• Prayer,  Rosary

    Rosary Meditations I

    THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES The Annunciation Dearest Mother, what joy filled Your Immaculate Heart as the Angel announced God’s plan to bring His Son into the world through You. This was entirely dependent upon Your freely-given consent – and this You gave whole-heartedly, expressing Your profound humility before the Lord. Pray for us that we, too, might seek nothing other than the will of God in our lives – and spare nothing of ourselves in seeking and obtaining it. The Visitation Dearest Mother, in a spirit of quiet charity, You went with haste to help Elizabeth in her need. In doing so, this moment became an opportunity to glorify the Lord,…

  • Prayer,  Rosary,  Scripture,  Spiritual Devotions

    A Scriptural Rosary

    Writing to the entire Church at the close of the Jubilee Year in 2000, Pope John Paul II took some time to remind us of the call of the Second Vatican Council that all of us are called to holiness – he wrote that it was necessary to rediscover the full practical significance of this call. He said the Council Fathers wanted “to make the call to holiness an intrinsic and essential aspect of their teaching on the Church” (‘Novo Millennio Ineunte‘, para.30). He added that “The ways of holiness are many, according to the vocation of each individual.” Going on to speak specifically about prayer, the Holy Father noted…

  • Prayer,  Rosary,  Spiritual Devotions

    The Child and the Rosary

    I remember, as a very little child, watching my mother praying her Rosary. I was fascinated by the beads – what were they and what were they for? How did you pray the Rosary? I wanted beads of my own and, as best I can remember, I was finally given my first Rosary around the time I made my First Holy Communion – a little set of pale blue beads, now long gone. For a long time, I didn’t really understand the Rosary – I knew what to do with the beads, what prayers to say, but I don’t expect I did it particularly well to begin with. A slightly…

  • Faith and Life,  Prayer,  Rosary,  Spiritual Devotions

    The Song of the Rosary

    Over the years – and there have been quite a few of those – I have watched with interest as various religious devotions and spiritual practices came to the fore in Catholic circles; some of those practices and devotions remained there, while others seemed to vanish again. Some proved to be rather popular, others less so. One or two gained much greater prominence and earned themselves a permanent place in the life of the Church – the Divine Mercy devotion being a worthy and excellent example of this. I have to confess that sometimes, people would mention their latest spiritual discovery and I wouldn’t have the first idea what they…

  • Church Life,  Faith and Life,  Prayer,  Rosary,  World View

    Something For Peace

    For months now, we have all watched the news each day regarding the terrible war being waged on Ukraine by Russia. Each day seems to bring not only more terrible images of the devastation wrought on that nation, but heart-breaking stories of numerous atrocities and apparent war crimes being perpetrated by the aggressors. Every day, these stories and images are ingrained more and more deeply in our personal and collective consciences. The subjective effect of the influx of distressing information is that we can feel entirely powerless to do very much to help. How can I, sitting here in my house, have any effect on the terrible things happening on…