Faith is a treasure of immeasurable value. Imagine how different your life would be without faith. Most of us have faith because it was passed on for generation upon generation. We had faithful parents, grandparents, and great grandparents. Unfortunately, today many are not passing on or keeping the faith for themselves. It begins with a personal, intimate communion with Jesus Christ. If we don’t have that, we have nothing at all. And, if we don’t have that relationship with Jesus, we sure as heck won’t find anything worthwhile in the Catholic faith. Many people who no longer practice the Catholic faith will tell you they are Catholic, but it is an empty word if it is not lived. So faith is something we must nourish, and protect or we may loose it. We nourish our faith through an active prayer life. Active means a life of prayer not just a prayer in the morning and before going to bed. And we must protect our faith through solid Catholic instruction, whether that be through formal classes and workshops, or regularly reading solid Catholic publications. When one thinks of the great value of their faith, we must think of those who have lost it lest we do the same. St. Thomas the Apostle went through his doubts, but believed when he put his fingers in the side of Our Lord. He cried out in thanksgiving and repentance: “My Lord and my God!” We can daily touch Our Lord through a reverent reception of Holy Communion, Holy Hours spent in his Real Presence, and moments of silence and solitude so that He may strengthen the seed of faith in our souls.
“The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” Mt 13:45-46
“Faith is like a bright ray of sun light. It enables us to see God in all things as well as all things in God.” – St. Francis de Sale
“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” – St. Thomas Aquinas
“It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your heart your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle. It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.” – St. John Paul II, Pope
The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary
Prayer before the recitation: Sign of the cross. Hail Mary.
In petition (first 27 days): Hail, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, my Mother Mary, hail! At thy feet I humbly kneel to offer thee a Crown of Roses, blood red roses to remind thee of the passion of thy divine Son, with Whom thou didst so fully partake of its bitterness, 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.
The Agony in the Garden – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.
Concluding Prayer: I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of resignation to the will of God and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.
The Scourging at the Pillar – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.
Concluding Prayer: I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of mortification and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.
The Crowning with Thorns – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.
Concluding Prayer: I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of humility and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.
The Carrying of the Cross – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.
Concluding Prayer: I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of patience in adversity and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.
The Crucifixion – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.
Concluding Prayer: I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of love of our enemies 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 …
For the spiritual and temporal needs of Holy Ghost Parish, and the personal intentions of all praying this novena. (Add your own personal intentions.)