October 11, 2013

Our Lady's Week

October 7th - Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary
The Rosary as we know it was given to St. Dominic. In a number of pictures is also portrayed St. Rose of Lima.  Her father refused to allow her to become a nun so she became a Third Order Dominican Tertiary. At one point her only friend was St. Martin de Porres.  In the words of St. Rose:
Lord, increase my sufferings, and with them increase Your love in my heart.
Apart from the cross there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven.

The Rosary lead to the defeat of the Muslims at Lepanto.  We need the Rosary today.

 October 8th - Feast of Our Lady of Good Remedy
800 years ago Christians were being captured and sold into slavery by the thousands, and nobody knew what to do about it. Then, in the year 1198, a man had an idea. St. John of Matha founded the Trinitarians to go to the slave markets, buy the Christian slaves and set them free. To carry out this plan, the Trinitarians needed large amounts of money. So, they placed their fund-raising efforts under the patronage of Mary. They were so successful at that, over the centuries, the Trinitarians were able to free thousands and thousands of people and to return them safely home. In gratitude for her miraculous assistance, St. John of Matha honored Mary with the title of "Our Lady of Good Remedy." Devotion to Mary under this ancient title is widely known in Europe and Latin America, and the Church celebrates her feast day on October 8. Our Lady of Good Remedy is often depicted as the Virgin Mary handing a bag of money to St. John of Matha. When in need - for whatever reason, but especially where you have had difficulty obtaining help - invoke the aid of Our Lady of Good Remedy, and you will surely experience the power of her intercession.

October 11th - Feast of the Divine Maternity of Our Lady
 At the Annunciation Our Lady became the Mother of God, at the Crucifixion She became Our Mother when Our Lord, on His Death Bed of the Cross gave Her to St. John the Beloved Apostle Mother of Heaven and Earth.
October 12th - Feast of Our Lady of the Pillar
Our Blessed Mother appeared to St. James the Apostle in Spain on a pillar accompanied by angels. She reassured him that the people would be converted and be as strong as the pillar upon which she stood.  There have been a number of disasters, including bombs which did not destroy the pillar.  Interestingly, there is a post at Fr. Z's Blog about this very things that just happened recently.  Read here.  How awesome!

October 13th - Feast of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima
(repost from 2011)
"What do you want of me?"

I want a chapel built here in my honor. I want you to continue saying the Rosary every day. The war will end soon, and the soldiers will return to their homes.

"Yes. Yes."
"Will you tell me your name?"
I am the Lady of the Rosary.

"I have many petitions from many people. Will you grant them? "
Some I shall grant, and others I must deny. People must amend their lives and ask pardon for their sins. They must not offend our Lord any more, for He is already too much offended! 

"And is that all you have to ask?"
There is nothing more.

As the Lady of the Rosary rises toward the east she turns the palms of her hands toward the dark sky. While the rain had stopped, dark clouds continued to obscure the sun, which suddenly bursts through them and is seen to be a soft spinning disk of silver.

"Look at the sun!"

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