in the air. I love the fall of the year! Jim and I were up bright and early this morning.
Actually it was still very dark outside as we got into our truck and drove to the
adoration chapel. Spending an hour in prayer and quiet devotion is such a great way
to begin the week. There is the nicest man who comes into pray sometimes when we
are there. He made some prayer booklets that include all of the daily rosaries we pray and
gave them to me. His faith is such a shining light and we are always so happy to see
him. I love this quote from Blessed Mother Teresa;
"Keep the light of Christ always shining in your hearts.
Only He is the Way to be trodden.
He is the Truth we must speak out.
He is the Love we must love."
I pray that I may also be light in the darkness of this world.
I want to close with a prayer that was given to me by a wonderful couple, and our
good friends that attend Mass with us on Sunday evenings. They gave me a beautiful
plaque with a picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe on one side and the following prayer
on the other side.
Our Lady of Guadalupe,
Mother of Life,
Cast your maternal gaze on your children, born and unborn.
We are in such need of your protection. The enemies of Life
are strong, but you are infinitely stronger, since God chose you
to "crush the head of the serpent," the devil. As we strive to over-
come evil we remember your words of comfort to St. Juan Diego,
"Am I not here, who am your mother?!" Therefore, we approach
you with great confidence.
Our Lady of Guadalupe,
Mother of Life, Pray for Us!
I also want to add the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary:
First Joyful Mystery
And when the angel had come to her, he said, "Hail, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women."
(When we pray the pro-life rosary, we add special intentions after each
Mary is troubled by the angel's greeting, yet rejoices to do God's will. Let us pray
that those who are troubled by their pregnancy may have the grace to trust in
Second Joyful Mystery
Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and cried out in a loud voice:
"Blest are you among women and blest is the fruit of your womb."
John the Baptist leapt for joy in his mother's womb. We pray that people may realize
that abortion is not about children who "might" come into the world, but is about
children who are already in the world, living and growing in the womb, and are
scheduled to be killed.
Third Joyful Mystery
The Birth Of Jesus
She gave birth to her first-born Son and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and
laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the place where
God Himself was born as a child. The greatness of a person does not depend on size,
for the newborn King is very small. Let us pray for an end to prejudice against the tiny
babies threatened by abortion.
Fourth Joyful Mystery
When the day came to purify them according to the law of Moses, the couple brought
Him up to Jerusalem so that He could be presented to the Lord, for it is written in the
law of the Lord, "Every first-born male shall be consecrated to the Lord."
The Child is presented in the Temple because the Child belongs to God. Children are
not the property of their parents, nor of the government. They -and we- belong to
Fifth Joyful Mystery
Finding The Child Jesus in The Temple
On the third day they came upon Him in the temple sitting in the midst of the teachers,
listening to them and asking them questions.
The boy Jesus was filled with wisdom, because He is God. Let us pray that all people
may see the wisdom of His teachings about the dignity of life, and may understand that
this teaching is not an opinion, but the truth.
After each intention, we pray one "Our Father", "Ten Hail Marys",
one "Glory be to the Father", and one "O My Jesus" prayer. For the Pro-Life Rosary
we add "Jesus, protect and save the unborn" at the end, before starting the next mystery.
Have a wonderful day! Blessings, Sharla