Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Blessing #9, Camping out at Nana and Pa's Home, and Praying the Rosary

Good Morning Out There! Joyful news.........Grandchild #9 was born this past
weekend, a healthy baby girl! Her four siblings are camping out at Pa and Nana's
home (Jim and myself) for a couple of days! I haven't been able to get out to the
courtyard very much the last couple of days because I have been cooking for four
extra hungry mouths, washing dishes, washing hair, brushing hair, wiping mouths,
and changing diapers. I've also been washing lots of clothes!
But the best part is, I've also received lots of hugs, lots of kisses, heard lots of mealtime
and bedtime prayers, and heard the words, I love you Nana, so I feel very blessed!
I have to go fix breakfast, but first I want to share the Pro-Life Sorrowful Mysteries
with you. As Catholics, we pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary on Tuesdays
and Fridays. We pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary on Mondays and Saturdays.
The Joyful Mysteries fit what is going on in my life right now. But I know that there
are women out there in a crisis pregnancy that are scared and don't have the emotional or
financial support they need. If you are Catholic, you might add these special intentions
when you pray the rosary today. Even though it's Tuesday, I think I will share the Joyful
Mysteries first:
First Joyful Mystery
The Annunciation
Luke 1:28
And when the angel had come to her, he said, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women."

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 God's

Second Joyful Mystery
The Visitation
Luke 1:41-42
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
Luke 2:7
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 travelers

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
The Presentation
Luke 2:22-23
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 God Himself.

Fifth Joyful Mystery
Finding The Child Jesus in The Temple
Luke 2:46
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

Aren't the Joyful Mysteries beautiful? The Sorrowful Mysteries are next:

First Sorrowful Mystery
The Agony in the Garden
Luke 22:44-45
In His anguish He prayed with all the greater intensity, and His sweat became like
drops of blood falling to the ground. Then He rose from prayer and came to His
disciples, only to find them asleep, exhausted with grief.

Let us pray for mothers and fathers who are in agony because they are tempted to
abort a child. May they be given the good news that there are alternatives, and may
they make use of the help that is available.

Second Sorrowful Mystery

The Scourging at the Pillar
John 19:1
Pilate's next move was to take Jesus and have Him scourged.

As Christ's flesh was torn by the instruments of those who scourged Him, so the
bodies of babies in the womb are torn by the instruments of the abortionists. Let us
pray that abortionists may repent of these acts of child-killing.

Third Sorrowful Mystery
The Crowning With Thorns
Matthew 27:28-29
They stripped off His clothes and wrapped Him in a scarlet military cloak. Weaving a
crown out of thorns they fixed it on His head, and stuck a reed in His right hand...

Jesus suffered the pain of thorns in His head, and did so silently. We pray for the
mothers and fathers of aborted children. So many of them suffer deep grief and
regret over a choice they can never reverse. So many suffer in silence, because
others tell them it's no big deal.

Fourth Sorrowful Mystery
The Carrying of the Cross
John 19:17
....carrying the cross by Himself, He went out to what is called the Place of the Skull
(in Hebrew, Golgotha).

Jesus was not condemned by the power of wicked people. He was condemned because
of the silence of good people. Silence always helps the oppressor, never the victim.
Let us pray that we may never be silent about abortion, but rather will clearly speak
up to save babies from death.

Fifth Sorrowful Mystery
The Crucifixion
Luke 23:46Jesus uttered a loud cry and said, "Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit."
After He said this, He expired.

As we ponder the death of Christ, let us remember the many women who have died
 from so-called "safe, legal" abortions. Let us ask forgiveness and mercy for them.
 May their memory save other women from making this tragic mistake.

Please pray for all women and young ladies, who are in a crisis pregnancy, please
pray that they will receive the encouragement, love, and guidance they need to choose
life for their unborn babies.

Please pray for families everywhere. I have to close now, I'm needed in the kitchen, it is
time to cook breakfast for my little chickadees!

                                                                  Bye for now,

                                    Jesus, protect and save the unborn.

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