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Lets see, lets guess. Today I read about the age of Aquarius versus the age of Pisces. Yesfish1 bp (2)terday, the Catholics celebrated a church founded before Constantine. Old church, much history. (Yesterday) The age of Pisces. (Today) , the age of Aquarius. One gains that name from a Broadway play.1960, 1970? I cant remember. Nixon, Ford? Was Andy Warhol on the scene? Pop culture, what’s next. Aquarius versus Pisces, yes it is a battle. Yes, the New Age has the numbers: but they are “fools, idiots, morons exploiting others for their own capitalistic gain.” They are the chaff that disappears with the wind. But still within that wind contains a storm and that storm is the one weathered today.  Yesterday celebrated an ancient church, today an old Pope named Leo. An ancient church building, an old pope that confronted the Huns. The Huns are celebrated by the Goths of  Heavy Metal of the Stage: but how many of them have been pierced (by a lance not a needle), or skewered or beheaded or tortured or brutalized in the true sense of Attila’s warfare, not an electrified three chord song? Leo confronted them, and defeated them. And what of Studio 54? The Lateran Basilica in Rome still stands.

He summoned him and said,
‘What is this I hear about you?
Prepare a full account of your stewardship,
because you can no longer be my steward.’
The steward said to himself, ‘What shall I do,
now that my master is taking the position of steward away from me?
I am not strong enough to dig and I am ashamed to beg.

Lk 16:1-8

 

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?