Presentation of Mary

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Here is a recycled post from 5-years ago:

According to tradition the childless Joachim and Anne, received a message from an angel that they would have a child. In fulfilling a vow for the gift of their daughter, they brought the three year old Mary to the Jerusalem Temple so that she might be consecrated to God. Tradition tells that Mary remained in the Temple until twelve years of age, at which point she was assigned to Joseph as guardian. The tradition also says that she remained in the temple to be educated in her role as the mother of God. The presentation of Mary reemphasizes the holiness of Mary as Mother of God, an importance commemorated by the feast of the Immaculate Conception. This memorial of the Presentation of Mary celebrates Mary’s dedication to God from her infancy, through the Holy Spirit, who filled her with grace at her immaculate conception. Mary’s role as mother of God did not begin with the Nativity of Christ, it begins with her immaculate conception and was strengthened at her temple presentation. In presenting herself to God and accepting Gods plan for her, she was able to accept the annunciation and all that follows. In that she is the image of church, the new temple. Through the presentation she accepted and prepared for her role as Mother of God. In a sense this is the beginning of Mary’s Advent as presenting oneself before God is the first step to receiving the Christ of the Nativity. Advent begins in 16-days.

Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

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Today’s feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was instituted to honor Mary for the Christian naval victory over the Turks at the “Battle of Lepanto.” on October 7, 1571. Pope Pius V, whose treasury bankrolled much of this large military endeavor, ordered the churches of Rome continuously opened for prayer, encouraging Catholics to petition the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary through the recitation of the Rosary. This naval victory would severely curtail attempts by the Ottoman Empire to control the Mediterranean, causing a shift in East-West relations. The victory of Lepanto is arguably considered the most complete victory ever gained over the Ottoman Empire. This victory prevented Europe from being overrun by the forces of Islam.When word reached the Pope Pius of the victory of “the Holy League,” he added a new feast day to the Roman Liturgical Calendar. October 7th would henceforth be the feast of Our Lady of Victory. Pope Pius’ successor, Gregory XIII would change the name of this day to the feast of the Holy Rosary.

Odd to think such a large and important military battle was victorious from a prayer said on simple beads. Of course it’s not the beads that are important, but the prayers said and whose intercession they call upon. Mary’s psalter has a long history in the Church and it often is considered a replacement for the recitation of the 150 psalms of the Liturgy of the Hours. Mary’s psalter covers the entire mission of her Son, from Nativity to Annunciation. At the same time it also meditates on the life of Mary, she who had the closest relation with the Christ. This feast day starts a month of devotion to the continuous prayer that is the Rosary.

While the feast celebrates a large naval victory, victories of the Rosary are common to all that are able to carry and recite the prayers of those beads. Their intercessions need not be limited to large occasions, but are ideally suited to overcome the battles of everyday life. They are a prayer designed to be recited by every person and every day, a contrast to the grandiose battle that is commemorated today.

Interesting point of the rosary is that its prayers are directed at Mary, and the mysteries that are meditated revolve around her Son. The prayers link Holy Mother of God in a way so similar to the way that their lives were interconnected. One never separated from the other. Uniquely Catholic it is directed at Mary, it proclaims Hail Mary. Each decade meditates on a particular aspect of the Lords life: joyful, sorrowful, glorious, and the luminous. Mary and her Son. They begin and end with the prayer of the Lord directed to the Father, and are recited in the name of the trinity. It is no wonder this simple prayer leads to so many victories.

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fatima 1_edited When the children asked the Lady what she wanted them to call her, she said the Lady of the Rosary. Back then people prayed the rosary, and children prayed the rosary. the three children of Fatima; Lucia, Santos, and Jacinta , especially prayed the rosary. Those beads were their constant companions.

Today, people don’t pray the rosary quite as much. Children don’t pray the rosary as often as then. Rosaries teach and give reason to meditate and ponder the gospel. Children don’t do that much any more.

Today, they have the Fidget Spinner. Experts say these devices do no harm, and might even be good. I wonder what apparitions one gets from a Fidget Spinner?

A miracle missed by TV

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Today, precisely one-hundred years ago, an excess of forty thousand witnessed the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima. The newspapers, MSM of the day, were harshly skeptical. Those in power and authority denounced the entire Fatima Experience. Still, forty thousand plus experienced the Miracle of the Sun and believed. They were the witnesses.

The question is about today, what if this event occurred today? The press, their response certainly hostile. The lab coats and those that peer through the spectroscopy of physics, through wire-rimmed glasses would proclaim their expertise. And fashionably dressed personalities would nod in agreement. Science is king.

But those in the field, those that came to see. Those the pedestrian, the curious, believers and not. What would they see? Would they see a sun dancing at Fatima, would they witness the Lady of the Rosary, and believe?

Today there is hostility towards that Lady and her Sun, the Son of GOD. Today the authorities would tell them don’t take a glance and don’t believe. Goofy people in strange glasses staring at an eclipse of the sun. Skeptics then combat the hostility of today. I wonder who would see.

I looked at the news, I follow the TV. This story is not told. Hard to believe the Mother of God appeared and todays press doesn’t find it news worthy. There isn’t a story about it on main street (or mainstream, your choice) TV.

Today is the One-Hundredth anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima. One hundred years ago today a magnificent encounter with Mary and her Son occurred before tens of thousands, yet today the world is ignorant of this profound event. A glorious yet sad day is today.. .

 

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