Our Lady asked the children at Fatima in 1917 to pray the rosary each day. We would all do well to heed that request, if only because it pleases our Mother. But we benefit too from praying the rosary, which is a very powerful prayer. In this meditation we consider how:
The rosary arose out of popular piety.
Our Lady urged us to pray the rosary at Lourdes and Fatima.
Many Popes and saints have recommended the rosary.
The rosary is a powerful prayer which contributed to the conversion of heretics by St Dominic, victory in the battle of Lepanto, the collapse of communist regimes in the 20th century and the conversion of sinners.
In 1883, Pope Leo XIII declared October the month of the Rosary. The Holy Rosary is a traditional prayer, going back at least a thousand years. It is a prayer we should say often and well. In this meditation we consider:
How the Rosary came to be
The recommendation of the Rosary by popes and saints
We all want to have a happy, united family but it is not always easy to make our desires a reality. In this meditation we consider the importance of the family for society and some practical ways of strengthening family life, following words of advice from Pope Francis. We will consider:
the importance of the family for society
how husband and wife can strengthen their relationship
the importance of welcoming Christ into the home
generosity in bringing children into the world
how children are a gift from God
the importance of teaching children to honour and respect their parents and each other
St John Paul II wrote that “The history of mankind, the history of salvation, passes by way of the family.” In this meditation we reflect on the importance of the family in God’s plan and on how we can improve our family life so that we grow in holiness through it and help our children to do the same. We will consider:
Why family life is so important
How we can celebrate significant occasions together
How we can find God in the ordinary duties of family life
How husband and wife can grow in their relationship
How we can form our children humanly and spiritually
Jesus called the apostles his friends. He can say the same to each of us. It is a wonderful gift that the very eternal Son of God wants to be our friend. In this meditation we consider what this means and how we can grow in friendship with Christ. We pray about:
Recent Popes have been calling on the Church to carry out the new evangelisation – the passing on of the love and truth of Jesus Christ to the world. But in order to share our faith with others we must first know it and put it into practice. In this meditation we consider how we can come to know our faith better and live it out, so that we can communicate it more effectively to others. Among the points we consider are:
Christ spent time forming the apostles
We too need formation to carry out our mission of spreading the Gospel
Much depends on this formation: our own sanctification and happiness, and our ability to help others
This formation involves the spiritual, doctrinal, human and apostolic aspects
We can acquire this formation in a variety of ways, e.g., reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church and other books, attending talks, frequenting the sacraments, especially the Eucharist and Penance, prayer, including the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and more…