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54 Day Rosary for Marriage and the Family

by Rev. Francis Hoffman "Father Rocky"

Day 49 Reflection:

Queen Assumed into Heaven

El Greco; Botticelli; Murillo; Poussin; Raphael… All the masters have tried their hand at the Assumption of the Blessed Mother into heaven. For those who love Our Blessed Mother, it thrills the heart and fires the imagination just to envisage this event. Each year we celebrate this Solemnity on August 15: a great festival in Italy, and a dearly beloved tradition among the grateful children of Mary at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wisconsin. Oh yes, some skeptics think it’s a fraud, that she was never assumed into heaven. “Oh yeah? Then where is she? Prove she’s not!” Not exactly a sophisticated theological argument, I grant you that. But it’s the one I use. We have claims of relics of the apostles, but no relics of the Blessed Mother have ever been found. This title was added by Pope Pius XII in 1950 with the proclamation of this dogma.

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

Let's pray!






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