Monday, November 30, 2009

Jesus Recruits: Fishers of Men

Beads of Joy 11-30-09

Jesus Recruits: Fishers of Men
©2009 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

Hello Everyone,

What an absolutely glorious day today is to love and adore Jesus. Today's gospel is: Matthew 4:18-22 (The Calling of the First Disciples). This reading makes us think about God's call in our own lives. And when we think of that, I wonder, what would be our response? Would we be like the apostles who immediately "laid down their nets" and followed Him. Honestly can all of us do that; lay down our own nets??. Or is there something in our lives that has a strong enough hold on us? That is something to really think about: Are we like the disciples who so willingly gave up everything in order to follow Jesus? I like to think so...

I wonder what kind of disciples Jesus was looking for anyway? I guess we could look at those He already chose and get some idea from that. When we do that, do you know what we find? Jesus chose the most ordinary people who basically had no fame or fortune in society. The disciples that got chosen to follow our Lord were just regular everyday working people who had nothing to offer to Jesus to help Him expand His Ministry. But one thing Jesus knew was that these disciples would listen to Him, and follow Him. What many people don't realize is that God has the power to use everyone of us in the capacity He so desires, no matter what our gifts are or aren't. God knows us way better than we could ever know ourselves. Trusting in His choices and direction in our lives is the first step we must take, and we'll take that journey together with Him.

Now let's take a good look at our own lives. Are we doing all we can to live our lives so that when people see us, they see Jesus. When I say that, I am saying: do our words hurt others or do they love others? do our hands hold to hurt others or do they hold to love others? do our feet trample to hurt others or do they rush to help others? do our actions speak volumes of anger towards others or do they shout joy loving others through Jesus? Who are we in this wonderful life God has given us? We must be the one who lives a life where Jesus is working through us to do His will.

Today I challenge everyone, including myself. Let's try to go out of our way initially to help, to love, to care, and to do the will of God in our lives by acting like Jesus would if He was personally there. Take it to the next level if you already do that, don't be sacred to step outside the box. We won't need to wear a shirt saying "I love Jesus, and I am doing His will." Instead our actions will show that the love inside us is overflowing from our lives and being shared with those whose lives we touch. God will take it from there in the lives of those we touch. Our extraordinary kindness alone will touch others. I pray that everyone who reads this has an over-abundant, overflowing, incredibly huge amount of joy jammed packed in their hearts for Jesus; and all you want to do is share that with others. All I can say is that feeling is absolutely exciting, and my life has never been the same.

Pray for Jesus to overflow you with joy, a never ending amount.

Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr SFO

Sunday, November 29, 2009

1st Sun of Advent - Prepare for Him

Beads of Joy 11-29-09

1st Sun of Advent - Prepare for Him
©2009 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

Hello Everyone,

The new Church Year has begun, and at the beginning of the Church Year we begin to prepare for Christmas. Advent is the season to begin preparing for Jesus' arrival. The Catechism clearly states:

"When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior's first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for His second coming. By celebrating the precursor's birth and martyrdom, the Church unites herself to His desire. "He must increase, but I must decrease." (524)Since this is the beginning of the Church year, what better way to begin than to look forward to His arrival, His birth. But we must remember this season of Advent is not actual part of the Christmas season itself, it's the time we prepare for the Christmas season. The Christmas season itself actually begins on Christmas Day. It is in the season of Advent that Jesus gives us hope and strength in God's promise to His arrival.

Jesus not only promises us Heaven, and eternal life with Him; He also promises us peace and everlasting joy. The world has no hope in God, instead the world is plagued with fear, and so much uncertainty. We must not live a life that is bogged down and over loaded with "things", and such a level of busyness that we have no time to prepare our lives for our Savior.It is so easy for us to get ourselves lost in "activity", activities that have nothing to do with the reality of life and the true Seeking of God in our lives that we must be doing. I have been there, and I refuse to ever go back.

Think of it this way, "How can we prepare for the arrival of someone so special when all we're doing is everything possible that has nothing to do with Him." Jesus' first and second coming should give us the strength and desire to avoid sin, stop wasteful busyness, and want and desire only Him. I pray that we all find that certain special desire within our hearts to seek Him out with every fiber of our being all our lives. The joy your life will be filled with will be endlessly overflowing. Trust me, I know what it's like having that overflowing joy and excitement non-stop for Him in my life.

May your life be all about seeking out Jesus, and desiring only Him.

Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr SFO

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Watch - Pray That You Have Strength

Beads of Joy 11-28-09

Watch - Pray That You Have Strength
©2009 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

Hello Everyone,

Today's gospel is Luke 21:34-36 (Watch at All Times). There is so much more exciting wisdom shared in the gospel today. We have so much joy and so much freedom to be contained within ourselves when we know the Lord, that we should be busting at the seams. Jesus so wants us to be with Him in His Kingdom. Is there anything holding you back from all the love Jesus is giving you? His love is endless and sincere, by devoting ourselves and our lives to Him, we allow Him to embrace us with a full heart knowing that He will never leave us.

The one challenge we have in this life is that our hearts get weighed down by so many sinful habits; and that gets fueled by the fact that this world we live in sees no danger in it. If the world sees you engulfed by greed, they say, your a success. If you drink a lot and party a lot, they say you're such a sociable person. Is there truly anything that's sinful in this world today anymore? Everybody has to be politically correct, so no one is wrong, no one can stand for what they believe. Sad isn't it.

But we as God's children don't have to live that way, Jesus our Lord gave us freedom, and best of all He has freed us from our sin. By doing that He has further freed us from wasting our lives away entangled in passions that will send us to hell for all eternity. Jesus died for us, so that our hearts would be ruled by only one thing: His love and His truth. Let us not fall asleep spiritually and allow these needless, meaningless, wasteful distractions keep us from Jesus, the cost to us will be devastating. Stay alert, stay focused and open your hearts to Him. The Lord knows we struggle, He does promise us that He will never give us more than we can handle and that He is always there for us as we struggle.

We must pray for God's strength and wisdom. Until Jesus returns, we are to expect these challenges and temptations. We have been given the Holy Spirit to help guide us and assist us as we live a life pleasing to God. We must ask the Lord to rekindle that excitement, that joy, that incredible feeling we had when we first began that relationship with Him. It will set your heart and soul on fire only looking to live to please Him.

Dear Lord please help rekindle the fire within our soul for You.

Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr SFO

The Kingdom of God is Near

Beads of Joy 11-27-09

The Kingdom of God is Near
©2009 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

Hello Everyone,

Today's gospel shared so much insight, I really enjoy reading my bible everyday. Today's gospel is: Luke 21:29-33 (The Parable of the Fig Tree), exciting, yet, why did Jesus speak this parable and not explain it? Maybe the disciples by this time already know and understand how to interpret the parables. The fig tree holds special meaning here. Did you know the fig tree has harvest twice a year; in late autumn and in early spring. We are given many chances to get our lives in order and be ready for Him. What a joyous day that will be for all who believe, the Kingdom of God is so near to us; that we should be able to (in our abundant joy) almost feel like we can touch it.

We must look at the fig tree and know, that the signs we see now have meaning for us in our everyday lives. We should be trusting in Jesus knowing that by our trusting in Him, we too shall bear fruit before the harvest. In our lives we must do the bidding of the Lord. We really need to do all we can to produce fruit and share. One day our Lord will return, and we must be ready for Him. We have no idea on what day or what hour, but we are certain that He is returning. Our main job here on earth is to be ready for His return.

We must be ready and eager to receive Him and His Kingdom and all the power and glory that will come with Him upon His return. Many ignore and reject God, one day they will have to stand before Him face-to-face and answer to Him. On that day the Lord will set the record straight for what sin is, and what is offensive to Almighty God once and for all. Always trust in Jesus, never allow doubt or the misdirection of non-believer or someone in a "Christian Like Cult" that say they are following Jesus, but in the substance of their message they are absolutely not. I have friends I know in Orange County NY who belong to such a group.

Do we recognize God in our life everyday? Do we listen to what His word is telling us everyday? We need to recognize the signs of the times, the urning of our heart, the aching of our soul. Jesus has come to show us the way, the truth and the life, no one must ever come before Him in our life. Allow Jesus to fill you with a joy that is so overflowing, so tremendously exciting that you can not keep this joy hidden from anybody. I sometimes can't sleep because of the joy I have inside me knowing my Lord loves me so much. I just have to think of His word, hold the rosary, or see Him on the cross, knowing what that all truly means for me, and "boom" I am ecstatic and out of control with joy inside my soul.Keep your eyes wide open, look for the signs..

Be ready with a heart full of joy.

Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr SFO

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving - Rejoice in His Glory

Beads of Joy 11-26-09

Thanksgiving - Rejoice in His Glory
©2009 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

Hello Everyone,

In today's gospel (Luke 21:20-28) Jesus further tells the disciples the true cost to follow Him; and then He tells us of the signs of the end times, when He shall return. It's in verse 23 that He is straight to the point, pulling no punches. "...for a terrible calamity will come upon the earth and a wrathful judgment upon this people." The end times had also been foretold in Isaiah 13:9-13, especially in verse 11, "Thus I will punish the world for its evil and the wicked for their guilt." Well with all that said, let's reflect on some realities.

Now I am sure anyone reading this might be thinking, how in the world would we be thankful and rejoicing in a world (our world) ending so violently. The absolute greatest gift we have already received, is a gift no one in this world can ever take away from us; it's the shed blood of Jesus on the cross. Jesus Christ died for us, for our sins; and through His death, we have been embraced as God's children with Him.

Our hope, our love and our thankfulness rests in His return. But we all must keep in mind that it is more so our souls that are protected and shielded from this world. No matter happens to us physically our souls can never be injured.

There is so much excitement and thankfulness in just knowing Jesus, that in the reality of this life; there is no possible way to fully contain all of it's abundant joy in a lifetime. I know I can't contain it. Just think about it seriously. What we possess is not of this world, what we possess in the essence of its substance can not be seen. What we possess can never be taken from us even if we are robbed or killed. You can't purchase it, or trade for it. What Jesus Christ did for us up on that cross, no one has or ever will do for us. He has saved our souls and opened the door to an eternal life in Heaven with Him for all of us. That is so exciting !!!!

Happy Thanksgiving to everybody, may the Lord shower you and your loved ones with abundant joy.

Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr SFO

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Your Adversaries Will Be Powerless

Beads of Joy 11-25-09

Your Adversaries Will Be Powerless
©2009 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

Hello Everyone,

Today's gospel Luke 21:12-19 (Coming Persecutions) is very empowering. It is here that Jesus warns the disciples of coming persecutions. The real enemy here is satan, we all know he is a liar and murderer. Satan tries to use fear against those who live a life devoted to Jesus. He is hostile and fearful towards Jesus' love, truth and forgiveness and it so obvious that he to must know in the end Jesus shall reign for all eternity.

Let us have no fear only trust in the direction our Lord is leading our lives. Satan's objective is to deceive us, while the sins he leads us to blinds us. It is God's truth that sets us free from not only our sins; but from the blindness that the sins create. In this gospel in verse 19 Jesus says: "By your endurance you will gain your lives." By doing this you will certainly inherit eternal life. How do we gain this "endurance" He speaks of in our lives.

Endurance is a spiritual gift that comes from the Holy Spirit. This gift gives us strength during trials and temptations, and courage in times of persecution. In our endurance we must have hope in God's love, never fearing that the enemy will win. We know Jesus wins in the end, our endurance will build our faith and our character as Christians. Jesus willingly died for us, He shed His blood for our salvation. We are all called to also do like He has done for each other, while we take up our own crosses and go through this life.

I believe the question we are faced with in today's gospel is: Are we as Christians ready and willing to lay down our lives for Jesus? Not many people would come out yelling and screaming yes in today's times. I know I would. How can we live a life surrended to God, then in times of trials and persecution where we must stand for Jesus and what we believe, we don't. Satan and all his evil is powerless against us.

Jesus died for us so that in the end, satan shall be no more.

Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr SFO

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Beads of Joy 11-21-09

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
©2009 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

Hello Everybody,

What an absolute beautiful day today is. Today we celebrate the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin. The tender precious soul of Mary has always been so adorned. It is a tradition that Mary was offered to God in the temple in her infancy. I am sure Mary's first presentation to God was an absolute joy in His sight.

At the age of three Mary was brought to the temple by her parents, Joachim and Anna. We need to look more closely at Mary's life and do the best we can to our ability to live our life like hers, a holy life.

Her Presentation Blessed Us

A holy life she would always live
For God has a plan for her and the Lord,
She was born to deliver her only Son
And pierced her heart with a sword.

Her love for Him would go without say
Everything revolved around Him,
She nurtured Him and healed His wounds
And gave Him to us to forgive our sin.

She was presented as He was to
A holy life she lived in His sight,
Obedient to God and the Holy Spirit
For she knew to say yes was right.

The Blessed Virgin there is no other
She lived a life obediently devout,
Without question she fulfilled His will
For he'd save the world no doubt.

"She was planted in the House of God, nourished by the Holy Spirit and kept her body and soul spotless to receive God in her bosom. He who is all holy rests among the holy." St John Damascene

Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey, Jr. SFO

Friday, November 20, 2009

My House is a House of Prayer

Beads of Joy 11-20-09

My House is a House of Prayer
©2009 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

Hello Everybody,

This is one gospel that is so inspiring to all those who may think Jesus was just a meek man who prayed a lot and who forgave all those who were mean to Him. Jesus boldly defends His Father’s house as a place of worship; this is the only place in the gospels that you see Jesus physically use any force. Today’s reading is Luke 19:45-48 (The Cleansing of the Temple).

His act here was to be a prophetic sign and warning to all. This was a warning to let people know that God sees our spiritual life and our time of worship as something that should be taken very seriously. It’s here that we see His swift action in cleansing the temple of the money changers who took advantage of the poor. Many of these money changers had the poor pay many more times than was right, and this act of greed was taking place in the house of God. Jesus seen them as not only an act of stealing from the poor, but they were also dishonoring God.

This judgment was aimed at making our place for prayer, just as important as our prayer time. We must each approach Jesus in such a way that is humble and willing. We must be ready to be taught by our Lord, not only to help us to stay and grow close to Him; but also that His word can help transform us into His likeness. Our entire life should be devoted for just that reason alone.

Today I challenge you this way. Look upon your church, the place you celebrate Mass each week in a different light. Look at it like our Lord so desires us to look at it; with reverence and respect. I’m not talking about any of that towards the building or the property, or the furniture. Of cause the very altar and tabernacle should be a place we genuinely respect. But now take a look upon this church and see it as “God’s Home”. This building is His place, when we go in, we need to respect it and honor it as if we would visit a friend or family members home. Obviously more so, knowing it is Almighty God’s home. In doing that alone, to me I see and feel completely different every time I approach my church.

Pray that you to may see how very special the Church of God truly is.

Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr SFO

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Things That Make For Peace

Beads of Joy 11-19-09

The Things That Make For Peace
©2009 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

Hello Everybody,

Today’s gospel Luke 19:41-44 (The Lament for Jerusalem) is about Jesus weeping over the sins of a city. The more your spirit and your life are drawn to be closer with Jesus the more you sense sin around you. Mourning and weeping over someone else’s sin’s and unfaithfulness towards God; will have you desire to pray for them, and do all you can to help lead them ever closer to our Lord. By doing that you are led to a more true peace and love and compassion for your neighbor and for those you may not particularly care for. Drawing others to our Savior is in our nature once our lives have been transformed, because we know first hand how magnificent God’s love and mercy is in our own lives.

In this gospel, Jesus visits His people. Whenever He visits His people He comes in peace and He wants to set them free from their sins. There is so much evil in the world, we all know that. We need God in our lives to both judge us and cleanse us. He comes to set us free from satan who has entangled all kinds of fear in our lives and satan also traps us into a selfish pride that sometimes makes us slide even faster down the sinful path. We must stay focused on Him, and allow Him to do His will through us.

It was through the death and resurrection of our dear Lord that the walls of hostility and division towards God, through the sacrament of confession that allow us to be closer with God. It was Jesus who gave us the Holy Spirit to help us, to guide us, to purify us, to help make us holy before the Father. We must remember that God is alive inside us through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are so fortunate, so loved, so blessed that through our Lord’s death on the cross, He has united us to be forever present with His Father.

Here’s a challenge we need to consider: When we accept God’s grace and mercy and love, do we seriously turn away from that sin and walk towards God’s direction to be closer and more at one with Him? Or do we promise to, and then deep inside our hearts allow the trickery of satan to convince us that we can ask for forgiveness anytime, so sin isn’t that bad. What a ruthless vicious trick to keep our spirit in shame before God, as much as possible. We must stop this cycle of spiritual suicide and stay true to God. He alone will save us from our sins and an eternity of endless pain and fire.

I am hoping that your hearts are drawn to Jesus even more.

Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr, SFO

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Take Courage - Do Not Be Afraid

Beads of Joy 11-18-09
Take Courage – Do Not Be Afraid
©2009 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
Hello Everybody,

Another fantastic gospel to meditate upon. Today our Lord is seen on the water by the disciples, Matthew 14:22-33 (Jesus Walks on the Water). This gospel has me wondering does Jesus seem far away from me when I go through challenges in my life. And when I am going through those challenges do I turn away from our Lord and focus on my failures; or instead do I look toward Him wanting only Him to be with me so I can get through?

The one thing this gospel also teaches us is that no matter how prepared we feel we are, or how ready we may think we are, the challenges we face will sometimes take us by surprise. Look at the disciples they were experienced fishermen who spent a great majority of their time in their boats on the water. Yet when the wind and the waves tossed their boat, they were terrified for their lives.

This gospel is enlightening from many aspects of how we personally see Jesus in our lives. For starters here are a few things I am thinking after I read this gospel a few times. Do I only look for Jesus when I am in need of help through a challenge? Do I doubt His assistance and question Him when He enters into my life? Do I really rely on Jesus to be their when I am being tossed by the challenges that come into my life?

Another thing Peter teaches us here is once Jesus begins to direct and guide our lives; we must not take our eyes off Him, no matter how frightening it may get for us through our trials. Jesus assures Peter by stretching out His hand to save Peter in his doubt. We need (and I agree it’s not always easy) to stay focused on our Lord, not only through the toughest of times, but also in the best of times. Let us pray to the Holy Spirit and ask for direction and wisdom to have the strength to stay focused when it really counts.

Take Courage – Jesus is always there for us.
Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr, SFO

Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Rosary. Pro-Life to the Core

Beads of Joy 11-15-09
The Rosary. Pro-Life to the Core
©2009 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

Hello Everybody,

What follows is my own reflections of my own personal Pro-Life Rosary. I am a simple man, who speaks simply and who does not allow anyone in this life to interfere with my love and devotion to my Lord. I also enjoy having the Rosary as my favorite way to draw myself ever so much closer to my Lord. Our Lady’s life of obedience and love for Jesus is a model life I want to do my best to be like.

Also note that I am not and will never allow politics to play any role in how I feel about unborn innocent babies being killed. To me, and I am sure many others feel the same way about abortion: Abortion is straight out, the killing and murdering of an innocent child. There is no debate about that. If you don’t believe that, and you don’t believe the miracle in the womb, is a child; you are either naive or cold blooded. Yes I am very compassionate about the murder of so many millions of innocent babies. America should be ashamed to allow so many of its citizens to be killed, so violently everyday.

My prayers are always with the baby, first and foremost. But after that I pray for the mothers of these children next. I agree some have no idea and have been mislead by misrepresentation and greed from others. I know our Lord has mercy for them, for their grief will last a lifetime. But to those mothers’s who willingly and even consistently kill their children; I pray that God’s mercy be with them. I pray that they beg our Lord for forgiveness. Our Lord if a merciful loving God, He will embrace you and forgive you.

I further my prayers to the nurses and more importantly to the doctors. The nurses assist and lead the child to the slaughter, while the doctor prepares to destroy the life of another for money. That doctor’s soul is in grave danger of spending all of eternity in hell, how sad, indeed he will get exactly what they deserve. But remember they to, are children of God like us. So I pray for all involved. Our Lord loves every single one of us; He has died for each of us, so that we might live eternally with Him.

The Joyful Mysteries
1. The Annunciation of Gabriel to Mary – Mary responded with a “yes” to do God’s will. She very unselfishly embraced God’s plan for her to be Jesus’ mom.
2. The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth - Mary was very generous in service to those in need, even while she was taking care of herself.
3. The Birth of Jesus – It is so beautiful how in this most simplistic setting Mary and Joseph openly embraced and accepted Jesus into their lives.
4. The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple – Mary and Joseph both were very obedient to the Law of God, what an awesome example for Godly parents. The love that must have flowed that day must have been immense.
5. Finding Jesus in the Temple – Figuratively I see the image of Mary and Joseph seeking out God, while their Son seeks out His Father. Their love continues.

The Luminous Mysteries
1. The Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan – Jesus our Lord shows us how important it is to listen to His Father’s voice, we must protect our children; all of them in all their stages of life.
2. The Wedding at Cana – So much revelation and belief in our Lord exhibited by Mary and those around her. See how special Her Son is, this reflects back why we must trust in God for every child’s life.
3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God – Jesus’ Kingdom is so special, so beautiful, and He always told us we must be like children.
4. The Transfiguration of Jesus – The Glory of God is so magnificent, what would Jesus do? …protect the children.
5. The Last Supper – Jesus is ever present in our lives in the Holy Eucharist, and in our lives. Ever child deserves the chance be with Jesus in Mass and in Eucharistic Adoration.

The Sorrowful Mysteries
1. Agony of Jesus in the Garden – No matter how difficult a situation, no matter how much everything will change because of it. We must trust in what God’s will for us is. Your baby is a gift from God.

2. Jesus is Scourged at the Pillar – What God sees as Glory and Magnificence isn’t what the world sees. We must know that a child is a gift and very special, no matter what anyone says.
3. Jesus is Crowned With Thorns – We must have moral courage in times of challenges and pain. Abortion is Murder; we must do the right thing and protect our child.
4. Jesus Carries His Cross - Under physical and spiritual stress is no reason to give up. We must continue as God so desires us to. Continue through your pregnancy knowing in the end you have fulfilled God’s will.
5. The Crucifixion of Jesus - Jesus shows us how our Sins have put Him to death. Jesus died for us, every one of us, including that little child in the womb.

The Glorious Mysteries
1. The Resurrection of Jesus – Staying strong and trusting in Jesus is the absolute reward of being loyal to God. You can so embrace your child even within the womb. Celebrate.

2. The Ascension of Jesus – We must all hope and Trust in God. He is there for us. Nine months of praising and thanking Him as your most special gift is being created at the hand of God in your womb.
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit – Full circle here. It was by the power of the Holy Spirit that Mary was conceived. God is with you when your baby is in you. Trust in Him as our Dear Sweet Blessed Mother does.
4. The Assumption of Mary into Heaven - Anticipation of the birth of our child. What joy to be able to bring that little child home in our arms. We have been given the opportunity to provide a loving family and life, what a spectacular joy that is.
5. The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven – Our Dear Blessed Mother deserves to be Crowned Queen of Heaven. Our Lord must be so proud of her. Her examples as a loving, endearing mom is so beautiful for us see. What an absolute joy she has added to our Love for our Lord.

Moms-to-be please do not have your baby killed; your child is gift from God.

Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jimmy (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr, SFO

Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Rosary - Fill Your Heart with Joy

Beads of Joy 11-14-09
The Rosary – Fill Your Heart with Joy

©2009 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

Hello Everybody,

The Joyful Mysteries: Time to Spread the Joy
Joyful Mysteries

1. The Annunciation – Live a humble life before Jesus.
2. The Visitation - Love your neighbors ungrudgingly, be forgiving in love.
3. The Birth of Christ – Embrace poverty, and protect life at all stages.

4. The Presentation in the Temple – Obey God, live your life pleasing to Him.
5. The Finding in the Temple – Lets hearts be filled with an eternal Joy.

The Luminous Mysteries: Time to be of Service
Luminous Mysteries

1. The Baptism of Our Lord – Be open to God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and Mary.
2. The Wedding at Cana – Go to our dear Blessed Mother to be with Jesus.
3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom – Live a life desiring to live it holy.
4. The Transfiguration of Our Lord – Know and believe in Jesus’ True Divinity.
5. The Institution of the Eucharist - Love Jesus openly in the Eucharistic.

The Sorrowful Mysteries: Time to grieve with Compassion
Sorrowful Mysteries

1. The Agony in the Garden – Have sorrow for my sins and be in the will of God.
2. The Scourging at the Pillar – Sincere mortification (more self control).
3. The Crowning with Thorns - Courage to live with morals.
4. The Carrying of the Cross – Patience with others and myself.
5. The Crucifixion – Perseverance in doing God’s will, no what the cost.

The Glorious Mysteries: Time for Unending Joy
Glorious Mysteries

1. The Resurrection – Faith that all things will be exactly as God’s will is for us.
2. The Ascension – Hope that even in the darkest of times that God shall prevail.
3. The Descent of the Holy Ghost – Deep, sincere, devout Love of God.
4. The Assumption - Grace for a Happy Death and true love for our Blessed Mother.
5. The Coronation of Mary - Trust in Mary's Intercession for us.

Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jimmy (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr, SFO

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

You Must Carry Your Cross

Beads of Joy 11-04-09
You Must Carry Your Cross
©2009 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

Hello Everyone,

An absolute blessing today's reading has been. Today's gospel is straight to the point, the language is perfectly clear that nothing in this world should take precedence before God. Today we read Luke 14:25-33 (Sayings on Discipleship). What we really need to understand is that Jesus' Way of the Cross is the chosen road God so desires for us to follow. If we are to have any sort of victory over our sins, and death, we must carry our own cross by saying "Yes" to God's will in our lives.

The truly amazing part of this reading is that within it, there is a five verse parable (Luke 14:25-30), The Parable of the Tower Builder and a two verse parable (Luke 14:31-32), The Parable of the King Going to War. Both of these parables have one dramatic thing in common, there is a serious risk if these are not planned out well. I once heard a very wise saying many years ago, "That which costs nothing is worth nothing." Meaning if your life is not worth losing in order to gain everything (eternal life), then your life is worth nothing. As Jesus' disciples we must know the true cost of that choice in our lives. We will be mocked, ridiculed, treated harshly and we must not hold tightly to anything in this world, for the cost will be everything.

I fully embrace and feel overwhelmingly filled with so much joy knowing the cost. This cross we chose to carry is by no means an easy one. This choice in the immediate future will cost us dearly. But let's keep heart and remember, that which Jesus is offering to us for the cost of everything we have, is far greater than we can ever imagine. The gift of abundant life alone far exceeds anything this world has to offer. That combined with an everlasting peace and love for God carry absolute and eternal value for us. If we surrender our lives to Him fully, He gives us eternity with Him as our reward.

We must remember that we are not our own. "For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body." 1 Corinthians 6:20. Jesus Christ's precious blood has been shed for us. He died to save us from our sin and from our death. Jesus must come first in our lives. No other form of any idol must come before Him. The choice is indeed ours, but remember the cost of that choice either way. If we don't pay for it after we've died. Chose wisely, I realize following Jesus is opposite that of this world, but remember being wise now is our only choice. We can not change our minds after we have died.

Keep Jesus number one, your every waking moment.

Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr SFO

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Do Not Refuse The Invitation

Beads of Joy 11-03-09

Do Not Refuse The Invitation
©2009 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

Hello Everyone,

This is such a beautiful reading. The wisdom gained from a parable at times is so immeasurable. Today's readings is Luke 14:15-24 (The Parable of the Great Feast). This feast has been deemed "great" by its size and the greatness of the one providing the meal. I highly recommend that all of us study and research parables, it's so exciting, your heart beats with so much joy when you do. Today's parable has been compared to "The Parable of the Royal Marriage Feast" in Matthew's gospel. The contrast between the two have made this research insightful and helpful in understanding.

Let me give you some idea of what I have found. "The Royal Marriage Feast" was spoken of early in our Lord's ministry while "The Great Feast" was during the Passion week. Now "The Royal Marriage Feast" was addressed to many in the temple, the messengers were treated violently, the city was burned and the antagonism towards Jesus was mild. With "The Great Feast" it was for the guests in a private home, the messengers got numerous excuses, the despisers of the invitation ended up being excluded, and here the antagonism towards Jesus was more expressive and violent. What an absolutely exciting comparison between the two parables. Now let us reflect one the three excuses why people did not want to break bread at God's great invitation.

Why were these people giving excuses, some of which made no sense and they didn't even apology for refusing the invitation to such a great feast. With the first excuse this persons choice of ones own personal business comes first, his possessions took all his attention and therefore robbed him of spiritual wealth. The second excuse is tragic that the affairs of ones life, ones time and ones career choices come before anything God wants of us to do. And the third excuse puts our homes and our family before God. Our personal lives were never intended to override God's intentions and invitations in our lives.

It's critical that we really understand how important it is to focus on and have Jesus come first and foremost in all that we do. He must come before everyone, and everything, no exceptions and no excuses. Jesus died for each one of us, we must die to our own selfishness and our own "world" and surrender everything and stay completely totally focused on Him. Every time we allow anything in this world to come before Him, we gain nothing.

When Jesus invites us, we need to accept His invitation.

Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr SFO

Monday, November 2, 2009

Feasts of Our Lady - November 2009

Beads of Joy 11-02-09

Feasts of Our Lady - Nov. 2009
©2009 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

November (Month of the Holy Souls)

1. Our Lady of the Palm, Cadiz, Spain

2. Our Lady of Emminont, Abbeville, France
3. Our Lady of Rennes, Britianny, France
4. Our Lady of Port Louis, Milan, Italy
5. Our Lady of Damietta, Egypt (1220)
6. Our Lady of Valfleurie, Lyons, France
7. Our Lady of the Pond, Dijon, France (1531)
8. Our Lady of Belle Fontaine, La Rochelle
9. Our Lady of Almudena, Madrid, Spain
10. Cure through the intercession of Our Lady of Loretto (1552)
11. Our Lady of the Portuguese (1546)
12. Our Lady of the Tower Secret, Turin, Italy (1863)
13. Our Lady of Nanteuil, France (1st C.)
14. Our Lady of the Grotto, Lamego, Portugal
15. Our Lady of Pignerol, Savoy, France (1098)
16. Our Lady of Chieves, Hainault, Belgium (1130)
17. Our Lady of Sion (Queen of the Jews) (1393)
18. The Rosary Virgin of Chiquinquira, Columbia (1555)
19. Our Lady of Good News or Glad Tidings
20. Our Lady of La Guarde, Bologna, Italy (433)
21. Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (13 B.C.)
22. Our Lady of Lavang, Viet Nam (1798)
23. Our Lady of the Vault, Italy
24. Our Lady of Montserrat, Spain (1535)
25. Our Lady of the Rock of Fiesola, Tuscany, Italy (1028)
26. Our Lady of the Mountains, Italy (1500)
27. Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (1830)
28. Our Lady of Walsingham, England (1061)
29. Apparition of Our Lady of Beauraing, Belgium (1932)
30. Our Lady of Genesta, Genoa, Italy

Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr SFO

Sunday, November 1, 2009

All Soul's Day

Beads of Joy 11-01-09

All Soul's Day
©2009 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

Hello Everybody,

Today's Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12a (The Sermon on the Mount - The Beatitudes)

"When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain,and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. He began to teach them, saying:
Blessed are the poor in spirit,for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart,for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven

Here is a wonderful link to help share so many facts about All Saints Day:

The world can not grasp the power of the Beatitudes. This works against the grain of what the world would believe to be joy. The joy instilled in this gospel is best understood by the heart completely surrendered to our Lord. I find such peace and such happiness in the entire gospel but most especially the last verse. "Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven." I am so excited and thrilled and I so much look forward to the day, that with God's mercy I get to be in our Lord's presence.

It was St Teresa of Avila who said, "Let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you; All things pass: God never changes. Patience achieves all it strives for. Whoever has God lacks nothing, God alone suffices."

It was Jesus who promises us, that the joys of Heaven will far surpass the suffering and sacrifces we have here in this life. It was St Thomas Aquinas who said: "No one can live without joy. That is why a person deprived of spiritual joy goes after carnal pleasures."

Praise Jesus for His endless love and joy for all of us.
My life is fully complete and most dynamic because of Him.

Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr. SFO