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Everyday Rosary Newsletter -- Why Your Heart Is Troubled
June 14, 2011
Everyday Rosary Newsletter, Volume 3 Issue #2 -- Why Your Heart Is Troubled
June 14, 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:
If you want to know why your heart is troubled and find a solution, look no further than to Jesus Christ and the one true Church, the Catholic Church. Our Church has all the tools you need to attain a peace filled and serene life.
It is not a magic pill though. It takes work and dedication as well as consistently choosing to do good plus following the Commandments of God and the precepts of His Church. For your information and review the six precepts and a commentary on each are included in this newsletter.
Remember the words of St. Augustine:
"Our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee."
We are excited to introduce our first ever guest writer, Fr. Smolenski! In his article you will learn how the Rosary keeps us nourished and how it brings life back to spiritually dead hearts.
You are not going to want to miss this month’s Rosary Promoter interview. This exciting interview focuses on addiction and ways to deal with it and overcome it to attain a greater level of peace in your life. Even if you don’t personally suffer from an addiction at one point or another you will come into contact with someone who does. James Lawrence of ComeAside.com‘s insight will help you deal with addiction from a Catholic perspective. Plus he will teach you the tools you will need to work through it. Hint: The Rosary is one of them.
One more word to the wise from the "Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous" on working a 12 steps spiritual program...
..."We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace." p.83, 84
Of course this must be done in the context of sound Catholic doctrine but it seems that we all could benefit from applying a 12 step program in our spiritual growth.
Also included in this newsletter is an encouraging Q&A about finding peace through the Church and her sacraments only to seemingly lose it. A lot of people experience this but regain a deeper level of peace and joy after persevering through this hardship.
I invite you to read on...
The Spiritual Machine Gun
I like to think of the Holy Rosary as a spiritual machine gun and as a spiritual umbilical cord.
The rows of beads remind me of the belts of bullets feeding the gun. These military bullets are meant to enter live hearts in order to kill them. But the spiritual bullets, the Hail Marys of the Rosary, enter spiritually dead hearts in order to bring them to a life of faith...
The natural umbilical cord unites the mother and child in order to nourish and purify the child. The spiritual umbilical cord - the Holy Rosary - unites the Heart of Our Mother Mary to our hearts so that she can nourish them on the virtues of the life, death and resurrection of Our Lord as well as purify our hearts of sin in action and inclination. In natural life the umbilical cord is cut and the child is independent of the mother. But in the spiritual life we must never sever that rosary bond, otherwise we are on our own uncertain way...
Fr. Stanley Smolenski, SPMA is the director of the Shrine of Our Lady of South Carolina - Our Lady of Joyful Hope www.ourladyofsouthcarolina.net. He is a Baptistine Canonical Hermit whose ministry is exclusively to the pilgrims of that Shrine.
The Six Precepts Or Laws Of The Church
When studying the Catechism, there is a distinction between the Commandments of God which were given by God to the Israelites through Moses, and the Commandments of the Church. These laws are given to us by Holy Mother Church for our own good and to keep us happy. The precepts of the Church are as follows...
How To Checklist
How To Keep Your Spiritual Machine Gun Loaded
Persevere in praying the Rosary. Keep it up. Schedule a time for it each day. If you find you are missing your daily Rosary, try a new time.
Monks have a rule of life. That means they have a specified time for each and every activity during the course of the day. Most likely your day is structure as well. Perhaps take the time this month to write out a schedule of your usual day. Somewhere in that schedule write in when you will pray the Rosary. Follow your schedule for at least two weeks to instill this new habit.
"All things have their season, and in their times all things pass under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted. A time to kill, and a time to heal. A time to destroy, and a time to build. A time to weep, and a time to laugh. A time to mourn, and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather. A time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces. A time to get, and a time to lose. A time to keep, and a time to cast away. A time to rend, and a time to sew. A time to keep silence, and a time to speak. A time of love, and a time of hatred. A time of war, and a time of peace." -Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Calendar Of Upcoming Feast Days
Ascension Thursday - June 2nd
7th Sunday of Easter - June 5th
Pentecost - June 12th
11th Week of Ordinary Time - June 13th
Trinity Sunday - June 19th
The Feast of Corpus Christi - June 23rd
The Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus - July 1st
The Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary - July 2nd
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time - July 3rd
Independence Day - July 4th (United States of America)
Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel - July 16th
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time - July 17th
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time - July 24th
Feast of Sts. Joachim and Anne - July 26th
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time - July 31st
Feast of St. Alphonsus Liguori - August 1st
Feast of St. John Vianney - August 4th
The Transfiguration of the Lord - August 6th
19th Sunday of Ordinary Time - August 17th
Feast of St. Dominic - August 8th
20th Sunday in Ordinary - August 14th
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - August 15th
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time - August 21st
The Queenship of Mary - August 22nd
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - August 28th
ResourcesRosary Gift Resources
Books And Spiritual Reading
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Meet This Month's Rosary Promoter!Who: ComeAside.com owner, James Lawrence
James Lawrence of ComeAside.com holds degrees in philosophy and theology. He has been a college professor and an RCIA program instructor. His inspiring website, ComeAside.com, is helping many find peace and joy through developing a Catholic prayer life.
Read the entire interview here...
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 sparked quite an exciting discussion in our Ask A Rosary Question Section at How-to-pray-the-Rosary-everyday.com. It is edited here for brevity but you can read the question and all the comments by clicking here...
Why Do I Feel Sad And Unmotivated After Pouring My Heart And Soul Into My Catholic Faith? Why is it that when I started to give more time to the Catholic Faith, my life started to break into millions of shattered pieces?
There is a battle going on. A battle over each individual soul. Satan hates man and he is waging a battle over your soul. Get a St. Benedict medal, pray the St. Michael's prayer often, keep praying the Rosary, stay in the state of grace, and receive Communion often even daily. The most powerful prayer for repelling the devil is praying out loud the Holy Name of Jesus.
You may find these words of St. Paul to Timothy encouraging. "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith."
Also keep in mind that there is great value in suffering, even mental suffering. Unite your sufferings to those of Christ for the good of His Church on earth or the Holy Souls in Purgatory. At Fatima, Our Blessed Mother asked us to offer our sacrifices and sufferings up for the conversion of sinners. Perhaps you are being called to offer your current crisis up for the conversion of sinners. It is easier to suffer patiently when you know it is for a good purpose.
Also you may find reading the book of Tobit in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible valuable.
God bless you and keep the faith.
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.
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Holy Mary, Mother of God. Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death! To Jesus through Mary,
To Jesus through Mary,
Kathleen Bowen and The Rosary Team
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