Written by: Naomi Toms
Why do we meditate on the events of Christ’s life in the rosary?
Have you ever wondered about that? I mean, it’s always the same mysteries we meditate on, the same events in Christ’s life – the events of His incarnation, birth, and very early childhood; His passion; His resurrection and triumph; a small selection of His earthly ministry. What about the vast majority of His miracles and teachings? Only the luminous mysteries even touch on His ministry, even though His ministry is what actually takes up the bulk of each of the four Gospels.
Wouldn’t it be better to spend more time on His teachings? He has left us with so many commandments, directions and instructions on how to live a new life and further the Kingdom of God; how do we learn to be holy by just meditating on the events?… Read more
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Written by: Gregory Watson
“Among all the devotions approved by the Church none has been so favoured by so
many miracles as the devotion of the Most Holy Rosary.” — Pope Pius IX
Artist: Gregory Watson
Seven years ago, when my wife and I first got married, we moved into an apartment building downtown. As we were moving in we ran into one of the students that she had taught as a supply teacher. It turned out, he was our new neighbour. Despite attending Catholic school, our neighbour was Jewish and over the years we’ve been able to share our faiths with each other. Occasionally, he would even bring a small Menorah over and light the candles with us. When his father died of tuberculosis while down in Argentina (where my neighbours originally come from), we went to a synagogue with him to pray the “Mourner’s Kaddish”, the Jewish prayers for the dead.… Read more
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Written by: Amber Miller
Today is the feast of the Queenship of Mary.
And what better gift could we present Our Heavenly Queen than a crown of roses? This is exactly what we do whenever we pray the rosary!
I once read an article that explains this more eloquently than I ever could. In short, I learned that whenever we pray the rosary (with our hearts and minds focused on Jesus and Our Blessed Mother), our guardian Angel takes every reverent Hail Mary we pray (each in the form of a perfect rose) and weaves them into a crown for Jesus and Mary to wear.… Read more
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Written by: Raph Ma
Today is the feast of the Ascension in most parts of the world, 40 days after Our Lord’s Resurrection from the dead. Here in Canada, the feast is transferred to the nearest Sunday. Regardless of when the Ascension is celebrated where you are, we can all give this significant event a little extra thought.
Most of us have seen that “Pray the Rosary Daily” pamphlet, you know, it’s light blue, and there’s a picture of Our Lady on the front?
I like the pamphlet because it has pictures, bits of relevant scripture, and in red, something to meditate on for those of us who are mental prayer challenged. Under the 2nd Glorious Mystery, the Ascension, the words read: “For the Virtue of Hope”.… Read more
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Written by: Raph Ma
“Now there were standing by the cross of Jesus his mother and his mother’s sister Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus, therefore, saw his mother and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, thy son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, thy mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.” [John 19:25-27]
When I was in elementary school, my mom bought a state of the art electronic label maker. Next thing I knew, everything in my pencil case had my name on it, even the pencil case itself! And of course, all my friends made fun of me for it, all the time. Whenever my school supplies ran low, I’d cringe, because I knew that when I asked my mom to get me more, that meant more things with those embarrassing labels on it.… Read more
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Written by: Mark Gamez
In recent days, the Pro-Life Movement has been very active; last Sunday, people from across Ontario and elsewhere offered one hour of their time to hold up signs with various pro-life messages. In the past years, my experience of Life Chain had been encouraging— that is, until this year— when a little girl beside me pointed out that many of those who had given us angry looks as they drove by were those who had a rosary hanging on their central mirror. Hearing her observation, I was overwhelmed with sadness and disappointment.
I tried my best to apply to all of those who had just passed by a claim to ignorance on Catholic teachings, but I wondered if all of them were actually ignorant.… Read more
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Written by: Jodie Wang
As this is my first foray into the world of “blogging”, I would like to introduce myself and explain how I ended up where I am on the road of life.
I was born in Montreal and raised in Saskatoon, second and youngest daughter in a family who had abandoned Roman Catholicism decades earlier. I grew up in a strict but agnostic environment, being dragged occasionally to the local United Church where I sat morosely in a Sunday School class where everyone else was friends. My family for unknown reasons befriended three elderly nuns in an order called the Sisters of Sion, and as they had a convent within walking distance of our home, it was decided that it would be grand if Sister Laurine could teach us girls some piano, Sister Mathilda teach us a bit of sewing, and Sister Yvonne give us some French lessons, all at a charitable discount of course!… Read more
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This past weekend I was in Cornwall, ON, Canada for a youth conference – Journey to the Father. This was my fifth time attending but first time as a speaker. I was asked to introduce the Rosary to over 400 high school students on the Friday evening. Following my introduction we did a small procession and said the Rosary together outside.
I would like to share a part of my introduction with you.
I think the Rosary and devotion to Mary can oftentimes be misunderstood. Non-Catholics and even Catholics may wonder “Why are we worshipping Mary? Why not just go to God directly?”, or simply, “The Rosary is so boring!… Read more
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