Friday, May 31, 2013

The Visitation of the BVM

BEADS OF JOY 05-31-13
“The Visitation of the BVM”
©2013 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

(2nd Joyful Mystery)
Luke 1:39-56 “In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord." And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is on those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm, he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts, he has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of low degree; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent empty away. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity forever." And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her home.”



My Friends,

Today’s gospel is Luke 1:39-56 (Visitation / Canticle of Mary). Mary not only said yes, and trusted so unquestionably in God’s request, His Will for Mary; but that faith built the foundational block that brought our Lord to us through her womb. So many people have little respect for our Blessed Mother, I just can't comprehend their lack of it. Mary basically gave up her life completely and she did what God had asked of her and most importantly Mary never pursued her own desires, hobbies or interests. Obviously, only to some degree I guess I can say that. But let's face it, she couldn't have a public life, she couldn't boldly do things; lest she risk sharing her pregnancy. So her life was hidden for the most part, with the main objective to raise and love her Son. To help Him grow strong for what was ahead.

We'll never know the full heart and mind of Mary, but we do see and understand the sacrificial life she had. Her faith is such an example for anyone who believes in Jesus. For it was through Mary that Jesus came into this world and into our lives. Jesus didn't magically appear one day, and then Mary and Joseph stopped by the local hospital and adopted Him. No, God through the power of the Holy Spirit touched Mary's heart and she said “Yes” when the Angel Gabriel approached her at the Annunciation. We all know that if God asks you and you say no, He will find the heart that will say Yes to His will. But regardless to the fact that she could have said no, she didn't, instead she said yes. A choice that would change her life and ours for all eternity. Mary's mission ultimately became the first mission to believe solidly in God's will for Jesus in this world. The Holy Spirit is simply amazing, I know first-hand how powerful and genuine and impressionable the Holy Spirit is in one’s life. We just have to be open and be ready for the Holy Spirit to work miracles in our lives. It's not always easy to understand it all, but honestly I don't think we have to. That's where our faith and trust must come into all aspects of our lives.

Everywhere Mary went the Holy Spirit touched others. The Visitation in today's gospel tells us, "And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit" verse 41. This is a little bizarre but I guess that's what makes my blogs interesting at times. Remember "Mary Had a Little Lamb", bear with me for a moment, my mind has so many weird, useless things stored in it. LOL. I want you to think about this part of that for just a moment. "Everywhere that Mary went, the lamb was sure to go." Oh Lord does that not resonate to the full meaning and purpose Mary has been in our lives. To me that means if you are "into Mary" Jesus will surely be there; point being that you go to her to get to Him. Absolutely exciting joyful incredible news pondering that simple thought. Our faith can be as complicated as we so desire it to be; or we can keep it simple and to the point and spend all of our time loving Him. I prefer the simple life, of loving and worshiping my Lord while I adore and love His mother.

Mary is our role model, our Lord's Blessed Mother, and our mother. Let us embrace her and with the same faith in the same Holy Spirit as she had. Would we do what she did? Do we have that kind of courage and faith that she had? I really doubt it, yes we can say yes now, because of everything we know; but what about back then, Mary risked her life by saying yes. She didn't just say yes, because she had to, she didn't say yes, because she was told to; she said yes, because of her faith and trust in God's will for her in her life. She knew better than we could ever know now, the risk of an unmarried woman being pregnant in her time. She could have been stoned to death. Instead of worrying about her own selfishness in this life, she risked everything to fulfill God's will to bring to us our Savior. We really should be forever indebted to her for living such a life of sacrifice as she did. Just think of it this way, do we not love the priests and churches and the people in our communities who bring Jesus to us each week at Mass? Of cause we do. Now on that same thought, it was Mary who brought Him to us first, let us love her also. Trust in our Lord to guide your heart to loving her, simply pray, "Jesus, I trust in You".



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


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Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Luminous Mysteries

BEADS OF JOY 05-30-13
“The Luminous Mysteries”
©2013 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

My Friends,


In the Rosary we now have "The Luminous Mysteries". In 2002, Pope John Paul II blessed us with five simply amazing, exciting new mysteries that we see and learn even more about the works and ministry of our Lord Jesus. Our journey will begin with John the Baptist and end with the Eucharist. This is Jesus in action fulfilling His mission to save all of us. To me life is only as beautiful as it is because of Jesus, because He loves me so much, and because I can love Him so much back. I have used the word "immeasurable" many times when describing Jesus' love, and the joy it gives me.

The First Luminous Mystery is the Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan. It was John the Baptist who baptized our Lord. And it was through that baptism that all those present at that baptism heard the voice of God. The overwhelming excitement of hearing God's voice must have been incredible. “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:17


The Second Luminous Mystery is the miracle at The Wedding at Cana. Our Blessed Mother just knew that that was the time for her Son to begin His ministry and start His sharing His miracles with everyone. This particular miracle certainly blessed the newly married couple; as yes this miracle blesses all Godly marriages. There is so much in this mystery to share, Jesus is the true vine. I encourage you to embrace the rosary in your whole life like never before, you will be filled with so much joy. Mary always goes to her Son for us, just like she did for this newly married couple.

The Third Luminous Mystery is the Proclamation of the Kingdom of God. God's kingdom has begun. Jesus said, “Repent and believe the Good News.” Jesus calls all of us to conversion and repentance to live a life pleasing to Him and dedicated to Him. Let us all partake in the mission of sharing The Kingdom of God with everyone we know. To be too ashamed is so sad. Open your heart for others and help lead them to Jesus.


The Fourth Luminous Mystery is The Transfiguration of Jesus. Jesus is transformed before the disciples, God displays His Sons glory. The awe on the face of the disciples must have beyond words; their hearts must have instantly been filled with God's love. Oh how we to must find that same awe and feeling every time we just think of Jesus. Jesus waits for us, let us live a life that leads us to Him.

The Fifth Luminous Mystery is The Last Supper. It is here that Jesus gives us Himself in the Eucharist. We are so loved by Jesus that He has given us Himself to partake in every single time we go to Mass. "This is my body given up for you." What an absolutely perfect offering, from now on Jesus has been given to us by His eternal presence in the Holy Eucharist. The Luminous Mysteries add so much Joy to the Most Blessed Rosary. Pope John Paul II's wisdom and love for the Rosary has given us such a blessing as we meditate and pray pondering our thoughts on Jesus' life. Please continue embracing the rosary, you will find so much joy as you draw closer to Jesus.

Continue drawing yourself closer to Jesus through the Rosary. If you don’t already, I challenge you to embrace the Rosary and pray all 20 mysteries every single day…



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



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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Glorious Mysteries

BEADS OF JOY 05-29-13
“The Glorious Mysteries”
©2013 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

My Friends,


A time to celebrate, a time for all of us to scream and shout with JOY. Jesus has defeated death and He has opened the doors of all eternity up for all of us. Let us celebrate The Glorious Mysteries. All that suffering, all that bloodshed, all that pain, Alleluia!! Jesus has defeated death through the Will of the Father and His love for us. Praise and Glory and Honor to You Lord Jesus Christ –for loving all of us so much that you died for my (our) sins and in dying you were raised. I pray that everyone sees the magnificent glory and power in Jesus, and that they embrace Him with a full heart in the Rosary every single day.

The First Glorious Mystery is The Resurrection of Jesus. Jesus Christ has been risen! He has forever destroyed the power of death, death shall no longer have a hold us to this earth or its destructive ending. By this we shall join Jesus in all eternity in Heaven with the Father. Satan has been forever defeated. Death no longer has a hold on us. By this mystery our Faith should be solid, we shouldn’t fear sharing what we believe with others.


The Second Glorious Mystery is The Ascension of Jesus. Jesus has ascended to His Father's throne. We can now place our Hope and Trust in the promise that God has made to us for everlasting life. Jesus took on our human nature and He has brought our frail human bodies to God's throne. It is through this mystery that we have been raised with Jesus rather than simply returned to the earth without everlasting life.

The Third Glorious Mystery is The Descent of the Holy Spirit. We cannot save ourselves from within ourselves alone, Jesus knew this. So He gave us an advocate, a member of the blessed trinity to forever be with us. It is through the power of the Holy Spirit that we gain inspiration and instruction to live a life pleasing to God. Grounded in our Love for God, we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us and lead us, always to Jesus.


The Fourth Glorious Mystery is The Assumption of Mary into Heaven. Our dear blessed Mother has taken the journey to be united with her Son. She was taken up to Heaven in body and soul. Mary gives us so much hope in the journey we are taking by following her Son. A Happy Death indeed for a much deserved servant of the Lord; may we also be ready at all times to be united with our loving Lord.

The Fifth Glorious Mystery is The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven. The church has taught us that second to God is Mary. It is through her that the dignity of women is defended. It is through her womb that almighty God was created to become man; to live, breathe and die so that we might eternally live with Him. In order for her to give birth to Jesus, she had to be holy and pure. Her crown is a crown of glory. I pray that in your life and in your heart that you to develop a deep desire to love and praise Jesus through the rosary. To me the rosary is the most perfect prayer, so fully focused on Jesus that my love for Him deepens all the more. The more I pray the rosary, the more I Love Mary – The more I love Jesus.

Embrace the Rosary as your favorite prayer, it will change your life forever. Keep a Rosary with you at all times. Grab hold of it as often as you can and think of Jesus and our Lady constantly as you hold them.



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



MY FIRST BOOK. More to come…
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Sorrowful Mysteries

BEADS OF JOY 05-28-13
“The Sorrowful Mysteries”
©2013 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

My Friends,


Now let us take a look at some of the very sorrowful moments in our Lord's life. Jesus willingly died for us, so that through His death we might live eternally with Him and the Father for all eternity in Heaven. I believe that it is The Sorrowful Mysteries, draw us closest to our Lord. I think our hearts cry out as we watch Him suffer, we see Him bleed and we see His flesh teared from His Holy Sacred body. I know when I watch the Scourging at the Pillar in the Passion of the Christ I can't help but cry and my cry –is that of my insides being teared apart. The Sorrowful Mysteries indeed are the most moving emotionally to so many of us.

The First Sorrowful Mystery is the Agony of Jesus in the Garden. Agony is such a powerful word, it feels like something deep within our soul is trying to deal with something outside our body, but in the attempt to connect it can't. His agony is for our despicable sins and His desire to forgive us and save us. We must dig deep inside ourselves and surrender "self" and give it to Jesus and in turn surrender ourselves to His Will, no matter what the cost. This mystery leads us to understand what fully surrendering means; no matter what the circumstances, when it comes to love.


The Second Sorrowful Mystery is the Scourging at the Pillar. What an intense time for our Lord to endure, His body was being lashed and beaten for my (our) sins. He suffered and bled like no one ever has, not for something He, rather because of the sin you and I committed. My heart and soul cried and screamed out loud just at the thought of my Lord and Savior having to go through this punishment because of me. We must think before we do these things. Don’t allow the sins of this world to entangle themselves around you; this world is destined to its own judgment. Do not allow yourself to be connected to such a wicked and perverse generation. In this mystery let us open our hearts and minds and free ourselves of this sinful world. Live in the world, but don’t be of the world.

The Third Sorrowful Mystery is the Crowning with Thorns. It's bad enough that they beat Him and scourged His body to near death, now they furthered His suffering by pressing a crown of thorns on His head. The strength and power our Lord has is obvious without limits, but how cruel to further bring Him pain. The Roman Soldiers had no concern for Jesus, there only job was to humiliate and shame Him in front of everyone. This mystery teaches us not to be afraid of public humiliation for our Love for Jesus.


The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery is Jesus Carrying His Cross. What incredible patience our Lord has while being under such horrific physical stress. It's medically been said that under any normal circumstances an average healthy strong person would have died after all the abuse He has already endured. Jesus my Lord, I am so sorry for my many sins, I cry and scream and beg for them to stop hurting You, I love you so much... Let’s have this mystery teach us to endure our personal Cross, no matter how much it already hurts.

The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery is the Crucifixion. I have to say after all this pain inflicted upon our Lord, we know He seen the crucifixion as His gift to us. It is for this very moment that He was born into the world. His death has given us eternal life; and it is through His death that we see our sins that we must die to. Let us suffer with Him, let us carry our own crosses of sin and have them crucified and repent before our Lord. He wants to forgive us, He wants to embrace us. Let us live a life fully devoted to Him, let us not fear any suffering we must endure to attain His love. He is our reward in this life, our refuge from the sinful world we live in.

Trust in Jesus, fear no pain as you draw closer to Him.


If your biggest fear is “Oh, I can’t let anyone know I love Jesus and I most especially can’t let anyone know I love praying the Rosary.” I will pray for you, that is said my friend. You should be overflowing with Jesus every single day with everyone.


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



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Monday, May 27, 2013

The Joyful Mysteries

BEADS OF JOY 05-27-13
“The Joyful Mysteries”
©2013 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

My Friends,


The Rosary is undoubtedly one of the most loved prayers in the world. Our Lady's example of unselfishness, and obedience to God, teaches us that trusting God in all things; even that which we don't fully understand is so important. Today we are going to look at "The Joyful Mysteries". It's always exciting and absolutely joyous (pun intended. lol) to share the joy of the rosary, and what better way to do that than by starting with the Joyful Mysteries. Some people really have no clue about the rosary, I know that's hard to believe, others think we are worshipping Mary. I guess the only way you'll ever know, is that you need to spend all your time with Jesus when you are praying your rosary.

The First Joyful Mystery is the Annunciation. It is simply incredible and most encouraging to see how critical it is that we all respond to God's call every day. We really don't know how important that call will be Trusting in Him is indeed a huge step in our faith. God's will for us, could be something as simple as Him using us as an instrument to get His message out to others. Have this desire in you: “God’s Will to become Your Desire.” That my friends is the blessing of living the gospel, the mysteries in your life, every single day.

The Second Joyful Mystery is the Visitation. This is generosity at its best. Our dear Blessed Mother teaches us here –that being generous to others, no matter what our current state is –is so important. We must be Christ like in all we do. Serving others indeed should be a mission we all should personally seek. “Others” that’s the Key focus of this wonderful, joyous mystery.

The Third Joyful Mystery is the Birth of Jesus. Jesus Christ is born, let us celebrate Christmas all over the world, every single day we can. It is in this mystery that we should reflect on the “Simplicity of our life.” Jesus Christ was born in the most humble of places, at a level of poverty most of us could never ever fathom. Yet in that poverty, the joy of this simplicity is immeasurable. Embrace your challenges, hang on to all the challenges you have blessed with. I say that with experience, watching my spouse suffer with an illness that very well may take her life, insurance issues, having to move, car issues and my health got added to the plate. Embrace your Cross, love your Cross, Thank Jesus for entrusting you with this – blessed life.


The Fourth Joyful Mystery is The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. Absolute obedience to the law –Mary and Joseph obeyed the laws of God. There obedience shows us how the simplest of lives focused fully on God can bring us so much joy. “Being with Jesus”, that’s what this all about. There is no excuse that we should accept for not praying each day. There is also no excuse acceptable why we should miss Mass. In fact we should be trying to attend Mass as often as we possibly can, yes that includes weekdays and Saturdays.

The Fifth Joyful Mystery is The Finding of Jesus in the Temple. We must seek Him out, and do His will. Even if while we do so, it takes us out of the circle of security and familiar surroundings. Sometimes in order for us to do God's will we must “Leave everything to find Him.” 
The Joyful Mysteries are indeed most Joyous. I pray that you can find that "sweet spot" in your life that in your service and obedience to God you are blessed with an immeasurable amount of joy. Nothing in this world can give us the same abundant joy that is found in God, His word, or His Rosary. Embrace the rosary, allow that chain and those tiny beads to draw you ever so much closer to Jesus.

Spend time praying your rosary every day.
Pray that you find the overflowing JOY every single bead has embedded inside it.



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



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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Solemnity of The Holy Trinity

BEADS OF JOY 05-26-13
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
©2013 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

Gospel: (John 16:12-15 / Most Blessed Trinity)

I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”

My Friends,

Today is the feast of the Most Blessed Trinity. Today’s feast encourages us to reflect on the mystery of God's own life, as he has revealed it to us, and to reflect on how our ultimate vocation as his creatures is to share his life. The Trinity reminds us that there's always a part of God that remains mysteriously and incomprehensibly –in us –with us, so that the Christian life has a large element of prayer and contemplation in it, to make God more comprehensible to us which draws into the mystery of his life.


In the gospel Jesus declares that there are many more things he could communicate about God to the disciples but that “they would be too much for you now”. But when the Holy Spirit comes, he says, the Spirit will lead the disciples to the “complete truth”, as Jesus puts it. It's a way of speaking that reminds us - if we need reminding - that there's always a large element, of God that lies beyond our grasp and beyond our comprehension.

Our culture places so little value on quiet and stillness and contemplation and that’s no surprise. So many people have their appetite for God stifled by the noise and distraction that they create in their own restlessness. There's also a tendency among many church people to neglect the basic elements of personal spiritual life and a call to holiness. The value of today's feast is amidst the distractions and bustle with which we're liable to surround ourselves, it calls us back to God as He is in Himself and the great mystery of His most holy inner life. It calls us back to the fact that our basic personal vocation is to share that life with others as we maneuver our way through this life.



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


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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Embrace Your Cross

BEADS OF JOY 05-25-13
“Embrace Your Cross”
©2013 James Dacey, Jr. OFS



My Friends,

How can anyone be expected to show love for us when we constantly reject them and spit in their face? Yes that was a hard sentence to begin this with, but truthful to the heart when you think about it. Jesus died for us, He took on every single sin, every single burden, including a humiliating painful death; and He took it from us, so that through Him we might attain eternal life. My friends, Jesus Christ LOVES us so much. The power that is on that cross is beyond the power of anything, and everyone in this entire world. Almighty God has placed His only Son on a cross to save us, why would anybody do that? It's because He loves us so much. God who is love, who is life, who creates life, who has made male and female in His own image; took His only begotten Son and had Him beaten almost to death, then humiliated and spit upon in order to save all of us from our death; so that we can be with Him for all eternity. It is through Jesus' death on that cross that we can enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. He was sent to pay the price for our sins. We must do all we can in this life to make sure to the best of our ability, that we indeed spend eternity with Him. A huge price has been paid for our salvation. A man, a man of God was put in our place, to die for us.

The world we live in will deceive us, it will mislead us; it will do all it can make sure that we do not spend eternity in Heaven. We must love Jesus before we can love or even forgive anyone else in our lives. This life was never meant to be lived so freely, so safe that getting to Heaven would be such a breeze. On the contrary, satan has been given power of the earth and he has become a master of deceit and destruction. He will make us not believe things that we question. Think of satan as a parasite. Yes a parasite, very small, very unnoticed, yet very destructive over time. Little by little we have doubts, we have questions, we're not sure, life seems like it's going to go one forever. We can always ask for forgiveness, we're not hurting anybody, and we can go on and on. Time to remove the parasites, the poison, the lies; and it's time to stay true to God. It's not going to be easy, we will suffer with Jesus and we will at times feel uncomfortable. But in time and with God's grace we will prevail and we will defeat all that is evil while we are here.

We need to know that our addictions are the devil's greatest weapon against us, along with our attitude that we carry with them. Many people think, myself included, "I'm not hurting anybody, and besides it's not a public thing, I'm home." Meanwhile our lives, our souls, our hearts, and our families are being destroyed from within. Seeds of lies and deceit are filling us with all the acceptable reasons and excuses we give ourselves so that we can continue sinning. How can we be reborn when we are old? How is that possible? How can we change? How can we be any different than the person we have always been? How Lord??!!! What must I do to inherit eternal life? If I am to be reborn, what should be my first step, how do I know I am reborn in the Spirit? My heart and soul scream up to Heaven in a crying, sobbing voice, begging Jesus to guide me, to show me, to almost carry me. I can't do this alone, I am so weak, and my weakness comes from my inability to stop my addiction. Satan has me in a strangle hold and he keeps stabbing and jabbing my heart with his anger towards God. Please Lord, help me break free from this bondage, help me never be squeezed in the hands of satan ever again.

It is only by your love for me Lord that I can break free from this pain. It is only by your death, a horrible, painful, humiliating death on a cross that I will be set free from the strong hold of such an evil being as satan. It is only by my love given back to you and telling and showing others how much I love you. It is only by my humiliation on my knees before the cross begging for your forgiveness of the horrible pain I have inflicted upon you with my sins. I must die to my old self, I must never return to that old wretched miserable, sinful person, I once was. I must turn away and never return to the vomit of my life. Jesus you alone, no one else must remain my only central focus, nothing can or should ever come before you. We all know that life doesn't always make sense. Each day we experience, pain, suffering, joy, loneliness, happiness, no understanding as to why. Then we look around and we see Jesus and in many ways it all makes sense. We must look at Him first, then everything else makes sense. There is so much power in the cross.


Don’t be afraid to embrace your Cross.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Always Pray The Rosary

BEADS OF JOY 05-24-13
“Always Pray The Rosary”
©2013 James Dacey, Jr. OFS



My Friends,

Everyone knows that The Rosary Man will always share and promote the Rosary devotion to all. Thirty (30) years and still moving forward, unceasingly sharing The Joy of The Rosary with everyone. LOL. If you are able to and if your heart feels led, pray more than just one Rosary a day. Sometimes it takes further knowledge about the spiritual power that is in a single Rosary; and then other times it just takes time for our hearts to desire the sounding echo of those beautiful prayers each day. I can't example the excitement, contentment, and complete "at peace" that I personally feel when I hold my Rosary Beads and begin my prayers. Some have asked me, “What are your methods of praying the Rosary?” I really don't have any special method that is any different than anyone else; in fact I prefer it as simple as possible. The only difference is that to me, the Rosary is a daily, ongoing prayer. In other words, as soon one Rosary is completed, I have already plotted and planned where and when I will begin the next. Some people just can't relate to that. Is it an addiction? I don't know, how would you define an addiction? I do hear comments that I am goofy and immature and joking around all the time. But I can explain that, "I am drunk on the Lord." The Joy I have supersedes anything I can actually handle, so it spews out of me like a "love-sick crack head'. I know I just stole that from Kasha, but it's true, with how I feel about Jesus, His Mother, St. Joseph, the Holy Spirit, the disciples, and I could go on and on. I'll go further with those lyrics, because in essence to them, they say exactly how I feel about the Rosary that is all about Jesus. "What you've got (LORD) is hard to find. Think about (YOU) all the time. I'm all strung up -my heart is fried. I just can’t get you off my mind."

Now let's look further into how someone can get so excited and all wound up about the Rosary. Did you ever hear about the book called, "The Secret of the Rosary", by St. Louis Marie de Montfort? If you didn't, you really need to either get a copy of it, they are usually only $1-$2 a copy. Back when we had our Rosary Makers Guild we use to give away hundreds of them. Here are some excerpts that show you how exciting a read this most precious book is. In fact here is a free online version of it for you to enjoy:
http://www.sanpiodapietrelcina.org/english/secret.htm

28th Rose - 88. Our Lady one day revealed to Blessed Alan de la Roche that, after the holy sacrifice of the Mass, which is the first and most living memorial of our Lord's passion, there was indeed no more excellent devotion or one of greater merit than that of the Rosary, which is like a second memorial and representation of the life and passion of Jesus Christ.

45th Rose - 129. I would like to add that the Rosary ought to be said reverently, that is to say, it ought to be said as much as possible, kneeling, with hands joined, clasping the rosary. However, if you are ill, you can, of course, say it in bed; or if one is traveling it can be said while walking; if, on account of some infirmity, you cannot kneel you can say it standing or sitting. You can even say it while working if your duties do not allow you to leave your job, for work with ones hands is not always incompatible with vocal prayer.

46th Rose - 134. Finally, when the Rosary is said in common, it is far more formidable to the devil, because in this public prayer it is an army that is attacking him. He can often overcome the prayer of an individual, but if it is joined to that of others, the devil has much more trouble in getting the best of it. It is easy to break a single stick; but if you join it to others to make a bundle, it cannot be broken. Vis unita fit fortior. Soldiers join together in an army to overcome their enemies; immoral people often come together for parties of debauchery and dancing; evil spirits join forces in order to make us lose our souls. Why, then, should not Christians join forces to have Jesus Christ present with them, to appease the anger of God, to draw down his grace and mercy on us, and to frustrate and overcome the devil more forcefully?

Do you see now, how exciting the Rosary can be? I bounce off the walls every single day just from the mere fact that I can think of all the Joy I find in them there little beads, 20 decades, 20 mysteries, 20 thoughts of Jesus and Mary throughout my every day. Actually I don't even have to go that far, I just ponder on all twenty mysteries and I am so filled with so much Joy. There is more than enough Joy in the Rosary for all to receive personally. We must always remember that it is Our Lady who always brings us to Our Lord in the Rosary. And another very joyful exciting part of praying the Rosary is that is "family" in design. We go to the Father, to get to Our Mother, to get to her Son. All roads lead to Jesus. Jesus is all we need, nothing at all is needed in our life to bring Joy into our Life. Nothing! Once you can embrace the Joy that is inside those beads you will be endlessly overflowing with so much Joy; that nothing in this life will ever be able to give you the same Joy.

Look at how precious and magnificent these mysteries are:

The Joyful Mysteries
1. The Annunciation- Luke 1:26-38
The Fruit of this mystery - Humility
2. The Visitation- Luke 1:41-42
The Fruit of this mystery - Love of Neighbor
3. The Birth of Jesus- Luke 2:1-20
The Fruit of this mystery - Embrace Poverty
4. Presentation of Jesus- Luke 2:22-23
The Fruit of this mystery - Obedience to the Law
5. Finding of Jesus in the Temple- Luke 2:41-52
The Fruit of this mystery - Joy in Finding Jesus

The Luminous Mysteries
1. Baptism of Jesus- Matthew 3:1-17
The Fruit of this mystery - Open to the Holy Spirit
2. The Wedding at Cana- Luke 2:1-11
The Fruit of this mystery - Mary Directs Us To Jesus
3. Jesus Proclaiming The Kingdom- Matthew 10:7-8
The Fruit of this mystery - Trusting In God
4. Transfiguration of Jesus- Matthew 17:1-9
The Fruit of this mystery - Pure Desire To Be Holy
5. Institution of the Eucharist- Luke 22:19-20
The Fruit of this mystery - Adoration of Jesus

The Sorrowful Mysteries
1. Agony In The Garden - Mark 14:35-39
The Fruit of this mystery - Sad for our sins
2. Scourging At The Pillar - Mark 15:15
The Fruit of this mystery - Purity
3. Crowning With Thorns - Matthew 27:28-30
The Fruit of this mystery - Courage
4. Carrying Of The Cross - Mark 15:20
The Fruit of this mystery - Patience
5. The Crucifixion - Mark 15:21-25
The Fruit of this mystery - Perseverance

The Glorious Mysteries
1. The Resurrection - Matthew 27:60-28:9
The Fruit of this mystery - Faith
2. The Ascension of Jesus into Heaven - Mark 16:19
The Fruit of this mystery - Hope
3. Descent of The Holy Spirit - Acts 2:1-8
The Fruit of this mystery - Love For God
4. Mary's Assumption into Heaven - Luke 1:46-50
The Fruit of this mystery - Grace For a Happy Death
5. The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven - Judith 15:9-10
The Fruit of this mystery - Trust in Mary's Intercession

Here's a wonderful link on How To Pray The Rosary:
http://www.rosary-center.org/howto.htm

St. Alphonsus de Liguori says, "Nothing can set hearts ablaze with love for God like the Blessed Sacrament; and, the Blessed Virgin, through Her Rosary is the Treasure of Grace;" that gently leads us to her Son.

APOSTOLIC JOURNEY OF HIS HOLINESS JOHN PAUL II TO POLAND (MAY 31-JUNE 10, 1997)
RECITATION OF THE ROSARY ADDRESS OF JOHN PAUL II
http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/travels/documents/hf_jp-ii_spe_07061997_rosary_en.html

"Jesus, I trust You."


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

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Glorious Mysteries w/RosaryManJim

BEADS OF JOY 05-22-13
“The Glorious Mysteries w/RosaryManJim”
©2013 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

The Glorious Mysteries
1. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
2. The Ascension of Jesus into Heaven
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit
4. The Assumption of Mary into Heaven
5. The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven



My Friends,

Together let us Pray The Glorious Mysteries… I absolutely love Praying The Rosary. These past 30 years have been beyond incredible when it comes to the depths of love I have for my Lord and our Lady. These are my own personal prayers, I hope you enjoy them and use them often. God Bless You Always!!!


1. The Resurrection (Faith) Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. An angel appeared and said, "Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for He has been raised just as He said." (Matthew 28:1-10)Dear Lord, my heart breaks for You seeing you suffer such a horrible death. Your love for me is unlike any other love I have ever known. I am so undeserving of all that You continue to give to me. In this mystery Lord I rejoice in Thanksgiving and Praise for Your mighty defeat of death. I give to You my love, my allegiance and a FAITH in You that shall last a lifetime, beyond eternity. Thank You Lord –Amen.”

(At each Hail Mary…)
1. The body of Jesus is placed in the tomb on the evening of Good Friday.
2. His soul descends into the realm of the dead to announce to the Just the tidings of their redemption.
3. Fearing the body of Jesus will be taken, the chief priests place guards at the tomb.
4. On the third day Jesus rises from the dead, glorious and immortal.
5. The earth quakes as the angel rolls back the stone, the guards flee in terror.
6. The holy women coming to anoint the body of Jesus are amazed and frightened to find the tomb open.
7. An angel calms their fears: "He is not here. He has risen as He said."
8. Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene and Peter and two disciples on the way to Emmaus.
9. That evening He appears to the apostles behind locked doors: "Peace be unto you ... do not be afraid."
10. Jesus breathes on them and gives them the power to forgive sin.

2. The Ascension of Our Lord (Hope) As Jesus blessed them He parted from them and was taken up to heaven. (Luke 24:50-53) Dear Lord, my love has only deepened for You. And now more than ever I can see how much You love me. In this wonderful glorious mystery You have given me so much HOPE, so much to look forward to. My heart swells with love and peace and joy on this most blessed glorious day. Thank You Lord for allowing me to love Your Mother so much, she has been such a blessing. –Amen

(At each Hail Mary…)
1. Jesus remains on earth forty days after His Resurrection to prove He has truly risen from the dead.
2. He commissions the apostles to preach the gospel to every creature, and promises to be with them forever.
3. He will not leave them orphans, but will send the Holy Spirit to enlighten and strengthen them.
4. Jesus proceeds to Mt. Olivet accompanied by His Mother and the apostles and disciples.
5. Extending His pierced hands over all in a last blessing, He ascends into heaven.
6. As He ascends a cloud takes Him from their sight.
7. Jesus ascends to take His place at the right hand of the Father.
8. What a jubilation there must be amid the angels of heaven at the triumphant entry of Jesus.
9. The wounds in His glorified body are an endless plea before the Father on our behalf.
10. The disciples leave Mt. Olivet and "return to Jerusalem with great joy."

3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Zeal) Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, "Peace be with you. Receive the Holy Spirit." (John 14:15-31) Dear Lord, You have returned to see us again, in the very room we ate our last meal together in; and You have come back bearing gifts for us. This is a most blessed mystery to celebrate. I have come to understand The Holy Spirit in such a way that my heart beats faster and my Love and Joy are deeper, deeper than ever before. When you and the Father look upon each other, and the love You share between one another -fills Your hearts, You both sigh.. that sigh, that breathe is THE HOLY SPIRIT… That is so exciting. Thank You Lord, I love You so much. `Amen”

(At each Hail Mary…)
1. The apostles are gathered in the upper room where Jesus had held the Last Supper.
2. They are persevering in prayer with Mary the Mother of Jesus.
3. A sound comes from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it fills the whole house.
4. The Holy Spirit descends on each of them in the form of tongues of fire.
5. Filled with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, they are enlightened and strengthened to spread the gospel.
6. Having lost all fear of the Jewish leaders, the apostles boldly preach Christ crucified.
7. The multitudes are confounded because every man hears them speak in his own tongue.
8. The Holy Spirit comes upon the Infant Church never to leave it.
9. That first day Peter goes forth to preach and baptizes three thousand.
10. The feast of Pentecost is the birthday of the Church, for on that day it begins to grow.

4. The Assumption (Happy Death)"Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory." (From Munificentissimus Deus (1950): DS 3903) Dear Lord, Mary Your Mother is most precious and I am ever grateful that You have allowed me to love her so much. She is well deserved of this most glorious mystery. Not a day goes by that I don’t turn to her and love her, as she always directs me to You. A HAPPY DEATH indeed to a much loved woman who has been by Your side always my Lord. –Amen”

(At each Hail Mary…)
1. After the apostles have dispersed, the Blessed Mother goes to live with John, the beloved disciple.
2. Mary lives many years on earth after the death of Christ.
3. She is a source of comfort, consolation and strength to the apostles.
4. As she had nourished the infant Jesus, so she nourishes spiritually the infant Church.
5. Mary dies, not of bodily infirmity, but is wholly ravished in a rapture of divine love.
6. Her body as well as her soul is taken up into heaven.
7. After her burial the apostles go to the tomb and find only fragrant lilies.
8. Jesus does not permit the sinless body of His Mother to decay in the grave.
9. Corruption of the body is an effect of original sin from which Mary is totally exempted.
10. The bodies of all mankind, at the last judgment, will be brought back and united again to the soul.

5. The Coronation (Love for Mary)"We believe that the Holy Mother of God, the new Eve, Mother of the Church, continues in heaven to exercise her maternal role on behalf of the members of Christ." (From the Solemn Profession of Faith: Credo of the People of God) Dear Lord, Mary most Blessed, Your Mother deserves to be Queen in Heaven and on Earth. Your Mother Lord, is our Mother. She always leads us to You. My LOVE FOR MARY is without measure. Each day in my Rosary I turn to her, and she comforts me as she leads me to You. A most Blessed Queen that the world shall ever know. Thank You Lord for loving her so much. `Amen.”

(At each Hail Mary…)
1. As Mary enters heaven, the entire court of heaven greets with joy this masterpiece of God's creation.
2. Mary is crowned by her divine Son as Queen of heaven and earth.
3. More than we can ever know the Hearts of Jesus and Mary overflow with joy at this reunion.
4. Only in heaven will we know the great majesty of that coronation, and the joy it gave to the angels and saints.

5. Even the angels, who by nature are greater than humans, Hail Mary as their Queen.
6. Mary shares so fully in the glory of Christ because she shared so fully in his suffering.
7. Only in heaven will we see how central the role of Mary is in the divine plan of redemption.
8. The angels and saints longed for the coming of her whose heel crushes the head of the serpent.
9. Mary pleads our cause as a most powerful Queen and a most merciful and loving Mother.
10. A great sign appeared in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.



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


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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Your Adversaries Are Powerless

BEADS OF JOY 05-21-13
“Your Adversaries Are Powerless”
©2013 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

My Friends,

The real enemy is satan, we all know he is a liar and murderer. Satan tries to use fear against those who live a life devoted to Jesus. He is hostile and fearful towards Jesus' love, truth and forgiveness and it so obvious that he too must know in the end that Jesus shall reign for all eternity. With all that said, let us remain strong and bold without fear. He cannot hurt us.

Let us have no fear only trust in the direction our Lord is leading us in our lives. Satan's objective is to deceive us, while the sins he leads us to binds us and blinds us. It is God's truth that sets us free from not only our sins; but from the blindness that the sins create. In Luke 21:19 Jesus says: “By your endurance you will gain your lives.” By doing this you will certainly inherit eternal life. How do we gain this “endurance” that He speaks of it in our lives?

Endurance is a spiritual gift that comes from the Holy Spirit. This gift gives us strength during trials and temptations, and courage in times of persecution. In our endurance we must have hope in God's love, never fearing that the enemy will win. We know Jesus wins in the end, our endurance will build our faith and our character as Christians. Jesus willingly died for us, He shed His blood for our salvation. We are all called to also do like He has done for each other, while we take up our own crosses and go through this life. Each of us will be given our own Cross, one chosen specifically for each of us. And to compliment that Cross, God will give us –that which we can handle. So matter how heavy it gets, know that God has taken into account exactly what we can handle.

I believe the question we are faced with is: Are we as Christians ready and willing to lay down our lives for Jesus? Not many people would come out yelling and screaming yes in today's times. I know I would. Would you? How can we live a life surrender completely to God, then in times of trials and persecution where we must stand for Jesus and what we believe, we don't. Satan and all his evil is powerless against us. At the mere speaking of His name, we overpower the enemy. Our allegiance isn’t only in word, God knows our heart, our intentions and our ulterior motives. Stay pure before Him, loving Him with a heart that is indeed full of our love for Him.



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

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Pentecost Sunday

BEADS OF JOY 05-19-13
“Pentecost Sunday”
©2013 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

Gospel: (John 20:19-23 / Pentecost Sunday)

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came  and stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you." When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you." And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

My Friends,

PENTECOST SUNDAY:  No other God shall be so vibrant and alive inside our hearts as the one we all love and adore. Jesus Christ is our Lord and our Savior, our friend and our brother. He alone is ALL we need to be filled with His Joy, His Love, to be content and to be secure when times get scary. Remain strong my sisters and brothers, because He is rock solid strong inside us. I personally can carry Chrissy through her challenges, because Jesus carries me. And I can gain all the strength I need, because He carries me. Today's gospel is exciting, and it should make you bold in your faith; today we are reflecting on John 20:19-23 (Jesus' Appearance to the Disciples ~ Pentecost Sunday). Jesus promised the disciples the gift of the Holy Spirit, but it was contingent to His death, Resurrection and Ascension.

Do you know the incredible thing here is the exact parallel that God and Jesus have done to instill life. God breathe physical life into man, while Jesus breathe spiritual life into the disciples, and us. The faith-filled, life in the Spirit life has now been brought to the world. Do we pray to the Holy Spirit for strength, guidance, and wisdom? As I go through these challenge we are facing in our families life; I find that the Holy Spirit does all those things for me in my life and more. God's wisdom allowed the Holy Spirit to be so close to our heart beat; that the quiet voice of God can be heard. Our faith-filled life is such a blessing not only to us; but it is such a blessing to all those around us, who's hearts we can touch with that part of God we all have within us to share. This kind of a gift isn't one that should be embraced and put in a safe place and locked up. Rather it should give away over and over again. No matter how much we give away, we will always have more to give.

Come on everybody: Do we really hunger for the life in the Spirit inside of us? And do we really want the Spirit to come alive? The answer is obvious, yes! The excitement, the joy, the overwhelming power inside me, is the Holy Spirit, it is partly the reason why I am so wound up all the time. The greatest reason why I love our ministry so much, is that the Holy Spirit is self-empowering. The Holy Spirit gives us everything we need to honor, worship and love God with all our hearts, without ever needing to seek anything else. This is what I say to you, "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. Scripture helps us understand the Holy Spirit of God even more. Thirty (30) years of JESUS and MARY has given me the most incredible life ever lived.

It is the power, and the excitement, and the joy that is in the Holy Spirit that is so alive inside me. No matter what we are going through, no matter how difficult it is. I allow the Holy Spirit to come to life inside me and explode with excitement. I love how exciting and how much I feel so willing and excited to share Jesus. I see how the Spirit is alive and how the Spirit seeks to draw others to Jesus. Please open your hearts to The Holy Spirit today and everyday...



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


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Saturday, May 18, 2013

St. Felix Porri of Cantalice

BEADS OF JOY 05-18-13
St. Felix Porri of Cantalice

©2013 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

My Friends,

Today is the Feast day of
St. Felix Porri of Cantalice.

Felix Porri was born in the year 1515, in Cantalice, Italy. He received the habit of the Capuchin Friars in 1543. For forty years he served as quaestor in the city of Rome, giving a wonderful example of simplicity, innocence and charity. In continual prayer and humble joy he walked the streets of Rome helping the sick and the poor. He was called “Friar Deo Gratias” because of his custom of greeting the people with these words. Felix's was so successful in his work that during the famine of 1580, the political leader of Rome asked the Capuchins if they would 'lend' Felix to them so he could collect food and provisions for the entire city.  The Capuchins agreed and Felix embraced his new task. 

Felix had a great love for Our Blessed Mother, and he prayed to her for several hours each evening. It was even said that she appeared to him and placed the child Jesus in his arms. He used to commend to her care the people who provided food for the friars.

When he was nearly eighty he finally had to give up work. He said, "The ass can do no more; he has fallen down." As he lay dying he composed and sang a new hymn that he repeated for several days: -

Jesus, Jesus, O my love,
why delay? Come, take my heart;
and neither now nor e'er again
give back my heart to me.


 
Felix died on the feast of Pentecost, 18 May 1587. He was beatified by Pope Urban VIII in 1625 and canonized by Pope Clement XI in 1712. From the beginning of the Capuchin reform in the early sixteenth century, Felix has been regarded as the friar who best embodied its spirit. His Feast is celebrated on May 18.

"Cross of Christ on my forehead, Word of Christ in my mouth. Love of Christ in my heart!" ~St Felix
      

"Eyes on the ground, heart in heaven. rosary in hand." ~St Felix


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

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

BEADS OF JOY 05-12-13
“Happy Mother’s Day”
©2013 James Dacey, Jr. OFS


My Friends,

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY !!!!

Today is a most special day, unlike any all year. Today we celebrate with tremendous love, our love for our Mom. The woman to whom we turn to day to day and love and respect as mom; and to our Blessed Mother who gave us Jesus, and who speaks to Jesus for us. We love you mama Mary !!!

Special Happy Mother's Day !! 
...to my amazing. precious, darling wife: Chrissy
(my sugar pie honey-bunch)
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH !!!
Your brother in Christ Jesus
And His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

20 Decade Rosary Devotion

BEADS OF JOY 05-11-13
“20 Decade Rosary Devotion”
©2013 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

My Friends,

Originally written and posted back in October 2006 on Myspace, back in the earlier days of our ministry. I hope all these meditations are really helpful to all of you. Each reflection (1-10) are for each of the “Hail Mary’s” in each decade.




(extended version)
The Joyous Mysteries

The Joyous Mysteries are usually said on Mondays and Saturdays.

1. The Annunciation (Humility) The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth. And coming to Mary, he said, "Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you." (
Luke 1:26-28)
1. The time for the Incarnation is at hand.
2. Of all women God prepared Mary from her conception to be the Mother of the Incarnate Word.
3. The Angel Gabriel announces: "Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with thee."
4. Mary wonders at this salutation.
5. The Angel assures her: "Fear not . . . you shall conceive in your womb, and give birth to a Son."
6. Mary is troubled for she has made a vow of virginity.
7. The Angel answers that she will conceive by the power of the Holy Spirit, and her Son will be called the Son of God.
8. The Incarnation awaits Mary's consent.
9. Mary answers: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to your word."
10. The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.

2. The Visitation (Charity) Mary set out and traveled to the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb." (
Luke 1:39-45)

1. Mary's cousin Elizabeth conceived a son in her old age . . . for nothing is impossible with God.
2. Charity prompts Mary to hasten to visit Elizabeth in the hour of her need.
3. The journey to Elizabeth's home is about eighty miles requiring four or five days.
4. Though long and arduous, the journey is joyous, for Mary bears with her the Incarnate Word.
5. At Mary's salutation, John the Baptist is sanctified in his mother's womb.
6. Elizabeth exclaims: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb."
7. "How have I deserved that the mother of my Lord should come to me?"
8. "Blessed is she who believed that the Lord's words to her would be fulfilled."
9. Mary replies: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit finds joy in God my Savior."
10. Mary serves her cousin in all humility for three months until the birth of John the Baptist.


3. The Birth of Our Lord (Love of God) And Mary gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger . . . And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests." (Luke 2:1-20)
1. Joseph and Mary go to Bethlehem to comply with the decree of Caesar Augustus.
2. The hour for Mary to give birth is near, but there is no room in the inn.
3. In the stillness of the night, the Savior is born in a cave, Mary remaining a Virgin.
4. She wraps Him in swaddling clothes and lays Him in a manger.
5. In unspeakable joy Mary gathers to her bosom the Flower of her virginity.
6. Jesus enters the world in poverty to teach the lesson of detachment from earthly things.
7. The angel announces to the shepherds: "Today there is born to you in the town of David a Savior, Who is Christ the Lord."
8. The angelic choruses sing: "Glory to God in the highest, and peace to His people on earth."
9. The shepherds come to the stable to pay homage to the Infant Jesus.
10. The Magi come to adore the Holy Child and offer Him gifts.

4. The Presentation in the Temple (Purity) Mary and Joseph took the baby Jesus to the Temple to present him to the Lord. At the temple Simeon and Anna came forward, gave thanks to God and spoke about Jesus to all who were present. (
Luke 2:22-38)

1. Observing the Law of Moses they take Jesus to the temple to present Him to the Lord.
2. According to the Law the firstborn male child of every family should be consecrated to the Lord.
3. Mary offers her Son to the Father, then ransoms Him back at the price paid by the poor.
4. Jesus is not subject to the law of Moses, yet to teach obedience, submits to it.
5. Mary is not subject to the law of purification, yet in humility she submits to it.
6. God had revealed to Simeon that he would not see death until he had seen the Messiah.
7. Recognizing the Child, he prays: "Now you can dismiss your servant in peace. You have fulfilled your word."
8. "This Child is destined to be the downfall and rise of many in Israel, a sign that will be opposed."
9. And to Mary Simeon reveals: "And your own soul a sword shall pierce."
10. After they fulfill all the Law requires they return to Nazareth.

5. The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple (Obedience) The boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. (
Luke 2:41-52)

1. When Jesus is twelve years old, He goes with His parents to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover.
2. After the feast of the Passover, Joseph and Mary unknowingly set out for Nazareth without Jesus.
3. At the end of the first day's journey they discover Jesus is missing.
4. His parents return immediately looking for Him.
5. This loss causes grief and anxiety beyond our understanding to the hearts of Mary and Joseph.
6. On the third day they find Jesus in the Temple among the Doctors who were astonished at His wisdom.
7. Mary: "Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been searching for you in sorrow."
8. Jesus: "Why did you search for me? Did you not know that I must be about my Father's business?"
9. Jesus goes down with them to Nazareth, and is subject to them.
10. Mary keeps all these things in her heart.


The Luminous Mysteries


The Luminous Mysteries are usually said on Thursdays.

1. The Baptism in the Jordan (Light of Life) And a voice came from the heavens, saying, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased." (
Matthew 3:13-17)
1. John is baptizing in the Jordan proclaiming a baptism of repentance.
2. "I am the voice of one crying in the desert, make straight the way of the Lord."
3. "One mightier than I is coming after me."
4. "I have baptized you with water, He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
5. Seeing Jesus, John exclaims: "Behold the Lamb of God."
6. After Jesus' baptism a voice from Heaven: "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased."
7. The Spirit descends upon Jesus in the form of a dove.
8. In this heavenly manifestation is instituted the sacrament of baptism.
9. The divine Trinity is manifested: the voice of the Father is heard as the Spirit descends upon the Son.
10. Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert for 40 days.

2. The Wedding at Cana (Needs of Others) "Women, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come." His mother said to the servers, "Do whatever he tells you." (John 2:1-12)

1. Jesus, His Mother and disciples were invited to a wedding in Cana.
2. During the wedding feast the wine ran short.
3. Mary turned to Jesus: "They have no wine."
4. Jesus replied: "What would you have me do? My hour has not yet come."
5. Mary said to the waiters: "Do whatever he tells you."
6. There were six stone water jars, each holding fifteen to twenty gallons.
7. Jesus bids the waiters to fill the jars with water, and then draw some out and take it to the chief steward.
8. The chief steward said to the groom: "Every man serves the good wine first... but you have saved the good wine until now."
9. At Mary’s request, Jesus worked His first miracle.
10. By His presence, Christian marriage was raised to the dignity of a Sacrament

3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God (Love and Believe the Gospel)"This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel." (Mark 1:14-15)

1. "Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand."
2. "My kingdom is not of this world."
3. "Unless a man be born again of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of heaven."
4. "Whoever does not accept the kingdom of God as a little child will not enter into it."
5. "I have come to call sinners, not the just."
6. "Love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you."
7. "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
8. "Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied."
9. "Blessed are they who suffer persecution for justice' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
10. "You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church... I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven."

4. The Transfiguration (Witness to the Light) While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. (
Luke 9:28-36)

1. Jesus took Peter, James and John up a high mountain to pray.
2. Jesus was transfigured before them.
3. "His face became as dazzling as the sun, his clothes as radiant as light."
4. This was to fortify their faith to withstand the coming tragedy of the Passion.
5. Jesus foresaw the 'scandal of the cross,' and prepared them for it by this manifestation of His glory.
6. Moses and Elias (representing the Law and the prophets of the Old Testament) were conversing with Jesus about His passion.
7. "Do not think I have come to destroy the Law or the Prophets... but to fulfill them."
8. From a cloud came a voice: "This is my beloved Son, listen to Him."
9. Jesus admonishes them not to tell the vision to anyone until the Son of Man rises from the dead.
10. We too will behold the transfigured Jesus on the Last Day.

5. The Institution of the Eucharist (Love for the Eucharist) Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father. He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end. (John 13:1)

1. I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.
2. Jesus took bread, blessed it: "Take and eat, this is My Body."
3. Taking the wine: "This cup is the new covenant in my Blood, shed for you."
4. At that Eucharistic meal, Jesus celebrated the first Mass.
5. At every Mass the sacrifice of Calvary is made present.
6. At the Last Supper Jesus instituted the sacrament of Holy Orders to perpetuate this sacrifice.
7. "Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him."
8. The Eucharist is a sacrifice inasmuch as it is offered up, and a sacrament inasmuch as it is received.
9. In the Mass we offer ourselves to God, and God gives himself to us.
10. The Mass will be fruitful in the measure of our surrender to the Father.


The Sorrowful Mysteries


The Sorrowful Mysteries are usually said on Tuesdays and Fridays.

1. The Agony in the Garden (Repentance) Jesus went to a place called Gethsemane to pray. "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will." (Matthew 26:36-46)
1. Jesus comes with his disciples to Gethsemane: "Stay here, while I go yonder and pray."
2. Entering the garden with Peter, James, and John, Jesus prays, "My soul is sorrowful unto death."
3. Jesus sees the sins of all mankind, whose guilt He has taken upon Himself.
4. He sees the wrath of the Father which His sufferings must appease.
5. So great is his anguish that His sweat becomes as drops of blood falling to the ground.
6. An angel appears to Him from heaven to strengthen Him.
7. "Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet, not My will but Yours be done."
8. Finding the disciples asleep: "Could you not watch one hour with me?"
9. Jesus is betrayed by Judas, cruelly bound and led away.
10. Father, by the merits of the agony of Jesus in the Garden, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

2. The Scourging at the Pillar (Mortification) The chief priests with the elders and the scribes held a council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, had Jesus scourged and handed him over to be crucified. (Mark 15:1-16)

1. Jesus is taken before the High Priest where He is falsely accused, buffeted and insulted.
2. The Jewish leaders take Jesus before Pilate, for only he can impose the death penalty.
3. The robber, Barabbas, is preferred to Jesus.
4. Pilate can "find no cause in Him", yet to appease the Jews, he orders Jesus to be scourged.
5. The scourge is made of leather thongs to which are attached small sharp bones.
6. Jesus is bound to a pillar and cruelly scourged until His whole body is covered with deep wounds.
7. The Lamb of God offers His suffering for the sins of mankind.
8. Jesus suffers so much in His sacred flesh to satisfy, especially, for sins of the flesh.
9. The prophesy of Isaiah is fulfilled: "He was wounded for our iniquities; He was bruised for our sins."
10. Father, by the merits of Jesus in this painful scourging, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

3. The Crowning with Thorns (Humility) They stripped off his clothes and threw a scarlet military cloak about him. Weaving a crown out of thorns, they placed it on his head, and a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" (Matthew 27:27-31)

1. Pilate asks, "Are You a king?" Jesus answers: "I am a King, but My kingdom is not of this world."
2. In the praetorian, the soldiers place an old purple robe on Jesus in mockery of His claim to be a king.
3. They fashion a crown out of thorns, and forcefully press it down upon His head.
4. In His bound hands they place a reed, as a scepter, in mockery of His kingship.
5. Kneeling before Him in derision, they spit on Him, and cry out: "Hail, King of the Jews!"
6. Taking the reed from His hand they strike Him on the head, driving the thorns more deeply into His scalp.
7. Pilate brings Jesus before the people, hoping His pitiful sight will soften them: "Behold the man!"
8. Their response: "Crucify Him! Crucify Him!"
9. Our Blessed Lord submitted to this terrible humiliation to make reparation for our pride.
10. Father, by the merits of this painful humiliation, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

4. The Carrying of the Cross (Patience) Jesus, weak from being beaten, was unable to carry His cross to Golgotha alone. Simon, a Cyrenian, helped him. (
Mark 15:21)

1. One condemned to death by crucifixion is forced to carry the cross to the place of execution.
2. The suffering of Jesus is intense as the cross is laid on His bruised and wounded back and shoulders.
3. Weak and exhausted from loss of blood, lack of food and rest, Jesus falls three times under the cross.
4. Jesus meets His afflicted Mother causing untold anguish in the Hearts of Son and Mother.
5. The countenance of Jesus is disfigured with blood and sweat, with dust and spittle.
6. Veronica wipes His face, leaving on her towel the image of His countenance.
7. Fearing that Jesus might die on the way, the soldiers force Simeon of Cyrene to carry the cross behind Jesus.
8. Jesus speaks to weeping women; "Weep not for Me, but for yourselves and your children."
9. "If anyone is to be My disciple, let him take up his cross and follow Me."
10. Father, by the merits of this painful journey to Calvary, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

5. The Crucifixion (Love of Enemies) When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him and the criminals there, one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, they know not what they do." (Luke 23:33-47)

1. The hands and feet of Jesus are nailed to the cross in the presence of His afflicted Mother.
2. "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do."
3. "This day you will be with Me in paradise."
4. "Woman, behold your Son. Son, behold your Mother."
5. "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"
6. "I thirst."
7. "It is finished."
8. "Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit."
9. The side of Jesus is pierced with a lance. His body is taken down and placed in the arms of His Mother.
10. Father, by the merits of the crucifixion and death of Jesus, have mercy on us and on the whole world.


The Glorious Mysteries

The Glorious Mysteries are usually said on Wednesdays and Sundays.

1. The Resurrection (Faith) Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. An angel appeared and said, "Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for He has been raised just as He said." (Matthew 28:1-10)
1. The body of Jesus is placed in the tomb on the evening of Good Friday.
2. His soul descends into the realm of the dead to announce to the Just the tidings of their redemption.
3. Fearing the body of Jesus will be taken, the chief priests place guards at the tomb.
4. On the third day Jesus rises from the dead, glorious and immortal.
5. The earth quakes as the angel rolls back the stone, the guards flee in terror.
6. The holy women coming to anoint the body of Jesus are amazed and frightened to find the tomb open.
7. An angel calms their fears: "He is not here. He has risen as He said."
8. Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene and Peter and two disciples on the way to Emmaus.
9. That evening He appears to the apostles behind locked doors: "Peace be unto you ... do not be afraid."
10. Jesus breathes on them and gives them the power to forgive sin.

2. The Ascension of Our Lord (Hope) As Jesus blessed them He parted from them and was taken up to heaven. (Luke 24:50-53)

1. Jesus remains on earth forty days after His Resurrection to prove He has truly risen from the dead.
2. He commissions the apostles to preach the gospel to every creature, and promises to be with them forever.
3. He will not leave them orphans, but will send the Holy Spirit to enlighten and strengthen them.
4. Jesus proceeds to Mt. Olivet accompanied by His Mother and the apostles and disciples.
5. Extending His pierced hands over all in a last blessing, He ascends into heaven.
6. As He ascends a cloud takes Him from their sight.
7. Jesus ascends to take His place at the right hand of the Father.
8. What jubilation there must be amid the angels of heaven at the triumphant entry of Jesus.
9. The wounds in His glorified body are an endless plea before the Father on our behalf.
10. The disciples leave Mt. Olivet and "return to Jerusalem with great joy."

3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Zeal) Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, "Peace be with you. Receive the Holy Spirit." (John 14:15-31)

1. The apostles are gathered in the upper room where Jesus had held the Last Supper.
2. They are persevering in prayer with Mary the Mother of Jesus.
3. A sound comes from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it fills the whole house.
4. The Holy Spirit descends on each of them in the form of tongues of fire.
5. Filled with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, they are enlightened and strengthened to spread the gospel.
6. Having lost all fear of the Jewish leaders, the apostles boldly preach Christ crucified.
7. The multitudes are confounded because every man hears them speak in his own tongue.
8. The Holy Spirit comes upon the Infant Church never to leave it.
9. That first day Peter goes forth to preach and baptizes three thousand.
10. The feast of Pentecost is the birthday of the Church, for on that day it begins to grow.

4. The Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven (Happy Death)"Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory." (From Munificentissimus Deus (1950): DS 3903)

1. After the apostles have dispersed, the Blessed Mother goes to live with John, the beloved disciple.
2. Mary lives many years on earth after the death of Christ.
3. She is a source of comfort, consolation and strength to the apostles.
4. As she had nourished the infant Jesus, so she nourishes spiritually the infant Church.
5. Mary dies, not of bodily infirmity, but is wholly ravished in a rapture of divine love.
6. Her body as well as her soul is taken up into heaven.
7. After her burial the apostles go to the tomb and find only fragrant lilies.
8. Jesus does not permit the sinless body of His Mother to decay in the grave.
9. Corruption of the body is an effect of original sin from which Mary is totally exempted.
10. The bodies of all mankind, at the last judgment, will be brought back and united again to the soul.

5. The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Love for Mary)"We believe that the Holy Mother of God, the new Eve, Mother of the Church, continues in heaven to exercise her maternal role on behalf of the members of Christ." (From the Solemn Profession of Faith: Credo of the People of God)

1. As Mary enters heaven, the entire court of heaven greets with joy this masterpiece of God's creation.
2. Mary is crowned by her divine Son as Queen of heaven and earth.
3. More than we can ever know the Hearts of Jesus and Mary overflow with joy at this reunion.
4. Only in heaven will we know the great majesty of that coronation, and the joy it gave to the angels and saints. 5. Even the angels, who by nature are greater than humans, hail Mary as their Queen.
6. Mary shares so fully in the glory of Christ because she shared so fully in his suffering.
7. Only in heaven will we see how central the role of Mary is in the divine plan of redemption.
8. The angels and saints longed for the coming of her whose heel crushes the head of the serpent.
9. Mary pleads our cause as a most powerful Queen and a most merciful and loving Mother.
10. A great sign appeared in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.



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