Posted by: fvbcdm | October 7, 2013

Catholic Daily Message for the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (7 October 2013)

On February 11, 1858—a cold day in the Pyrenees Mountains of southwestern France—a golden age of the Rosary was ushered in that is still very much with us.  That day, a peasant girl named Bernadette Soubirous saw for the first of about twenty times a beautiful young woman standing in the niche of a rocky cliff overlooking a mountain stream. The child, not knowing what to do as the beautiful young woman looked at her and smiled very happily, pulled the rosary out of her pocket and began to say it, as the devout women of that region did habitually.  It was then that Bernadette noticed that the beautiful young woman also had a rosary, over her right arm.  She seemed very pleased to pray the rosary with the child—saying the Our Father’s and Glory Be’s—and listening intently as the child said the Hail Mary’s.  And we know the subsequent story of Lourdes: the spring, the miracles, and the self-identification of the beautiful lady: “I am the Immaculate Conception.”  It was the confirmation by the Mother of God of the declaration of her immaculate conception made by Pope Blessed Piux IX four years before. We move forward 59 years, and down to a town called Fatima in Portugal in 1917.  That beautiful young woman now appears to three shepherd children at Fatima, and tells them “I am the Lady of the Rosary.” She asks that the entire Catholic world pray the rosary for the conversion of Russia which, that year, was espousing atheistic communism.

Again, we move forward nearly a century, and we find Pope John Paul II instituting a year of the Rosary and adding another set of mysteries—the luminous mysteries—to the traditional joyful, sorrowful, and glorious mysteries which we meditate upon as we say the rosary. That brings us to where we are now during this golden age of the rosary.  And today, the universal Church celebrates Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.  This is done each year on October 7th because that is the anniversary of the great naval victory of the Christians over the Muslims at the battle of Lepanto in 1571.  Pope Saint Pius V, one of our Dominican brothers, asked the people of Rome to pray the rosary for victory in that battle which was about to occur.  They prayed, and even before the word could reach Rome by natural means, the Holy Father knew by a divine inspiration that the battle had become a great Christian victory over the enemies of the Church and Christian civilization in Europe.

If you listen to, and read, what Pope Benedict keeps saying these days, it is that Europe is very foolishly and sadly abandoning its Christian and Catholic roots and by doing so, is losing its identity and faith, morals, values, and beauty.

Let us pray the Rosary daily to reverse this unhappy trend in Europe and America, and return to a deep devotion to the Mother of God. There is no better way to do this than by the regular and devout recitation of the Rosary which is obviously so dear to Our Lady, the Mother of the Lord. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  This is a CDM composed by Father Brown in the past.

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