Newsletter Nº 91 – January 2011

To all of our Friends of Fatima
we offer our loving gratitude for your most kind support in this past year filled with so many blessings. A Christmas Novena of Masses and prayers will be offered for all your needs and intentions from December 16 - 24. At this time we unite in prayer and adoration of the Christ Child - trusting in His words: “...if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be granted to you by My Father in Heaven” (Mt18:19).
May your Christmas be warm
with the Love of Christ and your
New Year filled with the
Light and Strength of His Grace!
Lovingly in Our Lady,
Mother Prioress and Sisters

January 1 2011
Solemnity of the Mother of God, World Day of Peace
and First Saturday

We rejoice to begin this New Year and new decade on this very holy day. In His Providence, God seems to be calling us to dedicate this year very specially to the Immaculate Heart of Mary our Mother. With Her help may our prayer - especially the Rosary - grow more fervent and contemplative; may we bear our daily sufferings and sacrifices with loving patience, truly believing that this will help merit graces for ourselves and others in need; may our own hearts reflect the glowing charity of Mary’s Immaculate Heart when She did not hesitate to go to assist Her cousin Elizabeth when she was in need. May this New Year 2011 begin and grow from First Saturday to First Saturday into an experience of love and gratitude for the Immaculate and Maternal Heart of Mary!

The Hearts of Jesus and of Mary
Lead Man Back to God


Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, without doubt, is one of the most important subjects of the Message of Fatima. Already in the first and second Apparition of the Angel of Portugal we hear of the Heart of Mary which, together with the Heart of Jesus, is attentive to the voice of the supplications of the Three Little Shepherds and has designs of mercy on them. In the third Apparition, for the first time, the adjective Immaculate is added to the Heart of Mary, through whose merits, united to those of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Little Shepherds are urged by the Angel to make supplication for the conversion of sinners. We note first of all a repeated joining of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary which is certainly not by chance, but a sign of the will of Jesus Himself communicated to the Little Shepherds and which will find explicit confirmation in the words of Jacinta: “Tell everybody that God grants us graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary; that people are to ask her for them; and that the Heart of Jesus wants the Immaculate Heart of Mary to be venerated at His side.”

The authenticity of this desire will also be confirmed afterwards by the Magisterium of the Church in 1956 with the Encyclical Haurietis Aquas of Pope Pius XII who will explain its theological reason: “In order that favors in greater abundance may flow on all Christians, nay, on the whole human race, from the devotion to the most Sacred Heart of Jesus, let the faithful see to it that to this devotion the Immaculate Heart of the Mother of God is closely joined. For, by God’s Will, in carrying out the work of human Redemption the Blessed Virgin Mary was inseparably linked with Christ in such a manner that our salvation sprang from the love and the sufferings of Jesus Christ to which the love and sorrows of His Mother were intimately united..” (Nº. 124)
It was in the Apparition of Our Lady in the month of June that a knowledge and special love of Her Immaculate Heart was infused into the Little Shepherds. From that moment with her heart overflowing with joy, Jacinta couldn’t help expressing frequently to Lucia the love she had for the Heart of our Heavenly Mother: “The Lady said that Her Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God. Don’t you love that? Her Heart is so good! How I love it!” Jacinta loved the Immaculate Heart so much, most of all for its goodness which, by an extraordinary grace of Our Lady Herself, she, along with Lucia and Francisco had experienced and understood.

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A Forgotten Encyclical

The feebleness of man is so great that he still allows himself be seduced by the idea of being able to reach his full happiness already in this world, and independently from God. Our Lady, in the Apparition of July, said that She would request the Consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays: “If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church.”
But what are these errors? Pius XI will point them out very clearly in his Encyclical Divini Redemptoris of 1937: “…there is in the world only one reality, matter, the blind forces of which evolve into plant, animal and man. Even human society is nothing but a phenomenon and form of matter, evolving in the same way. By a law of inexorable necessity and through a perpetual conflict of forces, matter moves towards the final synthesis of a classless society. In such a doctrine, as is evident, there is no room for the idea of God; there is no difference between matter and spirit, between soul and body; there is neither survival of the soul after death nor any hope in a future life… Refusing to human life any sacred or spiritual character, such a doctrine logically makes of marriage and the family a purely artificial and civil institution, the outcome of a specific economic system. There exists no matrimonial bond of a juridico-moral nature that is not subject to the whim of the individual or of the collectivity. Naturally, therefore, the notion of an indissoluble marriage-tie is scouted. Communism is particularly characterized by the rejection of any link that binds woman to the family...

“To hasten the advent of that “peace of Christ in the kingdom of Christ” so ardently desired by all, We place the vast campaign of the Church against world Communism under the standard of St. Joseph, her mighty Protector. He belongs to the working-class, and he bore the burdens of poverty for himself and the Holy Family, whose tender and vigilant head he was. To him was entrusted the Divine Child when Herod loosed his assassins against Him. In a life of faithful performance of everyday duties, he left an example for all those who must gain their bread by the toil of their hands. He won for himself the title of “The Just,” serving thus as a living model of that Christian justice which should reign in social life.”
Pope Pius XI Divini Redemptoris Encyclical on Atheistic Communism 19 March 1937

...and the home and her emancipation is proclaimed as a basic principle. She is withdrawn from the family and the care of her children, to be thrust instead into public life and collective production under the same conditions as man. The care of home and children then devolves upon the collectivity. Finally, the right of education is denied to parents, for it is conceived as the exclusive prerogative of the community, in whose name and by whose mandate alone parents may exercise this right…What would be the condition of a human society based on such materialistic tenets? It would be a collectivity with no other hierarchy than that of the economic system. It would have only one mission: the production of material things by means of collective labor, so that the goods of this world might be enjoyed in a paradise where each would “give according to his powers” and would “receive according to his needs.” ...In the Communistic commonwealth morality and law would be nothing but a derivation of the existing economic order, purely earthly in origin and unstable in character. In a word, the Communists claim to inaugurate a new era and a new civilization which is the result of blind evolutionary forces culminating in “a humanity without God.” (Nº. 9, 11, 12)

The Remedy that came from Heaven

Sadly, the words of Our Lady have shown themselves to be prophetic. All of us today know at least a part of the disasters provoked by this doctrine which didn’t appear from nowhere, like a mushroom, but it was the consequence of many sins committed by man which, had already caused so much injustice, unhappiness and wickedness in society and that were the fertile soil to, first of all, favor the birth and then the spread of this ideology. Reflecting well, we remain astonished at considering how such a concentration of lies so outside the objective order of reality was diffused so largely and rapidly with the Russian Revolution. Evidently, it was ‘supported’ by unscrupulous and very powerful men. The eruption of the communist revolution in Russia can be compared to the explosion of the oil platform which happened in the Gulf of Mexico. This also did not happen by chance but was caused by someone not fulfilling his duty properly. After the explosion, the overflow of the oil began to spread polluting the sea more and more. The Bolshevik revolution was also like a black spot which, starting from Russia, has continued to pollute a vast part of the world and not only that part which was under the military dominion of her empire, until at last the remedy offered by Heaven was applied, that is to say the Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In 1984, with Pope John Paul II, the Consecration in the manner requested by Our Lady Herself to Sr. Lucia in 1929 was accomplished. A few years later, in 1989, without striking a blow, the fall of the Berlin Wall would mark the end of the Soviet communist system, which had appeared to be invincible.

The errors still pollute the world

Certainly, until today, things in the world don’t seem to have changed much since 1989 and evil seems to still be in control. It is true, nevertheless, that the time of the tanks is ended and it is a little as if, even though late, the leak from which that oil was coming forth has been stopped. But, by this time a good part of the waters in the Gulf of Mexico have been strongly polluted.
Indeed, from the time of the request of Our Lady until 1984, a long time had passed and the reasons for this delay seem to be incomprehensible. The will of Our Lady was that this Consecration would have been made by the Pope in union with all the Bishops of the world. It could be that the consent of the Bishops was growing slowly, notwithstanding the good will of the Popes who lived in that period of time and who have always shown a great openness towards the Message of Fatima. Sr. Lucia revealed that Our Lady Herself was sad on account of this: “Later, in an intimate communication, Our Lady complained to me saying: ‘They did not wish to heed my request! ...Like the king of France, they will repent and do it, but it will be late. Russia will have already spread her errors throughout the world, provoking wars and persecutions of the Church: the Holy Father will have much to suffer.”
In fact, we see how those errors of communism that Pius XI denounced are still strongly influencing our way of thinking and acting. For example, how much difficulty we have at times believing that God exists or in believing in His benevolent Paternity, that He is truly close to us and always acts in view of our good; how much difficulty we have in seeing in our neighbor a brother, son of the same heavenly Father and therefore, one whom we must always love and respect because he is sacred as much as ourselves. How easily we see him at times more like an enemy from whom we have to defend ourselves or like someone to crush when we find ourselves in a condition of human superiority, or simply as an object, as a material substance, to exploit for our egoistic interests, at times without mercy. After all, what sense is there in speaking of pity or of compassion towards what we consider only matter? Even the way of understanding human love and the family, often so trivial and in evident contrast with their natural reality and with what our faith teaches, suffers from the influence of those errors. How easily in every sphere we let ourselves be guided by a mere utilitarian view of life!

Mary, mirror of divine perfection

Yes, we still feel the very heavy effects of that ‘Black spot’, but the remedy continues to be the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Rightly so, in the Litanies Our Lady is also invoked as ‘Mirror of Justice’. We can truly compare Her Immaculate Heart to a mirror so clear that it can reflect in the most perfect way the divine light projected from above “The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world” (Jn 1: 9).

A Heart so pure and perfect that God has created and has made as the most fitting to form for Himself a human heart, capable of loving every man with divine love. Perfect is the union of mind, will and of sentiments of love which abide in the Heart of Jesus, which is the Heart of God, and in the Heart of Mary which is the heart of a creature who receives and returns continually in the most perfect way the love which the Creator pours over Her. Fatima reminds us that Jesus has given us the Virgin Mary as Mother. So near to God and so near to us, Her Maternal Heart expresses in terms humanly closer to us, the infinite tenderness of the love of God. When Jacinta was thinking of the Heart of Mary it was as if her own heart was putting on wings. “I have also mentioned already how Jacinta chose from the litany of ejaculations which Father Cruz suggested to us, this one: ‘Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation!’ After saying it, she used to add sometimes, with the simplicity that was natural to her: “I so love the Immaculate Heart of Mary! It is the Heart of our dear Mother in Heaven! Don’t you love saying many times over: ‘Sweet Heart of Mary, Immaculate Heart of Mary?’ I love it so much, so very much.”
Contemplating with love the Immaculate Heart of Mary, looking at oneself in it and receiving the reflection of its merciful love, of its joy and all other virtues, thus it was that Jacinta became in her own way a ‘mirror of perfection’ and a model of material and spiritual charity, as many facts related by Sr. Lucia testify. This perfection was also recognized when the Church declared the heroicity of her virtues.

Words of hope


Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the practice of the Five First Saturdays of the month will help us also to look at ourselves in the mirror of perfection of the Virgin. Then, our soul also will reflect Her holiness. We will experience the beauty and the joy of a charity full of gratitude and adoration towards God and of solicitude and mercy towards our brothers, who in their turn will surely be inspired to imitate it. To spread itself like a spot of oil this time it will be the light and joy of Christ which will shine once more in the whole world illuminating the darkness and the sadness in which it is wrapped. Our Lady will spread her celestial mantle over the tormented waters of this world, on which will be reflected, as never before, the clear blue of the sky and the ruinous effects of all the ‘black spots’ produced by the sins of humanity will finally be absorbed. If it is true that today it seems improbable that this will happen, it is also true that we must not forget the words of Our Lady: “In the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph!” To us this statement sounds like a promise or, even better, as a certainty. Indeed Our Lady, always faithful to her word and to the commitments made before God, will certainly fulfill what she has promised.

(Due to our limited space this article, translated from the original Italian has been edited for publication.)

Little Vocation Prayer for Young People
O Immaculate Heart of Mary,

I believe that God has created me in
His love for a definite purpose –
that He has a particular Plan for my life and that my happiness depends on
fulfilling His Plan.
O Most Holy Virgin Mary,
I desire to come to know God’s Plan for me, my true vocation.
Help me to know God’s Will
and obtain for me the grace to fulfill it.
Oh! Jesus be the center of my life!

 
Our Loving and Prayerful Thanks

to Fr Carlos Azpiroz Costa former Master of the Dominican Order. We thank Father especially for the tireless efforts he made for the Nuns and all he did to show once again the Order’s love for the Holy Rosary. Fr. Carlos published two inspiring letters on the Rosary and in 2007 appointed the first International Rosary Promoter after many years. We assure Father of our continued prayers for all of his intentions.




The Rosary Binds the Family Together in Love

The name Fr. Patrick Peyton is synonymous with the Family Rosary. From his Rosary Crusades originated the well-known slogan “The Family That Prays Together Stays Together”. This is perhaps one of the truest slogans ever coined especially when that prayer is the Holy Rosary. While on his Rosary journey in South Africa in 1955 he found homes with the sign “This is a Family Rosary Home” affixed to the front window.
The Family Rosary anchors the family in unity, peace and security. In times of trial, adversity and even upheaval, calling on the loving and maternal help of our Blessed Mother, with its gentle rhythm the Rosary establishes calm and strength. In times of want or in times of plenty Our Lady is there in the midst of Her family. Yes, your family is Her family!
It is a mystery yet this form of prayer - vocal and meditative when experienced as a small child leaves an almost indelible mark so that no matter where one goes or what one encounters along life’s journey the sight or sound of the Rosary being prayed brings one back to the peace and security of the home where the Family Rosary was prayed. It is not mere nostalgia; it is a remembrance of true love, of sincere affection, of a mysterious and gentle power that softens the heart. Through the Rosary in the family bitterness and discord are resolved; communication is restored and grows; charity at home is inflamed and learns to reach out to others.

The family Rosary is a means of establishing each member in the heart of the Faith. Through the family Rosary, Jesus and Mary become familiar Names and part of the family circle. Decisions of parents and children are not made without consulting Them in prayer together.
All of this may sound too ideal but it is really very simple. The prayer of the Rosary is a humble prayer and therein lies its great spiritual power. The Rosary binds the family together in love, in charity divine that nourishes and sustains each member. The Rosary takes us to the Heart of God - the Most Holy Trinity by way of the Heart of Mary.
In summary we recall the words of Fr. Peyton. “When a family united by the bond of love talks with one voice to God in Mary’s way, the power of the prayer is increased. The most powerful prayer said by the most powerful unit of society becomes an irresis-tible plea to God.”

        

Have you done what Our Lady asked?

Today, very often we want to know what we will gain from something that may cost us a little extra effort or a little time or more so a change in our lifestyle. But for the one who loves it is not even necessary to ask! Love makes our steps lighter and frees the heart from all fear making it poised and ready to respond.
In the story of Fatima we know that the events occurred in three phases:
1) The three apparitions of the Angel: 1915-1916
2) The six apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima: May-October 1917
3) The three final apparitions of Our Lady to Lucia at Pontevedra and Tuy (Spain): 1925 - 1926 and 1929
In each of these phases the Immaculate Heart of Mary is central. Each time the Angel appeared he spoke of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary together. In the apparitions of Our Lady, specifically June and July 1917, Our Lady told the Little Shepherds that God wished to establish in the world devotion to Her Immaculate Heart and that She would return to request the Communion of Reparation and the Consecration of Russia. On December 10, 1925 Our
Apparition at Pontevedra 1925
First Saturdays Devotion
Lady appeared with the Child Jesus to Lucia and gave the Great Promise associated with the Five First Saturday’s devotion of reparation. On February 26, 1926 the Child Jesus appeared to Lucia again to ask if she had done what Our Lady asked. Finally, on June 13, 1929 Our Lady came and said that it was now time to ask the Holy Father in union with all the bishops of the world to consecrate Russia to Her Immaculate Heart.
Why make the Five First Saturdays?
First, very simply it is because God wants it! Our Lady and the Child Jesus have asked us to do this. So we can say that it is a matter of love and humble obedience. Love for the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, love too for oneself and for one’s neighbor.
Second, sin abounds in our world and every sin must be repaired for as we work out our salvation ( Phil 2:12) and assist in the salvation of others. Our Lady made it clear that all the conditions of the First Saturdays must be done with the intention of making REPARATION for the offenses committed against Her Immaculate Heart. In other words the reception of Holy Communion, going to Confession, praying 5 decades of the Rosary and meditating for 15 minutes on the mysteries of the Rosary all must have as their intention reparation to Her Immaculate Heart. In the Apparitions of July and October 1917 Lucia tells us that Our Lady looked very sad. The hearts of the Little Shepherds were deeply moved at this and spent the remainder of their lives offering all they could to repair for sin and console their heavenly Mother.

Third, we note that four years passed between the request for the Communion of Reparation -First Saturdays devotion (1925) and the request for the Consecration of Russia (1929). It seems that Heaven called first for spiritual renewal by means of devotion/reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the First Saturdays as a preparation/foundation for the Consecration of Russia. Sadly, this devotion was accepted only by some and the Consecration was also long delayed. Pope Pius XI wrote in 1937: “As in all the stormy periods of the history of the Church, the fundamental remedy today lies in a sincere renewal of private and public life according to the principles of the Gospel…” The practice of the five First Saturdays comprised of the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Eucharist, the Rosary and Christian meditation is a sure means of personal and communal spiritual renewal. This devotion of reparation leads to holiness and union with God which is the goal of all Christian life. And in the mystery of the communion of saints we must remember that “If our eyes could contemplate invisible things, they would see that souls have an influence over others in exact proportion to their own advancement. The higher they rise, the more widespread is their influence, their power is in effect, in proportion to their nearness to God.” (Walled About With God p. 210)

As Pope John Paul II said in Fatima in 1982: “…by dedicating ourselves to the heart of Mary we discover a sure way to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, symbol of the merciful love of our Savior. The act of entrusting ourselves to the Heart of Our Lady establishes a relationship of love with her in which we dedicate to her all that we have and are. This consecration is practiced essentially by a life of grace, of purity, of prayer, of penance that is joined to the fulfillment of all the duties of a Christian, and of reparation for our sins and the sins of the world.”
Fourth, Pope Benedict XVI said in Fatima May 13, 2010: “May the seven years which separate us from the centenary of the apparitions hasten the fulfillment of the prophecy of the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, to the glory of the Most Holy Trinity.”
We can help hasten Mary’s triumph that is, the Reign of Christ in the world, by responding to the appeal for the First Saturday devotion. With our hearts inflamed with love for God and neighbor, others will be drawn to catch this flame of charity and become God’s instruments to help transform the world.
Heaven never asks for something without giving something greater in return! In addition to all of this there is yet the Great Promise given by Our Lady to assist at the moment of death with all the graces necessary all those who fulfill Her request and practice this devotion. Could we ask for more?

PopeVisits Dominican Nuns in Rome


Pope Benedict XVI made a brief visit to the Dominican Monastery of Santa Maria del Rosario in Rome on 24 June 2010. He spoke to the Nuns saying:


Dear Sisters,

“…We have prayed the Midday Prayer together, a small part of that Liturgical Prayer which marks the rhythm of your day as cloistered religious and makes you interpreters of the Church-Bride, united in a special way with her Lord. Your consecration to the Lord in silence and in hiddenness is rendered fertile and fruitful through this choral prayer which culminates in daily participation in the Eucharistic Sacrifice. This is not only with regard to the journey of personal sanctification and purification but to that apostolate of intercession which you carry out for the entire Church, so that she may appear pure and holy before the Lord. You who are well acquainted with the efficacy of prayer, experience every day all the graces of sanctification it can obtain for the Church.

Dear Sisters, the community you form is a place in which it is possible to dwell in the Lord; for you it is the new Jerusalem to which the tribes of the Lord go up to praise the name of the Lord (cf. Ps 122[121]:4). Be grateful to divine Providence for the sublime and free gift of the monastic vocation, to which the Lord has called you through no merit of your own. With Isaiah you can say: “The Lord formed me from the womb to be his servant” (cf. Is 49:5). Even before you were born, the Lord had reserved your heart for himself, to fill it with his love. Through the sacrament of Baptism you received divine Grace within you and, immersed in his death and Resurrection, you were consecrated to Jesus, in order to belong exclusively to him. The form of contemplative life, which you received from the hands of St Dominic in the manner of the cloister, place you as living, vital members in the heart of the Mystical Body of the Lord, which is the Church; and just as the heart makes the blood circulate and keeps the whole body alive, so your hidden existence with Christ, where work and prayer alternate, helps to sustain the Church, the instrument of salvation for every person whom the Lord has redeemed with his Blood.

You draw from this inexhaustible source with prayer, presenting to the Most High the spiritual and material needs of so many brothers and sisters in difficulty, the confused lives of those who have drifted away from the Lord. How can we not be moved by compassion for those who seem to be wandering purposelessly? How could we fail to hope that they may encounter Jesus in their life, the only encounter that gives meaning to existence? The holy wish that the Kingdom of God may be established in every human heart is identified with prayer itself, as St Augustine teaches us: your desire is your prayer; and if it is an on-going desire, it is also continuous prayer (cf. Ep. 130. 18-20); therefore, as a fire that burns and is never extinguished, the heart is made alert, it never ceases to desire God and always raises a hymn of praise to him.

Consequently, dear Sisters, may you recognize that your heart, in all that you do, over and above individual moments of prayer, continues to be guided by the desire to love God... that it is the Lord who has instilled his love in your hearts, a desire that enlarges the heart even to the point of making it capable of receiving God himself. (cf. In ev. Jo. tr. 40, 10).
This is the horizon of the earthly pilgrimage! This is your destination! For this reason you have chosen to live in hiddenness, renouncing earthly goods: to desire above all things that good that has no equal, that precious pearl for which it is worth giving up every other good, to gain possession of it.
May you say every day your “yes” to God’s plans with the same humility with which the Blessed Virgin said her “yes”. May she, who received the Word of God in silence, guide you in your daily virginal consecration so that you may experience hiddenness, the profound intimacy that she herself lived with Jesus. As I invoke her motherly intercession upon you, together with that of St Dominic, St Catherine of Siena and of all the Saints of the Dominican Order, I impart to you all a special Apostolic Blessing which I willingly extend to the people who entrust themselves to your prayers.

New Master of the Order

On September 5, 2010 in Rome at the General Chapter of the Dominican Order Fr. Bruno Cadoré, OP was elected as the new Master of the Order. Fr. Cadoré is from the French province and has served as Provincial and as student master. He was a medical doctor before entering the Order and has taught and written extensively in the field of Bioethics.
We unite in prayer - especially the Holy Rosary - for Fr. Bruno in his mission as the successor of St. Dominic. May God bless Fr. Master and the whole Dominican Order!

 



 


 
 

 

 

 

The Rosary Binds the Family Together in Love

The name Fr. Patrick Peyton is synonymous with the Family Rosary. From his Rosary Crusades originated the well-known slogan “The Family That Prays Together Stays Together”. This is perhaps one of the truest slogans ever coined especially when that prayer is the Holy Rosary. While on his Rosary journey in South Africa in 1955 he found homes with the sign “This is a Family Rosary Home” affixed to the front window.
The Family Rosary anchors the family in unity, peace and security. In times of trial, adversity and even upheaval, calling on the loving and maternal help of our Blessed Mother, with its gentle rhythm the Rosary establishes calm and strength. In times of want or in times of plenty Our Lady is there in the midst of Her family. Yes, your family is Her family!

It is a mystery yet this form of prayer - vocal and meditative when experienced as a small child leaves an almost indelible mark so that no matter where one goes or what one encounters along life’s journey the sight or sound of the Rosary being prayed brings one back to the peace and security of the home where the Family Rosary was prayed. It is not mere nostalgia; it is a remembrance of
true love, of sincere affection, of a mysterious and gentle power that softens the heart. Through the Rosary in the family bitterness and discord are resolved; communication is restored and grows; charity at home is inflamed and learns to reach out to others.

The family Rosary is a means of establishing each member in the heart of the Faith. Through the family Rosary, Jesus and Mary become familiar Names and part of the family circle. Decisions of parents and children are not made without consulting Them in prayer together.

All of this may sound too ideal but it is really very simple. The prayer of the Rosary is a humble prayer and therein lies its great spiritual power. The Rosary binds the family together in love, in charity divine that nourishes and sustains each member. The Rosary takes us to the Heart of God - the Most Holy Trinity by way of the Heart of Mary.

In summary we recall the words of Fr. Peyton. “When a family united by the bond of love talks with one voice to God in Mary’s way, the power of the prayer is increased. The most powerful prayer said by the most powerful unit of society becomes an irresis-tible plea to God.”


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