Asking for Special Graces

October 3 

Take great care to avoid the two pitfalls that most people fall into during the Rosary. The first is the danger of not asking for any graces at all. So, whenever you say your Rosary, be sure to ask for some special grace or virtue, or strength to overcome some sin.” (See tomorrow’s Graceline for the second pitfall).

                                                                        -St. Louis de Montfort

Today’s Reflection:

What special grace or virtue will I ask to obtain when I say my Rosary today? Is there a sin I need the strength to overcome? What is it? I will tuck this intention into my prayer as well.

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Finding Comfort in the Rosary

October 2 

From my youthful years this prayer has held an important place in my spiritual life. The Rosary has accompanied me in moments of joy and in moments of difficulty. To it I have entrusted any number of concerns: in it I have always found comfort.

                          -St. John Paul the Great Read the rest…

Queen of the Holy Rosary

October 1 

Queen of the Holy Rosary

Queen of the Holy Rosary!
Thee as our Queen we greet,
And lay our lowly, loving prayers
Like roses at thy feet.
Would that these blossoms of our souls
Were far more fair and sweet.

Queen of the Joyful Mysteries!
Glad news God’s envoy bore.
The Baptist’s mother thou didst tend;
Angels thy Babe adore,
Whom with two doves thou ransomest;
Lost, He is found once more.

Queen of the Dolorous Mysteries!
Christ ‘mid the olives bled,
Scourged at the pillar, crowned with thorns,
Beneath His Cross He sped
Up the steep hill; and there once more
Thine arms embraced Him–dead!

Queen of the Glorious Mysteries!
Christ from the tomb has flown,
Has mounted to the highest heaven
And sent His Spirit down
And soon He raises thee on high
To wear thy heavenly crown.

Queen of the Holy Rosary!
We, too, have joys and woes.
May they, like thine, to triumph lead!
May labor earn repose,
And may life’s sorrows and life’s joys
In heavenly glory close.

-Cyril Robert Read the rest…

Feast of the Archangels

September 29

Feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, Raphael

The angels have five duties. The first is to continually sing hymns and praises to their Creator (Is. 6: 1-3). The second duty is to present the prayers of mortals to God and commend them with their petitions (Tb. 12:12). The third duty consists in their being sent as messengers to declare what God wants to declare (Gn. 18:2 Dn. 9:21; Lk. 1:11, 26 Lk. 2:9; Mt. 1:20, 2:13, 19; Mt. 28:2). The fourth duty is protecting men whether as individuals or groups (Ps. 91:11; Mt. 18:10; Dt. 10:5 ff; Rev. 2 and 3). The last duty is to serve as soldiers and armed leaders (Ps. 149:7; Gn. 19: 13; Ex. 12:12 ff; 2 Kgs 19:35; Mt. 13:49, 50). Let good men love their fellow citizens, the angels.

                                                                        -St. Robert Bellarmine Read the rest…

Hidden Struggles

September 28

God does not despise these hidden struggles with ourselves, so much richer in merit because they are unseen. By our little acts of charity practiced in the shade we convert souls far away, we help missionaries, we win for them abundant alms, and by that means, build actual dwellings both spiritual and material for our Eucharistic Lord.

                                                                        -St. Therese of Lisieux Read the rest…

Choosing the Right Way to do Things

September 27

Feast of St. Vincent de Paul, Priest (1581 – 1660)

When we are discussing things which it is good and proper to talk about, we should hold back any details which would not be for God’s glory, or which could harm some other person, or which would make us foolishly smug. In actual practice, this virtue is about choosing the right way to do things.

                                                                                    -St. Vincent de Paul Read the rest…

Lord of All My Heart

September 25

Some people, because of their state of life, cannot be without wealth and position. They must at least keep their heart free of love for such things.

                                                                                    -St. Angela Merici Read the rest…

Safe Harbor

September 24

I entrust you all to Mary most Holy, our Mother in Heaven, the Star of the Sea of our life: pray to her every day, you children! Give your hand to Mary most Holy, so that she may lead you to receive Jesus in a holy way.

                                                                        -Pope St. John Paul II Read the rest…

Do Not Be Afraid!

September 23

Feast of St. Pio of Pieltracina, Priest (1887 – 1968)

“…when a soul does everything possible and trusts divine mercy, why would Jesus reject such a spirit? If you have given and consecrated everything to God, why be afraid?

                                                                                                -St. Pio Read the rest…