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

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

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

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

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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And His Most Blessed Mother,
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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:

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:

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.


"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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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Gospel Decades - Mark 9:41-50

BEADS OF JOY 05-23-13
“Gospel Decades-Mark 9:41-50”
©2013 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

Gospel: (Mark 9:41-50 / Temptations To Sin)
For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ, will by no means lose his reward. "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung round his neck and he were thrown into the sea. And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched. For every one will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

Pray -1 Our Father -10 Hail Mary’s -Glory be… - Oh My Jesus…

Reflection: My Friends,

Worldly people have no clue how to understand today’s gospel. Some would look at it and say, “See how violent to themselves these Christians are.” It couldn’t be further from the truth. Our faith is Jesus is critical to our destination after death. If we mess it up while we still have time to fix it; then it’s our own stupidity and selfishness that would derail us and send us to hell for all eternity. Yes it is that critical for us to remain focused on staying the course, not allowing anything to cause us to sin. And dare we not cause others to sin. Leading and directing another to sin, with full knowledge of the sin they are led to be in -is a horrible sin before Almighty God.

Who in their right mind would ever risk the loss of their reward in Heaven? God is perfect love, who willingly gives us abundant life beyond anything this world could ever describe or give to us. We must be compelled to be more and more like Jesus; in our goodness and kindness towards others. This kindness can be contagious, encouraging others to be kind to the next person they meet. Did you ever see that commercial where one person is receives kindness and then because of it; they give someone else a kind gesture? That should be our goal, to create that dominoing effect every day.

Pondering these thoughts today: Do you seriously live a spiritual life that allows you to be yourself before others? Are you “salt” upon the earth? Flavoring the earth with your love of Jesus. I know many are scared to death of what others might think, which is absolutely ridiculous. That’ll be the day that someone/anyone decides what I should believe or not believe. Jesus’ fragrance should encourage others to want to have, what you have. Being bold is a good thing, the right thing to do, you don’t have to bully anyone, just be yourself. Love others, more than you love yourself. Do for others, more than you’d even do for yourself. Actions speak much louder than words can ever speak.

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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Monday, May 20, 2013

Gospel Decades - Mark 9:14-29

BEADS OF JOY 05-20-13
“Gospel Decades-Mark 9:14-29”
©2013 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

(Mark 9:14-29 / Jesus Heals A Boy with an Evil Spirit)

And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd about them, and scribes arguing with them. And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed, and ran up to him and greeted him. And he asked them, "What are you discussing with them?" And one of the crowd answered him, "Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit; and wherever it seizes him, it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able." And he answered them, "O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me." And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, "How long has he had this?" And he said, "From childhood. And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us." And Jesus said to him, "If you can! All things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!" And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again." And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, "He is dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" And he said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”

Pray -1 Our Father -10 Hail Mary’s -Glory be… - Oh My Jesus…

Reflection: My Friends,
This is our Lord's very first miracle after He was seen by Peter, James and John at the Transfiguration. The connection is that God brought Heaven down to comfort His Son in the Transfiguration; and so Jesus was brought down to this distressed father to heal his son. I don't think that was too far a stretch to connect. This healing is very powerful, many people witnessed this, and many people knew this man and his son. Today's gospel is Mark 9:14-29 (Jesus Heals Possessed Boy). Let us see who was involved in this miraculous healing, the very distressed father, the young demonically possessed boy, Jesus, and a couple of disciples who couldn't heal the boy. That's a rather interesting group of people all together. But that list doesn't mean anything but the fact that there was going to be a blessing. How do I know that? Because Jesus is in their midst.

Kudos and a high five to this very distressed father, a true man of honor, one whose heart is for Jesus no doubt. Picture the scene: This dad sees Jesus, knows who He is, rushes over to Him on behalf of his son, most likely knelt or bowed down to Jesus (he did call him Teacher which means Rabbi), he asked for a healing for his son, but I'd say he may have been begging, knowing the disciples couldn't heal him, figuring maybe his son couldn't be healed. This man was brought humbly to his knees before a large crowd of people. An absolutely moving scene to have witnessed. This father’s love for his son shines brightly in today's scripture. There was no medication back then for epilepsy, my grandma, my mother's mom had epilepsy. From when I was a little kid I'd see her have seizures, fall on the floor and lay there for a while. My grandpa, bless his soul, really loved grandma. As soon as he knew she was going into a seizure, he'd hold her tight, now my grandma was small; but when under an epileptic seizure she gained much strength, so holding her was a challenge even for my grandpa who was a navy boxer. But he'd hold her and say, "Susan, Susan, look at me, relax, relax." Then he made sure she didn't swallow her tongue. Pretty dramatic scene, but normal to me seeing it all my life. So I can relate to some degree with what this dad had to contend with.

Now I think of this poor young boy who is suffering with this condition which was apparently being caused by a demon. He had to be considered strange, weird and different, probably even called all sorts of names growing up, like lunatic, crazy. When people don't understand things and they seem shocked, we tend to consider it out of the norm and we don't accept it. Plus think about the way the other kids probably treated him, kids can be even crueler than adults. This child must have been living a lonely, sad life, breaking his heart day in and day out, probably with virtually any friends in his life. This would really affect a dad or mom seeing this every day, further explaining the dads anguish of stress begging Jesus on his son’s behalf for a healing. All of us can relate to these things, either being the one undergoing suffering from possibly an illness or we are closely related to one who suffers daily. This miracle scripture today shows us how God does intervene when we know we can't fix it, when we know our hopes seems to be shattered. This story tells us not to ever give up hope for a healing.

Today this father succeeded in his plea to Jesus to save his son. Let us never lose hope that we can't have the same healing. Be brave and bold like this father was. Let the love you have for another combine with the love you have for Jesus, and as soon as you possibly can, unite the two together. And pray and pray and pray, asking for God's mercy. And then trust and trust and trust that in His time you will be healed and blessed in accord to His will. Pray this simple prayer if you need help in starting this quest of prayer and trust.

Pondering these thoughts today: Even though Jesus rebuked the evil Spirit, and the man feel to the ground; it wasn’t the man who was in anguish, it was the devil who was suffering. Jesus punished the evil spirits within the man, the captive within was punished for what he had done to this young man. We must trust fully in His love and His mercy.

My Lord Jesus, please help my unbelief. I know sometimes it seems like I have doubt in You Lord, but I don't. I think that's the human fear that is within me at times. My heart knows You, and my Spirit is alive inside, and it’s all about me desiring to get closer to You. Also know my Lord, I place all my trust in You, You alone I give my full trust and allegiance to every single blessed day You allow me to walk the earth. Thank You for everything, I love You with all my heart Lord. Amen.”

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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