U.S. Bishops' Rosary for America

“As long as priests followed Saint Dominic’s example and preached devotion to the Holy Rosary, piety and fervor thrived throughout the Christian world and in those religious orders which were devoted to the Rosary.”   St. Louis De Montfort
 
In 1531, when Our Lady left her miraculous image on St. Juan Diego’s tilma, the Aztecs still practiced human sacrifice. In the era of the Aztec Culture of Death, the Gospel of Jesus Christ penetrated their hearts through the image and message of Our Lady of Guadalupe that brought the conversions of millions and an end to the human sacrifices.

 
In 1214, St. Dominic prayed for wisdom to bring conversions to the Albigensian heretics. They believed that human material life and procreation was evil and that the highest good was to commit suicide.  Our Lady appeared to him and said, “I want you to know that, in this kind of warfare, the principal weapon has always been the Angelic Psalter, which is the foundation-stone of the New Testament. Therefore, if you want to reach these hardened souls and win them over to God, preach my Psalter.” Our Lady called her Rosary “My Angelic Psalter” because the Angel Gabriel announced the first part of the Hail Mary to her and because the Rosary then consisted of 150 Hail Mary’s in three mysteries and there are also 150 psalms (the Psalter).

 

In both of those critical times, Our Lady won over the people to Christ and to a Culture of Life through prayer. In our own era too, Our Lady will lead humanity to a Culture of Life and a Civilization of Love through the prayer of the Holy Rosary. 
 
It is our hope that through her intercession and the Rosary, Our Lady of Guadalupe will repeat her historic role and help to bring millions of conversions and the end of human sacrifice by legalized abortion, euthanasia, and suicide in our own Culture of Death and lead us into a Culture of Life and Civilization of Love and an Era of Peace.
 
 

Please join Archbishop José H. Gomez, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, bishops, priests, and Catholics across our country in praying the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary in a moment of unified prayer for America on Wednesday, October 7.
 
Join in this prayerful moment of unity for America to seek healing and ask Our Lady of the Rosary, Queen of Peace, on this her feast day to pray for us and lead us to Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
 
Archbishop Gomez said, "In every age, Mary's maternal care is an expression of God's providence, His plan of love for history and for every soul and in the troubles of this present moment, we need to entrust ourselves even more to her care."
 
Learn more here.     
 
St. John Paul II and Our Lady of Guadalupe Inspired Pope Francis
to Pray Three Daily Rosaries!
 
In a tribute to St. John Paul II written after his death, Pope Francis, then Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, recounted how the Pope’s example inspired him to “recite the 15 mysteries of the Rosary every day.”
 
“If I remember well it was 1985,” Cardinal Bergoglio wrote. “One evening I went to recite the Holy Rosary that was being led by the Holy Father. He was in front of everybody, on his knees. The group was numerous; I saw the Holy Father from the back and, little by little, I got lost in prayer. I was not alone: I was praying in the middle of the people of God to which I and all those there belonged, led by our Pastor. His witness struck me.”

 
“I felt that this man, chosen to lead the Church, was following a path up to his Mother in the sky, a path set out on from his childhood. And I became aware of the density of the words of the Mother of Guadalupe to Saint Juan Diego, ‘Don’t be afraid, am I not here who am your mother?’ I understood the presence of Mary in the life of the Pope. From that time on I recite the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary every day.”

Now is the time to have confidence in the prayer of the Holy Rosary. As Our Lady told St. Juan Diego, she is “Mother of all those who have confidence in me.”  Today let us resolve to pray the daily Rosary with confidence in her intercession. Click here for my Rosary meditations with Our Lady of Guadalupe in my book, Praying with Our Lady of Guadalupe.

“So please do not scorn this beautiful and heavenly tree, but plant it with your own hands in the garden of your soul, making the resolution to say your Rosary every day.” St. Louis De Montfort




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