by Rev. Francis Hoffman "Father Rocky"
What God gives us what we need and He gives us what is good for us. And our Mother – the Blessed Mother – is often pulling the strings. In a moment of a profound crisis of doubt – doubting if he should flee the terror of the Communists in Madrid during the Spanish Civil War in 1937 – St. Josemaría, for the only time in his life, begged the Blessed Mother to provide some sign he was doing the right thing. Exhausted from the emotional agony and tension caused by the prolonged fear of assassination, he fell into a deep sleep. He awoke the next morning refreshed and renewed when he discovered a small gilded wooden rose on the floor next to him. And he knew. And he smiled. A “mystical rose”. The same name his classmates used to tease him when he was an “over pious” seminarian.
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.