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ROSARY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

ROSARY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

BEADS OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

Composed by St John Berchmans, S.J. and recited by him daily to obtain, through the intercession of Our Lady, the grace never to commit any sin against the virtue of purity.

Method of saying. – “In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.”

First Set of Beads. – “Blessed be the Holy and Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.” The Our Father once, Hail Mary four times. Gloria once.

Second Set. – Same prayers. Third Set. – Same prayers.

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WE HAVE TO RECAPTURE THE SIMPLICITY OF CHILDHOOD TO QUALIFY FOR HEAVEN

The clean of heart

“It is only my own opinion, but I feel that we pedagogues make a mistake when, in our preaching and teaching, we equate chastity with purity or cleanliness. The usage seems an unsound one from a psychological standpoint. The constant emphasis upon ‘impurity’ in connection with sex, especially in the instruction of children, can lead to a distorted and unwholesome attitude toward the beautiful and sacred act of procreation.

It is true that St. Paul in some of his epistles excoriates sins of uncleanness, but he is condemning the sexual perversions of the pagans, a source of danger to his converts [rather than the sacred act of procreating]. Our own adoption of purity as as a synonym for chastity may stem from heresy rather than from the Bible.

For ten centuries or so the Christian Church was troubled by heretical sects collectively known as Cathari, from the Greek word which means ‘puritan’. The Cathari maintained that all things material, including human bodies, are the creation of the devil. Only spiritual substances, such as the human soul, are the work of God. The devil enslaves souls by imprisoning them in physical bodies.

Logically the Cathari condemned marriage, since to conceive new bodies was to do the devil’s work for him. The Cathari initiate was ‘pure’ only if he abjured sexual intercourse. It may be that the linking of cleanliness with chastity is a practice which ‘leaked in’ from the Cathari vocabulary to our own.

Blessed are the clean of heart

These thoughts are by way of introduction to the sixth beatitude in which Jesus says, ‘Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God.’ To Him, a clean heart is a heart in which there is no guile, a heart simple and sincere, a heart free from pretence and self-deception.

Jesus clarified the sixth beatitude for us on the occasion of blessing a group of small children. ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,’ Jesus said, ‘for such is the kingdom of heaven. Amen I say to you, who ever does not accept the kingdom of God as a little child will not enter into it’ (Luke 18:16-17).

We all are familiar with the purity of heart which is mirrored in the eyes of a small child. It is the purity of an utterly candid nature, loving, trustful and undevious.

We adults who have experienced and perhaps have contributed to the evils in which the world abounds, may find it hard to preserve or to recapture the simplicity of childhood. Yet, we must somehow do so if we are to qualify for heaven.

An undivided love for God

An undivided love for God is the basis, the only basis, for the cleanness of heart to which Jesus refers. If God’s will is for us the ultimate measure of all things, then we necessarily shall possess the singleness of purpose which makes for sincerity.

Danger signals

What are some of the danger signals which indicate that we may be lacking cleanness of heart?

• .One such indicator is an excessive preoccupation with the opinions of others and an over anxiety to make a good impression. God’s opinion of us is the only one which really matters. If we love God and are doing our honest best for Him, we have no reason to be ashamed of our true self. It is this self, and not a deceptive mask, which we should display to one and all.

• Another symptom of a tainted heart is an attitude of selfish calculation, best expressed d in the question, ‘What’s in it for me?’ We expend effort only for personal reward and cultivate as friends principally those who can contribute to our social or financial advancement.

• Most of all, uncleanness of heart manifests itself in a tendency to ‘play down’ the evil of sin in a facility for excusing ourselves from culpability for sin.

These are a few of the basic insincerities which exclude us from our Lord’s commendation, ‘Blessed are the clean of heart.’ Probably there is none of us completely without blemish. With God’s grace and our own determined striving, we can and we must repair the ruptures in our hearts.”

– Fr Leo J. Trese, 1966 – “One Step Enough”

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2015 in Words of Wisdom

 

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BLESSED ARE THE PURE OF HEART (Mt 5:8)

“A Saint once said: ‘There is nothing so loving as a virginal heart.’ Was not Mary’s heart the most loving, because it was the purest? It was strong enough not to break at the foot of the cross, but it burst its tomb on the day of the Assumption, because it desired to rejoin Jesus.

The favours accorded to the virtue of purity are friendship with God, and the admittance to intimacy with Him; joy, peace and happiness in this life, and the possession of Heaven in the next. ‘He who loves purity of heart will have as a friend the King of kings.’

On earth, purity gives us joy and happiness, according to the words of Saint Cyprian: ‘Purity is happy, and gives happiness.’ And in Heaven, the supreme recompense of purity is God Himself. ‘Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.’

To obtain it, let us address ourselves to her whom the Church calls ‘the Illustrious Guardian of virgins, the spotless Mother of the Divinity, our hope, the joy of Heaven.'”
– Laverty & Sons (eds), 1905

 

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LOVE AND PURITY

Such are the heavenly signs of sanctification:

Love, to attach oneself to Jesus,
to understand Jesus,
to soar heavenwards,
to live for heavenly things,
to sanctify our actions,
to fill all our surroundings with divine love,
to make us worthy of God.

Purity, to preserve intact the graces of Jesus,
to disengage our hearts from earthly affections,
to remain ever unsullied by contact with creatures,
to live above earthly concerns,
to hear the voice of Jesus,
to draw Him into our souls,
to be an angel in carnal body.

Purity in order to love, love in order to remain pure.
O Jesus, give me Your love and purify me.
– St Francis de Sales

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2013 in Prayers for Ordinary Time

 

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“THE FOOD THAT BRINGS THE SOUL TO MATURITY” – SAYINGS OF ST ANTHONY, ABBOT

“Every creature with reason, man or woman as they may be, possesses the capacity to love God and human beings. The man of God loves what comes from God; the carnal man loves what belongs to the flesh. Loving the things of God, man seeks for purification in all the solicitations of the exterior world; he does not love the passing realities, nor its natural impulses; he takes up his cross and, following Our Lord, always fulfils the will of the Most High. God descends into the hearts of these creatures and making there His dwelling place, fills them with joy and sweetness, which is the food that nourishes the soul and brings it to maturity. The tree does not grow unless it receives water from above; the soul does not develop if it is deprived of the nourishment of sweetness which comes from on high. The Spirit and the gentle sprinkling of the heavenly sweetness is what leads the soul of man to maturity.”.

“What myriads of demons there are, how innumerable are their confused plots! They urge us to say bad things against others; to hide the poison of our hearts in sweet words; to criticise the exterior appearance of our brother, whilst we give shelter within us to savage beasts; to argue and to be at odds with the others, suggesting to us in thought that we should have a personal and superior way.”

“I pray that you will be granted the great Spirit of fire that has been granted to me. If you have the desire to receive it and harbour it, start by the offering of committing yourself to asceticism and humility of heart; then opening your thoughts, day and night, to the heavenly realities, seek with a pure heart for this Spirit; it will be granted to you… When the Spirit descends upon you, it will open up to you the most sublime mysteries, dissipate any kind of fear from your heart, whether of man or beast, and heavenly joy will be your inalienable joy, day and night.”

 

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OURS IS NOT A CULTURE THAT VALUES INNOCENCE – THE “YOUTH FOR PURITY” CAMPAIGN

THE GREATEST INNOCENCE, THE STRENGTH AND POWER OF INNOCENCE, COMES THROUGH PURITY OF THE MIND AND HEART WHICH IS REFLECTED IN THE PURITY OF THE BODY.

THE NEED FOR COURAGE

What do we need to hear in the modern world? What do we need to remember? St Philomena teaches us, first of all, about the need for courage. Courage is a supernatural gift which comes to us from the Holy Ghost. The virtue of courage is needed in our world today. Philomena is a wonderful example because she is the unexpected witness of courage. Our children today are inundated with images of superheroes and novel forms of courage that are not possible. But, Philomena presents a courage which is supernatural and, yet, at the same time accessible. Here is a child, and we have to remember she was very much a child; here is a child in a foreign land, torn from her parents, isolated from all that was familiar, abused and tempted in ways that none of us have ever been tempted. None of us have ever been offered the kingdom of the world on a platter.

MAINTAINING ONE’S PEACE OF SOUL

She was offered fame, fortune, power and physical pleasure. Everything the world could offer, was offered to her! And, yet, she found the courage to resist this temptation, to overcome her fear and to maintain her peace of soul. Her courage is a tremendous witness and it is a witness, not only to the supernatural virtue of courage but it is also a witness to the power of innocence.

THE POWER OF INNOCENCE

Our world today does not value innocence. You can see it in the fashions, you can see it in the advertisements and you can see it everywhere from the billboards to the check-out line at the grocery store. Ours is not a culture that values innocence. We view innocence as a handicap because we have the mistaken idea that innocence is the same as being naïve. And we see this as a weakness not a strength. But, there is more to innocence than just virginity of the body. The greatest innocence, the strength and power of innocence, comes through purity of the mind and heart which is reflected in the purity of the body. You must have the first one before you can have the second. Our children are not innocent and, believe me, they are not innocent because they have not been taught that purity of the body can only happen if we understand and embrace purity of the mind and the heart. “For only the pure of heart shall see God.”

SEEING THROUGH THE ILLUSIONS AND DECEPTIONS

And this is what innocence is all about. Innocence is the ability not just to refrain from sexual activity, but it is the ability to see and understand as God does, to possess a spiritual point of view and to be able to value and judge things of this world in the light of eternity. Philomena had the ability and was able to see through the shadows and the illusions of temptation. She was able to distinguish what was important from what was unimportant, what was necessary from what was not necessary. She saw through the lies and the deceptions and she clearly understood that the only thing necessary was the salvation of her soul.

THIS IS INNOCENCE! THIS IS POWER!

Philomena had the courage to embrace the Truth! This is innocence! This is power! Innocence is power because it brings with it integrity of the heart. [Another] powerful lesson that Philomena brings is integrity of heart. She was single-minded, stubborn and committed. This is what gave her strength. She was focused completely on the one thing necessary, the only thing that is necessary: the salvation of her soul. This is what gave her courage and strength in the face of martyrdom and death.

The Archconfraternity of St Philomena and the Universal Living Rosary Association of St Philomena have developed the YOUTH FOR PURITY Crusade to introduce St Philomena to as wide an audience as possible…we send mini-shrines out to schools, to youth groups and to CCD programs. We want to emphasize integrity of heart and the power of innocence and the great need for courage. This is the focus we want to give our children and Philomena does that in a radical and powerful way.
– This is an excerpt of an article in “Dedicated Decades”, Spring 2012. To find out more about the Youth for Purity Crusade and how to get involved, please see http://www.philomena.org (external link) or email: filomena@philomena.org

 

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A MIRACULOUS MEDAL PRAYER

THIS PRAYER IS RECITED AS A NOVENA (ON NINE CONSECUTIVE DAYS).

Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ and our Mother, penetrated with the most lively confidence in your all-powerful and never-failing intercession, manifested so often through the Miraculous Medal, we, your loving and trustful children implore you to obtain for us (mention your request), if it be beneficial to our immortal souls, and the souls for which we pray.

You know, O Mary, how often our souls have been the sanctuaries of your Son Who hates iniquity. Obtain for us then a deep hatred of sin and that purity of heart which will attach us to God alone so that our every thought, word, and deed may tend to His greater glory. Obtain for us also a spirit of prayer and self-denial that we may recover by penance what we have lost by sin and at length attain to that blessed abode where you are the Queen of Angels and of People. Amen.

 
 

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