Wednesday, October 12, 2005


Prayer! How badly it is needed in these days when evil abounds. Friday, October 7, was the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. At Fatima, on October 13, 1917, Our Blessed Mother identified herself to the children with this title. She also asked each one of us, through them: "Pray the Rosary every day!"

We are engaged in a mortal struggle with Satan and his agents. The signs are clear that a persecution of the Church is unfolding, for paganism and Catholicism cannot exist side by side. The Church, in fidelity to its mission, must preach Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ Crucified. She must proclaim Catholic faith and morality. As always, the pagan world will respond with persecution and violence. Faithful Catholics will suffer, perhaps even to the shedding of blood one day! Yet, we must never lose faith. Our Lady has given us a weapon by which we can never be conquered. That weapon is the Holy Rosary.

Taking into consideration that the Mass is essentially a sacrifice, the Rosary can be said to be the perfect prayer. Pope Pius XII said that it is a Gospel prayer that recalls all of salvation history.

The Joyful Mysteries begin with the Annunciation, as Gabriel says: "Hail! Full of grace!" The promise of Genesis 3: 15 is about to become a reality. Mary says: "FIAT!" The Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, True God, becomes True Man!

United with Our Lord in the Agony in the Garden, we recall the Sorrowful Mysteries. We humbly admit the reality of sin, which is man's horrible response to the Infinite Goodness of God. At the foot of the Cross, we join Our Lady, Saint John and that great sinner who became a great saint, Mary Magdalene.

Jesus won complete victory over sin, Satan and eternal death. Attending Mary's School of the Rosary, we meditate on the Glorious Mysteries. She teaches us that we are citizens of heaven. United with Christ, Our Savior, we will see the Divine Splendor of the Blessed Trinity. We will see Our Blessed Mother, our loved ones, and all the angels and saints, in the eternal bliss of God.
My dear friends, bring the Rosary into your homes. Our Blessed Mother wants you to pray the family Rosary every day. To combat the evil one and paganism, she wants us on our knees. Our Lady wants the family gathered around her with our rosaries in hand. Satan is no match for her for she has the evil one planted firmly under her feet. The Virgin Mary will protect you. She will protect your family, especially the children. If we are faithful to the Rosary, Our Blessed Mother will never allow us to depart from Catholic faith. She guards all of her children with a mother's watchful eye.

Father Richard J. Rego, S.T.L.


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Anonymous Andi said...

Father, thank you for sharing these reflections. I look forward to reading them each week. They're just long enough to inspire, but not so long that I'm neglecting my other duties.

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Blogger Fr. Richard J. Rego said...


Thanks for your obesrevation and God bless.

Farther Rego

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