by Rev. Francis Hoffman "Father Rocky"
The first of thirteen symbolic titles of Our Lady in the Litany, this calls to mind the magnifying power of a stainless mirror. Christ is the Light, and Mary reflects the light; Christ is the Sun, Mary is the moon; you can not look at the sun directly, but you can gaze upon the moon. Not far from Mexico City in the ancient city of Tlaxcala, you will find the image of Our Lady of Ocatlan. Behind the main altar of this classical colonial Church, is a chamber in the form of an octagon, twenty feet across and twenty feet high, all eight walls covered in mirror. In the center of this chamber, rests a quartz table with a lantern on top. Turn off the lights, light the candle, and the stainless mirrors reflect the light in a brilliant way. But to reflect the light, the mirrors must face the light and be stainless.
54 Day Rosary Novena based on the titles of the Blessed Mother as found in the Litany of Loreto.
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.