Sunday, October 31, 2010

Fun Poetry To Share

Beads of Joy 10-31-10

Fun Poetry To Share
©2010 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

Hello Everyone,

I really love words, actually words and numbers. That is why I write a lot, and I spend time tinkering in math textbooks. Hmm, I sound strange don't I? Good thing it's ok that I am strange, or who knows, maybe I'd be some outcast aimlessly wandering the plains. LOL

Walk On Water
June 20, 1989

Go ahead walk on water, let's make a bet,
But watch out for the thunder;
And when you walk on the water you're gonna get wet,
You may even go under.

But you insist, on what you can do,
And you know that I'm in doubt;
But if you think you're so cool to,
Let's see you walk or maybe swim about.

Walking on water, the only way it would be,
Is if you have one to many a drink;
Then I can see you walking in front of me,
But then most likely you would sink.

Anyway we both believe different in what we say,
For between our words there is a border;
For we are not the same in many a ways,
But I still don't believe you can walk on water.

June 13, 1990

You heard the story
Of three pigs to do
Now this I really don't understand,
Maybe I should
Just explain it to you
But how can a pig build a house on land.

The first little pig
Built a house of hay
And the wolf he blew it down,
But I think we knew
It wouldn't stay
It just collapsed to the ground.

The second little pig
Built a house from sticks a lot
A challenge for the wolf without fear,
The pig was surprised
With what we had got
When the wolf blew it apart, front to rear.

Now the third little pig
He was thinking quick
He knew what he could do,
For he built his house
Only of bricks
The poor wolf couldn't blow through.

So if your chased
By a wolf that's mad
And you see three pigs around,
Look for the one
With the brick in his hand
For his house is well built on the ground.

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

Today we pray the Glorious Mysteries

1. The Resurrection
2. The Ascension
3. The Descent of The Holy Spirit
4. The Assumption
5. The Coronation

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Decades of Praising Him

Beads of Joy 10-30-10

Decades of Praising Him
©2010 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

Hello Everyone,

So little time and so much to share. I hope everyone is enjoying a little flash from the past in my poetry.

The Rosary of Love
October 12, 1987

These beads I hold
They mean so much
My life is so complete now,
For in this life
A Rosary Bead
Is the guide to show you how.

I can't explain
The love I feel
While praying my Rosary today,
It's beyond the words
No sentence can do
I just love to pray my Rosary everyday.

There is so much love
So much hope
These beads have become my prayer,
For what's the purpose
To this place
If Jesus isn't all this life is to care.

January 8, 1988

Center your life
And focus on Him
The eternity you shall live,
In return
True happiness
Is exactly what God will give.

The greatest command
We can follow
Is to love our Lord and Savior,
And next to that
One more thing
Give the same love to our neighbor.

On should commit themselves
To some personal prayer
And praise Him for all He's done,
And let our Lord know
From the depths of your heart
In your life, He is number one.

September 12, 1988

The true vine of Christ
God's green thumb
The creator of the truth,
He searches the branches
For the rotted ones
And He pulls off all bad fruit.

So remain clean
And you'll be pure
For you must be united with Him,
Jesus is the vine
And we are the fruit
To remain we must reject sin.

For all the fruit
That don't grow pure
They will be cut off the tree,
So be in Christ
Be united with Him
For this is truly how to be free.

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

Today we pray the Joyful Mysteries

1. The Annunciation
2. The Visitation
3. The Birth of Jesus
4. The Presentation in The Temple
5. Finding of Jesus in the Temple

Friday, October 29, 2010

Poems From The Heart

Beads of Joy 10-29-10

Poems From The Heart
©2010 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

Hello Everyone,

Today is a special mix, please tell me what you think. I tried to pick ones I thought were touching and incredible to where I am today in serving my Lord.

My Lady, My Rosary, My Joy...

My Lady
April 16, 1984

We now know my life's purpose
What it is I must do,
There is no doubt what's before me
A Rosary held by the Lady in blue.

I am not sure of where this goes
But I am loyal as a soldier to you,
An army in blue with our beads
Praying for other, this is so new.

So I will pray my Rosary everyday
Surrendering my life to prayer,
Is this life the one I am to have
If it is than I embrace with care.

Please guide me Mother along the way
I don't know what to do,
You are so special I love you so much
Please hold as we approach Jesus to.

My Rosary
September 23, 1985

These beads of joy I hold them tight
I find them filled with love,
What a pleasure everyday I have
To pray to God above.

I want these beads to be my life
I ask you Lord for a blessing devoted to,
I have so much to learn I know
Please Lord help guide my heart to you.

How will these beads change my life
I just know they are so special to me,
I feel them round and on a chain
Yet they give me a feeling that's free.

Beads of joy, I like the sound
The Joy is without measure,
These beads of love fill my heart
With an unceasing extreme pleasure.

My Joy
June 1, 1986

I can see now the Joy in my life
For God has given me a blessing,
He has given me the beads to always hold
And my life will be one of testing.

I trust in my Lord and I find joy
he fills my heart with such love,
I know it's real I can tell
For this love of Jesus is way above.

The Joy is endless I hope it stays
I can't explain the how it feels in a sentence,
I will always try to find the words
For this Joy is so immense.

It is from our Lord and our Lady
For with our Lady the Rosary is Joy,
She is a blessing in my life
She's made me one happy little boy.

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

Today we pray the Sorrowful Mysteries

1. Agony in the Garden
2. The Scourging at the Pillar
3. Crowing with Thorns
4. Carrying of the Cross
5. The Crucifixion of Jesus

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Poems About My Sons

Beads of Joy 10-28-10

Poems About My Sons
©2010 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

Hello Everyone,

Here are a couple poems about my sons, I have way too many about them, to share them all in this blog. I have always enjoyed writing poems. I hope this little insight into the many different interests of mine, help you better understand the depths of my faith.

Proud Daddy to Be
March 8, 1988

June 9th is the day I await,
Just thinking about it makes me feel great.

Let me tell ya I'm a proud daddy to be,
For my world is now complete for eternity.

I can't wait to buy the cigars that day,
And on each cigar you know what'll say.

IT'S A BOY - IT'S A GIRL, I don't care,
Either one is perfectly fair.

I'm very proud and I'll boast real loud,
And my volume, will draw a large crowd.

And I'll tell the crowd it's been my goal,
And I'll tell them this very bold.

See I've always wanted a wife and a couple kids you see,
And this is the first time, I'm gonna be a proud daddy to be.

James Edward Dacey III (Mighty Little Man)
June 18, 1989

For there stands a little man
Who is not that tall,
He has little hands and little feet,
And the funniest thing
Most of all
Is I must squat when we meet.

For this little man
Ain't but 20 inches high
But when he yells you hear,
His voice goes
Way up to the sky
For this little man has no fear.

Then when it comes time
For him to rest
He fights his sleep within,
And if for any reason
There is a guest
He gets a burst of wind.

Now I must warn you
About this man
He fights quite a battle,
For this little man
Shall conquer the land
But he'll have to take along his bottle.

Christopher Dacey (Rambo-baby)
August 21, 1990

This little guy
Has a mind of his own
Nothing can stop him to go,
For he is determined
A tiny warrior
I think of him as a miniature Rambo.

He takes Jimmy's bottle
And his toys
He takes them all from him,
So we yell
And tell him to stop
Then he looks up at us with a grin.

He is bold and strong
And one day you'll see
He'll rip down a satellite tower,
He's my solid kid
Built with bricks
He's definitely a super power.

With his little smile
And giggly laugh
He brings such joy and fun,
We are so proud
And very happy
That little Christopher is our son.

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

Today we pray the Luminous Mysteries

1. Baptism of Jesus
2. Wedding at Cana
3. Proclamation of the Kingdom
4. The Transfiguration
5. Institution of the Holy Eucharist

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Love Poems To Chrissy

Beads of Joy 10-27-10
Love Poems To Chrissy

©2010 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

Hello Everyone,

Today I would like to share a few love poems of the past, the long past. I have been writing poems since about 1982. Last time I counted them, there like 800+, and that count was taken about ten years ago, and I have writing them still over these past ten years. Check this out, please tell me what you think of them.


Written: July 7, 1989

Hand in hand
That's the way it should be,
A loving hold
Between You and Me.

I've always wanted you
I know you're mine forever,
Till eternity passes
We'll remain together.

You know what's funny
But I always knew,
That one day in my life
It would be me and you.
(Husband and Wife)

Written: November 5, 1990

Hold on tight
As the waters get rough
And the waves go ten feet high,
I'll always love you
That's no bluff
Can't you see why.

You mean so much
I need you there
To always love me to,
For what would life be
Without your care
For each day, I love you.

Hold me heart
Don't let go
For my hearts in your care,
Love it strong
And let it grow
And treat it with loving care.

GIGGLE LOVE (from my "Dearest Chrissy, I Love You" collection)
October 10, 1990

Let's giggle a tickle
You smile at me
I feel your love overflow,
You're so sexy
When you giggle
Through you it truly shows.

Your sweet chuckle
Of loving me
Really turns me on,
There's nothing like it
You are for me
For me you were truly born.

So when you giggle
Think of me
Cause I've been thinking to,
While you giggle
My heart will say
Dearest Chrissy, I love you.

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

Today we pray the Glorious Mysteries

1. The Resurrection
2. The Ascension
3. The Descent of The Holy Spirit
4. The Assumption
5. The Coronation

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Transformation In All Of Us

Beads of Joy 10-26-10

Transformation In All of Us
©2010 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

Hello Everyone,

Now today I think we'll reflect on the Transformation that occurs in us once we have been born again in the spirit of God through Jesus. Come on, we can all admit that our lives have never been the same once Jesus becomes truly alive in us, isn't that so exciting? The knowledge is immense, yet in it's simplest form, it is all summed up in one word, one name, one person: Jesus. And in just the thoughts that surround His holy name our lives become transformed into a life, that is unlike anything the world can ever possibly understand. I sometimes feel that I am misunderstood, or not even understood. Honestly I wish I could sit down and talk to each of those people thinking or feeling that, and that at the same time, I feel bad that they don't. I'm not being selfish, I am just all wrapped up in loving and adoring my Savior. He consumes everything I got, no word or lie here. My mind, my heart, my thoughts, my words, my time, my hobbies, my interested, my topics, my talking points; all consumed in Him. Many of you who know me, have known that fact for decades about me. How can you to be like this?

My answer is simple: Make room for Jesus, and let Him take over. Just like a single guy who has his own place gets married and his new bride moves in; he allows and wants her to touch every part of his life with her love, and her presence. His habits change, his routine changes, and he gives her a lot his time now. He doesn't do this out of responsibility or his new title. He does all these things out of love for her. We to must do the same with our love for our Lord. Let Him into your life, and then through your love for Him, make the changes necessary to show Him that love. In other words maybe your time was consumed with sports, or other hobbies of interest, and because those things do consume you, you don't have time to spend with Jesus. I say, "Rid Yourself of everything". Yes that does sound harsh and so many people can not by any means do that. But I have to tell you, yes it can be done, and yes once you seriously do it, your life will never be the same. All of your time now, can be spent with Him.

I hope that my love for my Lord and my desire to only be consumed by Him, helps spark the same for you in your life. When I say, "Rid Yourself of everything" I really mean it, I do that everyday. Do not allow anything to come between you are Jesus. It's been said to me that I am addicted. I say, "Yahoo !!!" That is so cool. What better addition to be consumed by, then the one who saves us from addictions that harm us. Being addicted to Jesus better prepares us for Heaven. I dare you to take that very first step in the direction that leads you straight into our Lord's arms. I consider the first step to be the ability to agree with; at least considering to get everything that is in my life out, to make room for Jesus alone. Nothing you have, even all of it combined can ever fill you with so much Joy that Jesus does. In order for us to really transform, we must change in our habits and ways, of there is change that draws us closer to Him.

When we fall in love with someone, what is it that we love so much about them, that keeps us focused on them? Come on everyone, isn't it true that when we fall in love, we love their smile, their eyes, the way they walk, the way they talk, they way they hold your hand, the sound of their name and yours. Basically what I am saying is that, we love everything about them. Well in Jesus it's the same way. And He has left us a book (the bible), jam packed with so much wisdom, stories, experiences and words that Jesus spoke. You can and you will spend your entire life in the pages of the bible, and even with all that; you will have only barely scratched the surface as to what's inside. And in the process will be sparking so much Joy in your own life that you literally be able to contain the excitement. Jesus also gives us His mother for love and relate-ability in our walk, and He gives us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is truly a piece of God, one third the trinity, and that one third has been given to each of us. Tap into these resources and you will find that you no longer have time for anything that is pointless and time consuming that will keep you away from God. Pray will become a huge part of life once you get a ways down this road.

Simply pray every single day, "Jesus, I trust in You."

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

Today we pray the Sorrowful Mysteries

1. Agony in the Garden
2. The Scourging at the Pillar
3. Crowing with Thorns
4. Carrying of the Cross
5. The Crucifixion of Jesus

Monday, October 25, 2010

Woman You Are Freed

Beads of Joy 10-25-10

Woman You Are Freed
©2010 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

Hello Everyone,

Our Lord is so loving and caring in what He does for us. Look at today's gospel and you will see a God who is merciful to those suffering, no matter what day of the week it is.There are a few things that grab my attention immediately after reading the gospel; this woman has endured this suffering for a very long time (18 years), the physical condition in and of itself sounded extreme in that she couldn't even stand straight, the ruler of the synagogue ridiculed Jesus for healing her on the Sabbath, and finally Jesus said that satan bound her for eighteen years. Interesting insightful, and jam packed with so much exciting wisdom. Oh by the way, today's gospel is Luke 13:10-17 (Cure of a Crippled Woman on The Sabbath). What is this healing teach us? I know there are so many ways we can look at this, so I'll reflect what I am understanding. Here is a woman bound for many years with a crippling disease of sorts, that won't even allow her to even lift her head (towards God). Jesus' compassion for her suffering, draws Himself immediately to her when He saw her. And then with one sweep of His might word, she was healed.

Now let's take this reading to a more personal level of understanding. What is it in our own lives that binds us up, and in turn keeps us from being able to look up at our Lord? Ah, interesting thought, but I know many of us can relate to this. You see our crippling life need not be only physical, it can emotional, or even spiritual. Are we able to identify what it is that is holding us back? And in that knowledge, what do we do about it? In other words, do we like the woman, go to the synagogue seeking God. And let's think a little bit about something I said in the last paragraph that I noticed. Jesus said it was satan who bound her for eighteen years. Hmm, isn't that said in a rather interesting way? Well we do know that satan has the ability in this world to wreak havoc and cause pain to many. Do we live our life trusting fully in God's healing power through His Son Jesus? Can we boldly live in this life with all the pain and suffering we are faced with without ever losing hope? I will say first hand that my answer is YES. A solid, strong, excited, hearty YES. Never back down from satan, especially with Jesus in your corner.

We pray that we never look at life the way the Jewish leader of the synagogue did. He worried about the rules and the laws and forgot about the suffering of the people. God's mercy is part of who we are, being concerned for others is second and foremost important in our lives, after our love for our Lord. Did that make sense? lol. So now let's look into our own lives and reflect on what weighs us down. The world we live in has a tendency to be like barnacles to our lives. Yes I did say barnacles. Why did I chose that word? Look at it's meaning.

1. any marine crustacean of the subclass Cirripedia, usually having a calcareous shell, being either stalked and attaching itself to ship bottoms and floating timber, or stalkless and attaching itself to rocks, esp. in the intertidal zone.
2. a person or thing that clings tenaciously.

You all remember my love for definitions. Well in this one the barnacle really explains how a the things in this world can weigh us down and keep us from God. On the first definition it says, "Attaching itself" and on the second one it says, "Thing that clings tenaciously". Now isn't that pretty much straight to the point with mindless, pointless addictions and habits that keep us from Jesus? Sin is satan's only tool, but as we know sin is very deceitful and it will lead us down a path that only draws us away from our Lord. We need to be on red alert at all times in our lives. We will fall, we will have challenges, that's normal in our walk; but the most important part of our walk is to notice that we have fallen, or that our heads can no longer lift up and praise our Lord. The signs in our life should pop right out at us. Once we have been previewed to the light and we know and feel Jesus' present in our lives, we should be able to immediately identify darkness and sin; and when we do, we need to turn away and run as fast as we can away from it, and go directly to our Lord's arms.

A Vibrant Prayer Life is the best defeater of sin.
Today and always pray, "Jesus, I trust in You."

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

Today we pray the Joyful Mysteries

1. The Annunciation
2. The Visitation
3. The Birth of Jesus
4. The Presentation in The Temple
5. Finding of Jesus in the Temple

Friday, October 22, 2010

Finding of Jesus - Dads View

Beads of Joy 10-22-10

Finding of Jesus - Dads View
©2010 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

Hello Everyone,

As the week comes to a close we are going to reflect on a mystery that is every parents worst nightmare. Now many of us know that the way of life in Jesus' time was much different than it is now here in America. Back in His time, men and women and children would be separate in traveling, the kids mostly stayed where the women were, amongst there families and extended families. And the amount of people were huge in numbers as they traveled together. Today we reflect upon the fifth Joyful Mystery - The Finding of Jesus in The Temple. Let us consider being in Mary and Joseph's shoes for even just a moment. OMG !!!! I know we all would feel the same way. But then our mindset is far different than there's was, but they to were worried and concerned. They thought Jesus was in one place and they searched and found Him in another. Did they call the police? Did they call 9-1-1? I don't think they were able to get a cell tower to pick up their signal. lol. OMG !! They really had to be at some point absolutely frantic thinking, "We just lost the child Jesus, our Savior, when God finds out... we are... in trouble." Ok, a little drama, but you get the idea. lol.

Now as a dad, I would have been so frantic, never sleeping a wink, and looking in every single possible place we were near. I would have his picture in my hand and I know I would never ever tire out at all till I found him. Through these 22 of the 24 years with children, Praise Jesus we have never lost or misplaced any of our children. Yes we have lost sight of them for a few minutes here and there, but never truly "lost" them. My heart aches for parents that lose sight of their children's whereabouts, especially there little children. What were they thinking? How do you not remember to keep hold of your little kids? I just can't comprehend the thought of not keeping my eyes glued to our kids when traveling or even just out to the Wal-Mart or Shop-Rite. Maybe it's just me, I even look for them constantly at 17 years old and when Jimmy and Christopher are here at 21 & 22 years old. I do my best not to lose sight of them. It must be a parental thing. I love it.

But Jesus wasn't the typical lost child that drifted away. He went straight to His Father's house. It is so incredible !! I get goosebumps thinking about the infinite mystery of the wisdom of the child Jesus when I ponder this mystery. It is so exciting knowing how smart and ready to be our Savior He was. Let us pray that in the event of our children being lost from our sight that they to, find their way into God's house for comfort and love while they would await our arrival.

We Searched Endlessly For You

My Son or Daughter where are you
I do not see you before my sight,
I shall begin to look for you and never tire
My seeking will last straight through the night.

You are my love, my child, for you I adore
For God has entrusted you to me,
I must keep you close by my side
For your safety, is top priority in my life you see.

No stone shall be left, not over turned
My Lord will guide the search that we shall do,
And know my child how true this is
We shall search endlessly for you.

We know our Lord shall protect you well
And He is keeping you safe for our arms to hold,
So stay right there my son or daughter
And know that we are on our way as this unfolds.

So in the event of this ever happening, what should we do? I think even Mary and Joseph did the right thing first; they simply began back tracking their journey through the places they traveled. The most important thing is not to get into panic mode and lose sight about two critical parts of this very serious situation; time is essential and back tracking is very helpful looking for possibilities. But relax, I bet most of you are very good parents, probably even more protective than I am.

Thank You Lord for entrusting me with 5 awesome kids.
Lord, may we all pray to you, "Jesus, I trust in You."

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

Today we pray the Sorrowful Mysteries

1. Agony in the Garden
2. The Scourging at the Pillar
3. Crowing with Thorns
4. Carrying of the Cross
5. The Crucifixion of Jesus

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Presentation - A Dads View

Beads of Joy 10-21-10

Presentation - A Dads View
©2010 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

Hello Everyone,

I really enjoy these reflections. I hope they are doing two things: 1. Drawing you ever so much closer to our Lord in your life, in relationship to maybe your own personal reflection, 2. You can see how you and me and our Lord and our Blessed Mother are so much on the same page. Today we will be reflecting on the Forth Joyful Mystery - The Presentation in The Temple. So many things happened in this scene. Mary and Joseph dedicated their Son to God, and they met up with Simeon and Anna at the temple. Those two encounters alone must have been overwhelming. Praise Jesus that both Mary and Joseph were guided by the angel in all that they did; and in all that they were trying to understand. Can you imagine you or me in our church with someone we don't know approaching us, wanting to hold our newborn and then saying things we don't understand? Oh my, in today's world, we'd be asking for help and telling the police about the suspicious person eying our child. I would Mary more than Joseph was more scared, but Joseph as the man, he must have been ready to do whatever he had to do to protect his honey-bunny and his little baby boy. I just know it.

See how wonderful our Lord is by allowing us to relate to these splendid exciting events in His life. I can see myself as a Simeon. Though life does not allow me to openly go live in the temple and be there waiting for Jesus with open arms; but we can still be ready and willing and fully able like Simeon and Anna. I really see Joseph as the concerned "dad", foster or not, he knew well that he had to love and take care of Jesus and Mary. What an absolute honor of duty he certainly had in his life. I really wish more was written about him, in Jesus' life. I just know he was there for Jesus' first walk, His first words, maybe talks about scripture. What a love he must have had for the both of them. Dad's around the world, hold and love your children, with a love as if they were Jesus, or Mary or Joseph. Each soul, each life is so precious. God will work wonders in all our lives, if we allow Him in. So open your arms and embrace Jesus with all your heart, think of the Joy Mary felt every time, embracing her Son. And the pride of a dad, Joseph felt looking upon his Son growing up, learning His dad's trade as a carpenter. What an honor having your children follow the family business.

Looking upon this mystery is such a blessing, actually to me looking upon any mystery of the Rosary is a blessing. :) But this one in-particular, because this is where Jesus makes His first visit to His Father's house. The angels in Heaven must have been rejoicing as they entered into the synagogue. Dad's put yourself in Joseph's place in this mystery; and mom's put yourself in Mary's place. Just for a moment. Can we see the gaze they both must have had upon one another, as they looked upon their new baby boy? The love that must have filled their hearts and soul must have been overwhelming enough that either one or both had tears in their eyes. A moving experience no doubt.

My Baby Boy

The angel Gabriel was the one
The one to who kept them on track,
He was the one who guided their way
The one who would do the playback.

No doubt the Joy was in their heart
The day their Son was presented,
This child, was to be to the world
The true Son of God, to us was gifted.

No holding back, simply share that love
For this world can not destroy,
The world is saved thanks to God's mercy
For to Mary and Joseph they held a baby boy.

Embrace that child, the one of God
The one who is going to save us,
He'd be the King of Kings and Lord of Lords
For with His death our life, He'd purchase.

Ok dad's all across this beautiful land, are you getting even more excited and proud about being a dad? I know I am. Dad's I have a secret, but I suspect you might already know these things. (ok, moms, skip this section. lol) Shh. Ok, dad's we are alone now: You and me need to be their for our kids, Joseph has played a very significant role in Jesus' life, not only in what they did in presenting Him to God in the temple; but also for all the love, nurturing and strength he had in protecting Him. Please dad's pray for your children every single day, out loud by name. These are your children, and even more importantly, these children of yours are also God's children. Each one possesses a soul, a soul that has the chance to spend all eternity with God in Heaven. A soul when nurtured, will worship Jesus in spirit and truth as they to have children. This is a legacy for you dads, one that no one and nothing in this world can grab hold of. (ok, moms, you can read now, lol). So today let us praise Jesus for His unending love and endless, overflowing commitment to saving us. His mercy is such a blessing as we walk down this road we call life, hand in hand and side by side with our Savior.

Thank You Lord for entrusting me with 5 awesome kids.
Lord, may we all pray to you, "Jesus, I trust in You."

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

Today we pray the Luminous Mysteries

1. Baptism of Jesus
2. Wedding at Cana
3. Proclamation of the Kingdom
4. The Transfiguration
5. Institution of the Holy Eucharist

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Nativity Scene - Dads View

Beads of Joy 10-20-10

The Nativity Scene - Dads View
©2010 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

Hello Everyone,

Now this one reflection any dad would really enjoy reflecting upon. Let see today we are looking at: The Nativity, the Birth of Jesus, Jesus is born. Wow, it's almost all summed up just in the title of this Joyful Mystery. You know I was at the birth of every single one of my children. Yes, I was there the first moment they came into this world. That was one thing I was committed to, no matter what. I dropped everything and I was there with and for Chrissy through the birthing stages. Very fortunately all the kids were quick. Well Christopher went breech and was c-sectioned, after a couple hours of walking around trying to get him to turn. But other then that. lol. Let's look at Mary's situation, and how much Joseph must have been thrilled and excited about Jesus' birth. We all know that Joseph is not the father, rather the foster father. But Joseph was in the loop of communications with the angel Gabriel; and he was an upright holy man, so he not only believed, but he understood. How many dads out here in blog reader world were there for their child's birth? Can I see by a show of hands. lol, I know someone just raised their hands. lol. I didn't ask the mom's because, well, ok, at least you should have been there. lol, just kidding around.

Isn't it always fun and exciting talking about Jesus, not only in a biblical way, but in very relateable terms and experiences that we have? Jesus became man so that He could defeat the one thing man alone could not defeat, death. Yes we all know that's not His only reason to come and save us. But in His birth so much Joy has been brought into the world; the same way at our birth and the birth of our children, so much Joy was brought into the world. Just as Mary needed support and love for this scary event in her life; she knew that ultimately there would be Joy for everyone. When we are parents, especially new parents for the first time; we can get scared and think, "oh, I can't do this". Well I don't believe that. Yes with the first child unfortunately we try to do everything by the book: food, sleep, diapers, activities, everything. But by the time you get to your second and third and forth and for us the ultimate fifth. Well let's just say, as parents it becomes old school, we are pros, and we do have a tendency to raise all those after child one, a little bit differently.

Can you imagine what Mary must have felt when she knew, "it's time". Wow, she wasn't going to give birth to just a baby, this baby was and is God's Son become man. And now lets move the camera over the Joseph and zoom in on him; Joseph was about to be a dad, and he knew how important is role was going be. Behind the possible fear and maybe even incomplete full understanding to the extent of this, his heart must have skipped a beat with Joy. So many of us are parents, moms and dads. We know first hand the Joy connected with seeing the birth of our children. We know the overwhelming thrill seeing their face, and counting their fingers and toes. And wait for it... wait for it.. What is the "one" thing I do emphasis? The "one" thing we all do try to do? Well ok, we do many fun things that very first day, but what's that one thing that fills our hearts with so much Joy? For me, it was feeling them little fingers grab and hold tight to my finger. Now tell me, isn't that truly one of the most special loving feelings of a brand new baby? I would have loved to be the dad of as many kids as we possibly could have had, five is awesome, but ten or more is even cooler. I couldn't care less if I have to work three or four jobs. I simply love children.

God's Gift To Me (sorta hum a tune here)

I look into their eyes and smile....
I see them grin back at me,
I cuddle and hold them tight
For here is my brand new little baby.....

Little one I love you so....
For God has given us such Joy,
He knows we'll love you
With all our hearts...
You little girl or boy.......

I am so proud of you....
My heart skips a beat inside,
Your precious in God's sight
And now this love, I just can't hide......

I look into their eyes and smile....
I see them grin back at me,
I cuddle and hold them tight
For here is my brand new little baby.....

I would have to say the obvious has just occurred, but with that said, I know you all already know. I am a very proud dad. I love being a dad, more than anything else in this world. God has entrusted me, like He has with you, with the ultimate career. Taking care of His children. Just as God has entrusted us with so many others things in this life; in our children He has entrusted us with His greatest treasures, our children, His children. This blog today was so much fun to write. I pray that you to, find the same Joy in your children, and in your nieces and nephews, neighbors kids, yes all children, like I do.

Thank You Lord for entrusting me with 5 awesome kids.
Lord, may we all pray to you, "Jesus, I trust in You."

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

Today we pray the Glorious Mysteries

1. The Resurrection
2. The Ascension
3. The Descent of The Holy Spirit
4. The Assumption
5. The Coronation

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Visitation - Dads View

Beads of Joy 10-19-10

The Visitation - Dads View
©2010 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

Hello Everyone,

This is an absolutely wonderful week. This week we are sharing all about the Rosary. I simply adore the Rosary and the devotions and the mysteries and the life our Lord. We are so fortunate to have it shared and adored with the guidance of these little beads and His precious Mother. I can never fully explain the amount of Joy that fills my heart at the simple thought of just thinking about my Rosary. And let me tell you, while praying my Rosary every single day, I think my heart skips a beat at every Hail Mary. So much Joy, and so much love, I just can't explain it. But I intend to spend my entire life trying to. What good is our life if all we do is, gather, hoard, and then selfishly spend on ourselves. Boring!!! Just as being a dad, is a lifetime experience, "once a dad, always a dad". It's the same way for me when it comes to being "The Rosary Man". Life on this earth only ends when God calls us home, and for me, I will be hitting the pavement and the internet airways as long as God so desires for me. I don't have time to retire. Today we will reflect on the second Joyful Mystery - The Visitation. This mystery from a dads view point is one of caring and assisting with those around us, especially those closest to us, our kids, our cousins, our relatives. What first comes to mind if a family member we know who is suffering in some capacity, or in need of some sort of assistance in their lives. Who usually responds the fasted? Usually it's family, sometimes it's friends, for us lots of the times it's friends. See the reality of it is, some friends are like family and in even more cases, some friends are more than family than family is, at times. Spiritually bonded friends most often fit into this category.

What did Mary do in this situation? Even though she herself was going through some very interesting, at times challenging situations, she dropped everything and ran to her cousins side to help her. Not only was that wonderful and so giving of her, but she has taught us how others came first, even in her pregnancy to Jesus. Nothing in our lives must come before God, but with that said, we can only be true to God when we put others also before ourselves. Let us give our lives totally and completely over to Jesus and do what we should all in honor of Him. When we come running by someones side to help them, let them see our Lord's hands and His feet and hear His words as we do all we can to help that person, whoever they are. Just as I shared that story about the Japanese prisoner who was helped by his American cellmate, when the American said, he wanted to share Jesus, he said, "If this Jesus you speak of is anything like you, I want to meet him." We must love selflessly, giving all we got to others. Mary's example is simply wonderful for us to follow and embrace.

When we look at this mystery what do I see as a dad? I see a daughter whom I am very proud of, one that does not live her life selfishly wrapped around her needs only. Instead she is concerned about the needs of others. She is a loving example of what is expected of all of us. A dad needs to show their children that the world does not revolve around them, nor does it revolve around anyone else. We are all in this together and helping one another get through this is what we are suppose to be doing. As a family member in the Family of God, let us look out for one another, doing what we can with the capacity we have been blessed with. I say this, "How do you know who cares about you? That's simple, just look at who readily uses their own resources, their own treasures, that they care about to help you. That is indeed someone who cares about you before themselves." And resources don't necessarily mean money, resources can be time, talent, skills, and straight out love. When someone cares about you, you know it.

Ok dad's, let's not lose heart with our prayer life. As a dad we need to be leaders in our families, not only spiritually to draw our family closer to our Lord, but also in prayers and in giving. Our lead is critical as dads. Where there aren't any dads, this role can be filled by the moms. Either way teaching and showing and more effectively "doing" is what our kids need to see. Here's a little something I try my best to instill in my kids hearts. Whenever we go to Mass, we always give. Well there are times where giving is next to impossible, or maybe even a bad idea, if our funds are so low that we can't even buy food. But with that said, my kids know that when times are good, we give as much as we can afford, and when times are bad, we give as much as we can afford. Do you see the pattern dads. We must teach our kids to always give, no matter what, with whatever they have. When you only have a couple dollars in your pocket, trust Jesus with all your heart and give it all. You will be blessed, we have been there. And when times are better, don't be cheap, give twenty, forty, sixty. Just do it, it's all for our Lord. My saying is, "Never let the plate pass you by, without giving something."

Thank You Lord for entrusting me with 5 awesome kids.
Lord, may we all pray to you, "Jesus, I trust in You."

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

Today we pray the Sorrowful Mysteries

1. Agony in the Garden
2. The Scourging at the Pillar
3. Crowing with Thorns
4. Carrying of the Cross
5. The Crucifixion of Jesus

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Annunciation - Dads View

Beads of Joy 10-18-10

The Annunciation - Dads View
©2010 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

Hello Everyone,

This is a new twist isn't it, I really hope you enjoy the week ahead. Well for a while now I have been working on looking at the Rosary and it's mysteries from all different vantage points. Obviously the Rosary is my life and it is very important if we can all get to see; how different people see and pray and worship from the direction in life that they are coming from. Meaning a parent, a sibling, maybe a teacher, or a doctor or even a student will indeed pray and perceive the mysteries of the rosary in different ways. All being good, but all being somewhat different. Today let us first look at the first Joyful Mystery - The Annunciation. I hope today's reflection allows you to maybe look into your own lives and reflect on your own view on each of these mysteries. Me, as a dad of five incredible, dynamite kids whom I love and adore with all my heart. I see the annunciation, as a time to rejoice; a "baby" is on the way and we must celebrate, embrace and tell everyone we know that we are going to have a baby. That's the giddy, goofy daddy in me. I am very blessed to have five super kids in my life, and to be part of their lives raising them is such a blessing. I know parents pretty much feel the same way I do about their own children, but I still have to say it anyway, I got thee best kids, PERIOD. I pray that in the future, they to have a sincere love and devotion to our Lord and our Lady like I do. I write, not only to share with everyone and help draw everyone closer to our Lord; but I also write, to leave a legacy of faith for many more generations to come in my blood line forward. The best "thing" to pass through the generations isn't money, or an estate, or whatever; it's our faith.

Let's take a good hard look at Mary's situation. Here she is about fifteen years old, and the Holy Spirit dun got her pregnant. Oh no, this is a bad thing, from a worldly stand point for such a young girl. What does she do? Who does she turn to? How does she not only tell Joseph? But how does she tell her daddy? Most girls look up to their dads and they really don't want to disappoint them. Just a man's first woman in his life is his mom, the first man in a girl's life is her dad. His role in her life is vital, and critical, not only to how she sees and perceives men in the future, but it also helps her in her spiritual walk. Is her dad like Jesus? Does my daddy really care about me? How do I tell my daddy something that I just know will disappoint him? As stated on EWTN's webage in regards to St. Joachim, "Nothing is known of St. Joachim save what is told in apocryphal literature. He was a man of Galilee, husband of Anne, and both he and Anne were in the decline of life when Mary was born. Tradition relates that while Joachim was away from home he had a vision that Anne was to be blessed with a child, and that on his return home, his wife ran forth to tell of the visitation of an angel who had revealed to her the same good tidings. There was ancient belief that a child born of an elderly mother who had given up hope of having offspring was destined for some high purpose and would be blessed by all the world." Knowing all that, we can see that Joachim was a man of God. And that influence and the encounter prior to Mary's birth gave him some insight and preparation for her life.

Hinge sight is always 20/20. We see the events, we know the outcome, we know what Joachim had to do. And I would say he did a fantastic job as a faithful, loyal dad. His example and nurturing certainly played a huge role in our Blessed Mother's life. As a dad I see The Annunciation as a time for a dad to embrace his daughter, be open in understanding what has happened and continue loving and trusting that our Lord's hand is in this situation. Also as a dad, I would never turn away from my daughter or son, no matter what, even if they didn't want me. I am sure Joachim's faith and love for God, kept him even closer to God through these difficult times of understanding what was going on. In this mystery as a dad reflecting on the events we now celebrate, I would say to all dads, "No matter what is happening in your children's lives, especially the difficult and misunderstood things; stay by their side showing them love, forgiveness and unfettered support all the way through the situation, never ever leaving their side, and dad's trust in God and that our Lord's hand is in the midst of these things. Never turn away from your kids, no matter what. No one is perfect, no one is superior, no one needs to be judged so harshly, rather love your kids with the same heart Jesus loves you. Sincerely with all your heart be the dad you know our Lord wants you to be." That's what I would say to all dads as I reflect upon this mystery.

And dad's it's only a rumor, but I believe it to be true, "Only Real Men Pray The Rosary". Yes there is a group that actually uses that name; but aside from that, the concept holds true, so be a real man, and get down on your knees and pray your Rosary to a mighty, powerful, loving God. Scripture clearly states, "Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." Ephesians 6:4. Be a Godly example for them. Dad's our kids are watching us. So we must as dads, first be examples of what it means to truly love and honor our Lord, followed by loving and adoring their mom, followed by loving and respecting them. Kids are way more in tune with their parents then their parents are with each other and them. Staying on focus and truth to our faith is critical, we must keep all these things close to our hearts as we move forward raising them. My oldest is twenty two years old, and our youngest is ten. You honestly never stop being a dad. It's really my "proudest" title. I love all the other ones, but hearing my kids say, "dad" or "daddy", or "hey you" lol, ok, maybe not the last one. Just all ecstatic and happy thinking about the five most precious gifts Jesus has allowed us to nurture: James 3rd, Christopher, Sarah, Travis and Charlie.

Thank You Lord for entrusting me with 5 awesome kids.
Lord, may we all pray to you, "Jesus, I trust in You."

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

Today we pray the Joyful Mysteries

1. The Annunciation
2. The Visitation
3. The Birth of Jesus
4. The Presentation in The Temple
5. Finding of Jesus in the Temple

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sun - Twenty-ninth Week

Beads of Joy 10-17-10

Sunday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1

Exodus 17:8-13

In those days, Amalek came and waged war against Israel.
Moses, therefore, said to Joshua,
"Pick out certain men,
and tomorrow go out and engage Amalek in battle.
I will be standing on top of the hill
with the staff of God in my hand."
So Joshua did as Moses told him:
he engaged Amalek in battle
after Moses had climbed to the top of the hill with Aaron and Hur.
As long as Moses kept his hands raised up,
Israel had the better of the fight,
but when he let his hands rest,
Amalek had the better of the fight.
Moses’hands, however, grew tired;
so they put a rock in place for him to sit on.
Meanwhile Aaron and Hur supported his hands,
one on one side and one on the other,
so that his hands remained steady till sunset.
And Joshua mowed down Amalek and his people
with the edge of the sword.

Reading 2

2 Timothy 3:14-4:2

Remain faithful to what you have learned and believed,
because you know from whom you learned it,
and that from infancy you have known the sacred Scriptures,
which are capable of giving you wisdom for salvation
through faith in Christ Jesus.
All Scripture is inspired by God
and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction,
and for training in righteousness,
so that one who belongs to God may be competent,
equipped for every good work.

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus,
who will judge the living and the dead,
and by his appearing and his kingly power:
proclaim the word;
be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient;
convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching.


Luke 18:1-8

Jesus told his disciples a parable
about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary.
He said, "There was a judge in a certain town
who neither feared God nor respected any human being.
And a widow in that town used to come to him and say,
'Render a just decision for me against my adversary.'
For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought,
'While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being,
because this widow keeps bothering me
I shall deliver a just decision for her
lest she finally come and strike me.'"
The Lord said, "Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says.
Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones
who call out to him day and night?
Will he be slow to answer them?
I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily.
But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"

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

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Sat - Twenty-eighth Week

Beads of Joy 10-18-10

Saturday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1

Ephesians 1:15-23

Brothers and sisters:
Hearing of your faith in the Lord Jesus
and of your love for all the holy ones,
I do not cease giving thanks for you,
remembering you in my prayers,
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,
may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation
resulting in knowledge of him.
May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened,
that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call,
what are the riches of glory
in his inheritance among the holy ones,
and what is the surpassing greatness of his power
for us who believe,
in accord with the exercise of his great might,
which he worked in Christ,
raising him from the dead
and seating him at his right hand in the heavens,
far above every principality, authority, power, and dominion,
and every name that is named
not only in this age but also in the one to come.
And he put all things beneath his feet
and gave him as head over all things to the Church,
which is his Body,
the fullness of the one who fills all things in every way.


Luke 12:8-12

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I tell you,
everyone who acknowledges me before others
the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God.
But whoever denies me before others
will be denied before the angels of God.

“Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven,
but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
When they take you before synagogues and before rulers and authorities,
do not worry about how or what your defense will be
or about what you are to say. For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say.”

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

Friday, October 15, 2010

Let's Keep The Graces Given

Beads of Joy 10-15-10

Let's Keep The Graces Given
©2010 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

It's All About Jesus - Ask Mary 5/5
Hello Everyone,

What a truly spectacular exciting week it has been. I pray that this has been a blessing for you. Today let us look at St. Louis de Montforts fifth principle in what our Devotion to Mary consists of. He says, "It is very difficult, considering our weakness and frailty, to keep the graces and treasures we have received from God." The world we live in has been corrupted by the evil of satan. No one can say it better than St. Louis de Montfort can, "It is something of a miracle for anyone to stand firm in the midst of this raging torrent and not be swept away; to weather this stormy sea and not be drowned, or robbed by pirates; to breathe this pestilential air and not be contaminated by it. It is Mary, the singularly faithful Virgin over whom Satan had never any power, who works this miracle for those who truly love her." And this is why we must pray with Mary every single day. If there is anything I pray for this week, it's this: I pray that our Lord has touched your heart in such a way that you are aware that His mother's role in our life is vital, and most important. She is there to console us, pray with us, and then be with us on our behalf to talk to her Son for us. She deserves our love and respect.

St Louis de Montfort warns all of us of this serious consideration when doing all we can to be on guard at all times, "People, richer in grace and virtue, more experienced and advanced in holiness than we are, have been caught off their guard and robbed and stripped of everything." How Then can we ever guard ourselves from the evil and corruption in this world? One wonderful, very positive and most exciting way; is by praying your Rosary everyday. Satan has no power over Mary whatsoever, she can shield us when we unite with her in prayer. We must trust her in directing us to her Son.

Our Full Trust

Mary is the One who protects us
She is the one that satan shall lose to,
So we can pray your Rosary everyday
Start to finish, straight through.

Unlike any other she is the one
The one true virgin that gave birth to Him,
He had to be born by the purest of souls
For His birth was to be, to die for our sin.

So let us grab on and never let go
These blessed graces we have to hold,
The blessed virgin is powerfully strong
Our prayers must be solid and bold.

A true obligation and devotion to our Blessed Mother is the same as a true obligation and devotion to our Lord. Let us remember she is our mediatrix of intercession. She is here to help direct us and bring us to Jesus. So please take the time to consider your devotion to our Lady. Simply start off with my "first" devotional prayer that I pray.

The Angelus

The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary:
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word.

Hail Mary . . .

And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary . . .

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Let us pray:

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.

Pray boldly with Mary beside you, "Jesus, I trust in You."

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

Today we pray the Sorrowful Mysteries

1. Agony in the Garden
2. The Scourging at the Pillar
3. Crowing with Thorns
4. Carrying of the Cross
5. The Crucifixion of Jesus

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Before God With A Mediator

Beads of Joy 10-14-10

Before God With A Mediator
©2010 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

It's All About Jesus - Ask Mary 4/5
Hello Everyone,

Yet another day of this fantastic series compliments of St. Louis de Montfort. Today we are reflecting thoughts about "It's More Humble to have an Intermediary With Christ." A very insightful principle, I pray that this series is touching your heart and soul, and you are feeling even more drawn to our Lady, who in turn will draw you to Jesus. This is well explained by St Louis, that in the approach of a King or Ruler in the world; we would not approach such a person of such power alone. We would seek out a mediator to speak for us. Same with God, we humbly approach Him, knowing we are certainly unworthy. That is why Jesus is our mediator. Look at also how wonderfully St Louis de Montfort see our Blessed Mother also as our mediator, "..let us implore without fear the help and intercession of Mary, our Mother. She is kind, she is tender, and there is nothing harsh or forbidding about her, nothing too sublime or too brilliant. When we see her, we see our own human nature at its purest. She is not the sun, dazzling our weak sight by the brightness of its rays. Rather, she is fair and gentle as the moon, which receives its light from the sun and softens it and adapts it to our limited perception. She is so full of love that no one who asks for her intercession is rejected, no matter how sinful he may be."

Now take a look at this, this is probably one of the key talking points I have used so many times through the years, in regards to our praying to the Blessed Mother. Oh how it gets misinterpreted so much. Today's principle, clearly outlines many details to help us better understand Mary's role in being our mediator to reach out to her Son. Isn't all this week so special with how important Mary is in our lives? Check this out, see how St. Louis sums up this principle, "All this is taken from St. Bernard and St. Bonaventure. According to them, we have three steps to take in order to reach God. The first, nearest to us and most suited to our capacity, is Mary; the second is Jesus Christ; the third is God the Father. To go to Jesus, we should go to Mary, our mediatrix of intercession. To go to God the Father, we must go to Jesus, our Mediator of redemption." Let's embrace Mary even more than we ever have before knowing that she isn't in this for herself, but rather to bring us to her Son.

Mary My Mother

Mary I come to you with open arms
I ask you to show me your Son,
You grab my hand with gentleness
And lead me to where He said, "It's done."

The place she brings us is to the cross
We arrive upon our knees before Him,
We adore our Lady for being with us
And to Jesus we repent of our sin.

Precious Mother that I love and adore
You light a spark inside my soul,
You are the only woman I love the most
For you are far more precious than gold.

Thank you Mary for all you do
For staying at my side,
I love Mary, but this you know
For my love for you I can't hide.

So let us embrace Mary with a sincere, loving heart. And pray that Rosary like never before. She knows we love her Son, she knows we adore Him, she knows He means everything to us. Now let us Mary to step in and assist us as we approach her Son. She is a our mediator to Jesus, just as Jesus is our mediator before God. Our dear precious blessed Mother, has the greatest of intentions to bring us to her Son. Praise Jesus for bringing His most precious Mother into our lives. Here is one prayer I really enjoy. Those who pray the Rosary know it well. This is a wonderful "Intercessory Prayer" for us to pray to Our Lady.

THE SALVE REGINA (Hail Holy Queen):

Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
V- Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God
R- That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

LET US PRAY: O God, by the life, death and resurrection of Your only begotten Son, You purchased for us the rewards of eternal life; grant, we beseech You that while meditation on these mysteries of the Holy rosary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pray Unceasingly, "Jesus, I trust in You."

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

Today we pray the Luminous Mysteries

1. Baptism of Jesus
2. Wedding at Cana
3. Proclamation of the Kingdom
4. The Transfiguration
5. Institution of the Holy Eucharist

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Get The Evil Within Us Out

Beads of Joy 10-13-10

Get The Evil Within Us Out
©2010 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

It's All About Jesus - Ask Mary 3/5
Hello Everyone,

That is a strong title and an even stronger principle for us to ponder today. St. Louis de Montfort has a truly special way with his words when it comes to what it is about our corrupt bodies that must be removed. Some of his writings are best shared straight from him. "Our actions, even those of the highest virtue, show the effects of it (the evil sediment left in us by sin). It is therefore of the utmost importance that, in seeking the perfection that can be attained only by union with Jesus, we rid ourselves of all that is evil in us. Otherwise our infinitely pure Lord, who has an infinite hatred for the slightest stain in our soul, will refuse to unite us to himself and will drive us from his presence." St. Louis de Montfort. This is why it is so important for us to really truly sell out and be followers to our Lord with all our hearts, with no distractions. Unfortunately some of our greatest distractions that taint our souls are: selfishness, pride, hatred, anger, self-love, self-will, and so much more.

Do you see how today's principle is so vital for us to tend to. In scripture it shares it like this, "See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first." Hebrews 3:12-14. My brothers and sisters we must sincerely be so filled with a love for our Lord; that our love for Him reigns over all that we do, and think and feel. We all have our own lives to clean up, to help get ourselves back on track. I don't speak with any authority, rather I speak as a brother who is deeply concerned about all of us. Please consider today's principle as one of the most important principles for us to follow and embrace. For if we even have but a spec of tainted sin, sin that puts ourselves first before God; St Louis de Montfort says, "All our good works will be tainted by self-love and self-will so that our greatest sacrifices and our best actions will be unacceptable to God. Consequently when we come to die we shall find ourselves devoid of virtue and merit and discover that we do not possess even one spark of that pure love which God shares only with those who have died to themselves and whose life is hidden with Jesus Christ in him." Quoting him is so much more powerful than me paraphrasing him.

Please consider reading the book by St. Louis de Montfort, "True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin" Your life will never be the same. I also recommend another very powerful book called, "Preparation for Death" by St. Alphonsus Liguori. These two books along a couple of others will change your life. Today we also get to see what St. Louis de Montfort further recommends we do to help us in this principle. Sharing these most special words in this principle, can only once again be shared directly by St. Louis de Montfort, "Thirdly, we must choose among all the devotions to the Blessed Virgin the one which will lead us more surely to this dying to self. This devotion will be the best and the most sanctifying for us. For we must not believe that all that glitters is gold, all that is sweet is honey, or all that is easy to do and is done by the majority of people is the most sanctifying. Just as in nature there are secrets enabling us to do certain natural things quickly, easily and at little cost, so in the spiritual life there are secrets which enable us to perform works rapidly, smoothly and with facility. Such works are, for example, emptying ourselves of self-love, filling ourselves with God, and attaining perfection."

How much have we gain by today's reflection? Hopefully a lot. I pray that leading many to St. Louis de Montfort's writings will help every single one of you deepen your own spiritual lives. Jesus asks us to follow Him. Alone is can be very difficult, but together, we work together looking out for one another seeking only to help each other to the feet of our Lord and then ultimately to Heaven.

United We Stand

United we stand, in His sight
Let's help each other along the way,
United we stand, ain't that right
Let's together grab our Rosary and pray.

United we stand, we are so not alone
Let's help, get on our knees together in His love,
United we stand, don't let one of us roam
Let's be the one in times of trouble to stand above.

United we stand, as a family tree
Let's be rooted in the love within our heart,
United we stand, Jesus has made us free
Let's lock arms and pray the Rosary from the start.

In love we pray, "Jesus. I trust in You."

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

Today we pray the Glorious Mysteries

1. The Resurrection
2. The Ascension
3. The Descent of The Holy Spirit
4. The Assumption
5. The Coronation

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Jesus & Mary - We Are Theirs

Beads of Joy 10-12-10

Jesus & Mary - We Are Theirs
©2010 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

It's All About Jesus - Ask Mary 2/5
Hello Everyone,

This is such an exciting week. I sure hope I can act like adult and not get so giddy with Joy that I type to fast. But then, wait a second, no matter how fast I type, it has nothing to do with how fast or slow you read. Wow, time to take an adult pill, nah, just kidding, no deal. So today we continue looking at the Basic Principles of Our Devotion to Mary. Today the principle is that we are slaves to Jesus and Mary. Yes you read that right. And honestly I surrender completely and fully to their service in whatever capacity they so desire me to serve them. I am sold out on Jesus, and I adore and love Mary. We have been bought with a price, our lives are not our own. The Son of man was humiliated, spit upon and murdered in order to save us. This is what we must do, "We must therefore live, work and die for the sole purpose of bringing forth fruit for him, glorifying him in our body and letting him reign in our soul." St. Louis de Montfort. Come on doesn't that fill your heart with so much excitement? Oh my, I am so thrilled to be serving such an awesome, loving, forgiving Lord.

Let us be a voluntary slave, by doing this we are the ones who give up everything and keep Jesus and Mary above all things, so that all we do is serve Him. I know that's a huge demand for everyone. But let's face it, through Jesus' death, He bought us in full; obviously we still have a free will. But regardless no matter what we chose to do, He shall love us and be in our lives either as accepted and loved by us or rejected by us. It is St. Louis de Montfort who points out a very significant distinction between being a servant and being a slave. A servant does not give his/her all, to their employer. But a slave gives themselves exclusively to their master. In humanity there is no other way to fully completely give of ourselves to another, we must be slaves to our Lord and His mother. This surrender of spirit and even body allows Jesus to work His will into our lives. We will remain open, like a book with a blank page waiting for the author to write.

How many of us can truly do this? Are you able to discard your likes and dislikes and only seek that which your master desires of you? I realize in many ways in today's world it is difficult no doubt, but not next to impossible. We must always trust in Him and do everything we possibly can to follow His desires in our life. Jesus knows our boundaries, our responsibilities, and He knows our very hearts desire and intention. All we can hope to do is our very best. I know having a family and a career, and all the stuff that goes with it makes being a slave for someone else nearly impossible. In fact many maybe saying they are already slaves to the very life they are living. Time to surrender that allegiance over to Jesus. I'm speaking from twenty four years of married experience, I would have to say I agree. But honestly that is all the more reason why we need to be slaves in our thoughts, our desires and our passions in this life. I am so excited just thinking about all that. I bow my head and thank God for wanting my life and all that it can give, to be given to Him.

This is certainly a wonderful week of insight and love as we wrap our arms around our Blessed Mother; and embrace and stay with her as she brings us to Jesus. Jesus has most certainly blessed us with her. She is a mother to all, a witness to all and a woman and mother to all. She is the truest closest kind of a person we really need to try to be. Our life is only complete when it has been surrounded by His suffering and death and her love for Him and for us. I know sometimes I really just let the spirit lead these words, but I admit I don't always fully understand them myself. But I do place all my trust in Him, without any holding back, He has every stitch of my trust and faith. How can anyone contain themselves with all the Joy we receive from our Lord, and look at all the love we get from both Jesus and the Blessed Mother. The love is perfect and so pure, I feel like doing a handstand. Ok, I can't actually do a handstand, it just sounded good. LOL

And always pray, "Jesus, I trust in You."

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

Today we pray the Sorrowful Mysteries

1. Agony in the Garden
2. The Scourging at the Pillar
3. Crowing with Thorns
4. Carrying of the Cross
5. The Crucifixion of Jesus

Monday, October 11, 2010

Ultimately - All About Jesus

Beads of Joy 10-11-10

Ultimately - All About Jesus
©2010 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

It's All About Jesus - Ask Mary 1/5
Hello Everyone,

This past weekend I prayed for our Lord to lead me closer to His mother, like I always do; and help show me how she is indeed, diligently at work at directing all of us to her Son. In the midst of that prayer, I was lead to a book I use to relax and read in my meditation years back called, "True Devotion To The Blessed Virgin" by St. Louis de Montfort. A book you honestly can never put down. Well in the midst of all this I was led to a list of what our devotion to Mary consists of. So this week I will be reflecting and sharing the five basic principles of our devotion to our Blessed Mother. Not only the way St Louis wrote it, but also how my twenty seven years of devotion fit into this equation. There is so much to share with everyone. In this section St. Louis de Montfort made some extremely helpful, but probably well know points. All our prayers must ultimately end in Jesus, if not then our prayers are false and misleading. If we are indeed solid in our relationship and knowledge of how all our devotion, all our praise and worship and all that we call God is Jesus; then we know praying with our Blessed Mother only leads us to Jesus. He also points out, that if in our devotion to our Lady we lose sight of Jesus, then that is an illusion of the devil. So staying attentive for and seeking only Jesus, is our main purpose when we are devoted to our Lady. Our love and respect for Mary is important in our walk to Jesus. St Louis de Montfort referred to a quote by an unnamed saint, "Let no one presume to expect mercy from God, who offends his holy Mother."

Our precious Lord has blessed us with His most beautiful mother. How can we not give her any love and adoration? I understand: she isn't our Lord, she isn't our Savior, she didn't die for our sins, and she didn't die on a cross. But without her, neither could Jesus. She was chosen for an array of reasons. I think mostly because she had be brought up in a most God loving home and she was being prepared for one of the greatest events in her life. God found favor with this young virgin. God and God alone knows all the reasons why He does things; but I think it's fair to say that when He chose Mary, he made a wonderful choice. Let's see: How has Mary brought us to Jesus or Jesus to us? Well for starters when she said, "yes", she decided that she would be the one to bring Jesus to us. And then a simple example would be The Wedding at Cana, where Mary brought the servants to Jesus and told them, "do whatever He says". This is so exciting, now all we have to do is hang out with Mrs. C. and we will be brought to her Son, over and over. LOL. I think the goofy, giddy bone is taking effect here. I get so excited inside my heart every single time I think of all that has been done for us, by God.

All About Jesus

If we were to say let us give praise
You might ask who we are praying toward,
I'd be confused why you asked that
It's all about Jesus, He is our only Lord.

There will never be another in our life
He came to save us all with His love,
There is no other who can be praised
It's all about Jesus, from Heaven above.

Now look towards our Blessed Mother
Her name is Mary, she is queen indeed,
But we do not worship her as God
For only Jesus is worshiped on them beads.

Mary is here to guide the way for all us
That chain of beads really helps us so well,
If only more would understand that
They would join us and ring the 3 o'clock bell.

My brothers and sister we can stand tall
For our love for Mary is a blessed thing,
For God knows our hearts and our thoughts
So grab the Rosary, and pray and sing.

Do not lose hope and focus when it comes to the Rosary, just as Mary was the vessel that brought Jesus to us; so the Rosary is the chain that anchors us to the vessel that bore Jesus. We only focus on Jesus. If for any reason you feel it is all about Mary, then it is in your own mindset or the devil is creating illusions on you. If I were to say jump in my car so I can take you to Mass. And along the way we share wonderful loving kind words about our Lord and our shared adoration for Jesus and His Mother, when we get to the church, is it me you were looking at, or thinking about? Of cause not! You were thinking about your arrival to God's house to see His Son. We shared conversation about Him, and how truly wonderful it was going to be once we arrived. Mary to is our transportation to Jesus. We share an adoring love for her Son, as in our own fellowship, we worship Him along the way. Our blessed Mother is a blessing, embrace her like she were your mom. Because spiritually she is, she gave birth to our Lord. Her blood and His blood flowed together for nine months. Simply love her for who she is, the Queen of Heaven no doubt. And when you are in doubt about who she is; please pray this simple prayer asking Jesus to guide your heart, "Jesus, I trust in You."

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

Today we pray the Joyful Mysteries

1. The Annunciation
2. The Visitation
3. The Birth of Jesus
4. The Presentation in The Temple
5. Finding of Jesus in the Temple

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Go And Show Yourselves

Beads of Joy 10-10-10

Go And Show Yourselves
©2010 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

Hello Everyone,

Interesting gospel today, we all know that being ungrateful is a bad thing. Jesus in His mercy for the ten, healed them all, why didn't all of them show gratitude? Today's gospel is Luke 17:11-19 (The Cleansing of Ten Lepers). Have we ever been ungrateful? Are we blessed and do we show appreciation to those who give us mercy and love in our lives? And why did only one return to Jesus with thanksgiving? Let us allow the spirit to lead us through this reflection, so we can try to better understand the special blessing we receive while we meditate on His words. These lepers begged for mercy, and with just Jesus' word, they were all healed. But when were they healed? Jesus told them to go show themselves to the priests, and then they would be cleansed. They simply obeyed the Lord and for that they were healed. But why did Jesus send them to the priests? I think that is a rather interesting observation. Maybe He did this to show the priests the power He had in His spoken word. None of the priests had the power to heal. The Joy the lepers must have had that very day, must have been heard for miles around.

How do we show our individual gratitude to God, for all He does in our life? Yes even if we have challenges, horror stories, pain and suffering. Do we thank Him and love Him graciously as we work through these challenges in our lives? Jesus suffered more horribly than ever us will probably ever suffer in our lives. He was humiliated, beat, whipped, spit up, cursed at, then striped and nailed to a cross to die on that cross. Wow, we complain because we feel we don't get treated well in line at the store. Our suffering is a mere tiny fraction of what our Lord suffered; and His suffering brought defeat to death, forgiveness to all our sins and a doorway open to eternal life in Heaven with Him. Just from that little bit of chatter from me, we can see how pain and suffering can indeed be a blessing. I know this isn't easy to embrace or understand, but suffering and pain and ugly bad news is a blessing. I am not in any position to answer why, only God knows that. But if we really believe that all the things happen in our life, happen for a reason and a purpose, and the purpose is to honor Jesus, and more closer to His will for us in our lives. Then we are only led to believe that our pain and suffering is all for His glory. Some of you know all of my story, the unpublished version, the pain and suffering is something I personally have embraced as a blessing.

This same gratitude should be towards our neighbors and family and friends at church. Do we really show those who care so much for us, gratitude? By Jesus' example we need to be more kind, more caring and more thoughtful in our words. Complaining and grumbling about our world being offended all the time is getting kind of old. All of that has to stop, we need to be more like Jesus in all that we do and in all that we experience in our lives. Yes all of us would love if indeed the world did revolve around us, but I hate to be the barer of bad news, but it don't. This world actually revolves around Jesus, and if more people would live their lives that way, there would be so much more peace. Aren't you happy when someone thinks of you when they go to the store or do something in the house? You were apparently on their minds and in theirs hearts. It's time for many of us to become grateful and thankful in all things. And for those of us who already are, we need to up the anti and be even more grateful now.

Today I think putting out a challenge would be a wonderful thing for all of us. How about we take this kind, merciful way to the mat and make it way more real in our lives. Let's challenge ourselves into some of these ideas: Do one kind act towards someone every single day, look for a chance to help someone, compliment someone, thank someone; whatever you feel led to do, but do a minimum of one a day. An even more humbling challenge for the day would be to use the time you are offended or hurt, to thank that person. Or here's another challenging thought, this is possible. Pick a day, and on that day no matter what kind of a day you are having, be grateful and thankful and kind to everyone. I know that that is an even more difficult challenge. See with this one, if someone cuts you off, gives you the finger, curses you out, whatever; we have to thank them in a kind way and thank Jesus for all of this, good or bad. So who is up to the challenge? Please share your day with us, if you feel led to. If for one moment you feel you can't handle the stress of the day, simply pray, "Jesus, I trust in You" over and over again.

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

Today we pray the Glorious Mysteries
1. The Resurrection
2. The Ascension
3. The Descent of The Holy Spirit
4. The Assumption
5. The Coronation

Saturday, October 9, 2010

We Fall So Easily Into Sin

Beads of Joy 10-09-10

We Fall So Easily Into Sin
©2010 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

Hello Everyone,

What is it about sin that draws us in? Is it only the sensory part of body that desires it? Is it all about the pleasure of the sin? Could it be the chance to try and get away with breaking the rules or the laws? What is it? I would guess the real answer is that it is different for every single one of us. Some of us sin against others, or against the spirit, or even directly against God. Sin comes in many forms. We can even sin against our own bodies, which is God's temple. Sin has been acceptably embedded in our habits, it's embedded in our words and in our everyday life. How can we possibly stay clear of sin and live a life pleasing to God? That is one of the most difficult questions to answers, if we are being honest with the real answer. I want everyone to also understand that I do not write this in any way, where I imply or someone may think I imply that I am without sin. I am furthest from being without sin. With that said, I would say that if anything, I do my best, to try to keep my soul and body and spirit as clean as I possibly can before the Lord. I have fallen victum to many bad habits. I try so hard to stay in check with myself, meaning that I will not knowingly forge forward into sin, especially mortal sin. Yes, "concupiscence" plays a role in all our lives. We are all sinners we all fall. The secret is getting up, begging God for forgiveness and then do our best to not knowingly walk straight back into that same sin.

Mortal sins are the ones we really need to do our best to stay away from. Mortal sin isn't something we accidentally do. Mortal sin is deliberate sin that we pretty much slam into God's face, knowing well that this offends Almighty God. Mortal sin is a choice, a choice we make personally. These are the three conditions that make sin "mortal", which by the way means deadly.

1. The sin must be of "Grave Matter", St. Paul summed up this list and he was straight to the point as to how serious these sins really are, "The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God." Galatians 5:19-21. We are clearly warned.

2. The sin must be committed with "Full Knowledge" of the cost and consequences should we continue to commit such sin. Obviously all those sins above, we would pretty much know we are committing. We knowingly offend God, we knowingly go against the commandments, we knowingly hate someone, we knowingly put idols of gold and money before God, we knowingly use our bodies for our own pleasures.

3. The sin must be done with "Deliberate Consent". We don't care that we know it is of grave matter and that we know the consequences, we do it anyway. None of that matters we just do it anyway, sometimes over and over again. I think this the hardest part of the conditions that make this so offensive to God.

I pray that as long as we keep these things before us; and we do our best to stay as pure and as clean as we possibly can before God, He will know our heart. Praise Jesus for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. God allows us with the assistance of a priest, to ask God for forgiveness, which He gives us. Some ask "Why go to confession? I'll just look up to Heaven and ask for God's forgiveness." It's really simple. Sin is shameful, and sometimes very embarrassing. Think about it, do you really want to tell a priest that you are: purposely living a life drunkenness causing you to do things that hurt your family? How about telling a priest that you commit adultery all the time? Or that your personal private sexual desires can't be contained. Oh My.. Of cause who wants to humiliate themselves, no one of cause. But we must do this, for any sin that we are ashamed of, and of cause all the others. Jesus died for our sins, including all our mortal sins, including the ones we are reflecting upon today. Jesus died in humiliation, naked, up on a cross. His death was horrible and cruel. Why should we be allowed to avoid humiliation if by our own purposeful acts of selfishness, when we commit these sins, we only further make our Lord bleed. Let us put down the hammer and nails.

We are all sinners, we to must pay the price of humiliation at confession. I look at it this way. Don't commit the crime (sin), if you can't do the time (confession before a priest). I know so many of you personally, and I do realize that we all have a private life also. This may or may not pertain to so many of us, and praise Jesus if it don't. But those of us who need these truths to be placed before us again, I pray that we use them to draw ever so much closer to our Lord.

REMEDY: What can I (you, me, we, us) do to do our best to avoid as much sin as we possibly can? Simply have a very personal, real love for Jesus, a love that never wants you to offend or hurt Him. It's a relationship my friends, let us offend and hurt the one we love. And keep that thought on your heart everyday. And then simply do whatever you like. Because if indeed you love Jesus with all your heart, and you really don't want to offend or hurt Him, then you will not knowingly sin against Him. What I have found by doing that, is that your sins will tend to be more venial in nature.

And always pray, constantly, prayer is a powerful deterrent from sin.
Pray, "Jesus, I trust in You."

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

Today we pray the Joyful Mysteries
1. The Annunciation
2. The Visitation
3. The Birth of Jesus
4. The Presentation in The Temple
5. Finding of Jesus in the Temple