Sunday, November 27, 2011

1st Sun. of Advent - Be Watchful!

Beads of Joy 11-27-11

1st Sunday in Advent – Be Watchful!!
©2011 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

Hello Everybody,

In today’s world many of us really anticipate the Lord’s return. But no matter, we must still remain on watch and be prepared at all times. Regardless of what people claim publicly or say about some calendar of ancient times says; no one knows the hour, or the day when the world shall end, or our Lord shall return. All we should do is earnestly pray for His return, and by all means be prepared at all times. If there is sin in our life, which by the way, we all have sin in our lives; but if there are sins we have challenges with, we really need to pray for the strength, to seriously keep them in check. Constantly whenever possibly, we should go to confess and cleanse our Spirit before God, keeping ourselves as clean as we can, always being ready. Today’s gospel is Mark 31:33-37 (Need For Watchfulness). We must be ready for Jesus’ return at all times. For if in this life, we miss out on the chance to be with Jesus in eternity; then we certainly have missed out horribly.

Seeking our Jesus every day is exciting. I truly find no greater Joy than to spend every day praying, reading and learning all I can about our Lord. I am certainly no angel or saint; I am a sinner unworthy of even His glance. But through His love for us, we have all been made worthy before Him. If there’s one thing I have learned these past 28 years of my faith is this; that our dependency on God must be an everyday thought. For it is when we become so independent, so self-serving that we feel we don’t even need anyone, including God, that we jeopardize our eternity with Him. The world we live in can and will deceive you about that. Just because you have become successful in business or in business deals, or even in something that just uplifts your lifestyle; don’t lose sight of how you got there, and who it is that must be continually praised and thanked for it. God of cause silly, let us not be like many in this world who don’t even believe God exists and they pay no mind to all to the things He has done. One day we will all have to stand before God in judgment of all the things we have said and done; how said for the child of God who stands before Him living a life saying God don’t exist, only to find out He absolutely exists. It is always better to be prepared for something that doesn’t happen; rather than be unprepared for something that does. I always say, and I have been saying this for many years, and many will attest to these words I say, “Plan for the worst, pray for the best.” What that means is, always be on the ready for any and all outcomes.

Our society is very misleading, and I don’t think that it’s actually purposely designed that way; but in its own lack of wisdom, it misleads many into teaching us to look inward rather than to look outward towards God. We must live a life fully depend upon God. We must recognize His presence in all things and we must love Him and be thankful to Him in all that we do. Advent is a season of discernment, and to be fair it isn’t actually a pre-Christmas season, rather it is its own very special liturgical season. Yes we are awaiting the arrival of the Birth of Jesus, but not in the same content. We also have a chance to reflect on the depths of the “Yes” Mary said in response to God’s request. Let us do all we can to make sure we do understand the spiritual nature of this season; and let us try to help guide our children into understanding what this season means, and how the changes they see are a direct part of all that. Enjoy your first Sunday of Advent. May God richly bless you and your always.

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

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Our Talented Gifts - From God

Beads of Joy 11-13-11

Our Talented Gifts - From God
©2011 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

Hello Everybody,

In general the world we live in today for some reason, has no sense in preparing for the Heaven, no thought of one day having to answer to God for all our actions. Today we read about an extraordinary parable about a very wealthy Master (God) who entrusts His servants (all of us) with His gifts of talents. In this parable the Master expects the servants to do their best, with what abilities they have to multiply with that which they have been given. In our Lord’s time 1 Talent was equivalent to about 10 years wages; so with that being said, you can see how God has much trust in us to do the right thing with something worth so much. And no this is not about the money, rather it is about our Lord entrusting us with what is His; and our ability to advance further in His service to Him. Every single thing we have, we own, we buy or we possess, is His; God gave us the ability to attain it so what we have is not our own, but rather all His to begin with. We really should be obeying Him, following Him and drawing ourselves closer to Him that should be our goal every single day; if we merely hold our position and never move forward with His gifts, our Christian life will grow stagnant and serve no purpose in God’s kingdom. Today we are reading Matthew 25:14-30 (The Parable of Talents).

In this parable God places much trust in us, with no strings attached. But He does tell us that He will return and He will want to see what we have done with what He has given us. We all have talents (gifts, abilities, treasure) that God has given us. Some may be able to teach and guide others, others may be able to cook and care for others, and then others are able to work very hard in different industries that participate in advancing society for all. No matter, we all have some sort of talent to share and grow. As we can see by this parable, in the end it was all about pleasing the Master with what we did for Him while He was gone; and His reward to all of us would be great. So when we are given talents, our goal isn’t to be selfish, digging a hole and burying what is yours to protect it from someone else; really isn’t what seems to be what God had in mind for us to do. Tragically so many in this life don’t see all that we have as God’s, instead they see it as theirs. Selfishness is the problem we must all overcome. It is the charity of heart and mind, knowing well that we don’t have all of what we have because we are so fabulous and wonderful; rather all that we have, we simply have because God has blessed us with it. Therefore it is actually all His first, before it was ever ours.

It is possible for us to do the right thing with the talents we have been blessed with. The bottom line to me is: What’s it going to be; me serving God with all my gifts and talents? Or rather am I going to serve myself with these gifts and talents? I pray that we are all bold in knowing without a doubt that we are to be serving and honoring God with all that He has blessed us with. Taking care of our families and others in need around us is really a very important part of who we are in Jesus. In scripture Jesus said this when asked, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40. So let us do all we can by the example of our lives, to live a life that is truly pleasing to God. Whatever talent we have, whatever abilities we possess, whatever treasure we have; let us use them and share them for the further deepening of our faith. God knows our heart, its intentions and even its ulterior motives. Let us be the servant that multiples that which God has entrusted to us.

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

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Always Be Prepared... Period !

Beads of Joy 11-06-11

Always Be Prepared… Period !
©2011 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

Hello Everybody,

Being unprepared in never a good thing, in all things. I know that’s not even an official sentence, lol. At least the Word program here is fighting me, insisting that it isn’t. No matter, the statement is true, being unprepared isn’t a good thing in anything. Think of that statement in all aspects of our lives. Do we shop for food the minute we need it? Or rather do we prepare to have food already at home, so we can cook it when necessary and of cause God forbid we can’t get out, we at least have some food in the house. Many of you may have not even thought of it that way, but it’s true; it’s just another way to be prepared. Another reflection on that thought is when we are expecting a hurricane or a bad snow storm, what do so many people rush out and do? Shop like crazy filling the house with 5 gallons of milk, 4 loafs of bread; the stores are crazy the day before a storm. I think its ludacris, but hey they are getting prepared in case they can’t get out for weeks. LOL. Today’s gospel is found in Matthew 25:1-13 (The Parable of The Ten Virgins).

What is really the most important part of life? Many will have many different answers; today I will share with you my answer. To me, the most important part of this life is being prepared for the next one, and as long as I do all I can, I hope that it is with Jesus in Heaven. I know that’s where I am preparing to go, but I also know that it’s not my call, its God’s judgment on where my eternal destination will be. We do have a merciful, loving, forgiving God, but in the end, it’s His final word that will determine our destination. So without having arrogant presumption to the facts, God will determine where it is that I will spend eternity. Now with all that said wouldn’t be wise to live a life as close to God’s will as we possibly can. I know we can’t honestly say we know God’s will in our life; at least not in a definitive statement with written proof showing us in writing what we are expected to do. I understand all that. But… We do know what pleases God and we do know that He must always come first and that our actions and our words and our choices do reflect what matters to us; and God knows and sees all these things. So with that also said, why not live a life that praises and worships Him, while we do all we can to help direct others to Him. That also helps explain why I am, where I am, today in my life.

The question here is obvious: Are you ready to meet with God, face to face? All of what we say, write and do is known to God, we can delete them out of our lives and think God won't know about this or that. He forgives and He cleans our lives up all the time when we ask Him in confession; the more we love Him, honor Him and seek to tell the world about Him, the more likely He will invite us into eternity with Him. God knows our heart, our mind, our intentions, and our ulterior motives. He knows all things; there isn’t anything we do in secret that God can’t see or know about. Are we ready to be at that banquet? Are we prepared every day? If we all do our best do live in such a way that we are ready; what an absolutely beautiful world we would be living in. I will pray for all of us, we can do this, and we can be ready for Jesus when that day comes for us.


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

Friday, November 4, 2011

Unconditional Love, Seriously

Beads of Joy 11-04-11

Unconditional Love, Seriously
©2011 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

Hello Everybody,

Just a thought spun off of this weeks “Married Couples Rosary”. The relationships we have are so vital, and the love we have for one another is even more important. Those closest to us need our unconditional love. Why? Some who ask do not fully understand the depths of what true unconditional love is. How would you define “unconditional love”?

Unconditional Love (definition): affection with no limits or conditions; complete love

With that said I better understand how God loves us, with no limits or conditions, truly endless and complete. I say: do it, say it, live it, be it!!! It’s simpler than one might think. Let us look at Jesus’ love for us and then simply imitate it. He loves us no matter what we say, no matter what we do; and even after we have beaten, whipped, stabbed and then nailed Him to the cross. It may be hard to grasp, I understand that, but I am able to grasp it because of how much I love Jesus. His example of loving me, when I know I do not deserve His love, His forgiveness, His mercy; that is enough for me to want to be like Him, to those I love around me. I hope everyone is following me..

I say DO IT: What I mean is love your family, your children, your spouse, your family, and your friend’s with unconditional love, with no limits and no conditions…

I say SAY IT: What I am saying here is just that, talk to those you love unconditionally and plainly tell them that your love is unconditional. You will bring such JOY to those you love, and your heart will be lite up with so much LOVE. Here’s what I have done. My “Pickles” my baby, daddies little girl, has had her share of challenges, and many know of them; at times she has hurt us. To reassure her and let her know that we (I) love her no matter what she says or does I told her this, not for any other reason except that I love and adore her with all my heart. I said, “Sarah, know that I love you, probably more then you will ever know, but maybe this explanation will help you even better understand. If you were to say, Daddy I want to kill you; and you put a gun to my head and you said, I am going to take your life dad; know this... I FORGIVE you and I Still will say to you that I LOVE YOU. No matter what you do, I will love you and I remain here for you, never “not loving you”. And know that this isn’t just chatter, its true pure unconditional love for you.” We must be like Jesus in all things, all the time, not just when we want to. There is another whole blog I can write about what I have said to Chrissy, especially through all her life threatening health issues.

I say LIVE IT: What am I saying? Don’t just say these words, live it and seriously mean it, with all your heart. Always love them in all things, no matter what. Never respond with a harsh word, never be judgmental towards them, and never ever be hurtful in your words or actions to them. Yes it isn’t always easy, at first; but we must trust in Jesus my friends, it will become an intricate part of who you are, once you live this way every day.

I say BE IT: In other words, be the unconditional love to those you unconditionally love, and especially those who don't. Stand behind your words and be that anchor, that solid point of reference of love, that those you do love, can rely upon. Does that make sense? I hope it does.

Be strong!!! And love unconditionally!!!


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, November 3, 2011

The Couples Rosary - Part 4

Beads of Joy 11-03-11

The Couples Rosary - Part 4
©2011 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

The Luminous Mysteries


Hello Everybody,

As we finish this collection of meditations, I pray that these prayers help you focus more on your own marriage. No marriage is perfect, yes there are spectacular ones and some really incredible ones; but after 25 years myself, taking an honest assessment, there is occasional challenges. The key is to have the right heart in all situations. A forgiving, unconditional loving heart is best. And if you do Pray The Rosary regularly it will help keep your heart focused even more.
The Luminous Mysteries

1. The Baptism of Jesus – OPEN TO GOD: It is only God who can give us true inner peace. In our relationship, our spouse can and does fulfill most of our needs; it is in God that we are fully satisfied. We must learn to depend on God in all things; He will be there for us. We must seek Him first, and in that prioritize our lives with Him first in our lives. Scriptures says it like this, “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:9-11

2. Wedding at Cana – JESUS THROUGH MARY: Through the intercessory prayer of our Lady, many prayers are answered and led directly to our Lord. Through Mary is one of the best ways we can get to our Lord; her intercessory prayers are very powerful and always heard by our Lord. Dear Lord, you know our hearts, you know how much we love our spouse, in our prayers to your Mother, we will ask her to intercede for us. “When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” John 2:3-6

3. Proclaiming The Kingdom of God – REPENTANCE AND TRUSTING GOD: Just as Jesus calls us to conversion and forgives the sins, we must be forgiving to our spouse, in everything. We need to ask God to help guide us through this mystery. Dear Lord, I ask that you show me your love and your mercy in loving my spouse, the same way you have always loved me. Let us fully be open to God as scripture leads us, ““The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:15

4. The Transfiguration – HOLINESS: Before them the Lord showed His true holiness. Our love for one another should also be holy and perfect in His sight. But we must keep in mind that our holiness in Him is loving Him with all that we are, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27 Our love for one another is a choice, even if you find your spouse no longer loves you; in this mystery let us ask Jesus to help us love our spouses, no matter what, period.

5. Institution of The Eucharist – ADORATION: Through the sacrifice of the Holy Mass, Jesus is brought to us. Let us as a couple and a family, always go before the altar of the Lord. Let us recognize the eternal value of one another before God. Arm and arm we stand before God, to receive Him together. Let us always remain in love, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. “ John 15:9


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, November 2, 2011

The Couples Rosary - Part 3

Beads of Joy 11-02-11

The Couples Rosary – Part 3
©2011 James Dacey, Jr. SFO



Hello Everybody,

Today Lord we continue sharing in our Marriage reflections. God has given us the most special Glorious of gifts to share: Marriage. Let us really try to do our best to make it work and to do whatever we must to heal all its wounds; while we maintain a serious devout unconditional love for one another. There is much to celebrate throughout the years. Life undoubtedly creates challenges and at times and even makes the whole experience difficult; we must not lose heart. With God’s grace let us continue to love and cherish one another. Enjoy today’s reflections.

The Glorious Mysteries

1. The Resurrection – FAITH: We are united in God’s eye as one, and by His love we have faith in Him that our love will last for our entire lives together. Marriage isn’t about our own individual needs, it’s all about our combined dreams and hope and faith that keeps it going. Let us have the faith that God will help see us through each day, and each trial; under His protection He will bless us. Let us remain faithful to Him, “The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. “ 1 Timothy 1:14

2. The Ascension – HOPE: Together we unite our hopes and dreams; together we hope that the years ahead will be a blessing and Joy and it’ll be eternally special for us to share together. Dear Lord help us to have all that You so desire for us; in the hope that we fulfill your will in our lives. We fully trust in You Lord that with all our hearts, that You will fill us to overflowing levels with your faith, hope and love. In scripture it is said, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

3. The Descent of The Holy Spirit – LOVE: It was through God’s love for us, that we gain the knowledge of what true love really is. God loved us even though in our hearts we know we don’t deserve it; yet He loves us anyway. We have many flaws, many reasons and shortcomings that make us unworthy; yet God continues to love us unconditionally. Please Lord guides our hearts in love to find that same unconditional devotion and love to one another. Scriptures says, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.” Ephesians 5:25-17

4. The Assumption – ETERNAL HAPPINESS: Thank you Lord for always loving us; for never giving up on us and for dying so that we might live eternally with you in Heaven. Lord I ask that you help me see the eternal values in our Marriage, may I see how much our love is entwined in our love for You. Even though we can’t “see” love; I ask dear Lord that in our faith we eternally love one another through You. Our eyes must not lose sight of the love that is what it is in our love for another. Thank you Lord for always eternally loving us, “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:8-9

5. The Coronation – DEVOTION TO MOTHER MARY: How true this mystery is; our love and devotion together in faith, we Pray The Rosary together. You know Lord how powerful the Rosary is in the life of those who are faithful to You; let us further extend that faithfulness to one another when we Pray The Rosary together, loving and adoring You. It is through Mary that we find Jesus, let us pray that we find ourselves undivided in the focus and love we have You Lord. And may that devotion help guide us to be more deeply devoted to one another. In scripture we read, “I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 7:35


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, November 1, 2011

The Couples Rosary - Part 2

Beads of Joy 11-01-11

The Sorrowful Mysteries 
©2011 James Dacey, Jr. SFO




Hello Everybody,

And so our Couples Rosary Devotion continues in line with the days Rosary. I pray that all married couples are taking the time to work on their marriage, their relationship, and their issues. Marriage is a very special gift, sometimes we don’t fully understand each other, and that’s not always bad. Sometimes we just need to be more patient with one another. Allow God to touch your heart with His love, and in turn love your spouse with the same love. I hope you enjoy todays reflections..

The Sorrowful Mysteries

1. The Agony in the Garden –REPENTANCE: Yes Lord this can be difficult, but in any marriage, any healthy Godly marriage, we must be open and loving enough to know when we have done wrong. Jesus paid the price for our sins; He bore the burden of our sins and paid the price. Guide my heart oh Lord, to never allow our relationship to lose its peace and love to vanish, no matter how difficult times get. Scripture says, “Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38

2. The Scourging at the Pillar – MORTIFICATION: This mystery needs special attention Lord. I can’t allow the desire of the flesh, or the life of living to be more important than You. Please Lord lead me away from the things that pull my attention away from my spouse, I wish to die to my own selfishness. You teach us, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless." Ephesians :25-27

3. The Crowning of Thorns – HUMILITY: Marriage is about being very humble. When we became one, we place the other one before ourselves. Love does make sacrifices, sometimes ones we can handle, other times ones that hurt. Please Lord guide my heart to always put my spouse’s best interest first. I must do as scripture says, by remaining focused on You. “Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 10:39

4. The Carrying of the Cross – PATIENCE: There is no way any marriage stands a chance if we didn’t have patience with one another. It is love that inspires us to be patient with the one we love. Lord please guide my heart and my words to only be loving and forgiving in every single situation. Please Lord teach us to also bear each others crosses. My only desire is to serve you Lord through this union. Scripture is clear, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12

5. The Crucifixion of Jesus – LOVE OUR ENEMIES: Let us surrender completely to Jesus, by doing so His power will work through all that we do. The only way we can legitimately honestly forgive our enemies, is by the grace God has instilled in us. In this mystery Lord, please guide me and my spouse as we enter into challenging situations that create havoc and anger. Help me engrain the very words you teach us in the gospel, “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 6:14-15

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