wrote in the New Testament that “the one who doubts is like a wave of that sea that is driven and tossed by the wind”. “That person will not receive anything from the Lord”. Friends, we must remain constant on our trials and difficulties. James the Apostle says that the one who perseveres will receive the crown of life. Inspired by this teaching we ask the help and intercession our Our Lady of the Rosary. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org] [Video Podcast at TheRosaryNetwork.org]
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July 6, 2020
July 4, 2020, Independence Day: Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)
[Comment: America the Beautiful] Friends of the Rosary, In September of 1987, during his visit to Detroit, Saint John Paul II encouraged America to remain and increasingly become one Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. John Paul II highlighted that the greatest value of this country is to respect every human person, especially the weakest, the most defenseless ones, and the unborn. As we sing America the Beautiful, we pray that the U.S. continues to be the country that defends life and family all over the world, now that darkness threatens human freedom. We put ourselves under the mantle of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of America. Happy Fourth of July! [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org] [Video Podcast at TheRosaryNetwork.org]
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July 5, 2020
July 3, 2020, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)
[Comment: Knowing Without Seeing] Friends of the Rosary, Today is the feast of Saint Thomas, the Apostle. Thomas, one of the twelve apostles, required a supernatural sign to believe in the Resurrection of Jesus. The Lord Himself appeared and encouraged everyone to put aside their doubts. Later, by the way, Thomas would be a great evangelizer, going outside the Roman Empire and bringing the good news as far as India. Look, questioning and seeking are our genes; however, relying on our knowledge to our poor vision doesn’t seem smart. The Lord is doing all sorts of things we cannot see, control, and measure. Consider, for example, the mysteries of the Rosary. Our faith enriches our knowledge, and if we are humble enough, and we open to the Holy Spirit, we will understand much of the mysteries, enjoying a better life. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org] [Video Podcast at TheRosaryNetwork.org]
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July 4, 2020
July 2, 2020, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)
[Comment: Sinful Lives] Friends of the Rosary, In one of the week’s readings, Jesus drove demons out of two possessed persons. These tormented souls recognized Jesus as the Son of God. They perfectly knew what Jesus meant, and they rejected Him. Likewise, today, many people who present themselves as unbelievers know what Jesus and His Mystical Body, the Catholic Church, means. They defend their sinful lives with twisted arguments and they unite against the true faith. Most of them live under deep pain. It’s our mission to love them, encourage them to end up the offenses to the Lord, repent and convert. We all are sinners, and there is no sin we cannot commit. Along with prayer, we need to find ways to help those troubled people in need. [Written by Mikel A | TheRosaryNetwork.org] [Video Podcast at TheRosaryNetwork.org]
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July 3, 2020