The Fruits of the Glorious Mysteries

A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothes with the sun, with the moon under her feet and on her head a crown of twelve stars. Revelation 12:1 I used to get distracted throughout the Rosary, and occasionally I still do. I announce the mystery, let my mind wander, and only remember whichContinue reading “The Fruits of the Glorious Mysteries”

The Fruits of the Sorrowful Mysteries

Jesus was led away, and carrying the cross by himself, went out to what is called the Place of the Skull. There, they crucified him. John 9:17-18 I used to get distracted throughout the Rosary, and occasionally I still do. I announce the mystery, let my mind wander, and only remember which one I’m onContinue reading “The Fruits of the Sorrowful Mysteries”

The Fruits of the Luminous Mysteries

And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light. Matthew 17:2 I used to get distracted throughout the Rosary, and occasionally I still do. I announce the mystery, let my mind wander, and only remember which one I’m on when I pray the ninth orContinue reading “The Fruits of the Luminous Mysteries”

The Fruits of the Joyful Mysteries

They came upon him in the temple sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. All who heard him were amazed. Luke 2:46-47 I used to get distracted throughout the Rosary, and occasionally I still do. I announce the mystery, let my mind wander, and only remember which oneContinue reading “The Fruits of the Joyful Mysteries”

How Our Lady and the Rosary Improved my Prayer Life

Although the repeated Hail Mary is addressed directly to Mary, it is to Jesus that the act of love is ultimately directed, with her and through her. The repetition is nourished by the desire to be conformed ever more completely to Christ. St. John Paul II My First RosaryWhen I learned how to pray theContinue reading “How Our Lady and the Rosary Improved my Prayer Life”

Sharing in Our Lady’s Sorrows

And you yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. Luke 2:35 I meditate on the Seven Sorrows of Mary, and I find myself on the outside looking in. I’m not a mother yet, so I can’t relate to losing a child. I’ve never watched one of myContinue reading “Sharing in Our Lady’s Sorrows”

Happy Birthday, Mary!

Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled. Luke 1:45 God loves women.At Franciscan Mission Service, I’m so blessed to live in a community of people who are on fire for the Lord. I love to sit on the porch or around the dinner table andContinue reading “Happy Birthday, Mary!”

The Goodness of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Tell everybody that God gives graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Tell them to ask graces from her and that the Heart of Jesus wishes to be venerated together with the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Ask them to plead for peace from the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for the Lord has confided the peaceContinue reading “The Goodness of the Immaculate Heart of Mary”

Fiat 90 Follow-Up

Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word. Luke 1:38 Many Small SacrificesAs many of you know, I did Fiat 90 this year. I mentioned facets of it in several blog posts, but to refresh your memory, I’ll explain it again. Fiat 90 is aContinue reading “Fiat 90 Follow-Up”

What Happened in Fatima? A Reflection on Our Lady of Fatima

Will you offer yourselves to God, and bear all the sufferings He sends you? In atonement for all the sins that offend Him? And for the conversion of sinners? Our Lady of Fatima Our Lady of Fatima is one of the most recent and significant series of Marian apparitions. Our Lady appeared in 1917, justContinue reading “What Happened in Fatima? A Reflection on Our Lady of Fatima”