Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Meditation on the Mysteries of the Rosary:
Fruits of the Spirit

Here are a few good sites that feature "Fruits of the Spirit" for each of the mysteries of the rosary (for meditation):
You may have to click on the mysteries and/or scroll down to see the "Fruits of the Spirit." There are also some fantastic pictures here.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Catholic Carnival:
In Honor of St. Dominic &
The Queen of the Holy Rosary

Welcome to this week's Catholic Carnival.

This week's carnival is in honor of St. Do
minic on this, his feast day, and also of the Queen of the Holy Rosary. St. Dominic was the founder of the Order of Preachers (aka. the Dominicans) and he was important in the history of the rosary.

Though I easily remember that August 8 is St. Dominic's feast day as it coincides with my father's birthday, I temporarily forgot about this when I volunteered to pull together this week's submissions. Nonetheless, the fact that I am pulling together this carnival on Dominic's feast day (unintentionally) is likely no coincidence; nor is the fact that there is a new Third Order of Preachers chapter (Blessed Jordan Pro Chapter) starting at Franciscan University. (Some of you know that I have relatively recently come to believe that I may have a Dominican charism.)

St. Dominic and Mary, pray for us!

Without further ado though, I present the carnival. While I have not had a chance to review most of the submissions I received (and I am posting all submissions I received), I find this microcosm of the variety of Catholic-oriented posts on the web interesting:
God bless you and your descendants!
Oh...and Happy Birthday, Dad!

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Bishop Burbidge Installed As Fifth Bishop of Diocese of Raleigh

On August 4, 2006, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge was installed as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Raleigh by Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta. The Installation Mass was held at the Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh. The entire story and Bishop Burbidge's installation homily is available at the Diocese of Raleigh's site.

Friday, August 04, 2006

The 54-Day Rosary Novena

When I said earlier that I focused on praying in particular "that others would pray for me and for my intentions, including Mary," the focus I placed on Mary's intercession was understated.

I purposely understated the focus I placed on Mary's intercession, however. I did this for a few reasons. First, I truly am very grateful that so many people were praying for me, and that so many people continue to pray for me. I have been shocked at some of the people and groups that have been praying for me. Second, I want to be sure that I give St. Joseph, St. Rita, and St. Raphael proper respect, as they have clearly interceded on my behalf before God. Third, I believe Mary deserves a special place of honor separate from the others: always and in this particular case.

I focused on doing a 54-day rosary novena for the intention of my home selling, in addition to the formal prayers I mentioned earlier and my informal prayers. The novena consists of one five-decade rosary for twenty-seven consecutive days in petition, followed by one five-decade rosary for the next twenty-seven consecutive days in thanksgiving, whether or not the request has been granted. (In the case of my home selling, the request had not been granted yet.) The meditations rotate daily between the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries throughout the entire fifty-four days.

If this sounds tough, that's because it is. Or at least for me it is--and was. The amount of discipline required is...well, I may have finished, but it wasn't pretty!

And yet, the transformation that comes through praying the rosary is and has been truly amazing. That is, the outcome that my home has indeed sold is fantastic, but more than that, the ways I've seen myself change (whether or not anybody else has) are perhaps more fantastic.

For the intercession of the Queen of the Holy Rosary and for my own continuing transformation, I must say:

Thank you, Mary! And thank you, Jesus!
Praise God!


The sale of my townhome has finally closed, and I wanted to thank all of you who have been praying for me and my intentions! (Keep it up though, I still need a lot of help from the Lord right now.)

I admit to burying a St. Joseph statue. I followed "the most common [method] the front of the property, facing the to the 'For Sale' sign." I bought a really cheap plastic statue with Joseph holding Jesus. (The one pictured is the exact statue, which I dug back up the night of the closing. You can still see some particles of dirt in a few places.)

As for my own formal prayers, I focused on four prayers in particular:

1) That others would pray for me and my intentions, including Mary, the angels, and the saints (living and deceased).

2) I asked for the intercession of St. Joseph, and in the process came to realize a lot about him. I admit that I've long held a misguided thought that Joseph was an overrated saint, but he is not! And I don't say that simply because I believe he helped me out, though I do. I say it because I said the 30 Day Prayer to St. Joseph. The repetition of doing so helped me deepen my understanding of who this man was and what he is capable of even now. Even if you choose to never say this prayer, I recommend reading its words to learn more about him.

3) I asked for the intercession of St. Rita, Saint of the Impossible. While I admit to thinking maybe this was overkill (as selling my house couldn't be considered impossible), I ultimately decided it couldn't hurt. Furthermore, I love how the prayer to St. Rita ends (directly to God): "Thou art the recompense of the humble, the defense of the helpless, and the strength of those who trust in Thee, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord." The Lord is indeed our strength!

4) I asked for the intercession of St. Raphael, who has long been one of my favorites. In particular, I said the prayer to St. Raphael the Archangel, namely because his intercession has helped me so many times in the past.

Again, I'd like to thank all of you for your prayers! Hopefully I will be able to return the favor. In the meantime, I have to suggest Mary, Joseph, Rita, and Raphael as intercessors for your own intentions--based on their continuing support for me.

But more than that, I have to say:

All praise and honor be to our Lord!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Maturing in a View of Jesus, a View of Mary, and a View of Ourselves Through the Rosary (Part III)

I know some of you reading this would never consider praying a rosary. I also know that many of you did not read the first two parts of my three part series
Maturing in a View of Jesus, a View of Mary, and a View of Ourselves Through the Rosary. Even if you fall into both of these categories, I recommend reading Part III in this series: Maturing in a View of Ourselves, the Humble Servants of God.

My hope is that if nothing else, you can learn something about prayer itself. And as always, post a comment so I can learn something from you in return.

Click here for the entire Three Part Series