Illustration of the woman of the Apocalypse in Hortus deliciarum (redrawing of an illustration dated c. 1180),
depicting various events from the narrative in Revelations 12 in a single image. From Wikipedia
October 3, 2016
(Rev 12:1-2) And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. And being with child, she cried travailing in birth: and was in pain to be delivered.
CATHOLIC HERALD: Bishops entrust state faithful to Mary, Mother of Mercy
The Catholic bishops of Wisconsin have joined together to proclaim an Act of Entrustment of the Faithful of Wisconsin to Mary, Mother of Mercy. The proclamation notes that this statewide act of faith and unity is in recognition of the Jubilee Year of Mercy and in celebration of the intercession of Mary our Mother.
Wisconsin Catholics are encouraged to join together in prayer and commitment, especially during the weekend of October 7 through October 9, which includes the celebration of the Memorial Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. The Rosary Evangelization Apostolate has produced a holy card with the Act of Entrustment prayer, accompanied by a photograph of the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima.
The statue is currently on tour through 100 dioceses in the United States in honor of the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima. The tour will reach all five Wisconsin dioceses this fall and is visiting the Diocese of Madison from September 26 through 29 with stops in Wisconsin Dells, Lancaster, Monona, Mt. Horeb, and Madison.
Dioceses, parishes, and other Catholic organizations may reproduce the holy cards using the electronic template found online. Printed holy cards can also be ordered through the Rosary Evangelization Apostolate by firstname.lastname@example.org. The entire Act of Entrustment can be seen here. Parishes are invited to recite the act during Masses and individuals are encouraged to use the holy card during prayer.
PORTUGAL NEWS ONLINE: Pope ‘confirmed May visit to Fátima shrine for centenary’ – bishop
FROM THE MAILBAG: Since January 1st 2002, we have operated a Living Rosary called: “MIRA – 20 United Decades. “MIRA”, short for Modemizational Internet Rosary Association now includes 500 members. Better yet, we can refer to MIRA as the: _M_ary _I_mmaculate _R_osary _A_ssociation.
Now you can pray ONE Mystery of the Rosary in union with 19 others and partake in a full TWENTY decade cycle daily. Let us form groups wherein each person concentrates on a different Mystery, to form a 20-Decade ‘Living’ Rosary. This is the definition of a “Living Rosary” – people uniting together to form a complete Rosary. MIRA is simply an internet extension of the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena (still operating via postal mail).
We all know that the call to prayer – especially the Rosary – has been constantly echoed at Fatima and other apparitions. It’s time for a LOT more action to bring about the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart.
Now, beginning January 1st 2017 (or perhaps sooner), we will start a new devotion – to Our Lady of Sorrows which we will call “ROSM” (The _R_osary of _O_ur _S_orrowful _M_other) as outlined here: http://www.servite.org.au/our-lady-of-sorrows.
This Rosary consists of one Our Father and seven Hail Mary’s (followed by a short prayer which includes three more Hail Mary’s) for each of the Seven (7) Sorrows. For this Devotion, we will form groups of 7, with each person focusing on 1 of the Sorrows. Through such unification, we will complete a FULL Sorrowful Mother Rosary.
Anyone wishing to participate in either or both of these Rosary Devotions can simply contact: MIRALINDA7@CS.COM (PLEASE contact the above address to be sure your request to join is honored.)
Living Rosary’s, that allow an individual to unite with others (each person focusing on a single Mystery/Sorrow), make incorporating the Rosary into your Prayer life simple and meaningful.
‘In these days of evil, confusion, division, and modernism, what a mighty force for good the Living Rosary will be! We battle today not the evil of man but the principalities and powers of all hell. The Holy Rosary prayed faithfully, strengthened by the unity of association, will render all the attacks of Satan impotent!”
VIA A MOMENT WITH MARY: The final confrontation between the Lord and Satan
During an interview with La Voce di Padre Pio (March 2015), Cardinal Carlo Caffarra said: “In the beginning of this mission – to establish the Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family – I wrote a letter to Sister Lucia of Fatima. To my surprise, a few days later I received a hand-written letter, now preserved in the archives of the Institute. I wasn’t actually expecting a letter from her, I had only asked for prayers.
In the letter, Sister Lucia wrote that the final confrontation between the Lord and the kingdom of Satan will focus on family and marriage. “Do not be afraid,” she added, “because those who work for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be fought and hated, because this is the decisive matter. »
Lucia of Fatima said that the Virgin has “crushed” the head of Satan. “She also warned,” the Cardinal said, “that it was the central point, because it touched the column that supports all creation, the truth about the relationship between a man and a woman, and between generations. When you touch the central column, the whole building collapses, and this is what we are seeing right now, and we know it.”
Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 7- “On Joy-Making Mourning”
26. He who mourns when he wishes has not attained the beauty of mourning, but rather he who mourns on the subjects of his choice, and not even on these, but on what God wants. The ugly tears of vainglory are often interwoven with mourning which is pleasing to God. We shall know this with all proof and piety when we see ourselves mourning and still doing evil.