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Holy Land Rosary - Meditations on the Gospel Prayer by Deacon Tom Fox

Holy Land Rosary Booklet by Deacon Tom Fox

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Deacon Tom Fox has written a Holy Land Rosary booklet which is available from Pilgrim Center of Hope.  This 80-page booklet includes meditations written by him, photos of the Holy Land, the history and explanation of the Rosary. The Rosary Booklet price is $9.95; all proceeds support this evangelization ministry.  Call us now for your order at 210-521-3377.

Mary Knows the Way

Why do Catholics make such a big deal out of Mary if she’s only mentioned in the Bible a few times?

It may seem like Mary only appears in the Bible a handful of times, but if you go looking for her, you may be surprised to see her all throughout scripture!

But first, there is need to understand how Christians have historically read the Bible, particularly the practical of typology, which in Christian theology is the practice of seeing predictive events, persons or statements in the Old Testament that would be fulfilled in the New Testament.

St. Paul gives us an example when he calls Adam a type of Christ: “But death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who did not sin after the pattern of the trespass of Adam, who is the type of the one who was to come,” (Rom. 5:14). Just as sin and death entered into humanity through Adam, so grace and life restored humanity through Christ.

The early Christians also saw a parallel between Eve and Mary. The Church Father, St. Iranaeus (d. 202), explains, “The knot of Eve’s disobedience was loosed by the obedience of Mary. The knot of which the virgin Eve tied by her unbelief, the Virgin Mary opened by her belief.”

Want to learn more?

Mary Jane and Deacon Tom Fox discussed Mary – her life, her love for Jesus, and her role in the Church.

Related resource:

Mary Undoer of Knots Website

 

Rosary of the Seven Sorrows

The Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of the Virgin Mary

This online rosary companion of the Seven Sorrows as taught by the Blessed Mother in Kibeho, Rwanda is a great tool to help us reflect on the need for repentance in our lives.

You can learn how to pray this Rosary by clicking here: How to Pray the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows.

True Devotion to Mary and Preparation for Total Consecration by St. Louis de Montfort

Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary

What is Total Consecration?

St. Louis de Montfort left a wonderful gift to those of us who wish to better serve Jesus and the Holy Trinity. His gift is the Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary because it is giving oneself, fully and completely to God, without conditions, without strings, without reservation. We are giving back to God, freely of our own will, the very gift of our life. It is truly our ultimate possession which we recognize fully as a gift from God, our Father. We in turn return this gift, in total surrender to the will of our Father, to be used daily for His purpose. This also includes the surrendering of all of our sufferings, thoughts, words and deeds to Mary so she may take them, care for them and distribute them in accordance with the will of her Son and for His greater glory.

The devotion, Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary, has been practiced for centuries. It involves 33 days of preparation, with the Total Consecration made on the 34th day.

The day of Total Consecration (i.e. the 34th day) should be a Marian feast day. Schedules for the preparation and Total Consecration are included in the resource materials provided free through MyConsecration.org. There are more than 20 34-day schedules that fall throughout the year for those wishing to make the Total Consecration. According to St. Louis de Montfort, the 33 days of preparation include 12 days of “emptying oneself of the spirit of the world” followed by 21 days of “imbuing oneself with the Spirit of Jesus through the Blessed Virgin.” The Total Consecration that follows this preparation is a perfect renewal of one’s baptismal vows.

Total Consecration is divided into themes:

Days 1-12: The Spirit of the World,

Days 13-19: Knowledge of Self,

Days 20-26: Knowledge of Mary,

Days 27-33: Knowledge of Jesus,

Day 34: Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary.

How Can I Learn More?

Obtain from any Catholic bookstore (or online without cost at MyConsecration.org) the guide to Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary, by St. Louis de Montfort. Your local parish or priest may be able to help you in finding resources on Total Consecration, as well.

Take the leap of faith and tell our Lord that you’re ready to live your life for Him!

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The Miraculous Medal

How can a little piece of metal be called “miraculous”?

In November 2011, the Pilgrim Center of Hope organized and led a Marian Pilgrimage to Fatima, Lourdes and Shrines of  Paris.  One of those Shrines in Paris is located in the center of town on a street called Rue de Bac.  It is there, where Mary, the Mother of God appeared to a nun in 1830 and gave her a unique mission – to have a medal made with the image Mary gave her.   Learn why this mission since 1830 has been instrumental for thousands of healings, conversions and hope!  Hear about a powerful conversion and this special sacramental, the miraculous medal.

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The Prayer of John Paul II in the Chapel of Rue De Bac

«Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. »

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you. O Mary, this was the prayer that you gave to Saint Catherine Labouré in the Chapel of the Apparitions, more than one hundred and fifty years ago! […]
This invocation, engraved on the Miraculous Medal, is now worn and repeated by the faithful throughout the world!

Blessed are you among women!

You are intimately associated with the work of our Redemption, associated with the Cross of our Savior, your heart has been pierced, next to his heart. And now, in the glory of your Son, you never cease to intercede for us, poor sinners.

You watch over the Church for you are its Mother. You watch over each of your Children. From God, you obtain for us, all graces that are symbolized by the rays of light which radiate from your open hands, and the only condition that you demand of us is that we approach with the confidence, the hardiness, and the simplicity of a child. And it is thus that you bring us before your Divine Son.

John Paul II (1980)