August 15, 2021 – Pastor’s Column

Pray the Rosary!

This weekend, we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption.  This truth of the faith teaches us that God assumed Mary, the Mother of God (body and soul), into Heaven before corruption could touch her immaculate body.

Mary intercedes for us in Heaven.  As Catholics, we are taught to go to Mary to ask for her powerful intercession in prayer so that she can go to her son Jesus Christ and get graces for us to get to Heaven.  We pray in the Hail Mary: “Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death Amen…”

One powerful way of prayer is praying the Holy Rosary daily.  There are 15 promises that are given to us by Mary for those who pray the Rosary daily. Here are a few of them that were given to Blessed Alan de la Roche:

…I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the rosary.

…The rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.

…It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the heart of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.

…Whoever shall recite the rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries, shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice.

…He shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just, he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.

…Whoever shall have a true devotion for the rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.

…I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the rosary.

Padre Pio once said:

“Love the Madonna and pray the Rosary, for her the Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today.  All graces given by God pass through the Blessed Mother…

Happy Feast Day! Love the Madonna and pray the Rosary!

Fr. Larry

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