by Rev. Francis Hoffman "Father Rocky"
Day 20 Reflection:
We ‘venerate’ the Blessed Mother, we do not adore her. Adoration is reserved for God alone. A genuflection is a sign of adoration, whereas a simple bow of the head is a sign of veneration. Every Catholic priest, bishop, Cardinal, or Pope knows this. That’s why I was amazed – and delighted! – when I witnessed the visiting archbishop of Alba Julia, Romania, fall down on both knees and bow in silent prayer to an image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Perhaps She had saved his life during the terrible years of Communist persecution in his homeland. And he obviously didn’t care if someone thought he was adoring the Blessed Mother. Just like so many men who have fallen in love and admit that they adore their wives.
54 Day Rosary Novena based on the titles of the Blessed Mother as found in the Litany of Loreto.
About these reflections
Pope Francis has asked us to pray for the family this year.
Would you please join me in a 54 Day Rosary Novena praying for the upcoming Synod of the Family and the Supreme Court's deliberations on marriage so that God may be glorified and children protected?
We will start May 8.
You can pray the 54 Day Rosary Novena however you wish: alone, in a group, with your family. On a plane, in a train, in the car. You can do the regular, extra, or super-duper. The "super-duper" means praying all 20 mysteries of the rosary daily: Glorious, Joyful, Sorrowful, and Luminous.
Don't worry! There's no such thing as a bad rosary, no matter how distracted you might be or how chaotic life is. If you can't pray the rosary one day, you can get back on track the next day. The point is 'the rosary is powerful.' Very powerful. My father prayed it every day and managed to survive four years in the army in the South Pacific during WWII.
Each day I will post a short reflection on the many titles of the Blessed Mother from the Litany of Our Lady (Loreto) on my Facebook page.