ROSARY: Mission Mysteries

From How to Pray the World Mission Rosary, by The Archdiocese of Cincinnati Mission Office World Mission Rosary In February of 1951, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (national director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith from 1950 to 1966), in a The Catholic Hour radio address, inaugurated a World Mission Rosary. “We must pray, and not for ourselves, but for the world. To this end, I have designed the World Mission Rosary. Each of the five decades is of a different color to represent the continents.” Praying this rosary, Archbishop Sheen said, would “aid the Holy Father and his Society for the Propagation of the Faith by supplying him with practical support, as well as prayers, for the poor mission territories of the [...]

PRAYER: The Stages Of Prayer, by Carlos Carretto

From Letter from the Desert Prayer is words, poetry, song. Turn your ear, O Lord, and give answer For I am poor and needy. Show me, Lord, your way, so that I may walk in thy truth Guide my heart to fear your name. (Psalm 86) Often it contains a shout, a cry, a groan of anguish. Lord my God, I call for help by day; I cry at night before you. Let my prayer come into your presence. O turn your ear to my cry. For my soul is filled with evils; my life is on the brink of the grave. I am reckoned as one in the tomb: I have reached the end of my strength, like one alone among the dead; like the slain lying in their graves; like those you remember no more, cut off, as they are, from your hand. (Psalm 88) And sometimes an explosion of joy: I love [...]

SATURDAY READING: Rosary, by Chris Arthur

From Irish Elegies (Chris Arthur also wrote the book, Irish Haiku.) I’m not sure if it’s just a measure of the intensity of absorption children bring to their preoccupations, with little energy left over for anything outside the immediate orbit of whatever claims their attention, or if it’s an indication of a more individual lack of insight on my part, but the fact that adults have their own stories, that they too live lives of vivid hope and dread, was something that didn’t properly dawn on me for years.  In retrospect, I’m in part amazed that something so obvious remained unnoticed for so long, in part confirmed in my belief that what is there right in front of us wears a kind of camouflage, so that even noticing the [...]

PRAYER: The Descent of the Holy Spirit, by Christin Lore Weber

From Circle of Mysteries: The Women’s Rosary Book The mystery of the spiritualization of matter.  The one God with many names is whole in each of us.  The spirit frees God’s gifts into the world through our lives. The Woman Speaks Mother of mysteries, I await the revelation of the spirit of God.  I await it in the world.  I watch for the moment, which surely won’t be just one moment but a nearly infinite chaos of moments suddenly, miraculously coalescing into a design, when the wisdom within all creation, the wisdom containing everything will move us like a divine wind and touch our heads with fire.  Then the world’s heart will turn with compassion – this is the dream I have – our icy heart will melt, our dry heart become [...]