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The Rosary as a Tool for Meditation
The Rosary is a powerful spiritual tool for meditation. While meditation grows in popularity as a means to better mental, physical, and spiritual health, many people, including many Catholics, overlook the Rosary as a meditative tool.
NOT ‘SUPERFICIAL’ It is sometimes seen as too simple and therefore as superficial. The rosary is simple, but the gentle repetition of its prayers makes it an excellent means to moving into deeper meditation. It gives us an opportunity to open ourselves to God’s word, to refine our interior gaze by turning our minds to the life of Christ.
LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF By focusing on the lives of Christ and Mary through meditation on the mysteries, we learn about ourselves in relation to God. Mary herself is an excellent model for the daily practice of meditation. She received the word of God through Gabriel. She pondered God’s word in her heart. She took in the events around her, capturing them internally and carrying them within her like a treasure. This is the essence of meditation—receiving God’s word and making it our treasure.
CHRIST ASKS US TO CHOOSE As Richard Foster notes, “in meditative prayer God is always addressing our will. Christ confronts us and asks us to choose. Having heard his voice . . . we are called to life-transforming obedience.” Meditation gives us the option to be transformed. We must choose it.
You may have objections. “I’m not a monk living in seclusion. I don’t know a thing about meditation. How can someone like me meditate?” But meditation is for all believers.
THOMAS MERTON tells us, “We must not imagine the early monks applying themselves to a very intellectual and analytical ‘meditation’ of the Bible. Meditation for them consisted in making the words of the Bible their own by memorizing them and repeating them, with deep and simple concentration.”
ROSARY DRAWS INTO GOD The rosary contains the necessary elements for simple meditation. Praying it with “deep and simple concentration,” recalling the events of the mysteries and pausing to think about them for a moment, draws us into a deeper relationship with God—the goal of meditation.
ROSARY PASSED DOWN Indeed, many people use the rosary in precisely this way: Francesco, a college student preparing for the priesthood, uses the Rosary in a variety of ways, but particularly as a means to meditate. Rosary devotion was passed down in his family from his mother, and her simple meditations gave him greater insight into his faith and his relationship with God.
“As a kid, I would always turn to the Rosary as something to pray,” he said. “It was a very Catholic thing to do that we did in our house all the time. It’s very simple, but when you pray it, you feel close to God.”
GROW IN THE MEDITATIONS It was from this simple, childlike relationship with the Rosary that Francesco’s meditations matured. “Every time I visit the meditations they get deeper and deeper and deeper,” he said. “You grow in the meditations.” (Cont. next week)
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Masses 27th Week Ordinary Time
Fr Hart at Men’s Cursillo, Wagga
Saturday 04th October St Francis of Assisi
6.30pm Mass Fr Walsh
Sunday 05th Oct 27th SUN. ORDINARY TIME
9.00am Mass (For all parishioners) Fr Walsh
Monday 06th St Bruno
9am Mass (Mona Hart; Pat Kelly; Kath Norris)
10.45am Coreen Mass
Tuesday 07th Feast of Holy Rosary of BVM
9am Mass (Sr Francis Parkin, Agnes & Jack)
5.30pm Finance Meeting
Wednesday 08th Oct
9am Mass (Carmel Alderman; Pauline Harris)
11.00am Holy Communion to Homes
Thursday 09th Oct St Denis
12.00 Mass (Norm Collins; Jim & Jimmy C)
Friday 10th Oct
9.00am Mass (Nicole Collins; Christine Byrne)
Saturday 11th Oct
9.00am Mass (Margaret & Kevin Elliott; John N.)
6.30pm Vigil Mass
Sunday 12th Oct. 28th Sun. OT
9.00am Mass (For all parishioners)
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URGENT: BISHOP ASKS PRAYERS
Prayer: Middle-East Christians in Iraq suffering beheading of children, torture & exile.
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NOTICES: Meetings / Imp. Dates:
10th Oct NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER AND FASTING
The Bishops of Australia invite us all to pray earnestly for the Synod on the Family taking place in Rome 05th-19th October, and especially to join in a National Day of Prayer and Fasting on this date.
RECOLLECTION / DAY OF PRAYER
11th Oct (Sat.) St V de P Reflection Day on Bl. Rosalie Rendu, (Daughter of Charity Sister – contemporary of Blessed Frederic Ozanam, founder of St V. de P. Society) at St Joseph’s. Primary school Finley. 10am-3pm. All Welcome. Lunch provided. Book: Viv. McGee: 03 5885 2415.
ANNUAL MARCH FOR BABIES: Melbourne
11th Oct: Free bus departs 8.30am St Pat’s Albury (Smollett St church yard). Picking up at St Joseph’s Benalla at 10.00am. March begins at 1.00pm. Return same day. Bus bookings: 0260212453.
Wrap with Love: 9.30-12 noon every 2nd Monday. NEXT SEWING DAY: Mon 13th Oct 9.30am.
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Roster 11th – 12th October 2014
6.30pmN Kingston M Carroll
9.00am M Clohessy C Tilders
6.30pm C Knight J Lowden
9.00am M Kelly M Milthorpe
6.30pm I & F Brooks
9.00am B Christy R Taylor
Altar: M Campbell
6.30pm K Seymour L Hanrahan
9.00am C Sandral
6.30pm S Knight M Blockley
9.00am B Linsell-Willett J Tilders
Collection: T Moroney
Counters: M Kelly
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Also Remember in Prayer
Noel Houlihan,Sr Marie Louise RSM, Aileen Dix, Hunt family, Kevin Elliott, Kerry Plunkett, Lance Campbell, Judy Raggett, Sr Elizabeth Mitchell RSM, Maria Jaszczyk, Braedon Hensel, Jace Whyte, Noreen Rourke, Pat Kelly. Funeral Booklets of recently deceased at: http://stmaryscorowa.org/honour-roll/
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CATHOLIC RADIO – via INTERNET
This week on “The Journey” which airs from 5 October, you can hear great music from artists like All Sons & Daughters, Hillsong United and Audrey Assard. Fr Michael Fallon reflects on this week’s Gospel for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time; we hear from Bruce Downes “The Catholic Guy” and Marilyn Rodrigues talks about “Hot Button Issues for Parents”. Tune into 98.5 THE LIGHT Albury Wodonga Sun 11am, repeated 9pm or listen in via podcast anytime at: http://www.dow.org.au/news/catholic-radio