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How Praying The Rosary Changed My Life

My relationship with Jesus became  much more intimate, and my faith life, and life in general, was changed because of my relationship with His Mother. You can read a little of how that change was inspired here.

Praying and meditating on the Rosary transformed my life, and could transform yours, too.

Many people ask me about the Rosary, and do not understand why someone would pray to Mary, and not just directly to Jesus.  Although I am a cradle Catholic, I had the same questions for many years.

Until I was personally led by the Holy Spirit to meditate and pray the Rosary.

By opening my heart to Our Lord’s Blessed Mother, I was enveloped in her motherly love for me, and in and through that  love, was drawn closer and closer to her Son.  Once I realized in my soul that Mary is actually the Mother of God, the mother of Jesus, my heart was then opened to the knowledge that she is also my mother.  (think about it…if you believe that Jesus is the Son of God the Father and Mary, and God is also your Father (thus Jesus is your brother) …then it is logical to know that Mary is your Mother.  As our Mother, wouldn’t it be true that she would want what is best for us?  That she would want to guide us toward Jesus…our Savior?  That she would intercede for us to her Son, as she did at the wedding in Cana?

While praying the Rosary, there are four sets of Mysteries that are reflected on.  With prayerful meditation, these mysteries are life changing.  For information and instruction on how to pray the rosary click here.

In the chance that my meditations may be a blessing to you, I thought I would share some of my personal reflections associated with each one.  I certainly do not wish to insinuate that these thoughts are doctrines or formal teachings of the Catholic Church.  These thoughts are personal revelations or enlightenments to me, through the Holy Spirit.

The Lord will reveal Himself to you, personally, as you pray the Holy Rosary.

There are four sets of mysteries that are used for meditation on certain days of the week.  The Joyful Mysteries are said on Monday and Saturday.  Today is Monday, so I will start there.

There are five meditations associated with the Joyful Mysteries. I will cover each one.

  1.  The Annunciation  Luke 1:26-38   (For the love of humility)  Dear Lord, please help me to live my life with perfect trust in You, just as Mary did.  Help me to be your vessel…to have the openness to God’s will and the humility of Mary.  Help me to trust in you completely, even when not understanding the situation or where it may take me.   Allow me to say and have faith in Mary’s  words, “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.”
  2.   The Visitation  Luke 1:39-56  (For charity toward my neighbor)  Dear Lord, please help me to be a vessel, allowing your light and love to flow from me to the ones you place in my life.  Guide me to be understanding of the needs of my loved ones, and also any person that you place on my path.  You are perfect love.  I can never be enough myself to love your children the way that you do.  I can never fill the holes in their hearts or heal all that troubles them.  I ask that you fill my heart with You, and pour your love through me, even when I am unaware of the miracle taking place.  Help me to learn to love as you love, to see as you see, to hear as you hear.  Help me to have the spirit and faith of Mary, “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful
    of the humble state of his servant.”
  3. The Nativity  Luke 2:8-14  (For love of God)  Dear Lord, please help me to remember that You were born  into our world in poverty…placed in a manger, lovingly and with full trust in your providence, by Joseph and Mary.  Help me to understand the importance of family, and that the strength of the family is dependent on the foundation of God and His Truth, Love, and Mercy.  Help me to be open to your Love, so that I can be a reflection of You, to my family and friends.  And as I fall short, please work through me.
  4. The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple  Luke 2:22-35  Luke 2:39-40   (For a Spirit of Sacrifice)  Dear Lord, help me to always offer my life, my marriage, and my family to you, that you will use our lives to further your kingdom.  When I was a young mother, I did not understand the beauty of sacrifice, and I selfishly wanted to keep  my children for my own, only seeking their happiness in this world, and holding back from presenting them and myself to you…for your purpose.  I ask that you fill in for my ignorance and selfishness, and ask that you infuse us all with your presence, while guiding us in your light, and in your purpose.  Help us to use the difficulties in this life to bring us closer to you, and help me to remember to present myself to you each and every day, for you to work through.
  5. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple  Luke 2:41-52  (For zeal for the Glory of God)  Dear Lord, help me to always desire to be in your presence.  You knew that you belonged in your Father’s house.  Help me to have trust and faith that I too belong in my Father’s house.  Help me to always invite you into my heart, to fill me with your love, mercy, wisdom, joy, and understanding, to help me and my life glorify the Father.

May your day be blessed in the love and light of Jesus, Our Lord.  May your heart be touched through these Joyful Mysteries.

Please feel free to comment with any questions.

Pray the Rosary  A Saint Joseph Edition  A wonderful little pamphlet.


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Beyonce, We are Praying for You

Wow, what a sad and confused world we live in.

Recently, I came across an article about Beyonce and her defense of the hyper-sexual and disgusting lyrics of some of her songs.  I was going to post the links containing the lyrics, however, after reading some of them, I decided against it.   If you think I am overreacting or off-base, please do some research and check out the lyrics she belts out and the way she exposes her “sexuality” to the world.

Most troubling to me is that many Christians are supporting her twisted and confused views by attending her concerts, purchasing her music, and what’s really the hardest for me to fathom, there are parents who promote her to their young daughters as a role model.  How very sad.

Bill O’Reilly, among others, have slammed Beyonce for promoting sexually suggestive lyrics in her songs,  however she remains unfazed.  She continues to urge women to “take control of  their sexuality.”   She professes Christianity, and feels that there is a double standard for men and women, and she feels women should  “own their sexuality.”

Apparently she feels that giving yourself and your body away instead of, or before someone takes it from you is being in control?  That sounds really scary to me.  It almost sounds like something that might take root in someone’s heart that has been sexually abused.  Maybe a way to hold on to the feeling that you are in control?

I can hear some of you now, asking why I am singling out Beyonce because there are so many entertainers out there that perform the same type of trash or even worse.  Or maybe you believe that I am being judgemental.

Well, I am judging the words and actions, and let me be clear, I do not support the message she is seductively spewing.  Satan is most dangerous when he is disguised in a beautiful and appealing package.  And the reason  why her behavior stands out to me is because of her claims of being Christian.  How many little girls are watching her perform, singing along with  those demeaning lyrics, imitating the struts and grinds, and attempting to dress like her?  How many little girls are internalizing the idea that their sexuality is meant to be dirty and their bodies are there for men (or women) to ogle and lust after?  Or that their happiness will be attained by promiscuous sex as long as they are in control?  As long as they “take control of their sexuality?”

Beyonce, you can’t fool me.  No matter what you look like on the outside, no matter how talented you are and all the money you have acquired through your “entertaining”, you are miserable and suffering inside.  Your heart is still searching…you still have a hole in your heart and a spirit that is hungry for more.

That hole that is deep inside you will never be filled with your fame.  It will never be filled by men and/or women lusting after you.  It will never be filled by the masses who say yes to everything you say and do.

Real friends…the people who truly love you are the only ones who will tell you the truth.

I love you and would like to share a truth with you that took me a lifetime to finally figure out.

Your worth does not come from your sexuality.  It is not “your role” or “your place” to look good for the world.  Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.  Let me repeat…your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.  That is what you are meant to be.  You are loved by God in such a beautiful way, you can never even comprehend.  Why are you looking elsewhere for that love?

Your happiness and joy will not come from being on display for other’s pleasure, which is what you are doing.  Admit it.

Your true happiness will only come from the submitting of your whole self to Jesus…body, mind and soul…not from “taking control of your sexuality.”  Ask Jesus to take control of your sexuality…along with every other aspect of your life, including motherhood and your marriage.

You will find, as I did, that Jesus will empower you with love and wisdom, and you will be a vessel of enlightenment and true freedom to women, instead of continuing to encourage their belief that sex and promiscuity is the answer.

May God bless you Beyonce, and all the girls and women who look up to you for guidance.  There are many of us praying for you.

 

Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.

Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.   1 Corinthians 6:15-20