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Everyday Rosary Newsletter -- Finding Your Focus
February 21, 2011
Everyday Rosary Newsletter, Volume 3 Issue #1 -- Finding Your Focus In February
February 21, 2011
The monthly Everyday Rosary Newsletter is brought to you from the How-to-pray-the-rosary-everyday.com website. In each issue you will find Rosary inspirations, new meditations, feature articles and ideas that support your prayer life, a calendar of upcoming Rosary Feast Days, and how to incorporate your faith in other holidays. Plus stories on how the Rosary has affected the lives of others and what people are doing to promote the Rosary. It will also keep you up-to-date on information added to the site. It is your monthly dose of Rosary inspiration!
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A Note From The Editor:
Finding your focus in February takes a dedicated and steadfast heart. This time of year, all of nature is asleep. The joys and warm feelings of Christmas are gone and you're left with the dreary thought of several more weeks of winter. It is a time of year when reevaluating your spiritual life will do much good. For this reason, Lent usually begins during this month. This year however, Ash Wednesday is late, appearing during the first week of March. But, why not start today. Find your focus, namely, Jesus Christ. Find Him today.
If you have let your daily Rosary slip, it is time to resolve to begin again. Everyone needs inspiration from time to time. All the inspiration you need can be found here. Check out the numerous meditations, add your own and comment on meditation others have submitted. Don't be intimidated, if you are inspired by a beautiful thought during the Rosary, please share it. Likely that inspiration came from God. Our job while on earth is to help one another get to heaven. Sharing your meditations will help others attain that goal.
Read on to find more ways to find your focus this February!
An Authentic Apparition in the United States?
Many American Catholics are unaware of the fact that the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared in the United States only one year after she appeared to St. Bernadette at Lourdes, France in the late 1800s. These American apparitions took place in Wisconsin to a woman named Adele Brise.
Why bring it up now, over 150 years later? Well, The Most Reverend David L. Ricken, Bishop of Green Bay recently announced a decree on the authenticity of these apparitions.
In 1859 the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Adele Brise. During the apparitions Mary identified herself as the Queen of Heaven. Mary's message to Adele was to pray for the conversion of sinners and to teach the Catholic faith to her fellow citizens especially to children. Mary spoke these words, "Gather the children in this wild country and teach them what they should know for salvation...Teach them their catechism, how to sign themselves with the Sign of the Cross, and how to approach the sacraments; that is what I wish you to do. Go and fear nothing, I will help you."
The descriptions of Our Lady given by mystics are always intriguing. Besides the image Our Lady gave us at Guadalupe, we are not sure what she looks like. It is difficult to visualize her glorious appearance. You can use these descriptions combined with the image on St. Juan Diego's tilma to get a picture of her in your mind's eye.
At Lourdes, St. Bernadette describes the Blessed Mother as a woman dressed in a white gown with a blue sash. She was holding a rosary made of luminous white pearls and a golden cross. On each of her feet was a golden rose.
She was described at Fatima dressed in white and holding a rosary. During the final apparition, Mary appeared gloriously crowned as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.
In Wisconsin, Adele Brise said she "saw a lady clothed in dazzling white, with a yellow sash around her waist and a crown of stars around her head, standing between two trees."
It seems Our Lady of Good Help's message was a prefigure to the message of Fatima, namely to pray. Pray without ceasing. Pray for the conversion of poor sinners. The Church approved apparitions all have the same message. These apparitions and Our Lady's fluid message began in 1830 when the she appeared to St. Catherine Laboure. The most recent approved Marian apparition occurred in Akita, Japan in the 1970's.
Unapproved Marian apparitions should be approached with great caution. The Rosary Team only supports apparitions that are officially approved by the Catholic Church. The decree on Our Lady of Good Help Wisconsin energizes our Rosary Community in the fact that Mary's message was to pray for the conversion of sinners and to teach the faith.
Spread devotion to the Rosary and you will be fulfilling both her requests.
Compiled here is a list of approved Marian apparitions, the place of the apparition, followed by the year, the title Our Lady appeared under along with her message are as follows...
How To Checklist
How To Keep Your Focus
Whenever you are striving to grow spiritually, the first step is always...
Calendar Of Upcoming Feast Days
Ash Wednesday - March 9th
1st Sunday of Lent - March 13th
Saint Joseph's Feast Day - March 19th
Solemnity of the Annunciation - March 25th
Palm Sunday - April 17th
Holy Thursday - April 21st
Good Friday - April 22nd
Holy Saturday, Vigil of the Solemnity of Easter - April 23rd
Solemnity of Easter - April 24th
ResourcesRosary Gift Resources
Books And Spiritual Reading
TestimonialsWe love to hear from our visitors. Here is what a recent visitor had to say about How-to-pray-the-rosary-everyday.com
"Thank you for your website letting me know the rosary is for all Christians." -Lori
Meet This Month's Rosary Promoter!
Who: Travelrosary.com owner, Wayne Kneeskern
Because so many people pray the Rosary while traveling, Wayne created the Travel Rosary which has rosary beads attached to a steering wheel cover. This way you can follow the beads with your thumbs or fingers while driving "without" taking your eyes off the road. It eliminates holding a Rosary in your hand while driving and having the possibility that the beads get intertwined in the steering wheel. Each Travel Rosary is custom designed and handcrafted in Richland, Iowa. The first 5% of all sales is donated to various Catholic charities.
If you would like to be highlighted as the Rosary Promoter of the Month, use the Rosary Promoter Submission page on How-to-pray-the-rosary-everyday.com and write us asking for a Rosary Promoter application. If you know someone that promotes the Rosary and should be featured as a Rosary promoter, by all means pass this along to them or send us their information and we'll contact them.
Q&AThis question was taken from our Ask A Rosary Question Section at How-to-pray-the-Rosary-everyday.com
I lead a young adult group at my parish. Our next discussion topic is the Rosary. Could you suggest some questions that will stimulate group discussion on this important topic? Thank you.
Some great questions to get a Rosary discussion going are as follows...
And on and on it goes. This is just a brief synopsis that will get them thinking and interested. Notice the areas of interest then come back and post a comment to your original comment and maybe we can continue exploring particular areas of interest.
Please visit the Ask A Rosary Question Section on the website and ask your questions. You are encouraged to answer questions that have been posted there as well.
A Glimpse Into Next Month's Newsletter
Next month's Newsletter - Queen Of The May
New On The Site
I pray you are filled with peace and blessings from God during these days leading up to Lent.
St. Joseph, Pray for us!
To Jesus through Mary,
Kathleen Bowen and The Rosary Team
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