During this special Jubilee of Our Lady’s 100th Anniversary of appearing in Fatima, we are led to examine her call to pray for the conversion of sinners. During her third apportion of 13 July 1917, Our Lady stated: “Sacrifice yourselves for sinners, and say often to Jesus, especially whenever you do penance: “O Jesus, it is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation of the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” There is a great necessity of praying for sinners today. So many souls have abandoned the practice of the Fatih and even completely abandoned God. They People have been ensnared by a secular society, focused on self indulgence. It has become a society and world focused on instant gratification. And, there is no thought to eternal life. People live as if there were no God.
You and I can make a difference in the world today. We can lead souls back to a loving relationship with God and the Sacraments, but it takes work. We can no just sit around hoping that our churches are filled again. ”What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it?” Lk 15:4
Eileen George often told me: “Father, it’s not through prayer alone, but prayer and suffering.” Now one does not have to run out and seek sufferings. We all have sufferings in our lives. For one it may be the challenge of providing for his family, and for another it may be the struggle of a difficult temptation. But, we all have some suffering, some sacrifice to offer God on behalf of sinners.
“We love only to the degree that we are willing to suffer.” – Fr. John Hardon, SJ
“If the angels were capable of envy, they would envy us for two things: one is the receiving of Holy Communion, and the other is suffering.” – Diary of St. Faustina, 1804
“Do as the storekeeper does with his merchandise; make a profit on every article. Suffer not the loss of the tiniest fragment of the true cross. It may only be a sting of a fly or the point of a pin that annoys you, an eccentricity of a neighbor, some unintentional slight, the insignificant loss of a penny, some restlessness of soul, a light pain in your limbs. Make a profit on every article as the grocer does, and you will soon be wealthy in God.” – St. Louis Marie de Montfort
“Each man, in his suffering, can also become a sharer in the redemptive suffering of Christ.” – St. John Paul II
The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary
Prayer before the recitation: Sign of the cross. Hail Mary.
: Hail, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, my Mother Mary, hail! At thy feet I humbly kneel to offer thee a Crown of Roses, full-blown white roses, tinged with the red of the passion, to remind thee of thy glories, fruits of the sufferings of thy Son and thee, each rose recalling to thee a holy mystery, each 10 bound together with my petition for a particular grace. O Holy Queen, dispenser of God’s graces, and Mother of all who invoke thee! Thou canst not look upon my gift and fail to see its binding. As thou receivest my gift, so wilt thou receive my petition; from thy bounty thou wilt give me the favor I so earnestly and trustingly seek. I despair of nothing that I ask of thee. Show thyself my Mother!
Say: The Apostles’ Creed, Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be.
For each of the following Mysteries, say: Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.
The Resurrection – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.
Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of faith and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.
The Ascension – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.
Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of hope and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.
The Descent of the Holy Spirit – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.
Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of charity and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.
The Assumption of Mary – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.
Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of union with Christ and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.
The Coronation of the Blessed Mother – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.
Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of union with thee and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.
Say: The Hail Holy Queen.
In petition (first 27 days): Sweet Mother Mary, I offer thee this spiritual communion to bind my bouquets in a wreath to place upon thy brow. O my Mother! Look with favor upon my gift, and in thy love obtain for me (specify request). Hail Mary …
Intentions: For the spiritual and temporal needs of Holy Ghost Parish, and the personal intentions of all praying this novena. (Add your own personal intentions.)