Pastor’s Reflection for October 1, 2017
October is the month of the Rosary. During Mary’s apparition in Fatima, she requested we recite the rosary. The rosary is a scriptural prayer, for the Hail Mary combines the greetings of the Archangel Gabriel (Hail Mary full of Grace the Lord is with thee) and Elizabeth (Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb.) The mysteries of the rosary help us meditate on the life of Jesus and Mary. As we pray each Hail Mary, we meditate on these mysteries. Each Hail Mary is a background music for our meditation. As we meditate on a specific mystery, we seek to apply some of the examples as lessons to our personal life. For instance, the first mystery is the Annunciation. As we reflect on Mary saying yes to God’s invitation to be His mother, may it encourage us to imitate Mary in saying yes to the ways of Jesus as we live our lives each day.
St. Padre Pio had the following thoughts on the rosary;
St. Padre Pio called the rosary a weapon because that’s exactly what it is. It’s not just some fuzzy-feeling meditation – the very gates of hell tremble when the rosary is prayed fervently. As Catholics, we know that the prayers of the rosary are more than just vain repetitious words. Saint Padre Pio said: “The rosary is the ‘weapon’ for these times.” If we truly focus on the meditations of the mysteries, we examine deep into the heart of the Gospel of truth. Some might still be thinking “Why the rosary?” The simple answer is because it’s powerful. Because it fosters a love for the Immaculate and asks for her powerful intercession. Padre Pio always wore the rosary around his arm at night. Concerning the rosary, Our Lady herself said to Padre Pio: “With this weapon you will win.” Convinced of the power of the rosary, Padre Pio always held the rosary in his hands. When his death was approaching, he recommended the rosary to his spiritual children saying: “Love Our Lady and make her loved. Always recite the rosary.” Padre Pio had an astonishingly unconditional, total, perennial, unwavering love for the Virgin Mary. He used to tell a story: “One day Our Lord making rounds of Paradise saw some strange faces. He asked Peter: ‘Who let these people in?’ Peter replied: ‘There is nothing I can do.’ The Lord said, ‘But you have the key.’ Peter said: ‘There is nothing I can do, and you can’t do either.’ The Lord said: ‘What do you mean?’ ‘It’s your mother. She has another key. She lets them in.’
Just a reminder, the parish men’s group is hosting a six week series starting next Wednesday, October 11, that will give men a game plan on how to be pure in this immoral, secular society. This will be held in the St. Joseph Room in the rectory starting at 7:00 p.m.
The monthly Healing Mass will be this Wednesday, October 4, starting with the rosary at 7:00 p.m.
I will be available for confession this week on Tuesday, October 3, from 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.
God love you,