Even though she must raise her family in poor conditions and away from home, Ashaa says they are still better off away from the danger they faced in Syria. Jesus, Mary and Joseph protect all pre-born children from conception to 3 months of age from abortion. Mary went in haste. THE JOYFUL Mysteries of the Holy Rosary allow us to meditate on the early life of Jesus Christ.Let us remember that the Holy Rosary is Mary’s testimony of Jesus: her experiences of His life, His ministry, and the Gospel.. Luke 1:42-44. He hath filled the hungry with good things; He hath received Israel his servant, being mindful of his mercy: As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed for ever. The fruit most commonly associated with the mystery of the Nativity is poverty of spirit, the first of the eight Beatitudes. Sakeena and the many other refugee children who bring hope to those around them point us to Christ.PRAY: We pray that we will see Christ in those around us, especially in the gift of children. The Second Joyful Mystery - The Visitation, During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. Eventually Mary and Joseph entered the temple where they found their beloved son Jesus. We pray for mercy and the conversion for those who seek to harm the most innocent amongst us. #tab_container_10927 .wpsm_nav-tabs > li > a:before { But not Mary. } This is the moment of the Incarnation: The Word becomes flesh. Any new parents in their shoes would have been worried about sanitation and keeping their baby warm—not to mention their own need for a place to rest. They were discussing the Law of Moses: He astonished the elders who marveled at His insight to the Law. Though we may not see Jesus in this life in the way that Simeon did, his story reminds us that children can lead us to Christ. …Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. The unconscious logic that follows from it may appear like this: 2. "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. What Eve lost through disobedience, Mary gained again by obedience (Catechism, No. Yet this is what God has done: truly, literally, fully. #tab_container_10927 .wpsm_nav-tabs > li { Receive Updates. Lead all men and women who have committed the sin of abortion to repentance and back to your loving embrace. She has been working as a teacher since she fled to Turkey. We are almost forced to ask: why so simplistic? One should always offer the intention of the Holy Father as a general rule. border:0px solid #ddd; I had heard that Zechariah had become mute: he had doubted the Lord: he doubted that God could work a miracle in his life. God's will contains Joy. We pray that we aren’t afraid to be visible and public witnesses of our faith. We pray that we are humble enough to allow God to be born into our hearts. “The sword of sorrow predicted for Mary announces Christ’s cross” (Catechism, 529). #tab_container_10927 .wpsm_nav-tabs > li{ } When Simeon saw the child Jesus, he immediately recognized he was God. I need only pay attention. We pray that we are open to God’s message even when it comes in unlikely ways. “Now, they are no longer screaming or shouting [in fear].”. Why was the Temple so important to the Jewish people, including the Holy Family?4. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? Jesus gave us Mary as our Mother. Elizabeth's prophecy, and yes, it was a prophecy (one that explains what God was doing in the world), was offered with a loud cry. You can always find him in the tabernacle. Might we not learn from their example? During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of … Look up 1 Samuel 2:1-10 and Genesis 18:1-15 and discover the parallels between Mary and Hannah and Elizabeth and Sarah.Application Questions1. Blessed are you among women…You shall conceive and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus… Mary answered, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to your word.”, Catechism of the Catholic Church: #461-463, 491. [https://www.regnumchristi.org/en/mini-meditations-joyful-mysteries/], Luke 1:28, 31, 38. We are not called as Christ was, but we are called to follow Him, to take up our own crosses in imitation of Him and in obedience to God the Father. Help me to say “yes” to whatever it is You have gifted me for, because You have chosen me to be Your partner in ministry. (Luke 1:26–33, 38). How did you respond?3. She acted with pure love. Then the angel departed from her. I have always liked their prayer intentions and prayed with them, myself, standing outside abortion centers. Fifth Sorrowful Mystery - The CrucifixionJesus, help me to understand how great Your love for me is and forgive me the sins which pinned You to the Cross. } We pray that we continue to pray even when we doubt God answers us. We pray that we follow up with action what we learn through prayer. Reflection:  All of Bethlehem was dark and quiet when the Savior made his entrance into the world, and his first home was in the protective circle of Mary’s arms. Coronavirus has entered our world putting a halt to the usual rhythm of daily life. In this case, we can see the error of this thought process if we take a step back and look at what is right in front of us. Yet even she, the selfless and obedient one, was promised that a sword of sorrow would pierce her heart on the day of separation. As cousins, Mary and Elizabeth share a bond of kinship. She might not be believed. We pray that we accept that God’s ways are not always our ways but do lead us to ultimate happiness. (Luke 1:39-45), The Third Joyful Mystery - The Nativity (Birth of Jesus), While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. Pray for the unity and the strengthening of all Christian families that they will truly bring the Kingdom of the Father to this earth. Reflection The Annunciation is a symbol of humility, of submission to the will of God. They attack its members and denounce its teachings. Each mystery is associated with a particular fruit, or virtue, which is illustrated by the actions of Christ and Mary in the event commemorated by that mystery. } This passage provides a strong argument against abortion as we see the presence and action of two unborn children. Come pray the rosary! Reflect on Mary and Joseph's fear. What does this tell us about the Holy Family?2. They checked with friends and relatives first. 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