Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Mary TV Daily Reflection 1/27/2016

Our Lady of Pompei  
  Our Lady of Pompeii,
Blessed Bartolo Longo spread devotion to Our Lady through this image!

January 27, 2016
St. Angela Merici
Dear Family of Mary!
January 25, 2016
"Dear children! Also today I am calling all of you to prayer. You cannot live without prayer, because prayer is a chain which brings you closer to God. Therefore, little children, in humility of heart return to God and to His commandments so that with all of your heart you are able to say: as it is in Heaven so may it be on earth. You, little children, are free to in freedom decide for God or against Him. See where Satan wants to pull you into sin and slavery. Therefore, little children, return to my heart so that I can lead you to my Son Jesus who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Thank you for having responded to my call."
"You cannot live without prayer, because prayer is a chain which brings you closer to God."
When I first read this message, I thought immediately of the Rosary, and how it is a chain. I was trying to remember where I had heard about the Rosary as a chain before, and then I remembered "Rosarium Virginis Mariae", the Apostolic Letter of Pope John Paul II on the Rosary. Here is what he says:
The Rosary beads
36. The traditional aid used for the recitation of the Rosary is the set of beads. At the most superficial level, the beads often become a simple counting mechanism to mark the succession of Hail Marys. Yet they can also take on a symbolism which can give added depth to contemplation.
Here the first thing to note is the way the beads converge upon the Crucifix, which both opens and closes the unfolding sequence of prayer. The life and prayer of believers is centered upon Christ. Everything begins from him, everything leads towards him, everything, through him, in the Holy Spirit, attains to the Father.
As a counting mechanism, marking the progress of the prayer, the beads evoke the unending path of contemplation and of Christian perfection. Blessed Bartolo Longo saw them also as a "chain" which links us to God. A chain, yes, but a sweet chain; for sweet indeed is the bond to God who is also our Father. A "filial" chain which puts us in tune with Mary, the "handmaid of the Lord" (Lk 1:38) and, most of all, with Christ himself, who, though he was in the form of God, made himself a "servant" out of love for us (Phil 2:7).  ("Rosarium Virginis Mariae", Pope St. John Paul II, 2002)
I too was thinking about the Rosary as a sweet chain, a lovely bond between the Lord and those who pray it. We are bonded to the Trinity through the loving memories that the Rosary presents to us in the Mysteries. As our memories are formed to the truth of God's love for us, demonstrated through the life of Jesus, we become more and more free, more filled with light and truth. Our memories are healed and made right, according to the truth of God's love! This creates a deep bond of love between us and the Father, something we lost in the Garden. The Rosary can help to restore us to grace by healing our broken memories. That chain of prayer holds us tightly to the Father's heart! 
Blessed Bartolo Longo Bartolo-Longo.jpg Confessor; Apostle of the Rosary
Of all people, Blessed Bartolo Longo knows the truth of this. He was a satanist, bound for hell. But Our Lady plucked him from that road, and with the sweet chains of the Rosary, drew him into life, into salvation in her Son. He lived the rest of his life spreading devotion to the Rosary and honoring Our Lady! He knows what the Rosary can do!!

May we take up our chains, our sweet and life giving chains, and never let them go! We cannot live without prayer!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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