Sunday, January 26, 2014

The First Disciples are Chosen

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“The First Disciples are Chosen”
©2014 James Dacey, Jr. OFS
Today’s Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23 (The Calling of the First Disciples) “Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth he went and dwelt in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: "The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, toward the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles -- the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death  light has dawned." From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him. And he went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people.”
My Friends,
Good Morning my friends. What an absolutely glorious, spectacular, beautiful day it is. You ask yourself, "What it is that is so special about today?" Why, it's Sunday of cause, that's what is so awesome about today. This is indeed the day the Lord has made, let us sing to the top of our lungs, showing how much we love and adore our Savior. Goofy me indeed, I am always here with all my weirdness and overflowing Joy, looking to share our Lord and our Lady with you. Today's reflection is all about, today's gospel: Matthew 4:12-23 (Jesus Begins His Ministry and Jesus Calls His First Disciples). Now do you see where all this Joy is coming from? Scripture holds so much Joy and real freedom inside it that one cannot hold or contain the Joy received every time I read scripture, especially the gospels. I really encourage many of you who really want to be engulfed into Gods word to take up this one particular challenge, and this will help instill such a deep, sincere, endless feeling of Joy inside your heart. It will also help you feel that the gospels are more inside your heart, soul and mind.
The Challenge is this: During this year, take the time to "hand write" all the gospels (this can be done with all scripture) into a notebook. It's that simple. Do not use your computer. Talk about a life changing experience. Yes I have done this several times, you will really be emerged into our Lord's life by doing this. I encourage you to at least try this method with one chapter at a time. The scriptures will come to life for you…

Now looking at today's scripture, verse 17 says, "From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." I just love seeing our Lord's words. This verse immediately brings another verse to mind, and it goes like this, "“Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” that's Mark 10:17. Even though the answer in Mark's gospel isn't directly the word for word answer of that of Matthew's gospel. The gist of the answer is with those words. Repent, it's all in that word. If like in Mark, Jesus said, "One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” The repentance must have been in this rich man's attitude and devotion to his wealth. So in selling all he had, and giving it to the poor, he was basically repenting and refocusing his life and his love and his attention to others and to Jesus, and away from himself. I hope this is making sense. Real true life repentance does change lives, and it has a wonderful rippling effect into the lives of those around us. We all need repentance, either weekly, or monthly. Whatever you feel the Lord is leading you to. I know the church says, confession once a year, Fr. Larry Richards says, "Confession once a month is good for the soul." I can't help but to agree with that simple thought. Here's what's in The Catechism of The Catholic Church:

1457 "According to the Church's command, "after having attained the age of discretion, each of the faithful is bound by an obligation faithfully to confess serious sins at least once a year." Anyone who is aware of having committed a mortal sin must not receive Holy Communion, even if he experiences deep contrition, without having first received sacramental absolution, unless he has a grave reason for receiving Communion and there is no possibility of going to confession. Children must go to the sacrament of Penance before receiving Holy Communion for the first time."

1468 "The whole power of the sacrament of Penance consists in restoring us to God's grace and joining us with him in an intimate friendship." Reconciliation with God is thus the purpose and effect of this sacrament. For those who receive the sacrament of Penance with contrite heart and religious disposition, reconciliation "is usually followed by peace and serenity of conscience with strong spiritual consolation." Indeed the sacrament of Reconciliation with God brings about a true "spiritual resurrection," restoration of the dignity and blessings of the life of the children of God, of which the most precious is friendship with God."

Spending study and reading time in the Catechism is also another way I find to be very fulfilling in my spiritual walk; in that is really brings me closer to my Lord, His teachings and our faith. Just in today's reflection really honestly take the time to look through this link at only focuses on The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. This small fraction of the catechism is so exciting and you learn so much, the scriptural references are refreshing and awesome to actually take the time to do as you read. You will be and you easily can be consumed by the excitement of all this once you get started. I know I do all the time.

Catechism of The Catholic Church: Part 2-Section 2-Chapter 2-Article 4
http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/p2s2c2a4.htm

Through repentance God changes the way we think. It's really transforming to our lives that not only are in His words that help us to change, but also in our admittance to our own sins. Simply allow God to work His will in your life, in a way that will ultimately change your life and the lives of those around you. I like that John the Baptist and Jesus say to us, "Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand." And in saying that I am pointing and directing you to Jesus, know that this is all about Him, always. The Holy Spirit will leads us, as our Lady leads us, so place all of your trust in Him, and focus all of your energy and time to His will as best you can. The more you spend time in the scripture, and the more you spend time thinking about Jesus' very words, the more easily you will find yourself loving Him even more. And then the more you love Him, all the more you will be spending even more time with Him. To me 24/7/365 still isn't enough. I will be praying for all of you to find Jesus in your life through your repentance and reconciliation with Him.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Insightful Fasting...

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“Insightful Fasting…”
©2014 James Dacey, Jr. OFS
Today’s Gospel: Mark 2:18-22 (Question About Fasting) “Now John's disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and people came and said to him, "Why do John's disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?"  And Jesus said to them, "Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day. No one sews a piece of un-shrunk cloth on an old garment; if he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. And no one puts new wine into old wine skins; if he does, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but new wine is for fresh skins.”
My Friends,
Let us discover fasting in scripture today, maybe in a way we never have before; or maybe even in a way that will thrill our hearts and change our lives. Fasting is indeed a physical experience, but more importantly it is a spiritual exercise. Let us also remember that Jesus went into the desert and fasted for 40 days. In Matthew 4:4 we read, "One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God."

One thing we learn about the spiritual purpose of fasting is that fasting helps us become more aware of God's presence. And one thing I have learned not only in scripture but also in spiritual direction with fasting; is that we must keep this great gift that we give to God, between us and God alone. You can see it in Matthew's gospel, "But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will reward you." I really love scripture, I hope you are able to have the same Joy in the scriptures that I do. When you spend as much time in the bible as I do, you can easily understand and believe and see, how God's hand was indeed the hand who assembled and wrote the scripture through His chosen people.

Fasting is a rather unique sacrifice and gift; a gift we can give to God, but also a gift while giving we are able to receive. Fasting is an inner act of sacrifice that deepens our spiritual walk with our Lord. In my own personal experience I find that fasting evolves as time progresses. What I mean by that is, that the more hours or days in a row that I fast; the more energy I have and the closer to God I feel and the clearer I am able to see God. One would think possibly the reverse would happen, we would grow tired and weary without food. On the contrary the energy surge is absolutely incredible. But use your head and consult your physician, if your health requires you to eat, please DO NOT FAST, instead consult a priest on what you might do. There are other way to fast.

Fasting is a very powerful way for us to turn our dependency over to God. Also note that fasting not only heals the soul, but it also has the power to heal the body (cholesterol, blood pressure, sickness, etc.). I challenge all of you to somehow incorporate fasting into your life. Maybe once a week, the same day or rotating days. Or even fast from something you really enjoy for the day, maybe coffee or chocolate. Also allow the purpose of your fast to draw yourself back to Jesus. Never give up on your journey as you fast, you will have both good and bad days. Just stick with it, and offer all you’re suffering up to Jesus as your gift to Him. I hope this was helpful.
Fr. Mullally use to fast Wednesday’s and Friday’s and I use to just fast on Friday’s. Back in the early years of his Spiritual Direction of me, I questioned the additional day. He told me it was this: “(Canon 15): “On Wednesday because on this day the council of the Jews was gathered to betray our Lord; on Friday because on this day He suffered death for our salvation.” Interesting, so I too joined in his approach and reason to fast Wednesday’s and Friday’s.


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Sunday, January 19, 2014

John's Testimony of Jesus

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“John's Testimony of Jesus”
©2014 James Dacey, Jr. OFS
Today’s Gospel: John 1:29-34 (John's Testimony of Jesus) “The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, “After me comes a man who ranks before me, for he was before me.” I myself did not know him; but for this I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel." And John bore witness, "I saw the Spirit descend as a dove from heaven, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him; but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, `He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.' And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God."”

My Friends,
All things Jesus in this life -is exciting, incredible and they fill my heart with so much JOY. In today’s gospel, John identifies Jesus as the man he has been talking about -the one he was waiting for. John directs all of us to Jesus. Do we recognize Jesus when He is close by, when He is near us? Are we open to His love, His forgiveness, His mercy? Do we immediately confidently share Him (JESUS CHRIST) with others? Jesus willingly gave up His life to save ours, by doing so He saved each and every one us and He paid for our sins. He willingly did that because of His unconditional love for us; how are we loving Him in return?
What are your plans in this life that the Spirit is leading you? Our time here on earth is short (very short) and before you know it; you’re married, you have children, your children get married and they have children and before you know it, you are putting your teeth in the bathroom in a cup and you go to bed. LOL. Okay that was a little dramatic, but funny. And in answer to the question directed to me, no I currently sleep with my teeth, and I am not a grandpa. LOL. Humor is a wonderful gift given to us from God; every day it’s nice to plan a time for laughter. Though spontaneous laughter feels great. Try to make it a habit to talk to a friend that always makes you laugh or find a funny YouTube video you know will make you laugh. Seems like I am getting a little side-tracked, but I’m not; actually today’s gospel is all about directing our attention to Jesus, The Lamb of God. The intended start of today’s blog was about getting your attention. I hope it worked.
Think of how powerful that is, I can’t for the life of me figure out why the world doesn’t get it. The penalty for our sins is death –and in the end (eternal death), but if we confess our sins and we sincerely do our best to avoid those sins we tend to be drawn to most; God knows our heart and we will be forgiven, when we ask for forgiveness. That forgiveness was paid in full by Jesus being nailed to the Cross for us. But if we live a life purposely deleting God and Jesus and the Cross from it; there is no one to pay for the sin but ourselves. In the past I have said it this way, “When we ask God to forgive us for our sins, Jesus pays the price for the sins we have committed; but when we don’t ask God for forgiveness, we pay the price for our sins.”

So when we look at today’s gospel what do we see? What did we hear? What did we learn? Behold, Jesus the Lamb of God; be attentive as to who He is and that He is here now with us. 

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Rosary For World Peace

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“Rosary For World Peace”
©2014 James Dacey, Jr. OFS
Aka. The World Mission Rosary


My Friends,
Let us embrace the entire world with a Rosary that includes the entire world. This Mission Rosary for World Peace unites all of us in prayer, praying for one another. In 1951 Archbishop Fulton Sheen said, “We must pray, and not for ourselves, but for the world. To this end, I have designed the World Mission Rosary. Each of the five decades is of a different color to represent the continents.” Praying this Rosary, Archbishop Sheen said, would “aid the Holy Father and his Society for the Propagation of the Faith by supplying him with practical support, as well as prayers, for the poor mission territories of the world.”
Archbishop Fulton Sheen

This is how the colors of the Rosary have been chosen:

GREEN for the forests and grasslands of AFRICA .

BLUE for the ocean surrounding the ISLANDS OF THE PACIFIC.

WHITE symbolizing EUROPE, the seat of the Holy Father, shepherd of the world.

RED calling to mind the fire of faith that brought missionaries to the AMERICAS.

YELLOW, the morning light of the East, for ASIA.


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Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Baptism of the Lord

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“The Baptism of the Lord”
©2014 James Dacey, Jr. OFS
Today’s Gospel: Matthew 3:13-17 (The Baptism of the Lord) “Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?" But Jesus answered him, "Let it be so now; for thus it is fitting for us to fulfil all righteousness." Then he consented. And when Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on him; and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased."”
My Friends,
Jesus' public life has officially just begun on this day. John the Baptist technically officially ends the Old Testament; and he is the one man God chose to begin the New Testament introducing the world to Jesus. Today’s Gospel is the first Luminous Mystery – The Baptism of Jesus. May our hearts be open to the blessed unceasing love and guidance of the Holy Spirit! It is Baptism of Jesus that fulfilled all righteousness. This is certainly a blessed day to celebrate. And it was here that God spoke not only to Jesus, and to the crowd, but also to us, a voice from Heaven was saying, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased." We can also see how the combination of water and Spirit, bring about our cleansing from the old to the new, of who we are now in Jesus. As the Old Testament comes to a close to begin Jesus' public life into the New Testament; so to do our lives close and end our old ways of what was, so that we are cleansed in our new way of life in the Spirit. Jesus by example shows us how to begin again, begin a new, start over right in God's sight, doing the will of the Father.
We must humble ourselves before our Lord, with an open heart and open mind to be like Jesus; in the sense that we to need cleansing to begin again, in His sight and before the world. God has a plan for each of us, just as He had and still has for Jesus. I say, don't care what other people think about, don't ever care about what other people say, about you. Only God will judge our actions, our intentions, our hearts and our souls; He knows why we say and do the things we do. Our hearts must be aligned with His will, then our Spirit will help lead us in the direction we must go. On this very day Jesus was baptized a new to begin; He was also baptized a new to die for all our sins. As in Jesus' purpose and will to do God's will, God has a plan for all of us and a will that we must seek out and follow. This is why we must not bog down our lives with the frivolous meaningless junk this world is so full of.
Like our Lord's heart was open to fulfill God's will at His baptism, and the Heavens were open to Him and the Spirit came down upon Him; we too must do the same. It's all been laid out for us to follow. Open your hearts and don't allow anyone or anything to distract you from moving forward in this amazing blessed cleansing. The only way we can change, is through God's love and cleansing of our Spirit; and in doing so our Spirit will come alive, and won't be able to shut up, all you will want to do is share Jesus with everybody. I will be the first to attest that once the fire for Jesus is lite inside you and you openly, willingly, freely allow Jesus to run free inside; you will not want to waste any of your time with the things of this world. Take possession of His love, His promises, His forgiveness, His grace, His mercy, His blessings, and then grab His gospel and then embed it into your heart, and then live it each day fulfilling it and sharing it with everyone.
Today let us ask our Lord to open our hearts and lives fully to His will. Let us have Jesus rule our lives, bringing to life our Spirit within, which will not only be thrilled about God's will, but will also help us see and understand God's will. A new beginning is what today is all about. Wipe the slate clean and begin again, God loves a clean blackboard, so that He can write His gospel, His word on the hearts and minds of those who love Him.

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Epiphany of the Lord

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“The Epiphany of the Lord”
©2014 James Dacey, Jr. OFS
Today’s Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12 (The Epiphany of the Lord) “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, "Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him." When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, "In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it is written by the prophet: `And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;  for from you shall come a ruler  who will govern my people Israel.'" Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star appeared; and he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, "Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him bring me word, that I too may come and worship him." When they had heard the king they went their way; and lo, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy; and going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
My Friends,
Even after our baptism and all our sins have been forgiven; and we have been reborn of the Spirit, nothing remains to stop us from going to Heaven, Except… I want you to take a look at this in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. "Yet certain temporal consequences of sin remain in the baptized, such as suffering, illness, death, and such frailties inherent in life as weaknesses of character, and so on, as well as an inclination to sin that Tradition calls concupiscence, or metaphorically, "the tinder for sin"; since concupiscence "is left for us to wrestle with, it cannot harm those who do not consent but manfully resist it by the grace of Jesus Christ." Indeed, "an athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules." CCC#1264. The serious challenge I see here is that we are left to wrestle with concupiscence, this is the stinger right there. By God's grace we must prove who we are in this struggle, concupiscence at its sharpest point gives us the natural tendencies to sin. We can resist with God's grace, but in so many of the teachings I have read, we cannot absolutely, completely, day in and day out, without any doubt; never sin at all.

The reality of our salvation is that in the end, it is at our own hands. It is only through God's grace that we will be able to resist temptation to sin. To those who reject God's call unfortunately will be the cause of their own demise. Let us also not fall into the trap that so many do; by manipulation to ultimate forgiveness that God gives to all of us. In other words one might say to themselves, "I can sin today and tomorrow, and on Saturday when I go to confession God will forgive me." Because of the unfortunate tendency there are some who try to manipulate God's kindness. "What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?" Romans 6:1. We must not allow the sins and temptations of this world to mislead us, rather we should help one another in defeating sin, "remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins." James 5:20.

We must also remember that before we can embrace the joy that can be ours, we must suffer and die to ourselves and our own selfish sins. To reject this will result in a bad outcome, "But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger." Romans 2:8, rather we need to be humble before God, "Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up." James 4:10, and, "Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time." 1 Peter 5:6. Our lives must not be self-fulfilling and all about us; we were not created to be self-serving, rather we were bought with a price and with that price we must love and adore our Lord. "For he who was called in the Lord while a slave is the Lord's freedman; likewise he who was called while free, is Christ's slave. You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men. Brethren, each one is to remain with God in that condition in which he was called." 1 Corinthians 7:22-24. We must remember these things as we walk in the light with Jesus.

This is no free ride; we are always accountable for what choices we make. Our lives must be lived with God's love inside us, and with that love inside of us, we need to be open in helping others cope with their challenges as best we can. "And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing." 1 Corinthians 13:3. Let us live a life that gives to others, "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." Ephesians 4:29. We are all God's children and in being children of the same Lord we are sisters and brothers who should be looking out for one another doing all we can to help one another receive the reward of eternity with our Father. Nothing in this world is going to matter in the end, all that will matter will be the last thing we are told by God in His judgment. "All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law." Romans 2:12
God is merciful, let us be humble before Him. Every single soul matters to God, He sincerely wants every single one of us to be with Him in Heaven for all eternity.

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Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS
Revised from: Wednesday, February 29, 2012


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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Marian Feast Days of January

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“Marian Feast Days of January”
©2014 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

Marian Feast Days of January
My Friends,

I pray that 2014 is as blessed and joyful as 2013 was for everyone. Yes we all had our share of challenges; there’s no doubt there is a lot of truth held in that thought. It was just in February of 2013 that Chrissy’s oncologist said that Chrissy has 6 months to a year left to live. Telling me, “Mr. Dacey your wife will die from this cancer.”  We are ever grateful for so many years of prayers answered. God has indeed been most merciful and most generous in His healing of my precious love. I can’t begin to express the many nights of driving that I was screaming and crying and yelling to my Lord in my prayers during our Rosary; begging Him to take me in her place…
The Rosary has played a most significant role in Chrissy’s healing.  A true Marian Miracle indeed. For the past 4 years every single day the Rosary has been prayed for Chrissy; either by me or in combination of many others from around the world with me for her. When we Pray The Rosary –Monday through Friday with “Our Lady’s Text Rosary Vigil” I personally have been offering every evenings Rosary for her healing. I know many others who have told me the same. We are ever grateful for the many prayers and offerings that so many of you have personally made for Chrissy’s healing. God has most certainly blessed us with some incredible sisters and brothers to Pray The Rosary with…

1. Circumcision of Our Lord; Mary, Mother of God
2. Our Lady of the Pillar (40 A.D.) This is a most special Tradition Celebration. Seven years after our Lord’s death, the brother of the Apostle St. James the elder was sitting at the bank of the Ebro River. On our maps of today, that would be in Zaragoza, Spain. The Blessed Virgin appeared to James assuring him that the people of Hispania would indeed become Christians. It was here that the first Marian Shrine would be built, to remember the visit by our Lady and the promise she shared. ~Jim Dacey Jr OFS
Our Lady of The Pillar
3. Our Lady of Sichem, Belgium (474)
4. Our Lady of Treves, Italy (746). Appeared to St. Jerome Emiliani, 1530
5. Our Lady of Abundance or Prosperity, Cursi, Italy (1641). Through fervent prayer to the Blessed Mother, the people of Cursi were asking her to come to their aid to help save them from famine. Our Lady heard their plea and in doing so appeared to a shepherd –Baglio Orlando Natali. Baglio was to become to true follower serving in the new church they would build. So Baglio changed his life and his ways and a miracle of harvest did come that year, with an abundance that that area has never seen before. ~Jim Dacey Jr OFS
6. Our Lady of Cana (John 2:1-11) Indeed Our Lady’s first intercessory prayer. Mary’s interest was of mercy for this couple. As the Mother of Mercy she does all she can to direct our needs to her Son on our behalf. At this most blessed ceremony and sacrament Our Lord is directed to us by Our Lady. Every present in our Marriage Our Lady and Our Lord shall remain. ~Jim Dacey Jr OFS
7. Our Lady of Zeitoun, Egypt (1968-70) A must see video explaining this most incredible appearance of Our Lady. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMEWxRB-1dc
8. Our Lady of Prompt Succor, New Orleans, Louisiana (1809)
9. Our Lady of Clemency, or Our Lady of Mercy of Absam, near Innsbruck, Austria (1797)
10. Our Lady of Guides, Manila, (1570)
11. Our Lady of Bessiere, Limousin, France
12. Our Lady of Conquest, Santa Fe, New Mexico
13. Our Lady of Victory, Prague, Czechoslovakia (1620), home of the Infant of Prague
Our Lady of Victory - Home of the Infant of Prague
14. Our Lady of the Word, Montserrat, Spain (1514)
15. Our Lady of Banneux, Belgium (1933)
16. Our Lady, Refuge of Sinners –A prayer from St. Alphonsus Liguori “O most holy and pure Virgin! O my Mother! You who are the Mother of my Lord, the Queen of the world, the advocate and refuge of sinners! I, a most wretched sinner, now come to you. I honor you, great Queen, and give you humble thanks for the many favors which have come to me in the past through your intercession. I love you, Lady most worthy of all love, and by the love which I bear you, I promise ever in the future to honor you, and to do what lies in me to win others to your love. Receive me as your servant, and cover me with the mantle of your protection, you who are the Mother of mercy! And since you have so much power with God, implore him to deliver me from all temptations, and to give me the grace ever to overcome them. Pray for me that I may love Christ in this world as you love him, and intercede for me that I may have the grace of a good death. O my Mother! by your love for God I beseech you to be at all times my helper, but above all at the last moment of my life. Cease not your supplications until you see me safe in heaven, there for countless ages to bless you and, your holy company, to worship and adore your Son, for ever and ever. Amen“
Our Lady -Refuge of Sinners
17. Our Lady of Pontmain, France (1871)
18. Our Lady of Dijon, France (1513)
19. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple (The 5th Joyful Mystery) “Are you a parent, a guardian, a teacher, a caretaker… Have you ever “lost” track of where your child is? Did you ever turn to look in one place or another expecting to see your child and much to your grief –a chill rolls down your spine and you realize that you DON’T know where your child is… Can you relate to that kind of grief? Now image the JOY when you do find your child. In this mystery let us rejoice in the JOY we have when we FIND JESUS !!!! <3 “ ~Rosary Man Jim
20. Our Lady of the Tables, Montpellier, France. “Arms of the city of Montpellier.”
21. Our Lady of Exile
22. Our Lady of Bethlehem
23. Feast of Our Lady’s Espousals, approved by Pope Paul III (1546)
24. Our Lady of Peace (1917)
25. Translation of the winding sheet & tomb of Our Lady to Constantinople (455)
26. Our Lady of Long Fields/Our Lady of Atocha, Madrid, Spain (1261)
27. Our Lady of Life, Provence, France.
28. Our Lady of Good Succor, (1613)
29. Our Lady of Chatillion sur Seine, France (1130)
30. Our Lady of the Rose, Lucca, Italy
31. Apparition of Our Lady to Bl. Angela de Foligno (1285)


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