Our Lady not only blesses those who preach her Rosary but she highly rewards all those who, by their example, get others to say it.
Alphonsus, King of Leon and Calicia, very much wanted all his servants to honour the Blessed Virgin by saying the Rosary, so he used to hang a large rosary on his belt, though he never said it himself. Nevertheless, his wearing it encouraged his courtiers to say the Rosary devoutly.
One day the King fell seriously ill and when he was given up for dead he found himself, in spirit, before the judgment-seat of our Lord. Many devils were there accusing him of all the sins he had committed, and our Lord was about to condemn him when our Lady came forward to speak in his favour. She called for a pair of scales and had his sins placed in one of the balances, while she put the large rosary which he had always worn on the other scale, together with all the rosaries that had been said through his example. It was found that the Rosaries weighed more than his sins.
Looking at him with great kindness, our Lady said, “As a reward for the little service you did for me in wearing my rosary, I have obtained a great grace for you from my Son. Your life will be spared for a few more years. See that you spend those years wisely, and do penance.”
When the King regained consciousness he cried out, “Blessed be the Rosary of the most holy Virgin Mary, by which I have been delivered from eternal damnation.”
After he had recovered his health, he spent the rest of his life in spreading devotion to the Rosary, and said it faithfully every day.
⁃ Tricia (9 march 2017)
“Another fall, and what a fall! Must you give up hope? No. Humble yourself and, through Mary, your Mother, have recourse to the merciful Love of Jesus. A miserere, and lift up your heart! And now begin again.”
(St. Josemaria, The Way, #711)
Before we sin, Christ seems to be our accuser. Before we sin, the devil seems to be our defender. He’s on our side. The side of our sex, the side of our greed, the side of our pride. After we sin, the roles reverse. Christ becomes the defender and the devil the accuser. And the devil will say “Alright, you’ve had your dope and now you’re hooked! Don’t come to me. I can’t help u. So don’t give up. Now you’ve lost your virginity. What difference does it make? Might just as well go on. Sure u have stolen but u haven’t been caught but u will be.” He will fill u with despair like Judas was filled with despair. He could’ve gone to the Saviour but he put a rope to his neck. But Jesus your defender will say “Come Ye who are heavy laden, and I will give u rest. If your sins be scarlet, they shall be washed away as white as snow and if they be Crimson, they will be white as wool.”
The 3 powerful weapons against Satan:
1) The Holy Name of Jesus – that is the Name that Satan cannot stand. Because In the name of Jesus, every knee will now in the heavens and on the earth and under the earth.
2) The Blood of Christ – the invocation of the blood of Christ. We are saved by the blood of Christ. In temptation, call upon His blood for without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin.
3) Devotion to our blessed Mother – For in the beginning, in the book of Genesis, it was the seed of the woman that would crush the seed of Satan.
⁃ Tricia (9 march 2017)
Reflections from today’s readings-
“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and make you welcome; naked and clothe you; sick or in prison and go to see you?”
This passage reminds me once again to be conscious of people whom I meet i.e.; my neighbour in the lift, the shopkeeper at the market, the food stall seller, a mother and child I meet at the park, the postman, the curry puff seller, the old man on the e-scooter etc…that Jesus is in ALL of them no matter the race or religion. I “must neither be partial to the little man now overawed by the great and be just to everyone”. To “love my neighbour as myself.”
” Be Holy, for I, the Lord your God, am Holy”
Some questions to ponder?
– What is holiness?
– How can I be holy?
– By doing the will of God?
– What then, is the will of God, in my life?
⁃ Tricia (6 March)
+ I have not come to call the virtuous, but sinners to repentance. +
Jesus invited a Tax collector, Levi to follow Him and he left everything and followed. Levi held a great reception in his house and a large number of tax collectors and others gathered. The pharisees and scribes complained saying “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”
Jesus said in reply, ‘IT IS NOT THOSE WHO ARE WELL WHO NEED THE DOCTOR, BUT THE SICK. I HAVE NOT COME TO CALL THE VIRTUOUS, BUT SINNERS TO REPENTANCE.’
Pray: You do not want sacrifices, Lord but You want repentant hearts. Grant us the grace to acknowledge our sins, known and unknown, have sorrow for them and repent so that we can be restored in Your Glory.
Create a pure heart in me, O God.
Put a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence.
Nor deprive me of Your Holy Spirit.
⁃ Tricia (3 march )