Beads of Joy 04-22-10
Rosary - What About The Hail Mary?
©2010 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
Understanding The Rosary
I hope you have enjoyed this week so far as much as I have. And I pray that you are beginning to see in words, understand in scripture, and feel in your heart a personal desire to devote time each day praying the Rosary. We'll start today's refection with Our Blessed Mother's very own words found in scripture, often times called "Mary's Song", but more commonly called,
"The Canticle of Mary". Luke 1:46-55
46And Mary said:
"My soul glorifies the Lord
47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
50His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
51He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
53He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
54He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
55to Abraham and his descendants forever,
even as he said to our fathers."
Jesus is always at the center of all our prayers. And even today as we look at the "Hail Mary", it is the, "blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus" part that draws us directly to Jesus. Now let's take a good hard look at the Hail Mary, kinda like St Dominic use to.
Hail Mary, Full of Grace the Lord is with Thee - Gabriel greets Mary saying, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you" (Lk. 1:28).
Blessed art thou Among Women and Blessed is the Fruit of Thy Womb Jesus- Elizabeth's greeting as she is filled with the Holy Spirit when Mary comes to comfort her. "When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!" Luke 1:41-42
Holy Mary, Mother of God - We abandon ourselves and our own selfishness to join with Mary together to obey God's will. "But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?" Luke 1:43
Pray for us Sinners, now and at the hour of our Death - Her prayers go directly to Her Son, and we ask her to be with us at the hour of our death to bring us to Her Son.
Just as the disciple John welcomed Our Blessed Mother into his home, as Jesus said to him while He on the cross, "and to the disciple, "Here is your mother." From that time on, this disciple took her into his home." John 19:27. We to welcome her into our homes. We become united with her, in the hope, she has in her Son. We ask her to be "Our Mother".
Here are just a couple excerpts from The Catechism of The Catholic Church, that speak of Our Blessed Mother.
2679 Mary is the perfect Orans (prayer), a figure of the Church. When we pray to her, we are adhering with her to the plan of the Father, who sends his Son to save all men. Like the beloved disciple we welcome Jesus' mother into our homes, for she has become the mother of all the living. We can pray with and to her. the prayer of the Church is sustained by the prayer of Mary and united with it in hope.
2682 Because of Mary's singular cooperation with the action of the Holy Spirit, the Church loves to pray in communion with the Virgin Mary, to magnify with her the great things the Lord has done for her, and to entrust supplications and praises to her.
2725 Prayer is both a gift of grace and a determined response on our part. It always presupposes effort. the great figures of prayer of the Old Covenant before Christ, as well as the Mother of God, the saints, and he himself, all teach us this: prayer is a battle. Against whom? Against ourselves and against the wiles of the tempter who does all he can to turn man away from prayer, away from union with God. We pray as we live, because we live as we pray. If we do not want to act habitually according to the Spirit of Christ, neither can we pray habitually in his name. the "spiritual battle" of the Christian's new life is inseparable from the battle of prayer.
She deserves our LOVE, RESPECT and ADORATION.
PRAY THE ROSARY EVERYDAY...
Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr SFO