Tag Archives: St Alphonsus Liguori

The power of the rosary

Our Lady of the Rosary

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.

Meditation “Mary, our hope”

In the “Hail, Holy Queen” we call Mary “our hope”. She is truly our hope, all powerful in interceding before God for our intentions. In this meditation we consider how:

  • Mary shows her powerful intercessory role at the wedding feast of Cana
  • She is an example of hope in her own life
  • She has changed the course of history many times, including at Guadalupe, Lepanto, Vienna, and in twentieth century Europe
  • We can pray to her with confidence for all our needs, both material and spiritual
  • Not for nothing do we call her Help of Christians

Meditation “The joy of mortification”

We don’t usually look on self-denial or mortification as bringing us joy, but it does – both here and hereafter. In this meditation we consider:

  • Why a disciple of Jesus Christ should live self-denial
  • How mortification is essential for holiness
  • Eight benefits of mortification
  • How we can find areas for mortification in our spiritual life, in the fulfillment of our duties and in kindness towards others
  • How we can accept in a spirit of penance the crosses life brings
  • How those who live self-denial always find joy

 

Meditation on the will of God

God has a particular will for each one of us. Our holiness and our happiness, both here and hereafter, depend on whether we do what God is asking of us. In this meditation we consider how we can know God’s will and fulfil it.