|Mary Jean sets up our May altar.|
We gathered several statues of Our Lady as well as pictures of our grandmothers and even a Marian Candle. We have a statue of Mary's Immaculate Heart and Mary, Cause of Our Joy and the Pieta, Mary the Sorrowful Mother. The picture hanging over the Mirror was done by oldest son Bobby in first grade. He just finished his first year of college.
This month is a good month to recommit to the saying the Holy Rosary every day. I recently listened to a great new CD by Fr. Jason Brooks titled "Fatima, Living the Message." (Click here for more on that CD.) Hearing about the apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima, Portugal in 1917 and her request for prayers and penance really impacted me. Her primary message is two-fold: Pray the rosary for Peace and do penance for the conversion of sinners. How very simple, yet so powerful. I love the rosary, but it is one of those things that can easily get pushed to the side lines on long busy days.
A few years ago, I heard Catholic speaker and author Johnnette Benkovic refer to the rosary as "Our Lady's Lasso." Johnnette tells of her own grandmother who prayed a rosary a day for each of her grandchildren (and I think she had 12 or 14 of them, so 12 or 14 rosaries PER DAY.) Johnnette firmly believes that those prayers of her sweet grandmother brought her back to the Catholic faith. Who do you know that needs prayers? Pick up your "lasso" and ask Mama Mary to help bring them closer to her son.
To learn how to pray the rosary click here.
For "extra credit", read Blessed Pope John Paul II's Apostolic Letter on the Rosary "Rosarium Virginis Mariae", click here for full text.