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May 2002 Newsletter

"When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb."-Luke 1:41-42
Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty said, "The Most Important Person on earth is a mother. She cannot claim the honor of having built Notre Dame Cathedral. She need not. She has built something more magnificent than any cathedral-a dwelling for an immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby's body...the angels have not been blessed with such a grace. They cannot share in God's creative miracle to bring new saints to Heaven. Only a human mother can. Mothers are closer to God the Creator than any other creature; God joins forces with mothers in performing this act of creation...What on God's good earth is more glorious than this: to be a mother?"

At the very instant that Christ was conceived in Mary's womb, the whole Essence and Being within Her womb was our Savior, Jesus Christ. He did not become Christ after 3 months of growth in Mary's womb or 6 months or even at birth. But Christ came into being at the time of conception. Can you imagine abortion being legal when Mary was pregnant with Jesus? The point is that the essence of each individual is present at the time of conception. Christ was truly God and man at that instant.
Let us honor Mary, Our Mother and the Mother of Our Lord, by praying the Rosary every day. The word Rosary means "Crown of Roses". Our Lady has revealed that each time we say a Hail Mary we are giving Her a beautiful rose and that each complete Rosary makes Her a crown of roses. The rose is the queen of flowers, and so the Rosary is the rose of all devotions and it is therefore the most important one. We relive the lives of Mary and her Son Jesus by praying the Rosary. The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary remind us of the happy times in their lives. The Sorrowful Mysteries remind us that in the Gospels, Mary was told while Jesus was still a baby, that her Son would be rejected and her heart broken. The Glorious Mysteries remind us that Mary and her Son Jesus were given special glories because they were faithful to God.

To learn how to pray the Rosary, click on the rose.

As mothers, we can relate to Mary's joy in being a mother. The first Joyful Mystery is The Annunciation. The Angel Gabriel appears to Mary, announcing She is to be the Mother of God. The second Joyful Mystery is The Visitation. Mary visited Her cousin Elizabeth who was also pregnant, to help her through her pregnancy. Elizabeth's baby, John the Baptist, leaped for joy at Mary's presence. The third Joyful Mystery is The Nativity. The Virgin Mary gives birth to the Redeemer of the world. The fourth Joyful Mystery is The Presentation. The Blessed Mother presents the Child Jesus to God in the Temple. The fifth Joyful Mystery is The Finding in the Temple. Jesus is missing. After much anxiety and searching, The Blessed Mother finds Jesus in the Temple.

After praying the Rosary, may we also say this special prayer to Our Mother:
"Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy! Our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ."
To read our June 2002 article, click on the rose.
To learn more about the value of life, just click on the baby.

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