Is Your Family Protected?
by Mary Michele
With all that is
going on in the Church and the world, many people believe we are living in
The End Times. We see those who claim to be "Religious" mocking God and
using their positions to carry out unthinkable acts against Church, State and
humanity. We see real churchmen and laity renounced and persecuted. Our Blessed
Mother, Our Lady of Fatima has warned us of what is to come and how to prepare.
If the Vatican never reveals the Third Secret of Fatima or if the New
World Order closes all of the Catholic churches and sanctuaries all over the
world, our wonderful, beautiful Mother has given us all we need to survive what
is to come. This Glorious Woman told us; "In the end My Immaculate Heart
How are we to
prepare? How will we survive? How will we protect our families? Our Blessed
Mother promised St. Dominic and Blessed Alan, "Those who will recite My
Rosary piously, considering its Mysteries, shall not be overwhelmed by
misfortune nor die a bad death. The sinner shall be converted; the just shall
grow in grace and become worthy of eternal life." (One of the fifteen
promises of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
At Fatima, She
told the three shepherd children, "You have seen hell, where the souls of
poor sinners go.
many souls go to hell because they have no one to pray
and make sacrifices for them", and Our Lady promised St. Dominic: "With
the Rosary and Brown Scapular I will save the world." It really does not
matter when The End comes, it only matters when Your End comes.
Will you be ready? Will you be saved? Will you participate in Our Ladys
peace plan? Can you refuse the Mother of God?
Here is how my
family is preparing: I have the privilege of praying the Rosary with extended
family members every Thursday evening. Sometimes we are a little crowded, but
no one seems to mind. We pair up, one adult and at least one child. In our
family we have more adults than children. The children will move from adult to
adult, not wanting anyone to have to say their decade alone. We all have
our own special intentions, and if one of us is having a senior moment,
someone will always remind us of the forgotten intention. Weve had some
family members come and go. The core group remains. The children never forget
to pray for those who do not come anymore or their intentions. Notice, I said
the children never forget, we adults are forgetful creatures.
This has been very
edifying for all of us. When we started out, several years ago, the youngest
would offer their intentions for Mommy & Daddy, Grammy & Grampy, Uncle
Paka and Aunt Gebeka. As they got older, they moved on to correct
pronunciations of aunts and uncles names and praying for school friends
and teachers. Now they have graduated to praying for Holy Mother Church, Our
Holy Father, the souls in Purgatory, those who have no one to pray for them,
and those in the hospital. The first time I heard one of my young cousins come
up with "those in the hospital" I knew she was on her way to helping many
Patriarch starts the Rosary. He always has a lesson for us, not anything very
long. Maybe just a Bible verse or a reminder of something the Blessed Mother
has promised us. He always uses current events to show what the devil is up to
and how God metes out His judgment on nations that allow babies to be murdered
before they can see the light of day. We can see how things are spiraling down
the slippery slope. I am only forty-five and just a few years ago murder was a
rare thing in our area. Today it is almost an everyday occurrence, not even
counting the abortuaries in the neighboring counties.
Our Family Rosary
is a traveling Rosary. We like to spread the wealth of grace around. If it is a
special date, like the anniversary of having the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts
enthroned, a birthday, a new addition or just feeling the need to have a
spiritual boost, we move the Rosary to that particular house. We even take the
Family Rosary to friends homes. Friends of ours, a married couple, have
an outdoor shrine set up in honor of the Blessed Mother; we went and prayed the
Rosary there this summer. It was wonderful to share the blessings and graces
with our friends.
The Rosary is all
we will have left in the future. The time is coming when we will not be able to
assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Except for Baptism and Marriage, we
will be denied access to all sacraments. The Rosary is a grace-filled habit
that needs to be formed today. It is the only way we will be able to keep the
faith alive. Remember that Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ said, "For
where there are two or three gathered together in My name, there am I in the
midst of them." (Matt. 18:20)
If you have not
taken the time to pray the Rosary with your family in the past, start today.
With hectic schedules and life styles it is hard to get everyone in one place
at the same time, but it can be done. It takes commitment. Make it a habit.
Pick one day of the week and stick to it. Not everyone will be able to make it
every week. Sometimes you may have to change the day, so long as at least two
or more are together. If you are separated from extended family, ask a couple
of close friends. Ask friends to join your Family Rosary and encourage
them to start their own Family Rosary. You will be amazed at the
spiritual growth of the children. You will be amazed at your own spiritual
This does not
include the partial and plenary indulgences that may be gained by praying the
Rosary, by the vocalization of the Names of Jesus and Mary, or for praying the
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, the Apostles Creed, or for making the
Sign of the Cross. With all of this to be gained for yourself and/or for "those
who have no one to pray for them," shouldnt you start this week? Start
even today! "But lay up to yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither
rust nor moth doth consume, and where thieves do not break through, nor
steal." (Matt. 6:19).
One word of
warning: the devil hates the Rosary. He will put all kinds of distractions and
impediments in the way once you make a commitment to start this endeavor.
Little trivialities will be blown up into major disturbances of great
proportion. Do not let these things disturb your peace or resolve to pray the
Family Rosary. Again, you may have to change the day, time or place, or
maybe only a couple of the core group can meet. This is to be expected, just
persevere and you will see what the Great Mother of God can really do for you
and your family.
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