They knew about the birth of my Son: the angels had told them. FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: Purity of Mind and Body. Yet even she, the selfless and obedient one, was promised that a sword of sorrow would pierce her heart on the day of separation. REFLECTIONMary gave birth to Jesus not only without modern-day comforts, but without even the limited comforts of her own day. And when the parents brought in the child Jesus, he took him into his arms and blessed God. Help us to always seek Jesus your son, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Pray that Christian families will be obedient to the Father. Therefore, the way we see, hear, or in any other way experience His existence when He comes, will be grand and splendorous. } Notice that it is Biblical to refer to Mary as Blessed. What amazes you the most?10. PRAY: We ask the intercession of the Holy Family as we pray especially for all refugees who are raising their families on the road without basic needs and the comforts they once had. [http://thecatholicscholar.blogspot.com/2011/09/rosary-meditations-fifth-joyful-mystery.html]. Are you focused or distracted at Mass? Mary and Joseph were presenting the Only Begotten Son to the Eternal Father, in a temple that was merely the shadow and copy of the real temple in heaven. In the Temple, Jesus was carrying on a dialogue with the teachers. Maybe Mary’s heart skipped a few beats. Yet now—what had they done? } John Hardon, S.J., in his Modern Catholic Dictionary, "are expressions of the New Covenant, where happiness is assured already in this life, provided a person totally gives himself to the imitation of Christ." As soon as I realized by Gabriel's message that Elizabeth, my cousin, who had been barren for a long time and who was yet now old, had nonetheless conceived, I was prompted by God's grace to go to help her in her need. Lead all men and women who have committed the sin of abortion to repentance and back to your loving embrace. Ashaa (shown right with 2 of her children) knows what this is like. Here among the sights and sounds and stench of the stable, their souls are one in perfect happiness, because they are poor in spirit. Both of us thought that Jesus was with the other. I will ask the Father to give you the grace to be generous with those less fortunate. Third Joyful Mystery - Nativity of Our LordJesus, Mary and Joseph protect all pre-born children from 6 to 9 months of age from abortion. Mary is accepting to walk into a mystery. What is your attitude towards her? #tab_container_10927 .wpsm_nav-tabs > li > a:before { width:100%; Fourth Sorrowful Mystery - The Carrying of the CrossI would be your disciple, Lord. The highest is, of course, Jesus and John went before Jesus and "enlighten them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death: to direct our feet into the way of peace." We pour out our hearts to You in worship, Jesus, our God, with the Father and the Holy Spirit.Praise – Jesus, You are amazing! But it seems like the heart of such questions stems from a far bigger issue: whenever we, human beings, expect more from God than what we receive or perceive, it is usually based on faults we have in our own expectations. The fruit most commonly associated with the mystery of the Nativity is poverty of spirit, the first of the eight Beatitudes. -Luke 1:43-44. Fruit: the gift of wisdom and for yes to the divine will. How does He question You?8. Look up 1 Samuel 2:1-10 and Genesis 18:1-15 and discover the parallels between Mary and Hannah and Elizabeth and Sarah.Application Questions1. Yes, the Messiah is grand and splendorous, and so yes it does make sense for him to come among us in a grand and splendorous way. I wish to come into your situation whatever it may be: to be present with you and to pray with you and for you. Prayer Intention . In the birth of every child we see the birth of Christ Jesus in the Bethlehem stable. Thank you Jesus for giving us so loving a Mother. During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town … He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart. How fast do you respond to God's prompting in your heart to act with love?2. }. “Now, they are no longer screaming or shouting [in fear].”. Let us meditate and pray this mystery of the rosary that we can embrace Jesus’ ways as manifested in the Nativity. Simeon is not anxious about death, rather he looks forward to it because he hopes for heaven. Do you look for deeper meanings in the events of your life? How wonderful is this poverty! } The Basheer family fled Syria just a few months ago when a bomb destroyed their home. One should always offer the intention of the Holy Father as a general rule. Ponder what it means to lose Jesus and search for Him.10. To begin to understand the joy that Mary and Joseph felt on finding Jesus in the Temple, we must first imagine their distress when they realized He was not with them. She was a bit hurt and had been very anxious.17. It was soon that my Son was born: that the King of Kings would be born a pauper. And then those wondrous words emerge from His lips, "Did you not know that I must be about my father's business?". Was He ready to begin His mission immediately? Why does he allow a loving heart to be pierced with loss? } The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. Truly, as Mary responds to her cousin's greeting in the canticle we call the Magnificat, her soul does "magnify the Lord," not least through her love of neighbor. As I was praying, there suddenly appeared an angel. They had been hearing explosions and gunfire nearly every day. When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? border:0px solid #ddd; Yet in announcing this to her, the angel Gabriel also revealed that Mary's cousin Elizabeth is six months' pregnant. #tab_container_10927 .tab-content{ Reflect on the significance of this.12. We pray that we continue to pray even when we doubt God answers us. Lead all men and women who have committed the sin of abortion to repentance and back to your loving embrace. Would like to forward these great petitions and suggested list of intentions from the Rosary led by Pope Francis this afternoon, which can be used as we continue to pray the Rosaty in the coming days: 1st Decade: For the protection of the first responders, doctors, and nurses who care for those made critically ill by coronavirus. The Holy Rosary - The Joyful Mysteries Monday and Saturday. [https://www.rosarycenter.org/homepage-2/rosary/how-to-pray-the-rosary/joyful-mysteries-without-distractions/], [https://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers-and-devotions/rosaries/a-rosary-for-life-the-joyful-mysteries]. Your father and I with so much sorrow have been looking for You." How blessed we would be if we, like they, could unite our lives so fully to Christ that we could see the fallen world around us in the light of Heaven! We pray for the elderly and dying, that they have lived the faith to the best of their abilities so that they may go peacefully into God’s kingdom. Anna, in the scene that follows this passage, “Talked about the child to all.” My encounters with Christ should lead to evangelization. Monday - Joyful Tuesday - Sorrowful Wednesday - Glorious Thursday - Luminous Friday - Sorrowful Saturday - Joyful Sunday - Glorious. In this moment, the Son of God "emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as a man. Help me to say “yes” to whatever it is You have gifted me for, because You have chosen me to be Your partner in ministry. Christ’s religious life was that of a Jew obedient to the law (Catechism, 31). The words "for the fall" meant that Jesus came to make reparation for the sins of the entire human race. God-made-Man submitted with great humility to His human parents. Yet here are the Son of God and His Mother, both purer than any of us will ever be, abiding by the Law that Christ Himself came not to abolish but fulfill. We thank You for doing such great things for us and for having mercy on us and for lifting up the lowly and filling the hungry with good things. color: #f4f4f4 !important; In obedience to the Law of Moses, forty days after my Son was born, Joseph and I went to Jerusalem to present my Son before the Lord and to redeem Him with two turtle doves. How are you being called to counter the norms and standards of the world?13. @media (min-width: 769px) { Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? In this mystery, ask Mary to give you a deep trust in the one who invites you to follow. We pray that we listen to God’s truth no matter how unlikely the source. Whose business am I about? Four sets of Mysteries (Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful and Glorious) are prayed on a specific day of the week. In the stillness of the night, the Savior is born in a cave, Mary remaining a Virgin. What does it feel like to find Him?5. Everyone has a mission, especially your children that God has given to you. I think Jesus’ humble birth contrasts nicely with another word usually associated with Christmas — “trappings.”  The dictionary defines that word as “outward decoration or dress; ornamental equipment.”  I see the trappings of Christmas all over in the amount of money spent on presents, decorations, clothes, and food. How might you pray better and be more attentive at Mass?2. What a relief! We pray that we make time to regularly receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and resolve not to commit the same sins again. Third Joyful Mysteries - Your Intentions. Mary shows the importance of setting a good example for others and the importance of having good intentions in all your affairs. margin:0px !important; Intention: Priestly obedience of faith. Mary risked a lot because she had faith in God’s goodness. There are answers to these questions that are revealed to us, such as Solomon also having been wrapped in swaddling clothes (Wisdom 7: 4-6), making Solomon a type of Jesus while solidifying the identification of Jesus as a son of David. In His divine nature, He did not change, but in His human nature, He did. You obey this command when you pray the Rosary and especially when you meditate upon this mystery, the Visitation. Amen. “But then I lost everything.”. We pray for expecting mothers, especially those with unplanned pregnancies (like Mary) and those who are scared of their future. Stay Connected. "My children, be always open to seek the will of God in your life no matter what it is. The trappings of this life literally trap us into living only for this world which amount to absolutely nothing in Jesus’ Heavenly kingdom. We pray for those who have a broken family life, that they look to the Holy Family for guidance. text-align:center !important; She may also have recalled the words of the prophetess when they presented Jesus in the temple. What does it feel like to lose Him?4. float: left; The Lord is with you.”But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. special prayer intentions for our country We offer this Rosary for the conversion and peace in our country; that all may live according to the teachings of our Catholic Church, so that families may recover the values of the Catholic faith and for the sanctification and needs of our beloved priests. Nine months ago, she had given that first “yes” in the garden. THE JOYFUL Mysteries of the Holy Rosary allow us to meditate on the early life of Jesus Christ.Let us remember that the Holy Rosary is Mary’s testimony of Jesus: her experiences of His life, His ministry, and the Gospel.. You can always find him in the tabernacle. As the body of our Lord is growing in her own womb, Mary spends three months caring for Elizabeth, leaving only shortly before the birth of Saint John the Baptist. They are working, preparing for Elizabeth’s baby, quietly conversing, and praying. Like Mary, we should bring Christ into the homes of others. Let us pray to the Mother of all the Living that every child be treasured and protected from the first moment of conception as an inestimable and wondrous gift of God.Our Father...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: inspire the hearts of all newly pregnant women with the joy of which you sang at the Annunciation... Hail Mary, full of grace...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: deliver all parents from fear, and implant in their hearts a joyful hope... Hail Mary, full of grace...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: pray that joy may embrace the lives of all expectant parents...Hail Mary, full of grace...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: pray for grandparents, that the witness of their joy might be a source of strength to their expectant children... Hail Mary, full of grace...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: be with all new parents, that the miracle of new life silently growing in the womb will awaken in them a commitment to cherish and protect their child... Hail Mary, full of grace...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: pray that all might be inspired by the wonder of new life and embrace God's overwhelming gift...Hail Mary, full of grace...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: watch over all new parents with your maternal care, from the first moments of new life...Hail Mary, full of grace...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: rejoice with the mother who first feels the stirring of the child in her womb...Hail Mary, full of grace...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: intercede for all parents who long to carry a child in their arms...Hail Mary, full of grace...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Bless adoptive parents and rejoice with them in the beauty of their child...Hail Mary, full of grace...Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. A light to enlighten the pagans and the glory of your people Israel. You may use them as they are written or adapt them as you wish. Reflect on that love.4. Jesus was twelve years old and Joseph and I, as custom dictates, wished to take Him to Jerusalem for the Passover. We pray for the forgiveness and conversion of those in society who mock or persecute the faithful. The angel assured me, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you: the shadow of the Most High will enwrap you and the child to be born of you will be called Son of God." The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary Intention: The angel’s visit and Mary’s response changed the whole course of her life! We pray for spiritual, physical, and emotional strength for pregnant women who carry a precious life like Mary and Elizabeth. Why not something bigger, something more becoming of a person of His stature and power?” The answer is that there is nothing bigger, nothing more becoming of a person of His stature and power then to do what none would think of, to do what no one and nothing else could possibly do of their own volition: to take on a nature below one’s own. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, Imagine their reactions to the teaching of this twelve-year-old Boy.15. They must know all too well the feelings Mary and Joseph experienced when they couldn’t find their son for 3 days. They even went beyond the letter of the Law because the whole family traveled to Jerusalem to observe the feast of Passover. Jesus imparts wisdom to the rabbis who listen in the Temple. Childless until now, Elizabeth is beyond the normal childbearing years; she has even hid herself from the eyes of others because her pregnancy is so unexpected. border: 1px solid #121212 !important; Simeon was talking about my destiny: a destiny that would be so intimate with my Son.My greatest pain, my children, is that people reject my Son: people reject His message of love and peace. At the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, Mary united her will to Jesus, therefore they offered the same sacrifice and she thereby partook in his redeeming role. @media (max-width: 768px) { He casts down so He can lift up. For 12 years, they had been always at His side, their lives dedicated to Him in obedience to the Will of God. To put it another way, God’s ways are not our ways. In our lives too, God gives us spiritual friendships and soul-mates who help us grow closer to him. This reminds me very much of an old saying that said ‘It takes a village to rise a child.’ This must have been true back then since neither Mother Mary nor Joseph were irresponsible parents; both thinking that Jesus was in the other’s company. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Scripture: The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. Any parent who loses a child, even for a little while, is terrified, but Mary and Joseph's anxiety was probably much greater because they knew Who their Child was – the Messiah.8. This passage provides a strong argument against abortion as we see the presence and action of two unborn children. Mary shared in Jesus' mission of saving the human race. #tab_container_10927 .tab-content{ Points to Ponder1. Ponder this.21. Together, they are like a little monastic community. They attack its members and denounce its teachings. 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From a young age, her parents had dedicated her to the service of the Lord; now, this humble servant would devote her entire life to the Son of God. Her husband, Joseph, was also in a difficult spot. Mary is humble but says the Magnificat (which begins in the passage given here). } We pray that we have faith, like St. Simeon, that God’s promises to us will always be fulfilled. I need only pay attention. Judea was a very long way from Nazareth, and travel in those days was anything but easy. When Simeon tells Mary that her heart shall be pierced by a sword, the meaning is clear. He will come to Earth in some way that we will experience with our senses (see Him, hear Him, etc. I ran up to Him and said, "My Son, why did You do such a thing? #tab_container_10927 .wpsm_nav-tabs > li > a { Many would not believe and they are the people who this verse is referring. Pray to the Heavenly Father in this mystery for the gift of simplicity and for the woes of the poor and I will pray with you. She shows us what true love of neighbor means: placing the needs of others above our own, devoting ourselves to our neighbor in his or her hour of need. He was their Son, so they knew Him well, and they must have remembered all that had happened at His birth. We pray for those who do not practice their faith out of discouragement because they don’t think God hears them. Lead all men and women who have committed the sin of abortion to repentance and back to your loving embrace. The Joyful Mysteries. Sakeena and the many other refugee children who bring hope to those around them point us to Christ.PRAY: We pray that we will see Christ in those around us, especially in the gift of children. And coming to her, he said, "Hail, favored one! font-family: Open Sans !important; While meditating on the mysteries, Catholics also pray for those fruits or virtues. She gave birth outside in a barn. Under the Old Law, a woman remained impure for 40 days after the birth of a child. margin-right:5px !important; Mary stayed with Elizabeth for three months before returning home to Nazareth.Points to Ponder1. padding:0px !important ; She is transparent, but she makes the Lord appear bigger to those who look at and through her. In this mystery, ask Mary to help you and your spiritual friends listen carefully for God’s voice in your lives, so that you can walk with him and with each other. . (Intention: Aged and Social Justice) What impulse of love made you hurry to visit … This was a day of fulfillment and joy—one of many along a path also rich in crosses. In this mystery, ask Mary to help you see and touch this goodness of Jesus in your own life. Show your immensity of love for Him: be humble, be grateful for what you have, be it little or great, and whatever you do have, use it in a way that will give pleasure to my Son. He was fully Man as well as fully God. Catechism of the Catholic Church: #495-497, 717. Fifth Sorrowful Mystery - The CrucifixionJesus, help me to understand how great Your love for me is and forgive me the sins which pinned You to the Cross. How might you cultivate those you have?Prayer, Prayer, and More PrayerBlessing and adoration – Dearest Lord, we bless You for sending the Holy Spirit upon Mary and Elizabeth. She was still a mother. In an alternate translation, Jesus said that He had to be about His Father's business. Then Simeon turned to me and said "Blessed are you, woman: but behold this Child will be the fall and the rise of many in Israel, a sign to be opposed and your own heart will be pierced so that the hearts of many will be exposed. " The hour for Mary to give birth is near,… REFLECTION We can only imagine how overwhelmed and scared Mary must have been when she learned she would welcome a child into a situation she never would have planned. . For us, it happens in the Church. Elizabeth calls the unborn Jesus “Lord” (and John the Baptist witnesses to him) at the very beginning of Mary’s pregnancy. Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. .wpsm_nav-tabs{ Mary offered her son just as other mothers did, but it was different with Mary. background-color:#2b2b2b !important; } She is all beautiful, all holy, all pure, the pearl of creation. Think about how prayer and study ought to be a dialogue with God.14. Take away from your life whatever is displeasing to God so that your worship at mass and your worshiping prayer will be acceptable to God the Father. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? My heart was torn in two: the sufferings predicted by Simeon were already starting. It was an orderly search. Jesus said that He had to be in His Father's house. How was it a gentle reminder of Who He was and what He had come to do?18. margin-right:0px !important; Of all women God prepared Mary from her conception to be the Mother of the Incarnate Word. Joseph and Mary go to Bethlehem to comply with the decree of Caesar Augustus. He’s also the God of glory, angel choirs and supernovas. overflow:hidden; border: 1px solid #ca8620 !important; Second Glorious Mystery - The AscensionYou go to sit at the right hand of the Father and to prepare a place for me. These are not optional, and they are meant for humankind's well-being. Mary was not a passive bystander in Salvation History. How are you going about your Father's business?11. float:none !important; -Luke 1:42. She pondered the events, knowing that God was active in her life and speaking to her through each and every incident. Place yourself at God's disposal and He will do great things for you and with you. What did Jesus mean? Teach me to take up my cross each day, to greet those I meet along the way with kindness, and to quickly rise up each time I fall. The Lord is with you." Though we may not see Jesus in this life in the way that Simeon did, his story reminds us that children can lead us to Christ. But not Mary. PRAY: We pray for all refugee children, especially those separated from their parents or who have died on their journeys to safety. Can an artist truly, literally, fully become part of the very painting that he or she creates? How special he is. Your words are simple yet sublime, and we praise You for each and every one of them. Fourth Joyful Mystery - The PresentationFor the protection of marriage and the family, and for religious freedom so parents are able to raise their children to know God, to love Him, and to obey His commandments. } First Sorrowful Mystery - The Agony in the GardenThat I might above all, and in spite of all, do the will of the Father. We reflect and pray on Jesus’ humble birth in a stable. Join in a perpetual rosary with others around the world. Have you formed any close, spiritual friendships? How did you respond?3. THE NATIVITY. Especially help me to say “yes” to following Your will in the situation I’m currently in, of __________. #tab_container_10927 .wpsm_nav-tabs { What did they do and talk about?18. First Joyful Mysteries - Your Intentions. If Mary's humility was remarkable, how much more so that of Christ! Please bring them home safely. Lord, save me from the temptation of taking a seemingly easier path in life that doesn't bring me closer to God's grace. She does not know what lies ahead on this new path, but she knows who is asking and she trusts in him. May it be done to me according to your word." JOYFUL MYSTERIES Prayed on Mondays and Saturdays, as well as the Sundays of Advent. We pray for forgiveness for the times we haven’t seen Jesus in our brothers and sisters. Elizabeth was filed with the Holy Spirit and cried out in a loud voice: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb…The moment your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe in my womb leapt for joy. PRAY: We pray that even when our hearts are filled with our own joys and hardships, we will remember to reach out to and love our neighbors. Do you always understand what Jesus tells you? They lived in a tent outside Aleppo after their home was bombed, but unlike many other refugee families, every member survived and they remain together. As I entered and greeted Elizabeth, Elizabeth shouted for joy and said, "Blessed are you among all women and blessed is the fruit of your womb. This mystery stresses the theme of proper worship. They offered two turtle doves as opposed to a small lamb that a wealthier couple would have offered. Never be afraid of God's will. We must venerate her, for the Holy Spirit Who spoke through her says that all generations will call her blessed. We pray for increased motivation for those who hear God’s call but are afraid to act on it. color: #ffffff !important; The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. It all seemed so wonderful that God would use me for His kingdom; for His glory. In this case, we can see the error of this thought process if we take a step back and look at what is right in front of us. background-color: #dd9933 !important; Can an author of a book truly, literally, fully become a character in his or her own book? Simeon foretells pain for Christ – and his followers. Fifth Luminous Mystery - The Institution of the EucharistIn thanksgiving to Jesus for humbling Himself to come to us, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, under the guise of simple bread and wine. 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